We fly a no-frills airline all the time;
we have never had an issue. The
savings outweigh any discomfort.
It’s not the flight that is the holiday,
it’s just a means to get there, and
the savings mean there is more
money to explore your destination.
I think that the airlines need to stop
inventing reasons to charge, and
people need to stop flying when
that happens. One week of no one
flying due to idiotic fees would send
a clear message.
When flying with young children
I would rather spend the extra
money because I find that the airline is more helpful and accommodating. Not to mention there’s no
cost for car seats (some no-frills airlines will charge). Honestly, by the
time we were to pay for luggage
and car seats for our family of five,
it would end up being the same
cost for us but a lot more hassle.
They have to be more upfront
about certain things, but I think
a snack and beverage service is
a nice gesture, depending on the
length of the flight.
Is there “frills” flying anymore?
Except maybe in first class, if you
are flying anywhere economy you
are already “no-frills.”
As long as maintenance standards
are held to the same level as all
high-priced airlines, it’s up to the
individual whether he or she wants
to pay for the frills or not. For short
hops around the country—e.g.,
Abbotsford to Edmonton—give me
no frills all the way! However, on
long hauls I think it is worth spending more for the comfort.
—Brenda Pavey Erb Scorah
Do the benefits of
no-frills flying outweigh
EACH YEAR, millions of Canadians cross the border to take advantage
of lower-cost airfares in the U.S., but that is set to change: Some
Canadian airlines are launching their own low-cost carriers this year.
Proponents say that no-frills flying makes travel more affordable for
many people. Critics warn the flights can be uncomfortable and there
are many additional fees to watch out for.
What do you think?
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