The airline with the largest number of hidden fees (it's not Ryanair)

By Tychyna TetianaSep 30, 2023 19:13 PMNews
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The airline with the largest number of hidden fees (it's not Ryanair)
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When travelling by air, people are usually looking for any way to save money, and this is natural. Moreover, they often choose low-cost airlines.

However, it is worth remembering that low-cost airlines are known for including additional costs for passengers after booking. Therefore, when booking, you should be prepared for pitfalls, TheUSSun writes.

Gullible tourists trying to buy cheap airline tickets should be aware that additional fees may include seat reservations, extra baggage, and even meals.

Passengers are also often forced to pay for such additional components as checking in baggage weighing 20 kg, carry-on luggage, fast track, seat selection, built-in Wi-Fi, and insurance.

Interestingly, according to a study conducted by NetVoucherCodes, Wizz Air had the highest cost of hidden fees at £93.56.

It is emphasized that the most expensive hidden fee of Wizz Air was registered in the luggage, costing 42.75 pounds. The airline also charges passengers for hand luggage (£34.29) and seat selection (£11.15).

In turn, the airline's representatives note that additional payments are allegedly "optional" and provide flexibility for passengers. The carrier's office also clarified that all ticket prices and the cost of additional services are clearly described on the website and in the app.

"We are an extremely low-cost carrier. To keep our fares low, we offer additional services for an additional fee, such as checked baggage or preferential seats," Wizz Air said.

In turn, another popular low-cost airline, Ryanair, came out on top in terms of airfares. The study found that the airline's additional fees increased by a whopping 344 percent compared to the standard basic fare of £18.39.

At the same time, the researchers found that the airline with the lowest hidden fees was British Airways, which charged only £31.99 for additional services.

How to avoid additional fees

"To avoid baggage fees, try to put all your belongings in your carry-on bag. They're usually free on low-cost airlines, but be sure to pack properly to avoid overweight fees," the experts say.

They also advise skipping the seat selection during booking and try to select seats for free during online check-in within a 24-hour window. In addition, when travelling in a group, try booking tickets together to increase the chances of sitting together without paying extra for seat selection.

If you're flying long-haul, check out the meal options in advance to see what's included and avoid getting hit with additional fees. After all, sometimes it's better to prepare snacks in advance and bring a reusable water bottle to avoid high food and beverage costs during the flight.

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