For anyone who has studied abroad, specifically Europe, Ryanair is a word that resonates with most of us, sometimes in very good way, other times… well you get the point. Even if you are never quite sure you will survive the flight, Ryanair – Europe’s leading low-cost airline – gets you across the continent in a style all college students and budget-loving travelers favor, cheaply.
For instance: I have flown under $6o roundtrip to Brussels from Rome. Many times as well, I find flights under $40 one-way, either within or between countries on the European continent, all on Ryanair.
With a limited schedule of mostly just weekends and school breaks to travel (if that) and of course limited funds, finding out that you can travel 3 hours from Italy to Belgium and back for under $60 RT, while it costs $250 to fly 3 hours from New York to Florida seems a little unfair and a bit confusing. Of course I understand many factors go towards the price we pay for an airline ticket. Many of which, cannot be controlled by the airlines themselves. BUT, I don’t understand a $200 difference… and no matter how badly I want to, I can’t afford to explore America on a student budget.
LUCKILY… TIMES ARE CHANGING AND SO ARE FLIGHT FARES MY NOMADS!
The trend in the past couple of years within the airline industry has been VERY VERY affordable ticket prices. With dropping fuel costs, airlines are giving back to passengers around the world. Finally, in the past year or so, we have seen this trend not just between countries but WITHIN the United States too!
While many airlines are offering cheaper fares, Frontier Airlines has stood out in the crowd by offering insanely cheap deals from $40 roundtrip. These deals are for many of their new routes as the company has been expanding rapidly this year. Even though these prices won’t last forever, the “low fares done right” mantra runs throughout the core of Frontier’s existence as an airline. Meaning that even if $40 RT prices aren’t around forever, many fares will remain economical and customizable for every traveler.
So what does Frontier mean by low fares ‘done right’, promising to customize your flight to match your wants and wallet? Well…this is the BUT part of the story (but it isn’t too bad I promise):
When Frontier promises this, they mean that what you pay for is what you get. So in others words, the base fare you buy includes nothing but a seat on the plane for you and a bag that can go under the seat. Nothing else is included in the price. Which means yes, they charge you for a regular carry-on, as well as a check bag. Basically, everything costs extra. Now wait a minute, don’t panic like I did after I realized a regular carry-on wasn’t included. I discovered, after seeing the prices of going to Denver from Tampa on other airlines were double the price, that even after adding a carry-on bag to my ticket, I was still saving a lot of money.
To better explain why they do this, I am going to give you an example: Say you are going home for the weekend after finding a sick $70 RT ticket. On most other airlines, the price you pay will likely be more costly, because the airline incorporates the cost of everyone potentially bringing a carry-on into the price and so you are basically paying for one even if you don’t choose to bring one yourself. So Frontier is making it easier for us to pay what is fair for our own needs, pretty smart if you ask me.
Also a fair warning: Frontier is a budget-airline and like I said, EVERYTHING is extra. This includes choosing your own seats, getting a drink on board and so on. One thing I also don’t like about flying with Frontier is that the tray tables are nonexistent and might as well be ripped off the seat in front of you (not annoyed at all by this…). So yes, if this is fine with you then wohoo! But if you are used to more luxurious travel and you aren’t willing to compromise, then budget flying may not be for you!
Where can I fly to and from for these low prices?
Well I am glad you asked. Here is a link to all of Frontier airlines routes as well as a link to all the current deals from various cities across the U.S. I’ve included a screenshot of current deals for an example:
The $40 RT prices began when the airline started adding new cities to its list of destinations served and when new routes were announced. For instance, for me, Frontier recently added 10 new routes from Tampa. Following this, they celebrated with $40 RT fares. I of course took advantage of this cheap opportunity to go home for Halloween weekend and got to spend time in New York City visiting my favorite people and places! (I also scored $89 RT tickets this past September to Colorado which ended up being an amazing weekend trip this semester)
Do you think it is smart to base the fare of your ticket on what you take with you? I’m fascinated by this new way of pricing and want to know what you guys think so let me know down below!
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A NOMADIC DREAMER