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Solo Travel-Avoid Cheap Airfare Mistakes. Is it worth it to “save” with rock bottom air fares? Check out our 5 tips.
Solo Travel-Avoid Cheap Airfare Mistakes.: The Real Costs:
Is the price too good to be true, yes and no. If you read all the fine print and know before you go, you may avoid extra fees.
With some airlines, your one personal item must fit a small size even if it fits under the seat in front of you. On a recent flight, i found the height of my tote exceeded limits. If you reun this risk, you will pay $25 or so in the terminal to check your bag and even $50 if you wait until the gate.
- That may be for each leg of a connecting flight plus return fare.
- You need to have planned ahead with a purse or small tote inside your bag. Why? If you are forced to check your sole bag, you will need to grab electronics, medicines, wallet and keys before you watch it go down the hatch!
- A soft, duffel bag is easier to squeeze down to regulations size. So whether you shop at Old Navy or Louis Vuitton, bear that in mind.
Solo Travel-Avoid Cheap Airfare Mistakes.: Convenience:
The hassle begins before you even get to the airport. Why is that? You may not be able to check in at home since your bag must be scrutinized to meet the puzzling rules. That can mean going early and yet still waiting in lines!
Your “savings” may mean no seat assignment until you check in. It may also mean you will have the worst seats offered. It’s true the back of the plane and First Class get to the same place at the same time. But, your connecting flight may be a long way from your arrival gate.
Be sure to bring your own entertainment. Like many economy flights, you may, for an $8 fee, be able to log in to a variety of options if you have a laptop, tablet or phone with you.
A checked bag means waiting in line at your arrival. If it is a large plane, you may stand watching 300 suitcases swirl by when all you want is to get to your hotel.
Solo Travel-Avoid Cheap Airfare Mistakes.: Email us at our Contacts page on what you have found. We always like to hear from fellow solo travelers.