Hidden Cost Of Bargain Airfare


FINDING A BARGAIN FLIGHT CAN BE OVERWHELMING BUT ONCE YOU NAB A CHEAP TICKET YOU MAY BE PAYING IN OTHER WAYS. SCOTT RAPOPORT EXPLAINS THE THREE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE BOOKING YOUR TRIP. Reporter: IT’S THE HOLY GRAIL FOR AIRLINE TRAVEL, SAVING THE MOST. IT’S PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. A GOOD RATE IS GOING TO MAKE YOU TRAVEL MORE OFTEN. Reporter: FOR SOME, THAT MEANS TURNING TO SO-CALLED ULTRALOW COST CARRIERS LIKE SPIRITED, FRONTIER AIRLINES AND ALLEGIANT AIR WHICH AS YOU CAN SEE OFFER RACE THAT ARE AS LOW AS THEY — OFFER RATES THAT ARE AS LOW AS THEY DO. BUT OTHER ISSUES COULD SHOW UP THAT YOU NEVER BARGAINED FOR. THERE WILL BE EXTRA BAGGAGE FEES, FOOD PAYMENTS, THERE’S LOTS OF LITTLE THINGS TACKED ON. Reporter: A TRAVEL EXPERT SAYS SITUATIONS LIKE THIS AND OTHERS ARE NOT UNCOMMON. ON A TRAVEL WEBSITE, ONE ALLEGIANT AIRLINES REVIEWER STATED, IF I COULD GIVE NEGATIVE STARS I WOULD. FILTHY PLANE, BOTH FLIGHTS LATE. AND A SPIRIT REVIEWER WROTE, SPIRIT HAS A LOT OF HIDDEN FEES THAT AREN’T FACTORED INTO THE INITIAL PRICE. YOU DON’T WANT TO GET ON THERE AND FIND YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR EVERYTHING A GLASS OF WATER. THAT’S A STRESSFUL WAY TO TRAVEL. Reporter: SO WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE AIRLINES WHEN YOU BOOK A FLIGHT? EXPERTS SAY THREE THINGS. ONE, COMPLAINTS. TWO, ON-TIME RATES. THREE, POTENTIAL HIDDEN COSTS. AND THAT WEBSITES CAN HELP YOU WITH THAT. COMPARING AND CONTRASTING THOSE THINGS WITH DIFFERENT AIRLINES ON THOSE WEBSITE. THEY TELL YOU HOW MUCH STRESS YOU’RE GOING TO ENDURE AS WELL AS HOW MUCH IT WILL COST AND THEY CAN ALSO HELP YOU DEAL WITH, IS THAT PLANE LIKELY TO BE ON TIME? Reporter: AND AS FOR THE BEST TIME TO BUY THOSE HOLIDAY PLANE TICKETS AT THE CHEAPEST RATES? WELL, BOOK AS FAR AHEAD OF TIME AS POSSIBLE. SCOTT RAPOPORT, CBS 2 NEWS. AND WE REACHED OUT TO ALL THREE AIRLINES, ONLY SPIRIT

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