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Can anyone help me with Budget Airlines?

Travel Forums General Talk Can anyone help me with Budget Airlines?

1. Posted by jorgegero (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Hey guys!

Just wondering if anyone could help me.

I know in Australia the main budget airlines available are Jetstar, Virgin Blue and Tiger Airways.

In Europe the main ones I know are Ryanair and Easyjet. Any others for Europe?

Can anyone tell me what the main budget airlines are for the following…

USA

Central America

South America

Asia

Middle East

Africa

Would really appreciate any help on this. Many thanks in advance.

2. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

For Europe also check out BMI Baby, Wizzair, Jet2 and FlyBe from the UK to European destinations. Wizzair tend to be more Eastern Europe destinations, although they do have several Western Europe routes as well.
German Wings are a budget airline from many German airports to both Eastern and Western Europe. They have some very cheap flights, but not so often.
British Airways fly internally within several continents outside of Western Europe. Check their destinations.
Air Asia can get you 1/2 way round the world for quite a bit less than national carriers. You need to be quite flexible with your dates though, to get the best prices.
For South and Central America have a look at Interjet, BRA and Click Mexicana.
For the US, there are many. The one with the best feedback over the last 12 months is Jet Blue. There are some bad comments being said about several of them too, but I'll not go there.
I'm sure you are aware that North American airlines show prices 'before' tax, whereas most, but not all European airlines display the full price.
Hope this is of some help.

3. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 6y

These 2 websites will list them all, worldwide:

Whichbudget

ETN

(I understand some of the airlines on these lists are now out of business)

[ Edit: Edited on 09-Feb-2010, at 10:29 by Daawgon ]

4. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

The trouble with WhichBudget, is they list the more expensive airlines too. To get a really good deal, you need to find the cheap flights, rather than the airlines that call themselves budget airlines on WhichBudget's website and often charge more than national carriers to do the same routes on the same day from the same airport.
Each time someone books through a hit on WhichBudget, the website gets paid a fee too. Sure, try them, then go to the airline direct, or stick with the names that carry the most people, rather than the airlines that just call themselves budget because they're not a national carriuer and aren't that cheap either.

5. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 6y

Utrecht recently wrote this good TP guide on low-cost airlines. Hope it helps.