I’ve always compared prices when shopping for airline tickets, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I noticed comparison sites don’t actually have all the airlines listed. I did what I assume most people do and checked sites like Priceline, Kayak, Sky Scanner and Travelocity. Then I discovered ultra-low-cost carriers.
These carriers offer no frills flights that take off from the same airports and travel to the same airports as full-service carriers. They do have limited flights and only fly to certain cities, but chances are at least one of them will have the flight you need.
You may not get a snack and may have to pay for all of your extras such as seat assignment, priority boarding and even a carry-on bag if it won’t fit under your seat, but even when you add the few items you really need, it will likely still be a lot cheaper.
I did a quick search on Priceline to look for a flight from Kansas City to Phoenix. The lowest cost for the exact same days of travel on Priceline was $257 – which was about $50.00 cheaper than any other flight. I then went to one of the ultra-low-cost carriers and searched the same dates. Total price is $137.00.
On top of that, I found a coupon online dropping my flight from $137.00 to $117.00! Before you book a flight – do your research and be sure to check the ultra-low-cost carriers!
The below list includes both low-cost and ultra-low-cost carriers.
The search I did above that gave me the price of $257.00 was cheaper than at least one of the low-cost carriers. In order to make sure you are getting the best price – check each low-cost carrier individually before booking.