Budget airlines – setting a new era in flying?

Posted on March 15, 2009 by

As air travel gets cheaper, budget airlines’ popularity is going sky high. Obviously, with airfares going as low as 10euros, who’s not snapping tickets fast especially in this economic recession? Although many budget airlines cut cost by doing away with inflight food(non-existent) and having tighter seat spaces, it hasn’t stopped travellers from taking them. These days, some even implement ridiculous measures like coin-operated inflight toilets or even paid check-in luggage.

lining up to board the budget airline

I personally dig budget airlines – not for incessant flight delays, or the hassle of fighting for the best seat; but simply for the irresistable fares. Cheapest tickets I’ve snapped? 20euros for a 3-hour return tickets from Madrid to Oslo! 15euros for a 1-way ticket from Berlin to London!

Fly Easyjet!

Here’s a list of budget airlines just for those who dig budget airlines as much as I do. Click on the links to see their websites.

***Highly recommended airlines

Europe

  • Easyjet *** – best option! flies to everywhere you can imagine.
  • Fly Monarch*** – spacious airplanes, best value for money!
  • RyanAircheapest but also the worst with delays.
  • BMI Baby – UK based, cheap beach packages.
  • Click Air – based in Spain, cheap tickets to Northern Europe.
  • My Air – based in Italy.
  • Smart Wings – based in Czech Republic.
  • Sky Europe – from Slovakia.
  • Thomson Fly -  UK based, cheap packages to beaches in Spain & Greece.
  • Transavia – Dutch owned, not too cheap.
  • Vueling – based in Spain.
  • Wizz Air – based in Hungary.

North America

  • JetBlue*** – fly all over US for as low as $99!
  • AirTran*** – flies all over US and Central America.
  • Frontier – flies from Denver to the East & West coast, Mexico & Costa Rica.
  • Allegiant Air – covers many parts of N.America.
  • SouthWest Airlines – one of the most famous budget airlines.
  • Westjet – Canadian airline flying to Central America.
  • go! – Hawaiian airline that flies from one island to the next.

South America

  • Viva Aerobus*** – based in Mexico.
  • Aires*** – Argentinian airline that flies all over South America & Spain.
  • Ocean Air – Brazilian domestic airline.
  • Webjet – Brazilian domestic airline.
  • Mexicana Click – Mexican domestic airline.
  • Volaris – cheap domestic flights within Mexico.
  • Easy Fly – based in Columbia, domestic airline.
  • Avior Airlines – based in Venezuela, flies to Miami. No online booking.

Asia

  • Jetstar***-cheap fares to Asia & even Australia! best option in Asia.
  • AirAsia**- cheapest tickets, but many delays.
  • Tiger Airways – based in Singapore, great bargains.
  • Lion Air – Indonesian airline that flies to S’pore, Vietnam &  Malaysia as well.
  • Cebu Pacific – Filippino budget airline flying domestic & all over Asia to China & Taiwan.

Australia/New Zealand

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About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is the co-founder of WildJunket. As a professional travel writer with a special interest in offgrid destinations and adventure travel, she scours through the world in search for a slice of undiscovered paradise. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Guatemala, swam with sealions in the Galapagos and built a school in Tanzania.

27 Responses to “Budget airlines – setting a new era in flying?”

  1. Brian March 16, 2009 3:33 pm
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    Really useful list for anyone considering global travel, especially when saving $'s is so important :o)

  2. Alex Berger March 16, 2009 5:01 pm
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    Fantastic! Great to have them all in one spot like this. Thanks for putting this together!

  3. Nellie March 18, 2009 2:53 pm
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    Thanks guys for the comments! Without budget airlines, what are we gonna do?!

  4. dlc March 25, 2009 1:33 am
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    There are two great german budget airlines you missed: germanwings.com and tuifly.com – both of them may be very useful (and cheap) for flights from and to Germany.

  5. Carrie March 27, 2009 5:07 pm
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    Air Asia is great for cheap flights, especially when they feature their million-free flight deals. We took advantage of this a year ago, and ended up getting nine super cheap flights all around Asia. Gotta say, I'm a big fan of budget airlines.

  6. Rich March 27, 2009 10:28 am
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    I think Virgin America is the best thing going in the US. Love their attention to detail…and cheap fares.
    http://www.virginamerica.com/va/home.do

  7. Austin March 30, 2009 2:14 pm
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    This is a great list, very useful to anybody out there planning a trip.

  8. Seth Hosko March 30, 2009 6:43 pm
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    I would also add Nokair to the list – believe they fly out of Bangkok. Same prices as Airasia, but the experience is much nicer.

  9. Petites annonces April 4, 2009 12:31 am
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    Niiice post thanks so much for this useful info

  10. Canadian Coins April 11, 2009 8:00 pm
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    I actually enjoyed this. Added a subscription to your feed.

    • admin April 13, 2009 11:49 pm
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      hey Allison, many thanks for subscribing to my feed!

  11. petites annonces April 12, 2009 8:29 am
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    nice post realy this is great we like to touch and see some articles like this ..

  12. Martino November 13, 2009 3:55 pm
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    Great start at listing World budget airlines. A few comments (at least on Europe): Clickair merged with Vueling, SkyEurope and MyAir went bust months ago. Have a look at the up-to-date list on http://www.whichbudget.com … and keep up the good work!

  13. Gary December 11, 2009 4:24 pm
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    Hi, i totally agree budget airlines rock!! They are great for people like me who are young and are wanting to travel the world on a Buget. I live in England and Europe is at my doorstep and that all down to these airlines, i would never of had the oppotunity to have visited all these amazing place. Long live the budget airlines!!

  14. Lash September 10, 2012 8:36 pm
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    Thanks for the comprehensive list, Nellie! I've never used JetStar, but I"m going to go check them out now.
    I rarely fly in Europe, so I didn't know which airlines to use there. Thanks! Hopefully I"ll get over there within a year or so.
    Finally, personally I agree with JetBlue for USA. And my some of my family highly recommend Southwest Airlines, like you.

    Thanks again! Very helpful. cheers, Lash

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  16. AirAsia schedule May 9, 2013 12:22 am
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    I think you forgot to put Philippine Airlines in the Asia category.

    • Nellie May 15, 2013 10:40 pm
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      Thanks for pointing that out!

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