Why you Can’t Compare the Discount Airlines with the Regular Ones

Hi guys. Hope you’re well. Let’s chat.

For some reason, it makes people mad when I say this but…

I’m just gonna say it…
I fly with Spirit Airlines.

And frontier, and Jetstar, and Norwegian, basically all the cheap, discount airlines. All. Of. Them.

I love a great deal, I make sacrifices for my travel, I am not “bad and bougie”. Simple.

I love sharing deals with all my social media friends. Most people are appreciative and send me pleasant messages, thanks for that. But then there are always those couple of haters, the ones who always have something negative to say. You know them right? The ones that are never satisfied, whatever you post they pick it apart.

I don’t want the people who are in my community, who are new to travel, to be discouraged, or feel any negativity or like they’re less because of a travel snob’s feelings about certain things.

#mood

If you are privileged and can always afford more expensive flights or to always be in first class that’s great! Go for it! But if you’re constantly negative and making my people feel bad stay the fuck off my post’s! Simple! This isn’t math.
The discount airlines might not be for you, that’s fine, but don’t spend your time sprinkling salt on everyone else who might be interested in taking advantage of a deal, ok? Ok.

 

There’s no way you would compare a trip to McDonald’s to that steak dinner you had a Ruth’s Chris. No comparison in regards to food, they’re in two separate classes. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some French fries at 3am when you’re drunk, there’s a time and place for everything. This is how I feel when people compare the cheap airlines to regular ones.

I hate when people say…

If you can’t afford to go “the right way” then don’t go. Or “save your money and buy a more expensive ticket”.
Can I live?

People who put down small stay-cations and domestic travel are assholes, period. If I have a couple days off and I want to fly to Orlando cause it’s $60 round trip for a small vacation (like I did this January) , I should be able to do it if that’s what my budget grants. So instead I should just stay home? No, how about I go live.

Ok, rant over…

Here’s why I fly with them.

I feel like as long as you have realistic expectations and an understanding of what you’re getting into in regards to your flight, discount airlines can be your bff. People often have negative experiences with these airlines because they don’t know what’s going to happen. Be aware of the rules, be smart. Below are the most common grievances people have.

Bag fees- all the airlines have them to a degree. Pack light, go for a small carry on for free. If you need more go for a checked bag if the cost round trip with the bags is still a great deal.

Pay for snacks- I don’t know why the fact that you don’t get free peanuts and a 50ยข sprite such a deal breaker for people but…
You can pack and bring whatever snacks you want! You can’t bring water or drinks inside, but you can bring an empty bottle and refill inside or buy a pop (yes I say pop) after you get past security.

Bad customer service- I have flown with Spirit about 3 or 4 times, I have honestly never had a bad experience. The first time the flight attendants were great, it was my friends birthday, they gave her some free drinks. The most recent time I flew with Spirit it seemed like they had made some upgrades to the plane.

Comfort- seats are pretty average with the discount airlines. Of course more room is always better, but plane rides and sitting still for hours is generally uncomfortable. I can’t honestly not tell a difference between seat comfort from airline to airline. I’m 5’6″, my legs aren’t that long, so I get it if you’re 6’5″ and need to extra space, once again might not be for you.

Let me tell you some real facts:

1. Every airline has issues
2. Any airline can and will have cancellations and delays.
3. The weather cannot be controlled
4. Every airline has employees who hate their life and are rude.
5. Every Airline overbooks flights, no way around it.

There are negatives that are associated with travel period, but I always find the benefits outweigh the bad. Now that I’m done being a cry baby, I’m back and let’s get back to the fun! Send me any travel questions you might have and I will answer them. You can comment below, send me a hi or a calm down ๐Ÿ™‚

 


18 thoughts on “Why you Can’t Compare the Discount Airlines with the Regular Ones

  1. YESSSS thank you!!! Gah I hate it when travel snobs try to rain on my discount flights. This post was so refreshing, ahhhhhh. You took the words right out of my mouth!

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  2. Thanks for sharing! Your thoughts reflect my own. I generally travel quite often, last year I flew abroad almost every month and I have to admit I tend to go with whichever flight is cheapest and so that sometimes means budget airlines, but for me, who cares! As long as I get there right! Same with accomodation. The joy for me is being in the country, exploring, seeing new things, I don’t want to stop that because I have to stay in a particular type of hotel or fly in a certain way. I know my family wouldn’t stay at places where I would stay and so they stay at home, not travelling, saving up there money for a once a year holiday. Different priorities I guess, but life for me is about living and experiences, as many as possible… either way neither one of us should be down on the other because we value things differently. Each to their own – theirs no wrong or right – no sense adding more negativity into this world.

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    1. I feel the same way! It’s just bout getting there and experiencing the world! I especially want people who are new to travel who come to me to know that it can be done for cheap and to not be discouraged.

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  3. I enjoyed reading your post. I agree with “to each his own”! I don’t always have the leave or funds to travel internationally and I have to settle for staycations. My goal is to enjoy myself wherever I am. I also agree with the 3am Mc D’s fries (I love fries and an ice cream cones during the summer)! LOL #traveldiva95

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  4. I hate comparison in general. Especially when it comes to travel. Why do people care so much about how other people are doing it? Even if I have the money, I am going to book the cheapest flight I find (when I factor in costs if I need to check bags and so on)… I am on a plane for a short amount of time compared to wherever I am going, so I would rather spend the money once I get to my destination on food, experiences and my Airbnb. I agree, airplane are uncomfortable regardless, so who cares. My boyfriend is 6’5 but he sucks it up and deals with not being able to squeeze his legs in and we figure it out. Sorry you had to deal with the negativity of people, there will always be some. Just keep doing you girl.

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  5. Great post! I saw you post some deals with WOW airlines but I’m super hesitant. I’ve never heard of them before and I’ve never flown a discount airline. Nor have I ever been to Europe because of the expensive flights. Have you ever flown WOW airlines and did you like it? I was thinking about purchasing the package with all of the bells and whistles mainly because it will be my first time flying a discount airline and I don’t think I’m ready to not have all of the bells and whistles just yet. Thoughts?

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    1. I haven’t flown with them, but I know people who have. I would just say make sure you’re getting a good deal after purchasing the full thing.

      If you’re flexible with your dates you might be able to find a cheap ticket with a regular airline.

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  6. This is so helpful! My sis is in TX and I’m in CA and unfortunately they don’t have a Southwest near them so she’s always trying to get me to use Spirit, but I’ve always been a little reluctant. I feel much better about it now!

    Don’t let the haters get to you. You know what they say about opinions (everyone has them), but the only one that really counts is yours. Plus, I read a great article on how everyone needs a petty tyrant in their lives – it helps us care less and less what others think over time. You rock! Keep it up girlie

    Hugs, Kate

    http://www.kategetsdressed.com

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  7. Oh my gosh. YES!!!!! I used to work for a big airline, and like you said they all have issues. Some people just like to whine. I love your blog. It’s always refreshing to read truth. Keep up the great work. I am so appreciative of your tips, advice, and transparency.

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