Budget Airlines Comparison – Allegiant vs. Frontier vs. Spirit

Budget Airlines Comparison – Allegiant vs. Frontier vs. Spirit

September 15, 2019 0 By William Hollis


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with the link in the description below and get a two month free trial! Okay I just flew back to back with Allegiant, Frontier and Spirit. If you haven’t seen
those videos there’s a link to them in the description you should definitely
check them out so you sort of get a sense of each one they’re ultra low-cost
carriers here in the United States and because I make videos here on YouTube
about Airlines and I tend to fly a lot both for work and for pleasure I thought
I’d compare these experiences and give you some thoughts about what I’m gonna
do next time I want to have a low-cost airline experience. If you like travel
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consider doing that let’s get back to it the the ultra low cost business model is
one that essentially allows passengers to customize their air travel experience
only have one bag I paid for more don’t want a boarding pass don’t pay for it on
traditional Airlines on the other hand yet you’ve got a paper bags whether you
have them or not on a low-cost carrier you simply pay for the bags you have and
whether you use the you know some Airlines app for boarding or want a
boarding card print it out you’re paying the same price but not with a low-cost
carrier but let’s take a look at four specific
categories and compare these airlines in each one those four categories first
booking and fees seats cruise and then finally food of course if only one of
these airlines serves the route you need that’ll probably be the one you take
right but let’s just set that aside for the purpose of this video and simply
discuss them as peers or competitors okay
first booking these airlines naturally seek revenue wherever they can get it
and that means during the booking process they’re showing ads and
upselling other services and additional products all through the through the
process yeah I saw it I saw promotions for everything from rental cars to the
Ritz Carlton in the end I found that frontier had the most straightforward
booking process so frontier for the wind in this category the other airlines were
just promoting too much stuff in my opinion anyway fees every airline
charges them and the way ultra low-cost carriers do it is just a bit different
of course you know I’m sure that you have to pay for baggage but let’s take a
closer look at some fees that I thought were mandatory until I read this comment
from kibbles and bits by the way I read all the comments even if I don’t respond
to them to each one I really do read them all apparently thanks kibbles and bits it’s
possible to buy a spirit ticket at the airport in order to avoid their
passenger usage fee and you say between nine and nineteen dollars a little
research you can do the same thing over on frontier in order to avoid their
carrier interface charge and save about nineteen dollars you can even save
around thirteen bucks if you buy an Allegiant ticket at the airport here’s
the deal apparently Airlines ticket revenues are
subject to federal excise taxes so these low-cost carriers play little accounting
trick by charging say 93 cents for a ticket and then make up the rest by
tacking on their their fees of course their mandatory government taxes and
fees that you just can’t avoid but yet don’t have to pay these additional
airline charges if you know the trick so now you do allegedly apparently you can
just go to the airport and buy your ticket but is it really that simple I
don’t know if you’ve done it please let me know in the comments section if that
trick really works I’d be curious now what pay for those checked luggages or
carry-on bags or other add-ons varies between these airlines and it took a lot
of research to build this apples-to-apples comparison of these
costs so take a look at them here it is and as of the publication of this video
but they’re subject to change and may depend and may vary depending on your
route and schedule so be sure to check your airlines website for the most
up-to-date information or if you want to take a look at this just pause at this
point in the video but if you don’t want to do that let’s talk about the seats I
intentionally chose the most common and basic seat I could in each case I
selected a row toward the back to increase my chances of having one to
myself and it worked twice with Allegiant and frontier I had no seat
mates spirit I was crammed in there pretty tight
now because I was making this video I booked window seats on each flight I
wanted to get to take off and landing footage for you I don’t like that anyway
back to me I went out of my way to sit in the most similar and basic seats I
could across each flight I was either in 30 F or 29 F there are upgrades
available on each of these airlines if you pay more with form or pitch with and
other improvements there’s Allegiance legroom Plus seats
frontiers stretch seats spirits big front seats but if you’re not willing to
pay for those more luxurious experiences if you’re doing what I did with the most
basic seat I’m going to give the window Allegiant and the reason is I usually
have work to do when I’m traveling and it’s pretty much impossible to get work
done in a basic frontier or spirit see the tray tables they’re joke at least
with Allegiant the pitch was a little bit greater and there was a normal-sized
trade table so I was able to like open up a laptop or work on a note back of
notebook or whatever key now for the cruise the first thing first I believe
that working as a flight attendant is some of the most challenging work on any
airline there’s there’s literally no doubt about it in my mind but I would
think an ultra low-cost carrier environment would be even more
challenging no I’ve literally spent hours researching these fees and the
rules for each airline and I still don’t have a complete understanding and I saw
passengers who also didn’t have a complete understanding taking out
frustration on airline staff during these flights so I know it’s a
challenging environment but honestly I was very impressed with the cabin crews
from each of these Airlines and if I had and I don’t think this is quite right
but if I had to give the edge to any of them from my limited exposure it would
be spirit because the pilot came out and made that announcement to the to the
cabin which I really liked not everybody would but it’s not fair
really to give it to spirit because it won’t happen on every one of their
flights and it could happen on any of the other airlines therefore when it
comes to cruise it’s a draw for me and I think they’re pretty much the same
as for food again not much difference here in fact the menus are really
striking in their similarities there might have been different brands on
offer but that’s about personal preference if you like Pepsi and they
like coke whatever I don’t know I can’t really make that call for you but I can
assure you if one hair line is a bag of chips each of them do if one has soda
the others do as well one has a bourbon you can find something similar on the
other two in the end there’s just not any significant difference among these
by onboard programs I guess the biggest loser though has to be frontier and
that’s based on your comments I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of them
that that video generated about tipping on Airlines and the majority the
overwhelming which already beats used including some cabin crew members by the
way thought tipping flight attendants was just not cool so really based on these categories in
my opinion these are three companies who as far as I can tell from my own
passenger experience are trying desperately sounds weird to be as
indistinguishable from each other as possible I mean if you just saw photos
of each of these cabins I don’t think you could tell a difference they’re
virtually identical what am I gonna do next time I’m seeking a low-cost
experience here in the US and this I think could be pretty controversial I
hope you’ll be sure to let me know how you feel about this but first of all I
think it’s important to highlight the number-one rule of Fight Club I mean the
number one rule of low-cost carrier flying you gotta know what you’re
getting into you got to be prepared you got to understand the rules and the fees
and this is number one thing don’t expect a Singapore Airlines business
class or first-class experience it’s just not what you’re gonna get you also
got to understand in my opinion what Tom Martin pointed out it is common in the
spirit video and ultimately this is the real kicker for me if you miss your
flight or there’s a travel disruption which can and will happen on any airline
I mean whether as I said is the great equalizer for example unlike mainline
carriers these Airlines do not serve their destinations more than once a day
in many cases and in some cases they only serve them a couple times a week so
that means if there’s some kind of a problem whether mechanical crew
scheduling whatever they’ll rebook you on the next flight but that next flight
might not be for a day or two in my travels I prioritize timeliness and
having a back-up plan so for example I usually try to book
morning flights to ensure I have a backup in the event of one of those
travel disruptions that but you don’t really have any backup on
an airline that only serves a community once a day or less so what I will do in
the future is book a basic economy ticket on a mainline carrier these
tickets work in pretty much the same way as an ultra low-cost ticket allowing for
example limited baggage and other limitations like that but mainline
Airlines just have more options to get passengers to their destinations in the
event of some kind of disruption now it might mean I’ve got to make a connection
in a hub city instead of flying nonstop but I don’t mind an extra flight and I
just prefer that sort of safety net but let me know what do you prefer do you
want to fly one of these three Airlines who is that your choice would you rather
you know go with another airline let me know in the comments I’m curious
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