With consumers hungry to travel and looking for deals, low-cost airlines are enjoying an extraordinary post-COVID resurgence. Ryanair and Wizz Air report higher 2022 sales compared to 2019, before the COVID era. In the U.S., low-cost airlines like Breeze and Spirit are adding multiple new routes. And travelers are benefitting from their healthy competition.
There is one catch.
With a few notable exceptions (Southwest Airlines’ “bags fly free” policy), budget carriers have aggressive and complicated baggage fee structures. For example, Allegiant charges fees to use their overhead bins and to check luggage. Only underseat bags are free on Allegiant Air — and underseat dimensions are typically 18” x 14” x 8.” French Bee is one of the many European airlines that weigh carry-ons, and will charge to check them if they are over 12 kg (26 lbs).
But, navigating hidden fees can be worth it to score fares under $50. This quartet of bags will help you commit to carry-on and keep all that inflation-busting savings.
A great value for little travelers, Stephen Joseph children’s Rolling Luggage allows young fliers to transport their own carry-on. And (critically for low-cost airlines), the bags are a perfect underseat size. Stay organized with two compartments and a large outer pocket, all in a multitude of charming prints. Luggage and handle height are child-size — but the handle extends so a grown-up can comfortably pull it, too.