10 reasons traditional airlines are actually better than discount airlines
Inspiration for this list: today’s Spirit flight. Of course, it goes without saying that discount airlines’ major selling point is their low price. Jury’s out on whether the benefits of traditional airlines outweigh these
1. Meals and Snacks
Call me crazy, but I actually look forward to airplane food. it’s something you can’t get anywhere else!
2. Free Blankets
Airline blankets aren’t the coziest, but they really do the job well. Every time I fly, I make sure to grab an extra blanket or two on my way out— they’re always useful at home.
3. Personal Hygiene Pouches
These vary in quality depending on the airline, but sometimes they can include fantastic mini shampoos, toothbrushes, and even perfume and moisturizer.
4. More options in the event of delays and cancellations
The title speaks for itself here. Many discount airlines only operate one flight per day, which makes it hard to have alternatives.
5. (negligibly) Larger seats
And seats that recline! oftentimes with foot reste!
6. Decently-sized tray tables
the tray table on my flight today was absurdly small. I couldn’t even fit my tablet on it without it falling down.
7. Fewer and less desperate emails trying to get me to upgrade
These can actually be funny. But, after the tenth email, they start to get pretty tiresome
8. Not having to pay to talk to an employee at the airport
Can you believe this costs $10?!
9. Somewhat useful and transferable rewards programs
contrast this with a budget airline membership, which costs money and seems to have very few perks.
10. Budget airlines are permanently chock full
And so you never have the opportunity to move to a free row or switch seats.