Surprisingly enough, one of the best ways passengers can save money with Frontier is by buying their tickets at the Frontier Airlines ticket counter. Other options, like third-party sites or purchasing through the Reservation center, could subject you to an additional $5-$35 fee. So, to make your cheap flight even cheaper, consider traveling to the airport and booking with an agent at the counter.
Note: When we are talking about buying tickets at the airport we are talking about buying last minute tickets and not advance purchase tickets (which would be tickets for flights several days, weeks, or months out).
The way that we find and book airline tickets has changed significantly. Rather than walking into a travel agent, the majority of travellers now book flights online. Another way of booking tickets, which has become almost obsolete, is to book your flights at the airport kiosk. Although many might not even consider this as an option, rumours can still circulate that this is a good way to get a bargain. So, truth or myth Keep reading to find out whether you can save money by booking your tickets at the airport.
Our conclusion is short: yes, you can book your flight tickets at the airport for some airlines; but, it will be significantly cheaper, easier and more convenient to book your flights online instead. Again, in some instances you may arrive at the airport kiosk to be redirected to go online to book your flights yourself anyway.
In days gone by, it was common to wait until you arrived at the airport to purchase tickets. You can probably think of several movie scenes where the harried hero squares off against an unhelpful airline worker at the departure gate. Yet outside of the movies, most airport service desks exist to provide services other than selling flight tickets. The focus of their job is mainly checking in passengers, assisting passengers with checking bags, arranging upgrades, helping passengers find new flights and other services.
There is one notable exception: you can often find Spirit Airlines deals by buying tickets at the airport. When you book Spirit Airlines flights in person, you can often avoid additional service charges. Most other tickets purchased at the airport will come with added fees.
OP is not necessarily asking about buying tickets on day of travel at the airport (which is always the most expensive way to buy a ticket), but appears to be asking is it cheaper to drive to airport to buy a ticket vs buying it on line
2.) Buying tickets on the day of travel: Done this twice - I think - in my life. You will pay dearly for the walk-up price at the airport. They know you have run out of options and price tickets accordingly.
My husband dropped me off at the Cleveland Hopkins Airport one Saturday afternoon. He planned to circle the airport a few times, while I purchased our plane tickets to Savannah on Allegiant. We thought this would be a fairly quick transaction.
As luck would have it, the seemingly new person freed up when it was my turn. I told her I wanted to purchase plane tickets, and she immediately got to work. However, it only took thirty seconds for a blank expression to come over her face. She then mumbled something about not remembering how to do this.
The bottom line is that buying tickets on budget airlines at the airport can definitely be cheaper. You will simply have to compare your savings on fees vs the total cost of your flights to see whether the fare difference is worth it.
I found some roundtrip flights on Spirit to Orlando for the four of us for $607 all in. I could have booked these with Citi ThankYou points for around 49,000 ThankYou points. But if I drove to the airport to book the tickets I would save $160 ($20 each way per person for 4 people). That reduced the price to $447. That effectively dropped the value of the ThankYou points to under one cent a piece, not a good redemption.
First things first, get all of the info you need before going. The airports, the flight times, the cost etc. Write it all down. I witnessed other people trying to buy tickets and the agent was reciting all of the different flights and prices for the day. This wastes their time and your time. Know what you want before you go.
Nowadays a vast majority of passengers buy their tickets online, given the practice of electronic ticketing. However, some ultra low cost carriers give you an incentive to book tickets at the airport.
I've flown Spirit multiple times and have only booked in the airport. For my family of 5 I've often saved $100-200 in fare by doing it at the airport. The baggage fee is $10 less online after booking (before the day of your flight) when purchased online. I paid $175 in tickets + $90 for 1 suitcase on our last trip to Houston from NY. Not bad!
While there prices were a while ago. Spirit now charges $79 for a checked bag at the airport and upon trying to get our plane tickets, they allowed bidding on seats. So when I got my ticket and seat number, my group of 7 were all reassigned to complete different seats separating all of us. I do not recommend spirit as there were a lot more complications that arose and spirit would not do anything...
While there prices were a while ago. Spirit now charges $79 for a checked bag at the airport and upon trying to get our plane tickets, they allowed bidding on seats. So when I got my ticket and seat number, my group of 7 were all reassigned to complete different seats separating all of us. I do not recommend spirit as there were a lot more complications that arose and spirit would not do anything about it. While it IS CHEAPER to book online beware of the \"extra\" charges and changes when you get there
This article is not accurate. The tickets are cheaper at the airport, BUT we tell the guests to purchase their bags online before you check in for your flight and you get a lower price on your bags. Also bags at the airport are around $79 at the ticket counter, so save money purchase on line.!
Mother's Day weekend this year my group of five traveled fron DTW to MCO round trip for $39.50 EACH!!! We fly Spirit regularly, and never pay for seat assignments. Our group has never been split up on the plane. We bought the tickets at the airport and carried backpacks. Spirit can be a pain in the butt, but for prices like that I'll put up with a little inconvenience.
There's another big exception to this, though. Some cheap fares, like your example, don't have a $12 fuel surcharge. All tickets purchased at the airport do. This is explained in the T&Cs. I've had a few ultra cheap tickets that only charge a $9.99 PUC and end up being more at the airport.
I am also curious if you can buy tickets for departures from other airports. I live 30 minutes from the Bishop airport in Flint MI that serves Allegiant, but I'm looking to buy tickets from Cincinnati to Orlando. I would make the drive to save $176 on round trip tickets for my family of 4.
It wasn't that long ago airlines charged extra to ticket at the airport, sometimes even at the kiosk, and directed us to e-tickets and other online options. Just keep moving the goal posts to make sure to maximize revenue.
This is not true. There are about a dozen stations where Allegiant does not sell tickets. The law, roughly, says there must be a way to opt out of the fee but doesn't require it to be convenient or even at every airport.
I've tried to buy Allegiant tickets at some airports and have been turned away. The decision was reaffirmed by Allegiant corporate when I complained. They explained tickets are only sold at the airports listed on its website with ticket hours. You'll notice several cities served by G4 are missing...meaning they don't sell tickets.
This is not true. There are about a dozen stations where Allegiant does not sell tickets. The law, roughly, says there must be a way to opt out of the fee but doesn't require it to be convenient or even at every airport.I've tried to buy Allegiant tickets at some airports and have been turned away. The decision was reaffirmed by Allegiant corporate when I complained. They explained tickets are only sold at the airports listed on its website with ticket hours. You'll notice several cities served by G4 are missing...meaning they don't sell tickets.
When booking your flight remember that a departure early in the day is less likely to be delayed than a later flight, due to \"ripple\" effects of delays throughout the day. Also, if an early flight does get delayed or canceled, you have more rerouting options. If you book the last flight of the day and it is canceled, you could get stuck overnight. You may select a connection (change of planes) over a nonstop or direct flight because of the convenient departure time or lower fare. However, a change of planes always involves the possibility of a misconnection. If you have a choice of connections and the fares and service are equivalent, choose the one with the least-congested connecting airport, so it will be easier to get to your second flight. You may wish to take into consideration the potential for adverse weather if you have a choice of connecting cities. When making your reservation for a connection, always check the amount of time between flights. Ask yourself what will happen if the first flight is delayed; if you don't like the answer, pick another flight or \"construct\" a connection that allows more time.
Almost any planeload of airline passengers includes some people with urgent travel needs and others who may be more concerned about the cost of their tickets than about getting to their destination on time. DOT rules require airlines to seek out people who are willing to give up their seats for compensation before bumping anyone involuntarily. Here's how this works. At the check-in or boarding area, airline employees will look for volunteers when it appears that the flight has been oversold. If you're not in a rush to arrive at your next destination, you can give your reservation back