Is a commercial airline or budget airline better?

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When planning a trip, cost is always a consideration. Our natural instinct leans towards not spending a lot of money on a flight and use the money saved on our vacation / holiday. It even becomes more tempting to save on our flight when we read, “Low airfares,” “$99 One-way,” or “Children fly free,” for example. Seeing these ads can make us forget about the consequences and deal with them later. Unfortunately then consequences when a planning flight goes wrong can be several hundred to several thousand dollars. How do we known if the cost is worth it and if it can work for us? When planning a flight it is important to think about the total journey and not how to save a few quick dollars. This leads to the question, what is a better choice a budget airline or a commercial carrier?

To begin with a budget airline is an airline that tends to offer flights at low cost, flights offered tend to be short-haul, they tend not to code share with commercial airlines, and they tend not to use a hub system instead using point-to-point flight structure. This means the airline is cost conscious trying to keep their planes in the air in order to generate revenue; it may also means they may charge a lot of extras and it may mean some of their flights land at smaller airports near large airports in order to save on landing fees.

So who might choose a budget airline? There are a lot people who choose a budget airline such as student flying home on break, someone working for a small business who is travelling long distance for a meeting, a couple wanting a weekend get-away, or a family trying to have a holiday / vacation, to name a few. For these individuals and others budget airline offers them a cheap fare with frequent flights.

Flying a budget airline may seem like a panacea for those who fly. For those who have the time, a budget airline can offer a great way to say money but for others it can pose challenges.  The issues faced by a traveller will vary by country but there are some universal issues to consider.  Some budget airlinesmay advertise they fly to large city but the airport they fly into is maybe several miles from the city advertised, thereby adding cost. Another potential drawback is if there is an onward flight. In many situations when using a budget airline, if the flight is delayed and you miss a connect flight with a commercial airline then you may not be entitle to compensation for missing the flight. Also, it will mean checking-in again for the onward flight. This becomes a

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major headache for those who are travelling internationally since a missed flight could cost hundreds or thousands of dollars more. Plus those travelling with young children, having to recheck-in or missing a connecting flight may create more problems than saving a few dollars is worth. Third issue is the added costs in order to make the flight profitable. Granted the fare maybe cheap but reading the fine print may make the flight more expensive then booking with a commercial airline.


So what is better a budget airline or a commercial airline? The answer comes down the needs of the traveller including time they have available and the costs.  For those who are looking to save a few dollars by flying a budget airline to a major hub in order to connect to an international flight, it may be worth flying a commercial airline. However those who are looking at a weekend get-away or a student looking to go home during a vacation / holiday time then a budget airline might be alright.


An overview of travel, student, and business visas


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One of the biggest headaches facing a traveler is determining if they need a visa. A visa, in essence, is permission to enter the country for a specified period of time with restrictions. It will allow you to accomplish the purpose of the visit without completing directly with the current labor market and without being eligible for the country’s welfare system. Determining the type of visa needed is crucial and the wrong decision could mean being denied entry. The three most common visas a traveler will need to consider are a tourist visa, student visa, or a business visa. This article is not meant to assist in determining the visa needed and is meant to provide an explanation on the differences between the more common visas a tourist may face. Any questions regarding visas should be directed to the appropriate consulate, the appropriate immigration attorney, or the appropriate immigration advisor.


Travel / tourist visa, in most cases, does not allow work or studying. Instead it allows an individual to visit the country for a specified period of time. Countries will state, usually on their consulate website, which individuals with passports from certain countries can enter without a visa and the country will state how long they can state without having to apply for a visa. Depending on the country, a tourist visa will not lead to citizenship nor will it lead to permanent residency. In most cases, a tourist visa prevents the individual from doing many things and normally requires that the individual leaves at the end of their visa.  However, some countries, will allow an extension but once the extension expires it is expected the individual leaves the country.


Student visa allows studying and it may allow the student to work a limited number of hours. The ability to work is greatly limited and it is not allowed in every country, therefore it is imperative you check with the country’s consulate to determine if working is permitted.  If working is allowed it will, most likely, be monitored by the school and the program will be set-up to ensure you are not directly competing with the majority in the labor market. This means, in most cases, working in the country will not be enough to fund education and any working allowed will probably be enough to offset living expenses. Also it means violating the visa will result in removal from the country and being barred from re-entering. Finally depending on the country, the level of education you have obtained in the country and the field studied, it may lead to a work visa.


Business visas are, in most cases, are not work visas. By having a business visa it means you are already working for a company and you are entering for a task specifically related to your role in the country.  Depending on the country, it may mean if you are self-employed you have been contracted by a business in the country to provide a specific service on a very short-term basis, such as a three day workshop and once it is done you will leave. In most cases a business visa will not lead to a work visa nor will it lead to permanent residency. Finally it means you are not going to be directly competing with the country’s labor market and once your task is over you will be leaving the country.


In conclusion different visas have different purposes and it is important to understand the differences in order to choose the correct visa. Each country is different in regards to their immigration rules and any questions must be directed to their consulate. Many countries have their consulates on the internet and information regarding visas including visa rules can be found there. Without the right visa it can lead to delays entering the country and it could lead to removal. Finally remember to adhere to all of the visa rules and if you violate any of them then be prepared to be removed.