Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has put together a guide comparing budget fares across 21 major airlines which is available in the Know Before You Go section of the website at aph.com/budgetfares

The research compares the lowest priced ticket fare available with major airlines including American Airlines, British Airways and easyJet, highlighting costs and services such as baggage allowance, check-in fees at the airport, costs for allocated seating and in-flight experiences.

With regards to baggage allowance, 19 of the airlines allow cabin luggage on-board and ten of the airlines researched, including British Airways, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Ryanair, also allow passengers to store one small personal item under the seat in front.

For those planning to travel with substantial luggage, nine of the airlines researched, including Emirates, Qantas and transatlantic flights with Aer Lingus, allow passengers to check-in luggage in the hold as part of the budget fare.

When the baggage allowance does not suffice, all the airlines do allow passengers to purchase additional luggage space for a fee, varying from £8 with Wizz Air to £171 with Qantas, depending on the flight route and bag weight.

For travellers looking to pay a little extra to sit by a window or on the exit row, the majority of airlines provide passengers the option to select their own seat for a fee, however, four airlines allow passengers to choose their preferred seat for free, including KLM and Qatar Airways. Passengers travelling in Basic Economy with Delta Air Lines should note that seat selection is not available at any time and that seats will be allocated by staff after check-in.

To avoid unexpected charges once at the airport, passengers travelling with three of the airlines researched – Jet2, Ryanair and Wizz Air – should ensure they check-in online prior to arriving at the airport, since all three charge passengers to check-in at the terminal. Fees for doing so vary from £8 with Wizz Air to £45 with Ryanair.

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