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10 Ways Budget Airlines Save You Money

U.S. News & World Report - Travel Logo By Katie Jackson of U.S. News & World Report - Travel | Slide 1 of 11: A few decades ago, low-cost airlines were a novelty. But nowadays, thanks to deregulation across the industry, travelers have dozens of <a href="http://travel.usnews.com/features/airfares-are-at-a-7-year-low-but-are-you-getting-a-deal/">cost-effective flight options</a>. For example, Spirit Airlines has a $9 Fare Club (requiring a $59.95 enrollment fee), Tigerair can get you from Singapore to Thailand for $40 and earlier this year WOW Air offered direct flights from San Francisco to Iceland for $99. Of course, <a href="http://travel.usnews.com/gallery/10-outrageous-fees-every-traveler-should-know-about/">fees</a> often apply – and add up – but if you travel lightly, you can trim costs. Here are a few clever ways budget airlines can help you save on airfare, plus expert-approved tips for snagging the lowest fares.

Learn how low-cost carriers enable you to snap up enticing fares.

A few decades ago, low-cost airlines were a novelty. But nowadays, thanks to deregulation across the industry, travelers have dozens of cost-effective flight options. For example, Spirit Airlines has a $9 Fare Club (requiring a $59.95 enrollment fee), Tigerair can get you from Singapore to Thailand for $40 and earlier this year WOW Air offered direct flights from San Francisco to Iceland for $99. Of course, fees often apply – and add up – but if you travel lightly, you can trim costs. Here are a few clever ways budget airlines can help you save on airfare, plus expert-approved tips for snagging the lowest fares.
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