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1,173 - Flying on a Budget Airline

January 15th, 2016

Episode 347 of 489 episodes

Sometimes a cheap airline ticket ends up costing you more than you planned. Learn why in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:31 Explanations: 4:18 Fast dialog: 18:36 Anton: It’s amazing that we were able to get these airline tickets so cheaply. Federica: It’s great, isn’t it? We can fly to Lawrence City for a fun weekend. Let’s check in using this kiosk. Anton: Hmm, this is asking me to pay $50 to bring a piece of luggage aboard. I didn’t know there were such strict baggage restrictions. Federica: I didn’t realize it either. Anton: And we have to pay another fee to reserve a seat. I didn’t know that the default was open seating. Federica: Me, neither. Anton: Did you know that we’re not flying directly to Lawrence City, but making two stops on the way? Federica: Oh, no! Anton: And there are other hidden fees for what they consider add-ons, things we would normally get for free on other airlines, like a soda, snack, blanket, and in-flight entertainment? Federica: No, that’s news to me. Anton: Here’s the kicker. We’re not flying into Lawrence City Airport but to a remote airport 60 miles away. We’ll pay a lot for ground transportation to our hotel. Should we get a refund and forget about the trip? Federica: Sorry, one thing I do know is that there are no refunds or changes allowed. Anton: I should have known flying on a budget airline would be like this. It doesn’t seem like such a good deal now, does it? Federica: No, this airline has turned nickel-and-diming into an art form! Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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