Many people don't understand the airline tickets they buy. A lot of people don't understand why some tickets cost more than others for the exact same flight, or why they have to pay for their baggage sometimes and then other times baggage is free and it's things that can create some confusion which can lead to frustration for passengers.
Buying an airline ticket most of the time isn't a big deal....but the consumer should be fully aware of what exactly they are purchasing. An airline ticket is a contract between the passenger and the airline and comes with many, many rules. Buying the wrong ticket can become very expensive as well as a huge inconvenience if anything happens that isn't planned for.
What happens if you need to change your travel dates? Or flight times? What happens if the weather makes it impossible to fly? Lightning, fog, blizzard....or what happens if the plane has mechanical problems? Can you get a refund for your ticket or maybe a credit for future travel and in which situations is that even possible?
Read the links below to become informed about air travel or to answer any questions you may have:
What you can bring on the plane?
Are you wondering if you are allowed to bring something in particular on the plane? Here is a link to a search bar so you can search the item you are wondering about....it also tells you if you can bring it in your Carry-On or if it needs to be in your Checked Bag.
Medical devices, small children and animals, carry on baggage, liquid, aerosols & gels, pre-boarding identification requirements, duty free purchases, pre-boading checklist, airport security screening, disabilities and service animals, and more.
With these three pictures, you can see that the main fare rules are present if you hover over or click on the fare itself, so you know what you are purchasing. These are just examples, but useful when navigating the website! On a very personal level, I ADVISE AGAINST BUYING ANY BASIC FARES. It is worth the extra money to move to a class above with all the airlines and usually the price difference isn't very much.