SkyScanner reveals the best value short haul airlines

Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, it’s always worth investing the time to research the cheapest flight prices available.

In today’s ever-competitive air travel market, some of the world’s biggest and best-known carriers are under increasing pressure to offer their customers the opportunity to travel at the best possible price.

However, when it comes to choosing a carrier to take you on your journey, there is an awful lot to consider aside from the basic price of the flight. For example, you should also look at seat allocation charges, baggage charges, on board refreshments, as well as factors such as comfort, reliability, and flight times.  

After all, there’s nothing worse than finding a cheap flight that fits in with your travel arrangements, only for the price to increase due to additional baggage and seat reservation charges that you may not have been already aware of.

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So what are the best short haul airline flights?

After reviewing average flight prices, seat reservation charges, baggage charges, and on board catering prices, one of the word’s most popular travel search engines, Skyscanner has identified the following airlines as offering the best value for money, with Easyjet coming out on top!

  1. EasyJet
  2. British Airways
  3. KLM
  4. Wizz Air
  5. Thomson Airways
  6. Jet2
  7. Ryanair
  8. Flybe
  9. Monarch
  10. Thomas Cook

Cat McGloin, Skyscanner’s travel editor has been quoted on the site offering her opinion when it comes to getting the best deals for your short haul flights. She said: “Whether an airline is of value to you is very much determined by what is important to you for that particular journey which is why we have broken out the findings below for you.

“The majority of airlines offer value packages where the flights might cost a little more but hold baggage and seat allocation is included and these really should be considered. Whilst it might be off putting to increase your flight by £30 and take a higher flight package, if you need hold luggage and that luggage charge is likely to be £30+ then opt for that. Most flight packages also include seat reservation as well.”

Skyscanner based their research on 10 of the cheapest return economy flight prices, departing to all European destinations, between July 2016 and June 2017.

If you’re not already familiar with Skyscanner, the travel search engine allows visitors to their site to compare millions of flights to worldwide destinations, in order to find the best deal.