Don't get stung when using budget airlines

The number of budget airlines offering cheap trips to various Asian destinations has grown sharply in recent years, but are their services as good as they first seem?

Tourists often choose to go for the no thrills option when booking a flight so they have more overseas travel money to spend when they eventually reach their destination, but there are often hidden costs to consider.

One way that some budget airlines boost their income is through inflated food prices.

A new study by TravelSupermarket has found that the mark up on in-flight refreshments can be huge on discount flights from the UK and Ireland.

It discovered that in some cases, popular brands of crisp are being sold to passengers for 495 per cent more than the average supermarket price.

The company's travel expert Bob Atkinson said that holidaymakers can make significant savings by buying their own snacks and drinks from the airport shop before they board their flight.

"Airlines realise hungry and thirsty passengers are a captive audience with no option but to buy from the trolley if they have failed to plan ahead," he remarked.

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