Budget airlines often come along with no frills, for the low price you pay, all you expect is to get from A to B as safely as possible. After my experience of flying with budget airlines around Europe and North America and Oceania I was shocked when I first discovered Airaisa on my backpacking trip around South East Asia.
Here are my 5 reasons why I think Airasia is the best budget airline in the world:
1. Check in using a smart phone app
All airlines should do This specially Ryanair who charge €50–70 if you forget to print your boarding pass before you go to the airport (bloody cheeky!). Who owns a printer these days? Everyone has smart phones and you only need a barcode to scan anyway. Airasia are awesome for having a smart phone checking in system allowing us all the travel much smarter.
2. Top customer service With a smile
I’ve flown with budget airlines in the past and always the service seems to be grumpy. I understand why, normally the cabin crew have to work multiple shifts and work quickly to turn around flight times. But with Airasia I’ve found the total opposite, every time I enter the aircraft I’m greeted with genuine smiles by cabin cabin crew that seem to enjoy their high flying job. Good for them for finding something they enjoy working for and I feel that represents the Airasia brand well, young, fresh, trendy and a lot of fun.
3. Affordable in flight food
Airport food is expensive and budget airlines normally charge a small fortune for the privilege of eating up in the air. However Airasia offer an advance food ordering service which normally works out a lot Cheaper than eating at the airport, plus the dishes are Normally local and fun to try for a low price.
4. Modern aircrafts
They are a rather young fleet and you can tell by the high standards of their aircrafts. The seats are comfortable, modern cabins and makes for a pleasant flight, super.
5. Fun social media promotions
Ever since day one, AirAsia has always been on the ball with fantastic promotional prices and using social media to tell the masses. They understand that social media is cost effective and use it to their advantage, it makes it easier to locate promotions, fantastic! Also, I’ve found Airasia to use Twitter rather effectively to help with customer inquiries which is both direct and quick.
6. Bonus: Airasia x
Airasia x makes me excited thinking of all the destinations that they fly to on the cheap. Nepal, Sri Lanka and, South Korea, Australia, Japan and maybe soon they might re-open there London route! Isn’t it great that all these destinations can be visited on the cheap with a budget airline? The possibilities are endless. Sure, you have to cut some corners or pay for extras like in flight food or extra baggage, but for a backpacker on a budget it opens up possibilities.