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10 Spectacular Budget Airlines That Will Not Disappoint Travelers

10 Spectacular Budget Airlines That Will Not Disappoint Travelers

Budget airlines have quickly become an important part of the airline industry. As more and more people from all walks of life grow increasingly connected, air travel is growing from a luxury to a necessity. Particularly for students and travelers on a budget, low cost airlines are an indispensable way to get where you are going and see more of the world. The following 10 budget airlines offer an impressive array of features and services, despite their low fares.

JetBlue Airlines

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    Based in the United States, this airline features efficient service and in flight features.

    • Expanded leg room
    • Lie flat seats in business class
    • First checked bag free
    • 36 free seat back TV channels, selection of movies for pay
    • Free snacks and soda pop beverages
    • Fee based high speed wifi

    Southwest Airlines

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      Another airline based in the United States, Southwest Airlines takes a customer first approach to travel.

      • First two checked bags are free
      • 13 free seat back TV channels
      • Onboard wifi – Southwest.com provides a selection of games and shopping for free, fee based web surfing
      • Free pretzels, peanuts, and some Nabisco snacks, free soft drinks
      • Subscribe to email list for special savings offers

      WestJet

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        Another customer first airline, WestJet services Canada and parts of the United States.

        • Free seat back TV service on most flights
        • Tablets available for rental
        • Pre purchase in flight food using WestJet.com
        • Create a WestJet ID to collect travel points and receive special offers

        LAN 

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          Native to Chile, LAN airways services the western half of South America, including flights to Easter Island.

          • Lie flat seats in business class
          • Free snacks and soda beverages
          • Video on demand service, can rewind and pause entertainment
          • Part of the one world network, so users can purchase flights from other airlines through the LAN website

          Aer Lingus

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            Another incredibly valuable focused airline, Aer Lingus flies throughout Europe, various places in Canada and the United States, as well as a few locations in the Middle East.

            • High quality meals for purchase
            • Lie flat seats in business class
            • Free seat back TV selections
            • Fee based wifi

            EasyJet

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              Another European-based airliner, EasyJet flies throughout the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Norway, Germany, and a few Eastern European countries.

              • Expansive fee based onboard menu
              • Live flight updates on EasyJet’s website
              • Low cost flight insurance offers replacement flights when you miss a plane

              FastJet

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                Fast jet is an African budget airline with bases in Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, and Angola.

                • Few services are free, as the airline seeks to offer guests the lowest fare possible
                • All beverages and snacks must be paid for
                • Checked baggage fees vary based on size and flight length

                Tiger Airways

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                  Tiger Airways is an excellent low-cost choice that services Southeast Asia, Australia, China, and India from its headquarters in Singapore.

                  • Also offers few free services so fares are lower
                  • Over 80% of Tiger Airways flights are on time
                  • Authentic Singaporean meals available for purchase

                  Spirit Airlines

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                    Spirit Airlines is another effective low-cost choice for those looking to fly throughout the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

                    • Another airline offering low fares in exchange for few free services
                    • Refreshments for purchase
                    • Easy to join rewards program that saves fliers up to $75 dollars per ticket

                    Air India Express

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                      A popular price conscious airline, Air India Express is an offshoot of Air India and services the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

                      • Free checked baggage, depending on the flight destination
                      • Free standard meals and refreshments
                      • Limited free onboard entertainment
                      • Free fare refund or flight rescheduling if you miss your flight

                      Featured photo credit: Don McCullough via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on June 6, 2019

                      The Average Retirement Savings and How to Save Wisely

                      The Average Retirement Savings and How to Save Wisely

                      Are you on track for retirement?

                      If not, don’t worry, I’m not sure either. I save each month and hope for the best.

                      Fortunately, I’m at an age where most people don’t save so I’m ahead of the curve.

                      But, what if you aren’t in your 20s? What if you’re near retirement and are looking to gauge where you stand?

                      If so, keep reading. Here’s how to prepare for retirement and save wisely during the process.

                      What Does the Average American Have Saved for Retirement?

                      Saving for retirement is tricky.

                      Tell someone straight out of college to save $10k a year for retirement and it’ll be next to impossible.

                      Make the same request to someone decades older and they’d be more likely to be able to save this amount. But, a 20-year old college student can be “financially ahead” of someone saving more than them. Why?

                      Age matters in your financial journey. The younger you are, the more time you have to save and put compound interest to work. As you get older and have more saving power, you’d have less time to put compound interest to work.

                      Here are the average savings Americans hold by age bracket:

                      20’s – $16,000

                      During this stage, most people are paying loans and moving up the corporate ladder. Your best bet during this stage is to focus on eliminating debt and increasing your income. Don’t focus only on getting a high-paying job neither.

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                      Instead, focus on learning via Podcasts, reading books, and taking specialized courses. Doing this will make you more valuable and give you more career options.

                      30’s – $45,000

                      At this stage, you’ve hopefully escaped your entry-level salary and work at a career you enjoy. Your earning power has increased but you now have more obligations. For example, marriage, kids, and a mortgage.

                      Set a plan to pay off all your debt and focus on eliminating unnecessary expenses. Leverage financial tools like Personal Capital to ensure you’re on track for retirement.

                      40’s – $63,000

                      This is the stage where you’re at the prime of your career. Top financial institutions recommend you have at least 2 to 4 times your salary saved up. If you’re falling behind, start maxing out your 401K and Roth IRA accounts.

                      50’s – $115,000

                      During your fifties, you’re close to retirement but still, have time to save. You may be helping your kids pay college tuition and other expenses. Since you’re at the peak of your earning power, max out all your retirement accounts.

                      60’s – $172,000

                      By this point, you should have about eight times your salary saved up. If not, you’ll depend primarily on social security benefits averaging $1400 per month. Max out all your retirement options as much as possible before retiring.

                      Ways to Save Money on a Tight Budget

                      The sad reality is that most Americans aren’t saving enough for retirement.

                      Even high-earning power isn’t enough to secure one’s financial future. You need to have the discipline to save for retirement while time is in your favor. Don’t wait for you to have a high salary to save, start with having a small budget.

                      First, get a clear picture of where you stand. Write down a list of “needs” and “wants.” For example, Netflix and Amazon Prime are “wants” and a “cell-phone” is a need.

                      Use tools like Personal Capital to analyze your spending patterns. Personal Capital allows you to add all your financial data in one place–making it a powerful option to gauge where you stand.

                      Once you know all your expenses, organize them from highest to lowest expense. When you can’t cut more expenses, call your service providers to negotiate a lower price. If you’re not good at negotiating, use services like Trimm to lower your monthly expenses.

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                      How to Save Money Each Month

                      By this point, you know the average amount of money you should have saved for retirement based on your age.

                      But, breaking this down into monthly goals can be challenging. Here are some rule of thumbs to follow:

                      Aim to contribute 10%–15% of your salary each paycheck. Review your progress each week.

                      Why so often? The reality is that life gets in our way and you will have many financial setbacks. Your goal isn’t to be perfect but to get back on track instead.

                      Reviewing your finances weekly lets you know where you stand with your retirement. This doesn’t have to be a long process either. All it takes is login in Personal Capital to view your net worth and check how much you have saved for retirement.

                      Turn saving into a game and aim to save more each month. It will get challenging but you’ll get creative and find more ways to save.

                      Top Money Saving Challenge Tips

                      To prepare for your financial future and not be another statistic you need to be different.

                      How?

                      By adopting new habits that’ll help you become a saving machine. Here are some ways you can save more:

                      Automatically Contribute Towards Retirement

                      If you’re working for a company, you can automatically contribute towards your 401k. If you’re not currently contributing more than 10%, make this your goal. Contribute 1% more today and automatically increase this amount a year from now.

                      Odds are that you’re not going to be negatively affected by contributing 1% more. Many times we spend our money on things we don’t need. Contributing more towards retirement is a great way to secure your financial future.

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                      Use the Right Tools to Know Where You Stand

                      Once you’re contributing more towards your retirement accounts, gauge your progress. Make use of finance tracking apps to help you view the big picture of your retirement.

                      When I’d first signed up for the app Personal Capital, I didn’t know I had a negative net worth. Despite saving thousands of dollars, my debt brought my net worth to the negative. Knowing this motivated me to save more and spend less.

                      Now, I have a positive net worth. But, it was because I was able to view the big picture using the app. Find out what your net worth is using a finance tracking app and you may surprise yourself.

                      Bring in Experts to View Your Blind Spots

                      If you have too little or too much money saved, you should consider hiring financial experts.

                      Why?

                      You may need someone to hold you accountable to help you reach your financial goals. Or, you may need help managing your money as effective as possible.

                      Regardless of the reason, getting help may help improve your financial situation.

                      Before you hire an expert, find out which areas you need help the most. For example, if you’re constantly overspending, find a debt counselor. If you’re struggling with choosing the best investment options, hire a financial advisor.

                      Speed up Your Retirement Contribution

                      After learning how to manage your money well, the next best thing is to earn a higher income.

                      You’re capped at how much you can save but not much you can earn. Even if your employer isn’t giving you a promotion, you can still take charge of your financial future. How?

                      By starting a side-business.

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                      This will be something you’d work on after you’ve finished your day job. Once you start earning income from your side-business, you’ll be financially better off.

                      The best part is the more work you put into your side-business,[1] the more potential it has to earn more money.

                      So start a side-business in an area you’re familiar with. For example, if you enjoy writing, do freelance writing for small e-commerce businesses.

                      Once you’re earning a higher income, you can contribute more towards your retirement. Don’t wait for the right opportunity to secure your financial future, create one.

                      Reach Financial Freedom with Confidence

                      What if you were able to retire tomorrow with no problem, all because you’d have enough money saved up and little to no debt left to pay off? How would you feel?

                      My guess is that you’d feel happy and relieved.

                      Most Americans are falling behind their retirement goals for many reasons. They’re not prepared, they carry bad money-habits and are thinking short-term.

                      For you to retire successfully, you need to work backward and adopt better habits. Contribute more towards your 401K and focus on growing your income.

                      If you do, you’ll save money and pay debt faster.

                      Don’t beat yourself up if you’re behind your retirement goals. Take the first step today towards a brighter financial future. Isn’t retirement worth the hard work and sacrifice to be at peace?

                      Featured photo credit: Huy Phan via unsplash.com

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