There’s a beautiful moment between your heart and your mind when you find that perfect airfare, to that wonderful destination and you click that book button. And then the is the moment of euphoria that rushes through your veins after you’ve paid and received your flight confirmation. The next months then weeks and finally days are a roller coaster of emotions, mild mannered bragging rights and finally panic as you do a last minute pack.
That is unless you choose to fly with TigerAir Australia. Never before have I received the unprecedented level of airline discrimination and mockery as when I started to admit to people that I had taken my own life in my hands and booked an airfare with TigerAir.
Some of the issues people had with us choosing to fly TigerAir
And trust me when I tell you that there was a whole lot more isuses.
Why risk your life and holiday by flying TigerAir?
Well why not really? I’ve flown with a lot of airlines in my time. Let’s not forget the joy of flying Qantas that I experienced, who for those not in the know, is considered Australia’s premium airline. A joy which you certainly pay for. In recent years TigerAir has had some PR disasters which a quick google search will fill you in on. There hasn’t been any major safety issues and I couldn’t see any reason why we wouldn’t fly with them.
You get what you pay for
$9. Yup $9 is what I paid for each of our airfares. Because we’re rich millennials I splurged and paid the extra $3 each for priority boarding.
Airfare Melbourne to Hobart – $12/pp. I’ve paid more for a glass of wine in a dodgy pub. Actually I’m fairly sure that I did pay that for wine in Tasmania. As it’s only an hour flight I didn’t bother upgrading our package to an additional checked in luggage or food. We really did get what we paid for. Two seats on a plane to a destination we wanted to go to.
I hope you have great travel insurance
Yup- we certainly do. And I do recommend at all times that travellers have an appropriate level of travel insurance. Why were people telling me this? Well there was an assumption that TigerAir would delay our flight by a million hours and we would have to rebook on another airline to get to Hobart.
How Was Our Experience Riding The Tiger?
The booking process was really easy. People seemingly forget that this is a low cost carrier and like all low cost carrier there are additional charges to be paid along the way. Just be aware that you’ll need to untick a few boxes of added extras. Our super low airfares were apart of TigerAir’s 9th birthday sale last year. Hence the $9 fares. We booked months ago so had quite a few months to wait out the pending doom (according to every single person we spoke to).
The Dreaded Delay.
Yes we did get delayed and rescheduled. A week before our flight I noticed a change in our online booking. Within 24 hours TigerAir sent me two emails to confirm this change and a text message. I dare say a follow up phone call was on it’s way if I hadn’t actioned the changes. It was a small change seeing us land in Hobart a mere two hours later then planned. We also had a 45min delay at the airport due to an unwell passenger on the incoming flight. This really isn’t something that we could blame the airline for. When I was planning our trip I was careful to ensure that we had no plans that night other than dinner and bed. So any delay really didn’t affect us.
The check in process was super easy. Like most modern airlines you can do this online and receive your boarding pass on your mobile. TigerAir are super strict on check in procedures. There is no wiggle room with the cut off times. Our big spend of $3 for priority boarding was super handy. We were in a separate line and once we boarded the plane got prime selection on overhead storage.
A Weighty Issue
ALL airlines are now weighing carry on luggage at the boarding gate. This is nothing new so I suggest that you don’t get your knickers in a knot over it. If you do happen to find yourself over the weight limits and your knickers are in a knot perhaps remove knickers and dispose of. Might just help you get under the weight restrictions.
We tripled checked our bags at home and even at the airport to ensure that we were both under the weight limit. Hint – CabinZero bags are awesome for carry on only situations.
Don’t Be Late – The Plane Won’t Wait
No truer words have ever been spoken.
Was It Worth Flying with TigerAir?
I really have zero complaints about flying with TigerAir. They are a low cost carrier and you do get exactly what you pay for. So if you want the extras pay for the extras. The seats were comfortable, the plane was clean and the staff were pleasant. It’s hard to ask for anything more from an airline
Would I fly TigerAir again? Sure. If the price is right I’d have no issues flying with them again.
Half the fun of travelling, well for me, is certainly the planning and dreaming side of things. The research of where to go, what so see and engaging in relevant conversations with my peers and indeed total strangers on their experiences of a destination. As I discovered that when you decide to fly TigerAir people are more intent on telling you what a terrible choice you’ve made rather then talk about the wonderful destination that you are going to. Clearly we survived as I’m here today tapping away at the keyboard.
Have you flown with a low cost carrier before? Let us know in the comments below.
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