A TikTok video claims you can save big bucks at the airport if you buy your ticket there, but this tip only applies to airlines that charge online booking fees.
It’s almost time for the holiday travel season to begin and that means people are hunting for cheap flight deals.
VERIFY viewer Gayle shared this TikTok video with our team that claims you can save some serious money by purchasing your ticket at the airport versus booking online. As of Oct. 26, the video has more than 1 million views.
Can you save money by buying an airline ticket at the airport?
Yes, you can save money by buying an airline ticket at the airport. However, according to travel experts, this tip only applies to ultra-low-cost airlines that charge online booking fees.
WHAT WE FOUND
The TikTok video references fees ultra-low-cost airlines, like Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines, typically charge customers for booking through their websites.
Allegiant Air charges its customers an Electronic Carrier Usage Charge if they book a flight online. On the airlines’ website, it says “fares displayed are inclusive of an electronic usage charge of $18 per passenger, per segment, applicable to all airline reservations booked through the website or call center.”
According to airfarewatchdog, a go-to source for airfare and hotel deals, this fee can be avoided if you purchase your ticket at the Allegiant Air ticket counter inside of the airport. However, airfarewatchdog says Allegiant often offers a “roundtrip discount” for tickets booked on its website, which may not apply to tickets booked at the airport. Customers also have a limited window of when …….