Avoid paying Extra charges and fees on Tiger Airways

By Emma Merkas on 04/Jun/2013
tiger airways The low-cost airlines are getting savvier when it comes to up-selling, which can mean you end up paying way more than the original fare price if you don’t pay attention when booking your tickets.

We show you how to avoid shelling out for the unnecessary extras when flying with Tiger.

This advice is designed to get you the cheapest possible ticket. You may need to take into account things like flexible fares if you think your travel plans may change, or adding checked baggage ahead of time to save money (trust me, even being a kilo over on your luggage with Tiger is an expensive exercise!)… Please make your own decisions when it comes to your personal requirements.

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1. Select your flight

We’re heading on an early (read: cheap) flight to Perth for the purposes of this little exercise.

If you can be flexible with your departure date, try checking the prices a day or two either side to see if your fare will be any cheaper.

2. Avoid the ‘switchmyflight’ pop up
Flexi fares on Tiger will set you back over three times the ticket price in this particular case! It’s actually cheaper for you to cancel your fare and rebook again if you need to make changes! Firmly click hell-to-the-no at this pop up window.

Helpfully, Tiger already assume you don’t want to take advantage of this offer and will auto-select “no” for you in the first place.

3. No baggage required

Tiger allows two pieces of hand luggage with a combined weight of 10kg – and they’re pretty strict on that. They may even weigh your handbag!

If you’re doing a day trip or heading for a beach holiday and only need your togs, you might be able to get away with carry on only. But 10kg does add up fast.

Tiger gives you the option of adding on a luggage upsize up to four hours before the flight but you have to call the centre and the rates are higher. If you think you will need extra kilos, now is the time to purchase them at the lowest rate.

4. I’m purrfectly fine without the travel insurance, thanks
On the next page, Tiger will helpfully offer you their Purrtection (cute) travel insurance for the low, low price of $11.95.

Personally, I never bother with domestic insurance. – if Tiger cancels a flight (which they are doing less of these days) you are automatically put onto the next available anyway. Weirdly, the insurance Tiger offers doesn’t cover you for buying a ticket with another airline. And because I’m taking care of my own carry on luggage, there’s little chance of them losing it! Legally speaking, please don’t consider this expert advice. Just my own humble preference.

5. Would you like to choose your seat? (Hint: It’s a trap!)
They get a little tricky on this next screen – you have the opportunity to choose your very own seat on the plane! But, if you look carefully at the bottom of the screen, though, you’ll notice that you need to pay for the privilege. The seats are colour-coded into price bands - $35.00 will get you a front row seat, $8.00 will get you the front half of the plane and $6.00 will get you the back half of the plane.

You can proceed without selecting your seat by clicking the orange button and let the fates decide (or request something on check-in in your nicest, most friendly tone).

6. Finally, pay with an Australian-issued MasterCard Debit card
If at all possible, get your hands on an Australian-issued MasterCard Debit to pay your fare with Tiger. It will save you another $8.50 (per person, each way) in booking fees. Any other card used will attract the booking fee (and yes, credit card is the only payment option - No POLi unfortunately).

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By Emma Merkas on 04/Jun/2013

Tagged as: Tiger Airways, Fees, charges, save money, seating