Our change of plans, due to the migrant border closings, had to be resolved in a few hours. And there are disadvantages obviously to not doing a little homework and pitfalls of booking with discount carriers.
We had to find something to replace Croatia and Slovenia and quickly looked at last minute flights (normally very expensive) on discount carriers. We selected Hungarian-based Wizz Airlines because of a low price to Brussels and past experience by Greg and Sue and their son Damien. But like many discount carriers, hidden charges can add up, including luggage fees for large carry-ons (normal size ones most everywhere else), seat reservation charges, skip the security line fees and more. And, we opted for the first three.
The airport in Budapest is quite a distance out of town, and had to catch a taxi at 4:30 a.m. The only time Greg and Sue were there, passengers were placed within fences on the runway in the hot sun. This morning’s first rain of our trip gave us pause, but since the prior flight, Budapest has put up metal buildings on the runways for passengers boarding on the runway, rather than gates as is the case with many cheap airlines.
Our skip the line security benefit was not so great when one bag was pulled aside. Our friends from Serbia gave us homemade honey and peach preserves. After trying to decide why the bag was a problem, they decided to toss out the honey, not the preserves, but they missed a bottle of water we inadvertently also had in the bag. Not the tightest security.
Anothe hidden cost is that many discount carriers, especially in Europe land at out-of-the-way airports, as in the case of Brussels South Charleroi, actually located in Gossalies, Belgium, about 30 miles way from Brussels. And, the bus trip is long and pricey.