Purchasing an air ticket
The most common way to purchase an air ticket these days is to buy it over the internet through the chosen air carrier’s website. However, you can also purchase an air tickets from tour operators, travel agency, air ticket sellers or directly at the airport. By purchasing an air ticket, passenger enters into a contractual relationship with the airline, whose main task is to carry passengers and baggage. You can find all the basic information regarding transport in the Conditions of Carriage, which usually also contain the price list for all additional services. Make sure you read them thoroughly before buying an air ticket as they may vary from airline to airline, in some cases quite considerably.
It commonly applies that the earlier you book or buy your air ticket, the cheaper it will be. Any additional changes or cancellation are often more expensive with low-cost carriers than with regular airline companies. Therefore, do think beforehand about what you would like your air ticket to include (baggage, travel insurance, sporting equipment, pets, etc.). You will find all the detailed information in the Conditions of Carriage and the price list of your chosen airline.
If your chosen airline offers check-in exclusively via the internet (the so-called “web check-in”), do not forget to check in for your flight and to print out your boarding pass. If you fail to do so in the stated time, you might find yourself very unpleasantly surprised at the airport.