I ended up staying in Malta for 8 nights because I was waiting for a cheap flight out of the country. That was definitely too long and I’d recommend Malta for 4 nights especially if you’re actively moving exploring the country.
Wizz Air Flying Strategies
Wizz Air is a low cost carrier which means they provide cheap flights. Like most airlines, the additional fees can add up really quickly. Being careful and learning from your mistakes is the key to value in this game.
Finding Cheap Flights on Google
First off, we should always start with finding where you want to go for the cheapest price. My flight from Malta to Cluj-Napoca was €32 before the fees and ended up being €48. Still a great price which is why I waited for the flight.
I use Google Flights “Destination Explorer” to check prices to popular cities. You can set the filters by stops, airlines, price, times and more. Google has a lot of travel tools and you should check out my guide to the Top 5 Google Travel Apps.
Wizz Air Additional Fees
As you search for flights with Wizz Air, you’ll always see the introduction price which is €32 in this case. Then they tack on a €8 Administration fee. That’s nonsense, but the flight is still cheap.
I’m a carry-on only traveler. It’s much cheaper than paying for checked luggage and you don’t have to ever wait for your luggage. I stopped checking luggage because I’ve had times where I waited for my luggage over an hour! Only to find out they’ve lost it.
So while doing carry-on only, it can be a battle for overhead bin space. I want to always get on the plane early to secure that space for my bag. Since priority boarding was €8 and included the fee for a carry-on bag, I added it on.
While boarding for Wizz Air several times over the summer of 2018, I don’t think they checked once if I paid for the carry on luggage. Feel free to risk it.
Don’t Pay for Priority Boarding at Small Airports
There are no jet bridges at Malta Airport. After a lot of traveling, you’ll start to notice that small airports don’t use jet bridges. Everyone is shuttled from the terminal to the plane on a bus. Paying for priority boarding in this situation is pointless.
Since you’re being shuttled on to a bus, priority boarding gets you first access to the bus. Unfortunately passengers who didn’t have priority boarding are going to be the first ones off the bus and on to the plane.
Wizz Air Malta to Cluj, Romania
It’s a relatively short (and direct) flight from Malta to Cluj. With a flight time of 02:25 even flying in cramped conditions isn’t that bad.
I didn’t pay extra to assign my seat and they gave me the very last seat in the back with no recline…of course. BUT! It wasn’t that bad because I was able to board the plane in the back. When we arrived in Cluj I was one of the first people off the plane since I was also able to disembark from the back of the plane.