In my experience, super-low fares are low for some not-immediately-obvious reason. If you’re going to fly cheap, you’re probably going to pay the price in fees, inconvenience, delays, discomfort, or all of the above.
I’m finding more and more that it’s worth paying for the services I want, expect, and think I deserve when flying. I’m not a cow, so I don’t want to be treated like cattle at a sale barn. As of now, that’s the reality of travel economics.
You can either beat your head against a brick wall by trying to fly on the cheap or you can relent, pay your money, and travel more comfortably with less stress. I choose the latter!