You know the saying: bigger isn’t always better. Often it seems like the larger the airline, the longer the check-in line, call-center queue, and baggage-claim lines — thanks to those massive marketing budgets. As you may have found throughout your travels, a bigger airline does not always mean better service — or a better product.
If you’re looking to mix things up on your next trip, why not consider flying some of these smaller, lesser-known airlines? With a bit of luck, you’ll either save some money on the fare or experience much better service than on a standard American or European flag carrier.