gabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3779 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3354 times:
I find easyJet pretty good generally. £8 is added to each flight which covers debit card payment. You have to pay extra for credit cards, hold baggage, food, drink, priority boarding etc. I find the seat pitch reasonable, and the staff are generally good. You don't need to pay to check in at the airport, so no need to check in online and PYOBP if you don't want to. Unlike most airlines, there is no weight limit for hang luggage (within reason).
Ps76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3274 times:
I have flown Easyjet many times and have never had a terrible experience with them. They have never been amazing either but they are fine. The only problem I have with them is they charge a fortune sometimes for Speedy Boarding. I think it's more than 20 pounds for a return flight. But being an airline geek if I flew somewhere and back and didn't have a window seat it would be completely pointless so I always have to buy Speedy Boarding.
I've had some good experiences with British Airways too. Once when coming back from Manchester the Gatwick flight was cancelled and I had to go to Heathrow. Coming out of the aircraft I forgot to pick up by bus transfer ticket. Later on when I asked the crew what I should do the captain of the flight personally took me all around Terminal 5 at night, got me a ticket and saw me on my way. That was really cool!
roberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 1096 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3217 times:
I have flown Easyjet on multiple occasions, I'm statisfied with them overall. But like other posters said, you do pay extra for hold luggage, payment by creditcard, food and drinks on board and for speedy boarding. Easyjet does not have assigned seating. Legroom is decent enough.
BA on the other hand do offer free food (don't expect too much though) and full bar service, as well as 1 free checked bag. Seats are assigned, you can pre-select a seat during booking for a fee, or for free at check in. BA do take good care of if you in case of IRROPS, whereas Easyjet leaves you to sort in out by themselves.
In conclusion, if the price difference is minimal I would pick BA, for a more relaxed way of travelling with less hassles and the certaintity that I'll be looked after well. If Easyjet is much cheaper I would not hesitate to book them.
raffik From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1741 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3145 times:
I like Easyjet, but will go with BA if the price difference isn't too high. Boarding any airline which doesn't operate pre booked seating can sometimes turn into a scrum and I will pay a little more to have a civilised flight!
gabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3779 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3074 times:
Quoting retrotristar (Reply 2): Thanks, my 2nd option is BA ( 2nd cheapest ) will similar charges apply do you know ?
With BA, everything is included, excpet a £4.50 surcharge for credit cards.
Once you've included everything you want (i.e. a hold bag, a G&T on the plane, airmiles) plus evaluated travelling time to your airport/destination, you will be in a postion to see which is better value.
I prefer BA over easyJet, but on short flights I'm happy to fly with U2 if there is a saving to be made. Using some airports like LTN can be a bit of a hassle, and certainly removes some of the glamour/excitement of travelling compared to LHR T5 or LCY...
Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19608 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3005 times:
It really depends on where you are and where you wish to go. E.g. if you were near BRS and EZY served your destination, this would clearly be advantageous than travelling with BA even if the price differential was minimal. But without that information, and assuming the price differential was low and that everything else (e.g. schedule, airport access, car parking cost/surface transport price) was fine, I'd clearly also go with BA. However, I've never had a bad flight/experience with EZY and wouldn't hesitate to fly with them again - assuming, as always, that price, timings, etc, were suitable.
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YVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2935 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2859 times:
I have a personal soft spot fir U2 as they came to LTN in 1995 when there was nothing from there other than the holiday airlines, a clapped out FR 1-11 to DUB and a couple of carriers trying to make the odd route work with t-props.
As an airline, they are fine. Service can not be faulted, aircraft are new and clean and for me on time performance has always been 100%. You dont get phonecards, lotto tickets and whatever else thrown down your throat for the duration of the flight but other than that I really dont see much difference than FR service wise. Orange / yellow, meh...
The website and fare structure is a lot easier to use than the FR website.
Go for it, a great airline. However, check the competition - just because U2 are "LCC" and BA are "legacy" it doesnt mean there is a fare disparity, particularly bottom line. LGW-EDI for example, BA are often pretty much the same fare if not less - without the add ons! And more baggage allowance which is great if you are travelling for two weeks. Plus you get a free drink (not a big deal but can be handy on a tiring or warm day).
BAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 2819 times:
I've never had a bad experience with easyJet, in fact, if it wasn't for the free-seating and all the add-ons, service-wise I've found them no different from any other "legacy" carrier that offers BoB service. The crews are generally professional, I once even experienced them stop the safety demo because a couple of guys were chatting loudly and not paying attention!
Back in December 2010 I got stuck trying to get home from my office in Amsterdam because of the heavy snow storms. I was originally booked on BA and when my flight got cancelled all they did was book me on another flight two days later. I was offered no hotel accommodation and no form of compensation. To cut a long story short, three days later I was still in Amsterdam with little to no chance of getting back to LHR on BA due to more cancellations. So I bit the bullet and bought myself a ticket to LGW on easyJet. The flight arrived at AMS from LGW, but just after it arrived more snow hit, LGW closed down and after waiting at the gate for four hours, my easyJet flight got cancelled too. But here's the difference; U2 tried to put us all in hotels, but when all of the hotels they would normally use had filled up, they just told those of us without a hotel to find whatever we could and to send them the bill! They even said to send them any cab bills we incurred in getting to those hotels. So I got a night in the Schiphol Hilton at easyJet's expense, whereas BA gave me nothing. I was even booked in Club Europe on BA, but still, nothing.
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