Capital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 49 Posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 982 times:
When it comes to Cost v Frills which do you consider best when paying from your own pocket?
Of the LCC's, I have only flown Ryanair in Europe (though I am flying Jet2 in October) and because I have expected so little from them I have found myself quite impressed! Not only extremely low fares but a great habit of being on time!
What are other people's opinions? When paying from your own pocket are you happy with LCC's or do you insist on full service?
TriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4685 posts, RR: 48 Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 960 times:
I am factoring in price (especially including landside transportation), total travel time, convenience and schedule. Up to a certain extent, I would pay a few Euro more in order to avoid free seating and not having to fly at 6 a.m. in the morning.
And quite often, when factoring all these variables in, the "mainline carrier" wins hands down for me. Let me give you an example.
I am frequently travelling to Paris. AF and LH are both offering flights for about 100 Euro from DUS, which is pretty close to my hometown DTM. 4U is flying from CGN with prices starting at 38 Euro/rt. But by the time I am usually booking these flights, the ticket price of 4U is more likely already at 58 to 68 Euro, while AF and LH are still at 100. CGN is much farer away from my home, and I have to factor in at least another 20 Euro landside travel cost to get there. At this point, a flight with AF is only 10 - 20 Euro more expensive than 4U, AF offers more frequencies and more convenient times plus I don't have to worry about a good seat during boarding. Also, I get miles for my frequent flyer account.
And this travel cost difference of 10-20 Euros (including all landside costs for access to either CGN or DUS) are exactly the sum I am willing to pay more for a mainline flight (factoring in all the variables I mentioned at the beginning of my post).
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