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Shorthaul: LCC Or Mainline Carrier  
User currently offlineCapital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 39
Posted (12 years 10 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1993 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?

Like a fine wine, one gets better with age.
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User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4706 posts, RR: 39
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1971 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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User currently offlineCanadaEH From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 1341 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1938 times:

Not only extremely low fares but a great habit of being on time!

LCC's seem to be quite good at being on time. In North America, the top three On-Time-Performance ranked carriers were WestJet, JetBlue, and Southwest (90.20%, 90.10%, 90.10%, respectively).

User currently offlineCanadaEH From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 1341 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1928 times:

Sorry I forgot to mention, since the topic is LCC or Mainline Carrier:

Who would you choose? A mainline airline with high fares? Or a LCC with a low fare with Satellite TV? Hmmmmm.... I wonder who I would choose  Smile

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