SafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 16 Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5168 times:
I think that this should go into Polls and Prefs.
I flew with EasyJet and they were fine. "Airline UK" might give you a good idea about some of the problems with them, but normally, they are fine. If EasyJet is much cheaper than another airline, definitely take EasyJet, but otherwise, I would consider that other airline. Also, in the event that something goes wrong with your connection, you might want to make sure that there is a later flight.
7e72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5140 times:
Speaking of EasyJet...i just saw my first episode of AirlineUK (i don't have cable in Indianapolis where i live and am in Seattle now for the exam so i have cable at the hotel and i noticed that on the episode just shown they had a guy (who was being a complete a$$hole) smoking and then just dropping his cigarette on the ground and smashing it..do they actually allow that?? BTW..it looks like the employees of EasyJet are more nicer than many of the airline employees in the US
The next generation of aircraft is just around the corner!
Geoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 7 Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5135 times:
But bear in mind programmes like Airline will only ever show their worst side (makes for good viewing).
You shouldn't try connecting flights into or out of, or between, easyJet flights. If you have to, allow at *least* 2 hours between flights. easyJet don't do through ticketing, even between easyJet flights so you'll need to check in again when you connect (then security etc).
I've never had any real problems with them. All bar one flight has been within 30 minutes of on time, service on board is friendly, fares are cheap, what more could you want?
Snacks and drinks are available on board for purchase. Seating is first-come-first-served, although you board in sections based on your check-in position - ie check in earlier to be in the first section.
Kl911 From Ireland, joined Jul 2003, 5066 posts, RR: 13 Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5126 times:
If you want good service and no delays, go for Ryanair! I've never had any problems with them and always good service, arriving normally 20 min early as well. ( And no I don't work for them........) Besides the reasons given above, most of the time you save loads when flying FR, just book about 2 months in advance, but that shouldn't be a problem.........( book a flight for 0.99 cent, and when you cannot fly that day you loose 0.99 cent, that's all.) They have to refund tax since the new european law was adopted.
RJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4112 posts, RR: 31 Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5114 times:
Just flown on easyJet Basel-Berlin-Basel yesterday. Whenever you can choose easyJet, try them! Yesterday's flight was operated by a brandnew A319, less than 4 months old!! They were cheap, efficient, safe, friendly, on time and relaxed.
Gilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2965 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5039 times:
easyJet are excellent as a point to point airline and usually get you to where you want without a problem.
As the airline operates with a 25min turnaround delays can occur and especially on the evening flights as they struggle to make up time.
Please bare in mind you have no seat allocation and it can sometimes be a bit of a stampede to the aircraft, depending on if the airport in question doesn't operate a boarding system based upon when you checked-in. For Example 1-30, 31-60, 61-90, 91-120 and 121+.
The seat pitch is not as generous as the US Low Costs and usually only offers a 29-30inch seat pitch.
If the airline was to cancel a flight they wont offer compensation or hotel accommodation and are only obliged to give you a refund or place you on another flight. This is extremely rare and applies to all UK low cost airlines not just easyJet.
Another point - they are very strict with check-in times and if you are late they wont board you and if your responsibility to pay to travel on a later flight. Even if the flight has not departed and you have no checked luggage.
All you need to remember is 27million people travel with them a year and the vast majority without any problems. You pay for what you get and ensure your travel insurance covers you for the above eventualities.
Tristar100 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 309 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5033 times:
Ignore the "fly on the wall" programmes such as "Airline". If they were doing the same filming with Rolls Royce cars they would still only show the bad things happening, which is what makes people watch and increase their viewing figures, i.e a drunk prat shouting at check-in staff because they made him sit for hours in the bar getting sozzled and forced him to drink more than he can handle, so much that he missed his check-in. Then when he is turned away - guess what? Its Easyjets fault. Then he sees his two minutes of fame and starts to play to the cameras.
I have flown many times with Easyjet and been delayed once due to a blow-out in Paris. If you understand they are a budget airline with no on board free service (coffee is approx £1.50) and you sometimes have to fight for a window seat then you will be OK. The cabin crew are down to earth and I cant find any fault with their attitude to the passengers.
Have a good trip, if you need transport around LIV and MAN when you are here just E-mail me.
WGW2707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1197 posts, RR: 37 Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5013 times:
I would reccommend avoiding all European LCCs for intra-European travel. From my own experience on Bmibaby, the service provided is much less than the service provided by American LCCs-you have to pay for sodas, water, anything extra...
For intra European travel my own reccommendation would be that you get a Eurailpass valid for the length of your stay. These enable you to travel first class on any train in the countries your pass is valid for. They have several options: the Eurail Select Pass, in which you choose from a list of countries, the Europass, which covers the most touristy places, and the full Eurailpass, which includes every Western European country except Great Britain, and also Hungary and Greece. The only disadvantage of Eurailpass travel is that the passes are not valid on the British railways, but then again you're quite possibly better off travelling by another mode of transport in the UK anyway...
7e72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2 Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4997 times:
What would be a good london airport to fly into from the US and catch one ofthe low fare european carriers such as easy jet? I am starting to plan a trip to Europe and would like to try some of the low fare airlines over there
The next generation of aircraft is just around the corner!
Tristar100 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 309 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4990 times:
Gatwick has a good variety of easyjet going to AMS etc.....
LHR then a connecting bus or one of our great historic trains up to Stansted for Easyjet and Ryanair. Or, Luton for the same carriers. Stansted is the best for variety of low-cost to Europe. Be careful though their airports are not always the ones you think they are, i.e Hahn, 45 mins from Frankfurt Main. Stockholm approx 70 miles from Stockholm. Please check before you travel.
BMI Baby flies from East Midlands, Manchester and soon Birmingham.
Gilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2965 posts, RR: 1 Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4984 times:
Gatwick is really your only option for easyJet flights as the other major London airports for LCC is Stansted and Luton which are both airports operating within Europe.
You will have a wider choice of flights with LCC from Luton which is easyJet's main hub and Stansted for Ryanair's main UK hub.
If you fly to Gatwick and need to get to Luton for a flight to Europe it is very straight forward as there is direct trains from Gatwick to Luton Airport which takes about 1hr and travels right through Central London without changing trains.
What you do is type in where and when you want to travel (only works for UK originating flights) and the dates. Will then search loads of website on your behalf and return the prices of all the searches. You can search from three UK airports to the same destination and compare them all.
It's free of charge and when you click on the airline in question that offers the cheapest flight it will take you to there website.
Geoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 7 Reply 18, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4961 times:
Nothing wrong with our train service when one particular train in the USA has been running 45+ hours late recently...
You can buy rail passes for the UK too. Much cheaper for foreigners than it is for the locals.
You'll see from other threads that there are two schools of thought:
1. Europeans who use LCCs a lot and are generally happy with them
2. Americans who have never, or only a couple of times, used LCCs, compare it to JetBlue or Southwest, and don't like what they see (or think they might see, for those who express opinions without experience).
Sorry to generalise you Americans like that, but that has been the predominant feeling behind your compatriot's postings here on a.net. Perhaps only the peeved post and the happy stay silent, who knows? Anyway, I'm off to don my flameproof jacket.
SafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 16 Reply 20, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4947 times:
Never flown with them but as safetydude says they along with Britania
I believe that only EasyJet is on "Airline UK".
Do keep in mind that while "Airline UK" does show extreme examples, they are examples, and could very well happen to you. While Southwest could also have the same examples, the extremes shown on "Airline" are not as near as "Airline UK".
That being said, I would probably agree not to do connecting flights, unless their is a huge price difference.