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'No Frill' Airlines Aren't Always Cheapest...  
User currently offlineEnglandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3
Posted (15 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1695 times:

If you wanted a cheap shorthaul flight you'd probably think of booking with one of the many 'no frill'/low cost airlines, but this might not be to your advantage.

My mum has tried for weeks to find a last minute holiday in Southern Europe, but everywhere's booked. Luckily we're going to borrow a villa from a friend.
Anyway, earlier today I began searching the websites of the low cost airlines, Easyjet and Buzz (I forgot Go existed). I discovered Buzz don't fly to Palma and so entered my details into Easyjet's flight finder. The total cost of a return flight for 5 people was over £1200.I did the same on Air 2000 (charter airline) and their price was similar.

That's quite alot, especially on a low cost carrier, so I tried the websites of the normal scheduled airlines BA & BD (British Midland). BA could only get us to Palma via Madrid. On BDs website I entered the exact same info as I had on EZYs & AMMs. The return cost for 5 people on the same date was several hundred Pounds less* and with BD the flights are from Heathrow!

So the moral of the story is shop around.
Just because an airline is 'no frills' it doesn't mean the price is going to be less.

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*the reason the cost was more was because EZY & AMM put their prices up for half term week.

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User currently offlineNW-ELITE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1675 times:

Yes. Exactly like WN.

User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25347 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (15 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1658 times:

Fares are cheaper when you book a couple of months in advance on no-frills carrier, depending on availability. It gets dearer the closer to flying you get, otherwise flying easyJet would normally be tons cheaper.

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User currently offlineEnglandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (15 years 4 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1648 times:

GKirk- Even so, that is realy stupid. I mean my flight with BD is full sevice and from Heathrow (which is expensive to fly from) and it's alot less than with a 'low cost' carrier that flys from Luton.

Easyjet realy need to think about how their prices work.


User currently offlineEI133 From Ireland, joined Jan 2000, 307 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 4 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1645 times:

Its all to do with luck as far as I am concerned.I haveegot to Pasris and Brussels with Ryanair for £20 return ex Dublin.Granted that the airport is a little outside the respective cities but the one hour coach trip is well worth the savivng on the air fare.

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