David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7259 posts, RR: 14 Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 771 times:
The bit of that report I take with a pinch of salt is this:
"Need the low-cost airlines be worried? Not unduly, according to price comparisons. Conventional airline fares, it seems, remain stubbornly high at busy times."
And prey tell why these "low-cost" airlines can also have higher fares than the "traditional" airlines at busy times?
Anyway, Lufthansa are still cheaper to DUS from MAN than BA: they've got £99 return fares...must sort out my visit there to take advantage of these "deals" (whether they are still available is another matter!)
Capt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 736 times:
I think what the author means is that when comparing peak fares on a LCC to peak fares on a traditional carrier, you will usually end up having to pay more to fly on the latter; peak fares on BA will generally be higher than those on Easyjet, on a flight to Nice, for instance.
By 'peak', I mean the higher end of each airline's fare 'spectrum'.
I don't know, why not try a sample booking on ba.com?
EGNM-LBA From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 156 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 707 times:
"And prey tell why these "low-cost" airlines can also have higher fares than the "traditional" airlines at busy times?"
Of course they can. Full service airlines have always offered good deals on Sat night stopover fares and they often can be cheaper than the low-cost equivalent for Fri night / Sun night combinations. However this is the exception rather than the rule and the LCCs have made their impact felt not by competing on the weekend market, but by offering low fares throughout the week, particulalrly on day returns.
Just to prove it, 10 mins ago Easyjet.com was offering me 144 GBP for a day return LPL-CDG tomorrow and 123 GBP for LPL-AMS. OK, well above their lead-in fare but still miles better than what I could find for MAN-AMS (284 GBP with KLM) and MAN-CDG (434 GBP with AF). 4 or 5 years ago the prospect of being able to book a day-return fare to a major city such as AMS for just over a hundred quid with just 10 hours notice would have been laughable - yet I was one click away from sealing the deal.