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Lost Cost Carriers Really Low Cost?  
User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1412 times:

 Smile Hi everyone!  Smile

We are looking to fly to Alicante from East Midlands next February for 1 week.
I have looked on the BMI Baby website and I couldn't believe that these prices are supposed to be low cost.

3 Adults: £249 each
1 Child: £249 each

Taxes and all that other stuff:

Altogether cost: £996.00!
And that is just for flights!

That cannot be low cost!

DC-10

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User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5490 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1398 times:

What days of the week did you choose to fly? Try choosing different days.

User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1387 times:

We have to fly on the 15th February to the 22nd Feb because they are the school holiday dates. (Or I could try the 16th to the 23rd.)

DC-10


User currently offlineLBA From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1383 times:

There's your answer 'school holidays'!

User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1369 times:

Yes you're right, but I changed it to 1 month earlier and it still says £377.00!
That isn't cheap for a low cost carrier!


DC-10


User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6659 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1341 times:

bmi Baby IMO are not a low-cost airline.They are merely bmi with slightly lower costs and some very cheap introduction fares.They are no where near EZY or FR though

User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8509 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1295 times:
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Low cost airline prices are not all they are cracked up to be.

You have to fly when they want you to fly to get the cheapest fares,In some cases this may be totally inconvenient to you or your travel plans.

I used to use GO to LIS, then found out BA was cheaper!.

LHR is only 20 minutes from my house so what can I say.

Basic rule,shop around,don't travel on school holidays if you can help it.

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User currently offlineEGPX From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2002, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1274 times:

Bargains can be had - there are lots of factors to take into consideration but luck plays a big part. I have booked a trip from PIK to BVA with Ryanair in October. It is school holiday time and over a weekend but when I first looked into it a couple of months ago, the fares were £9-99 +tax each way. That came to (I think) about £40 for the round trip.

However, I had to wait until I had got the leave arranged. When I came to book the flights some six weeks later, the price had gone up to £79 for the return journey. I was disappointed but, lets face it, £79 for a Prestwick-Beauvais round trip is still a bargain. Ten years ago, £79 would not have got you from the terminal to the holding point of the active runway.

Back to the story, I had to wait a day before I could book the flight and it was just as well I did as for some reason I was only charged £72  Smile

However, the 'traditional' airlines are catching on. I looked, just out of interest, on the e-bookers internet site and was offered a BA GLA-CDG flight for £64 on the same dates. The timings were not what I needed, however. To get on the equivalent flight would have cost me £110, still not bad. Also, I'm five minutes from PIK and BVA is much closer to my final destination, Rouen, than CDG.

BTW, I picked up a very reasonable hire car deal off the Ryanair website as well.


User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8062 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1221 times:

If you want the cheap flights, you'll need an alarm clock. I personally don't mind getting up at 5am to catch an int'l flight in a 737 for £20 or whatever. Who the hell flies on the EZY Luton to Belfast 6am flights? Aaaargh!

And if they are delayed and get you in after trains etc have stopped for the day, you're completely rogered.



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User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6659 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1211 times:

Cedarjet,
what time is the last Stansted Express from STN to Liverpool Street?The mass of FR arrivals around 2300ish must leave some people cutting it close to get to back to London even without an on-time arrival.And the media have been saying STN may well become a massive international hub?


User currently offlineLewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3623 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1192 times:

Must be something with the dates. Usually when they have demand, the prices can be equal or greater than scheduled flights! During september-october, all ATH-LHR flights are full because of all the students going to the UK and Easyjet's tickets were more expensive than Olympic or BA for some dates. But some friends booked their return already (for december) and those who are flying low-cost airlines bought them really cheap (Something like 35 pounds)!

User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1170 times:

You're always going to be paying through the nose during holiday periods, even on the low-cost carriers. A few years ago, my cousin's husband was going to fly home to Akron from Atlanta for Christmas, he was going to fly AirTran there non-stop, but found out he could fly into Cleveland on Continental for less money. So sometimes you have to shop around to get the best deals. Many airlines are now using revenue management programs, so the price you actually pay will vary from when you book. A fare for February right now may say $250 RT, but by December that same fare may be down to $185 RT, sometimes booking too early can cost you more than if you do it a month before your trip.

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