dc-10 levo
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Lost Cost Carriers Really Low Cost?

Thu Sep 19, 2002 12:14 am

 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!

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Dazed767
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RE: Lost Cost Carriers Really Low Cost?

Thu Sep 19, 2002 12:16 am

What days of the week did you choose to fly? Try choosing different days.
 
dc-10 levo
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RE: Lost Cost Carriers Really Low Cost?

Thu Sep 19, 2002 12:22 am

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.)

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LBA
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RE: Lost Cost Carriers Really Low Cost?

Thu Sep 19, 2002 12:28 am

There's your answer 'school holidays'!
 
dc-10 levo
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RE: Lost Cost Carriers Really Low Cost?

Thu Sep 19, 2002 12:34 am

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!


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donder10
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RE: Lost Cost Carriers Really Low Cost?

Thu Sep 19, 2002 2:39 am

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
 
ba319-131
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RE: Lost Cost Carriers Really Low Cost?

Thu Sep 19, 2002 4:31 am

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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EGPX
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RE: Lost Cost Carriers Really Low Cost?

Thu Sep 19, 2002 5:06 am

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.
 
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RE: Lost Cost Carriers Really Low Cost?

Thu Sep 19, 2002 6:24 am

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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donder10
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RE: Lost Cost Carriers Really Low Cost?

Thu Sep 19, 2002 6:45 am

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?
 
lewis
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RE: Lost Cost Carriers Really Low Cost?

Thu Sep 19, 2002 7:27 am

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)!
 
srbmod
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RE: Lost Cost Carriers Really Low Cost?

Thu Sep 19, 2002 8:14 am

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.