"I'm off to Barcelona in a couple of weeks,
Easyjet : ??100
BA : ??135
The key words here are "in a couple of weeks." FR
's fare policy, like all low-fares airlines, is that the price reflects the number of passengers already booked on the flight. Thus if you book 5 months in advance, it is extremely likely that the aircraft will be quite empty and consequently you will get a very low fare. In comparison, if you book a ticket for tomorrow or indeed for travel "in a couple of weeks," it is highly likely that the aircraft will be largely full and thus you will pay a higher price.
The key to getting the lowest fares on FR
, etc., is to be as flexible as possible: don't travel Friday to Monday; don't travel during major holidays; and don't travel at peak times. In addition, try to book as far in advance as possible. If you do all of these things, it is extremely likely that you will get a very low fare.
"This was booked today, in the middle of Ryanair's "special offer".
All of FR's special offers have dates for use. For example, from STN to GRO (for BCN) you must travel between 3rd November and 17th December. Therefore, if you are travelling "in a couple of weeks," you might not meet these requirements. In addition, don't forget that the 'earlier you book, the cheaper it'll be' theory still exists, and that there are only limited numbers of 1p seats available. For the best chance of getting them, be totally flexible and look at travelling towards the end dates.
A number of people complain about FR
serving secondary airports not even in or close to the stated city. These statements imply that all travellers wish to go to the city in question. But do they? I am arguing that not everyone does. Consequently, FR
serving such airports might be more convenient to some passengers.
Don't immediately think that it will always take longer to reach the city centre when flying with FR. In fact, I read saw an experiment sometime ago in which three travellers flew from somewhere in the UK to Paris: one aboard a low-fares airline to BVA; one aboard BA to CDG; and one aboard AF (or BE) to CDG. Guess who reached the centre the quickest? Yeah, you guessed it: the one flying to BVA.
My fiance and I will be visiting Rome (flying into and out of CIA
) for a few days at the end of November. Most people would instantly say 'that airport is miles away from the city centre'. Whilst it is indeed "miles away from the city centre" (15kms to be exact), it is 15kms closer than FCO
. However, it would seem that FCO
is perhaps better served by public transport, although it won't take long to reach central Rome from CIA
. We paid a mere £48.40 for our flights, including taxes and charges.
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[Edited 2003-10-15 13:29:37]
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