Hmm, this might be a completely new view in this discussion, but here's my reason for not really being crazy about WN
, whatever Easyjet's code is, and just about every other low-cost-carrier: money.
To explain that: I'm a travel agent.
Low fare carriers do not pay commissions (I'm in Germany, where the "normal" carriers still do pay a commission), so we don't sell them (we're also not really crazy about selling any major airline ticket beginning in the US, since we won'tget a commission on those either).
Now I know what airlines say - travel agents should have the customer pay them directly for the service they provide, but that's essentially saying "ok, you do something for us (i.e. fill out seats), but - frankly, we don't care about that": in markets, where more than 50% of seats are sold through websites, I'll agree that the travel agents aren't really that important for airlines anymore - but over here, most airlines are still in the single digits percentage-wise on the amount of seats sold online... the overwhelming amount of seats are sold through travel agencies.
Part of my problem is actually more with the major carriers: some of them have reduced commissions to ridiculous levels, citing the need to cut cost in view of low-cost carriers.
Looking at the fact that a domestic Lufthansa ticket for EUR 50 (plus taxes, but we don't get commissions on taxes) will net us a "generous" EUR 2.50 (which Lufthansa essentially says is still too high), but at the same time Lufthansa has no problem of giving people booking their flights through their website (or, incidentally, through travel agent's websites, who, in the case of this example will then earn a huge amount of EUR 2.00 of commission) a discount of EUR 10...
Considering the fact that quite a few airlines would not even exist in the minds of the travelling public if it had not been for travel agents offering them, I have to say that I do not appreciate their behavior of shutting us out.
And this is, as I've mentioned in-between, my main reason for being against LCCs - they provide the major airlines with excuses for decisions that hurt the people that have, in quite a lot of cases, contributed a great deal to them being as big as they are today.
I will, however, admit that LCCs have done "good deeds"
as well - no-one will, I think, be able to explain why Lufthansa happily claimed that it was losing money on domestic routes 2-3 years ago with fares that are, on average, 2-5 times as high as the ones they offer now, while - since last year - proclaiming to be profitable on domestic routes: LCCs have brought a certain sense of honesty into the major airlines...
Having said all this, I know that this wheel will not be turned backwards - LCCs won't disappear, major airlines will not re-introduce big commissions for all travel agencies, everyone's not going to re-start booking their flights at a travel agency: it's just too bad that while everyone complains when airlines, as it is so wonderfully put, "make employees redundant" - while no-one cares at all that these trends have killed quite probably hundreds of travel agencies and - obviously - the jobs they gave to their employees.
Personally, I'll always pay the EUR 50 to EUR 100 that it'll normally cost me more to fly LH
and others (and I'll avoid using web-booking-engines as long as possible) - not because I am trying to avoid paying less, but - seeing that I am complaining about LCCs as I have here - it would be just about as inconsequential as a person could get if I were to fly on them...