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Old 04.02.2008, 07:11
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Low Cost Airline - 1p Seat Give Away Con ??!!

Is it just me or does anyone else find the famous blue low cost airlines advertising a total con ? ( can I mention them ?)
I have just booked 3 seats for my family to fly from UK to Milan after seeing their 1 million seat give away at 1p. The bill has come to £168 !! OK still cheap but amazing how much it mounts up !!
from 1P. !!

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Old 04.02.2008, 07:27
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Big Print Giveth!

Small Print Taketh Away
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Old 04.02.2008, 07:34
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Re: Low Cost Airline - 1p Seat Give Away Con ??!!

Tax, fuel surcharges, airport tax etc etc. make up the difference. That is a bargain fare for three people. Why are you complaining ?

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Is it just me or does anyone else find the famous blue low cost airlines advertising a total con ? ( can I mention them ?)
I have just booked 3 seats for my family to fly from UK to Milan after seeing their 1 million seat give away at 1p. The bill has come to £168 !! OK still cheap but amazing how much it mounts up !!
from 1P. !!

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Old 04.02.2008, 07:51
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Re: Low Cost Airline - 1p Seat Give Away Con ??!!

Yes I know it is a good fare that is not the issue - what annoys me is the way they advertise it at 1p a flight !
Yep read the small print. No such thing as a free lunch !
I just think they should advertise it as the full price but they dont and I feel they have a clever way with their marketing !!
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I understand later this year this sort of advertising will be forbidden under some new EU law. All airlines are / were in on this type of promotion: because it works. By the time you've realised the price isn't three pence for three tickets, you've already made your mind up to travel. Easy pickin's...
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Old 04.02.2008, 08:21
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It gets better ! Last time we used them our baggage limit was 15 kg each. Now I felt quite chuffed that as a family of 4 (= 60 kg) I managed to get all our holiday clothes into just 3 suitcases - and it weighed just under at 55 kg and was in the guidelines on the health and safety weight limit for baggage handlers. But get this - I was told I was going to be find £101 because you are supposed to have upto 15 kg per bag ! Persoanlly thought it made more sense - more room in the hold and less carrying for us. Anyway I wouldnt pay that - I raced of the the samsonite shop and bought a hold hall for £14.99 and shared out some of the clothes.
Feeling chuffed at my actions I asked my hubby that as I had saved us £86 could I go and do some shopping in Monsoon !!! Wont tell you his answer !
Yep read the small print again!!! and again....and again...
Do they charge for loo paper ??
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The whole low-cost airline model is based on minimising costs, that means cutting out anything that is not mandated or jeapodises safety. So expect to have almost everything as an option. I like the idea of all the costs: be in additional (or any!) baggage, check in, food being separate cost items. I am sure Michael O Leary would have little sympathy.

The cost of airline travel has fallen dramatically over the last ten years, and the competition is fierce in the low-cost sector.

Yes, the additional charges (tax, fuel surcharge etc) are added at a late stage, but this is changing (as Uncle Max pointed out). It should be noted that this behaviour is endemic in most online booking (tickets, hotels etc) where the booking fee or insurances or whatever are added at the last stage before payment. The reason that most people make a fuss about the airline taxes, is that they are so high relative to the fare, or better put: the airline fare (1p in your case) is so low relative to the overall charge.

The lowcost airlines have completely overhauled air travel and expect to see the airports being the next target for cost-cutting following baggage handling. The departure shed cometh !

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It gets better ! Last time we used them our baggage limit was 15 kg each. Now I felt quite chuffed that as a family of 4 (= 60 kg) I managed to get all our holiday clothes into just 3 suitcases - and it weighed just under at 55 kg and was in the guidelines on the health and safety weight limit for baggage handlers. But get this - I was told I was going to be find £101 because you are supposed to have upto 15 kg per bag ! Persoanlly thought it made more sense - more room in the hold and less carrying for us. Anyway I wouldnt pay that - I raced of the the samsonite shop and bought a hold hall for £14.99 and shared out some of the clothes.
Feeling chuffed at my actions I asked my hubby that as I had saved us £86 could I go and do some shopping in Monsoon !!! Wont tell you his answer !
Yep read the small print again!!! and again....and again...
Do they charge for loo paper ??
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Re: Low Cost Airline - 1p Seat Give Away Con ??!!

Yes I fully understand the no frills / surcharges / taxes etc etc etc .The point I was trying to make was the fact that they advertise as "The million seat give way - flights for 1 p !!" is misleading to some of us

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Ryan never cut corners on maintenance according to several of their pilots
Did you see the documentary on ITV last year about Ryan air ? This said a different story !!
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