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question about easyjet

Hi,

I will be making several trips on easyjet w/ my 2 yr old. I was wondering if easyjet offers any discounts for kids. I tried calling the contact # but had no luck.

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Old 13.09.2011, 16:34
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Re: question about easyjet

EasyJet does everything online. If you try to book a flight for you and your child, and it doesn't show a discount, then there won't be one. You can play around with things like that on the site before getting to the point that you have to pay.
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Old 13.09.2011, 16:37
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Re: question about easyjet

I would strongly advise anyone not to use easyjet, check out the other airlines first, if your booking far enough in advance then there prices won't be a million miles away from sleazyjet anyway, and if things go titsup someone like swiss or ba won't just wash there hands of you
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Re: question about easyjet

With "cheap airlines" you get no further discounts. The pricing is clear. With a small child you do get to board the plane first, go to front of queue & listen to the announcements. So you don't need "Speedy Boarding"
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Old 13.09.2011, 16:40
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Re: question about easyjet

See this thread, as to how to save a bit when booking:

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Re: question about easyjet

I've used their online contact form to ask questions and have always received a personal reply within2 days - much better than calling. Use the link at the top for help - then on the right - Submit a question.

I did search for Children and found this:

Babies can travel provided that they are at least 15 days old. Babies aged 14 days or younger cannot fly.

Babies and infants under 2 are not charged a full fare, but will be charged a flat rate of 20 if they travel on the lap of an accompanying adult.

If you wish to book an infant onto their own seat to make your journey more comfortable (or for example if one adult is travelling with more than one infant under 2), this cannot be done online. Instead you will need to contact our Customer Service Team. If you wish any infant under 2 to have their own seat you will need to bring a car seat to use on the plane. We will be unable to accept infants for travel who have been booked on as a child.

Only 2 infants are allowed with every one accompanying adult.

Also, we travel with easyjet all the time and have no complaints - even prefer them to BA for short flights. They fly where we want to go - directly are very affordable - especially if you book well in advance and are surprisingly flexible. I was flying from London to Edinburgh and finished my business in London earlier than expected. I went to the airport to chance that there was an earlier flight - willing to pay for the change. There wasn't a flight to Edinburgh but there was one to Glasgow (I lived halfway so that was just as good). So I got an earlier flight to a different airport and it was FREE!!
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With a small child you do get to board the plane first, go to front of queue & listen to the announcements. So you don't need "Speedy Boarding"

This is true providing that the morons that like to block the boarding gate let you through.

At least with BA and Swiss they ensure that people accompanying kids get on first (as far as I have experienced).
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This is true providing that the morons that like to block the boarding gate let you through.

At least with BA and Swiss they ensure that people accompanying kids get on first (as far as I have experienced).

That was always our experience with Easyjet too when the girls were little. I must say, we've never had any complaints flying with Easyjet.
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Re: question about easyjet

We travel frequently with easyjet with our 2 year old and have never had any problems (touch wood!). We've also only ever had really helpful cabin crew on board which makes life a lot easier
Once they are over 2 you do have to buy a full fare seat for them unfortunately, but you do get priority boarding.
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Old 14.09.2011, 09:43
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This is true providing that the morons that like to block the boarding gate let you through. ...
You need to get your pushchair fitted with spikes. That normally works well. So does a loud "out the ....ing way you morons".
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Old 14.09.2011, 09:54
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This is true providing that the morons that like to block the boarding gate let you through.
Basel airport is worst for this. I've been punched in the back by a pleasant British couple who wouldn't let me through with the children when the announcement for parents with young children to board was made and other Brits wouldn't budge either.

And who says the Swiss can't queue?
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Re: question about easyjet

I came back from Gatwick with Easyjet last night.
They do not board families with small children first, they board the Speedy Boarders and then families. I really object to this policy, and I'm not travelling with small children.
I travel every month and finally decided yesterday not to use Easyjet again, it's just too much of a cattle-truck experience, and the departure gate was 15 minutes walk from the terminal yesterday.
British Airways is much better and the only advantage Easyjet has is that you can change one leg of a return journey, which you can't with BA or Swiss.
By the time I've paid to check in a suitcase, and added the cost of the Gatwick Express into Victoria, it's certainly very little cheaper than BA into Heathrow.
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Re: question about easyjet

We flew easyjet when our son was one, and I have to agree with the posters who say that cheap isn't always best with kids in tow.
Two things surprised me, one was that we were told to board, but then weren't allowed to board and spent 40 min standing in line in a roasting hot tiny hallway with no air and packed with people. For kids, and the elderly especially it was not easy.
The other was that although we had gate checked the stroller, we had to collect it from baggage claim after the flight. It was quite a trek, and made longer by trying to convince a tired one year old to go just a little further.
Everyone was nice and the price was good, but after that I decided to pay a bit more to make things easier.
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Basel airport is worst for this. I've been punched in the back by a pleasant British couple who wouldn't let me through with the children when the announcement for parents with young children to board was made and other Brits wouldn't budge either.

And who says the Swiss can't queue?
I've been sworn at, pushed and physically blocked on purpose by people at Basel Airport. I've tried pushing through and the odd bit of verbal to no avail. It's like they try to form a police riot line to stop me getting through.

I even had one couple lie to me that they were in the special assistance group, only to smirk at me when Easyjet called Speedy Boarders and they barged on in front of me. Needless to say, I had no problem when my daughter took it upon herself to kick the back of their chairs all the way back to London
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They do not board families with small children first, they board the Speedy Boarders and then families. I really object to this policy, and I'm not travelling with small children.
Why do you object to this policy? Speedy Boarders have paid good money to board first.....if Easyjet didn't board them first they would have nothing to sell. It is simple commerce. The only people who should pre board are disabled or medical cases..in any case, there are never that many speedy boarders that families with young kids boarding directly after speedy boarders cannot sit together. What gets my goat is when I pay for speedy boarding and then I get asked if I would mind moving.... that happens often.And yes, I DO mind moving.....
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Why do you object to this policy? Speedy Boarders have paid good money to board first.....if Easyjet didn't board them first they would have nothing to sell. It is simple commerce. The only people who should pre board are disabled or medical cases..in any case, there are never that many speedy boarders that families with young kids boarding directly after speedy boarders cannot sit together. What gets my goat is when I pay for speedy boarding and then I get asked if I would mind moving.... that happens often.And yes, I DO mind moving.....

except its not enforced on any easyjet flight I have ever taken, as soon as any kind of boarding announcement is made all the sheep stand up and rush to the gate, like there lives depend on it, the plane ain't going anywhere till everyones on board, just means you'll be sitting in that metal tube longer then you have to, I really really hate the mentality of people on planes, they seem to leave manners, common sense and decency at check-in.
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except its not enforced on any easyjet flight I have ever taken, as soon as any kind of boarding announcement is made all the sheep stand up and rush to the gate, like there lives depend on it, the plane ain't going anywhere till everyones on board, just means you'll be sitting in that metal tube longer then you have to, I really really hate the mentality of people on planes, they seem to leave manners, common sense and decency at check-in.
That's certainly what happened yesterday, and Easyjet had obligingly taken pushchairs away, making it really difficult for young women with babies and bags who were then elbowed out of the way by agressive Speedy Boarder businessmen..
Wouldn't it be easier, and kinder, to get those littleones sitting down in the plane first? Surely the lone businessman, with only a briefcase to look after, could wait 5 minutes.
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Re: question about easyjet

Hi,
We fly with Easyjet regularly, find the speedy boarding very useful as our kids are no longer that small. I find flying from Zurich to Manchester a much better experience than using Geneva to Liverpool though. I love the way everyone piles to the gate regardless of whether they have got speeding boarding or not.

My only small objection is when a group of people travelling together have a couple of people with speedy boarding then hold seats for their friends who have not paid for it Other than that I have no problems with Easyjet,gets me to where I need to go with so much less cost than Swiss and BA and very useful for emergency flights back to the UK to visit sick relatives etc.

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When flying with kids, I would think you are better off with a "regular" airline.
With Easyjet you get what you pay for. IMO the (usually much lower than everybody thinks) price difference is not worth the hassle, but if you want to fly as cheap as possible, you cannot expect too much for service. At Geneva airport the 'easyjet experience' is really like cattle on its way to the slaughterhouse, although usually cattle do not try to trample each other to get ON the truck! I decided a while ago not to use them anymore unless I really couldn't avoid it and travelling (usually to Amsterdam) is a much more pleasant and relaxed experience now with KLM. Price difference is usually less than 50 francs for two people. It is up to you if that is worth it.
But, that said, even with other airlines where everybody has their own seat, a stampede starts as soon as someone looking like airline staff sits down at the boarding desk
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except its not enforced on any easyjet flight I have ever taken, as soon as any kind of boarding announcement is made all the sheep stand up and rush to the gate, like there lives depend on it, the plane ain't going anywhere till everyones on board, just means you'll be sitting in that metal tube longer then you have to, I really really hate the mentality of people on planes, they seem to leave manners, common sense and decency at check-in.
Well as Kinhorngreen rightly stated, letting speedy boarders on first is more of a commercial issue however unfair it may seem.
Let`s not forget that almost ALL passengers HATE this free seating policy. It has recently been scientifically proven NOT to be the most efficient way of boarding passengers. It just winds everyone up - I hate it personally.
Yes, people do rush to the gate `like sheep` and it`s pretty s**t when a lot of them refuse to budge for parents with small children. There are always people like that unfortunately. However you do have to consider how `shit`it really is now on those flights.
I hate having to join the `sheep` and often sit back thinking `let them get on with it` . . but then when you get on . . the lockers are full.
Why? because everyone takes hand luggage to the limit and beyond (if they can get away with it) obviously because of the claw-back charges from the airlines. Even though it is not allowed, people still take 2 bags on.
The result is that the lockers are always full before the passengers are boarded. `Put bags under the seat in front` they announce but with minimal leg room anyway . . that can be bloody uncomfortable.
There are the `rush rush rush` people who want a quick getaway at the other end (they always want front seats). Then there are the big/double bag brigade (they want locker space). Then finally you get the `one person from a group pays for SB and saves seat for the others` . . good if you can get away with it . . but one woman said to me`those 2 seats are taken`. . . and those 3 behind as well` . . after I had paid for SB I thought that was a bit rich!
I do have a preference but its quite simple and for a good reason. I like to have an aisle seat because since I broke my collar bone several years ago and it never healed properly - I cant sit with my shoulders `scrunched`up.
I dont give a hoot which row it is on . . . as long as the girl on the next seat is a (good) looker . . .oops.
Bottom line is, as LOADDDDDS of people on the EF will tell us . . what do you expect from a cheap airline? True . . but it could be SO much better.
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