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How to set up a SMS Flight Alert in 7 steps

If you know your destination, flight period and airline about 1 year in advance, you can save a lot of money by booking your flight tickets as soon as possible. And this is where we can really help you. LowCostRoutes.com can’t book your tickets for you, but we can inform you as soon as they are released, either by email or by SMS. Even if the process of setting up the alerts is not very complex, some users have asked for help and I have decided to publish this short step-by-step guide. Read more

How to Book an EasyJet Flight Before Tickets for It Go on Sale

For some time, travellers have been able to book easyJet flights that the search function on the company website showed as unavailable. Here is how you can do so too: On the easyJet homepage, search for a flight to your desired destination but specify a date that’s not too far into the future (e.g. next month). Then, to search for a flight on your desired dates (such as ten months from now), use the 3-week-view link or the New Search button.

This information should be enough to help you book your flight, but in case it isn’t, a step-by-step explanation of this method follows below. Read more

I Love Lowcost, but Here’s Why I’ll Never Travel with Easybus Again

Buses every 15 minutes? It's more like every hour... and they won't be on time.

Buses every 15 minutes? It’s more like every hour… and they won’t be on time.

I had an awful experience with Easyjet’s sister company. Moreover, I don’t think the lowcost model followed by no-frills airlines works very well for ground transportation.

I booked a trip from London to Luton airport on the Easybus website, in part because I love the lowcost model (in the past five years, I have only flown lowcost; hey, I even blog about lowcost flying! ;-) ) and in part because I was afraid of railway disruptions due to the severe floods that beset the British Isles this winter. Read more

Will Ryanair’s Seat Allocation System Split Families?

family-splitTwo months ago, Ryanair introduced a controversial seat allocation system, where if you don’t pay, you are allocated a seat without your approval and without the possibility of changing it. This way, the airline can put 2 people (such as a mother and her child) on 2 very distant seats. Many of us wondered: Will Ryanair do this on purpose, just to force us to pay for a seat? Read more

How to Get a Free Seat on Ryanair

London Stansted - Milan BergamoLately, Ryanair has changed the way it sells flight tickets by introducing assigned seats. But if you understand their algorithm, you can still get your desired seat for free! I studied their booking process during the last few weeks by gathering statistical data and analysing it. After understanding how their engine works, I will teach you how to get your desired seat on any Ryanair flight for free. Read more

The End of Lowcost?

Flying with lowcost airlines can save you a lot of money.

Flying with lowcost airlines can save you a lot of money.

A lot of traditional airlines find it hard to compete with their lowcost rivals on short-haul routes so they are either shutting down routes or offering discounts on short-distance flights to fill otherwise half-empty planes. Some flag carriers have introduced their own lowcost subsidiaries. Examples include Air France’s Hop and Vueling, whose parent company owns Iberia and British Airways.

It is a far-off prospect but it seems like the civilian passenger airline industry will end up consisting of two distinct types of players, and those won’t be conventional and lowcost.

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Payback time for Ryanair’s Micheal O’Leary!

Ryanair’s Micheal O’Leary arrives in a hotel in Dublin, he goes to the bar and asks for a pint of draught Guinness. The barman nodded and said, “That will be one Euro please, Mr. O’Leary.”
Somewhat taken aback, O’Leary replied, “That’s very cheap,” and handed over his money.
“Well, we try to stay ahead of the competition”, said the barman. “And we are serving free pints every Wednesday evening from 6 until 8. We have the cheapest beer in Ireland”
“That is remarkable value” Michael comments
“I see you don’t seem to have a glass, so you’ll probably need one of ours.
That will be 3 euro please.
O’Leary scowled, but paid up. He took his drink and walked towards a seat. Read more

Why do I love/hate/love Wizz Air

I love Acer and I hate McDonald’s, things are plain and simple. But what if a company makes me love them and hate them at the same time? Can I ignore the bad things and love them anyway, or should I only see the bad things and ignore all the good things about them? Read more

How to avoid EasyJet’s high prices

Tired of working? Dreaming of a week in Tenerife? Get your family and your swimming suit and go for it! Easyjet offers daily flights to Tenerife, so finding the perfect flight shouldn’t be a problem.

But wait! The final price of a return flight from London to Tenerife South for a family of four (travelling without hold luggage!!!) is £1,785! This is the price you get on the EasyJet website on the 12th of July 2012, for a return flight departing on the 12th of August 2012 and returning on the 19th of August. If this is way too much for you to pay, you should definitely continue reading in order to find out how to get a much lower price for that Easyjet flight, in that exact period! Read more

New cabin crew jobs with Ryanair. Hurry up… or not?

Are you bored of nine-to-five? Want something different? Want a career that will get you places? How about a job that gives you wings? Live the high life!

This is the catch-phrase that anybody can see in the careers section of the Ryanair website. But is that true, or is it yet another marketing slogan? Keep reading in order to find out! Read more