Some time ago I read an interesting debate on FlyerTalk forum about Budget Traveling as a choice. Some people fly low cost airlines and stay in cheap hotels because they are on a budget; some because there is no other direct flight on a certain route, but some choose to take low cost flights even if they could easily afford to buy a business class ticket for a regular flight. Why would anyone choose to do that?The three options one has when it comes to flying – low cost, economy and business class – do not split travelers into 3 different income groups, but rather demonstrate three different mentalities. Continue reading “Flying low cost – a constraint or a choice?”
When one sees the continuous “gold rush” of the many businesses that offer crappy servicea, willingly misleading customers in order to take their money, one may wonder: “Can we still do business while maintaining the ethics?”. Can a company care for its customers, offer them the best service and still make a reasonable profit? Or is such a company meant to go bankrupt sooner or later? Continue reading “Can we still do ethical business?”
Low cost airlines often advertise discounts of their prices. During the discount period, the airline’s website displays the new prices as well as the old ones. But can we be sure that the “old price” they show is the real price of the flight 1 minute before the promotion started? Continue reading “Pay attention to discounts”
When it comes to flying, one of people’s greatest fears is the fear or storms. What if we end up inside a storm? How is it? What if our plane gets hit by lightning? Are the pilots prepared to handle it without panicking? Was the plane designed in order to be able to cope with such an event? Well, these are all rational questions, and I will give rational documented answers to every one of them. Continue reading “Flying through a storm: How is it?”
Almost all lowcost airlines charge credit or debit card payment fees when we book a flight. Given that we normally use our credit card without having to pay a fee, why should we pay anything extra to lowcost airlines? Are these fees legitimate?
When a traveller purchases a flight ticket with Ryanair, he gets charged an Administration Fee of 6£/€ per segment (per passenger/ per one-way flight). According to the lowcost airline this fee “relates to the costs associated with Ryanair’s booking system” and applies to all credit card payments, with the exception of bookings paid for by MasterCard Prepaid Debit Card. At this point, the first question that pops up in my mind is: what is so special about the MasterCard Prepaid Debit Card? Why do these payments have zero fee? Continue reading “Card payment fees: are they legitimate?”
This is the latest decision of the US Department of Transportation, which is currently drafting a rule that forces airlines to refund the luggage fees in case luggage gets lost or arrives late.
Currently, almost all major US airlines charge between $15 and $45 per checked-in bag. The only exceptions are Southwest Airlines and JetBlue, which allow 2 and respectively 1 free hold bag. But if your luggage gets lost or arrives a couple of days later, no airline will give you a full cash refund. If your hold baggage arrives late, Alaska Airlines will offer you the choice between a $20 credit for future flights and 2,000 frequent flyer miles as a compensation. Delta will give you a $25 credit for future flights. If your luggage gets lost, you can request the refund of the luggage fee when you file the complaint with the airline.
While some airlines try to compensate the unlucky travellers, this is not a general practice in the industry. In addition, compensations usually come as “discounts for future flights”, which most of the time are not used by unsatisfied customers.
At this point, I am left wondering: is this good or bad news? Continue reading “If your luggage is late, you will be entitled to a refund”
Today is the big day – you’re going to fly for the first time in your life, and I can guarantee you – it will be easier than you’ve ever imagined.
Yesterday you’ve learned about check-in, boarding and security at the airport and 2 days ago about the trip preparations and about what you are allowed to take with you on the plane. Today, you will learn about the easiest part of the trip: the flight itself. Continue reading “First time on a plane. Part III On the airplane”
Yesterday, you learnt how to prepare for your first flight. I explained to you how to search for and how to book the best tickets and what the difference between carry-on and hold baggage is. By now you should know what can you put in the carry-on luggage and what you can carry only in your hold luggage.
Today, I will explain to you what to do when you arrive at the airport. But first let’s see how long before the flight you should leave your house. Continue reading “First time on a plane. Part II At the airport”
There is always a first time! You learned to walk, talk, read, ride a bike or drive your car. Now it’s time to learn everything about flying. By using the advice below you will get ready for the first flight in your life in no time!
This article is divided into 3 parts. Part I Preparation will help you plan your trip, find the best tickets and prepare your luggage. You can read this part of the article below.
In the second part, I will explain you all the things you have to do at the airport: the ckeck-in, the security control and the boarding.
The third part will deal with the easiest part of your trip: the flight. I will explain you what it is all about, what you should or shouldn’t expect during your first flight. Continue reading “First time on a plane. Part I Preparation”
I’m sure that you always want to pay the least amount for the services you receive. We all do. And still, only some pay less while many pay more for similar seats on the same flight. In this series I will explain to you how you can be one of the few who pay the lowest price for a certain flight of their choice.
Choosing the right time to book
I found myself in situations when the person sitting next to me had paid 100+ EUR for a flight ticket I had bought for only 20. Same airline, same flight date/time, same services; the only difference was the time when we made the booking. One of the most important things when buying tickets with lowcost airlines is deciding when to buy them. There is no straight answer to the question “how long in advance should I book my tickets”, as it depends on many aspects. However, I will try to address all of them in the sections below.