This is the first time I've flown with a low cost airline and to be honest I was a bit concerned there would be problems. I never see or hear anything positive about low cost airlines and I hear all the time about the additional charges that people complain are a rip off, like booking seats together and paying for boarding passes and in general the mass melee to get on the plane before departure.
I however was pleasantly surprised when I arrived at Luton airport to board my flight to Munich in July.
I was however, also very confused when I arrived at Luton while I waited for check in to open, to realise that I could just show my boarding pass and passport at departures and go straight through as I was travelling with hand luggage only.
There was no pushing and shoving as we lined up to board the plane, my only complaint would be that there was no where to sit while we waited to board, but other than that it was fine.
A few people had paid for priority boarding, I've no idea how much that cost them, but at the end of the day, the plane wasn't going anywhere until we were all on it, so in my opinion, it was a bit of a waste of money.
My luggage weighed 15kg, it fitted in the over head compartment and I was able to lift it easily. The luggage allowance for the cabin was very generous, most of the weight was magazines and gifts.
I was allocated a seat and after years of long haul flying I was surprised at just how much leg room there was and how clean the plane was also.
I purchased a G&T at £5.50 which was £2.50 cheaper than the price I'd paid in a St Alban's pub the night before.
The flight both ways was uneventful and I spent it reading a book and looking out the window.
Peter informed me on my return I had actually flown with Easy Jet in the past to Berlin on two occasions in 2006, that had obviously been excellent flights also or I'd have remembered it.
I'm not sure if people just complain for the sake of complaining these days. My expectations of Easy Jet were very low, considering I'd paid half of what the flight with other airlines would've cost me.
I'll certainly fly with them again when I'm next in Europe, it's just a shame they don't offer flights from Dubai, as at their prices I'd be more than prepared to put up with some of the horror stories I've read about online, in exchange for lower prices.
(Tongue in cheek) Disclaimer:
I was not paid in anyway to write this article, however if Easy Jet would like me on board as an ambassador I'd be more than happy to oblige.
Interesting - I've read a couple of posts in the last week of those travelling with children that haven't had such good experiences, mainly because everyone has been split up. I've not had a bad experience with them either, but don't have kids or pay for any of the priority boarding. Often it's just MOH and I and we can manage to sit separately for the plane journey. Not dissing the experiences of others, but not experienced it either. Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLoReplyDelete
for me as i fly long haul flights several times a year and know how much these flights cost and what they include, i am grateful for a low cost, no frills flight, where upon booking i know exactly what i'm going to be getting for my moneyDelete