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1. Posted by Luv4God (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

I've seen comments posted about RyanAir and EasyJet and would like to get as much information as possible before my trip so I am completely prepared.

We are travelling to London, Paris and Venice. We are flying from Paris to Venice on RyanAir and then from Venice back to London -- again on RyanAir.

What are some of the pitfalls that we should look out for with this carrier? What kinds of experiences have you had? I read that they will change flight times and then they charge the customer for the change. Is this true?

Anything that you can share about your experiences and what we should be aware of would be greatly appreciated.

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

I've flown both and had no problems. There are no frills, and it's first-come first-served - but what more do you want for a 20 Euro ticket? I've always arrived on time and without hassle. The only "catch" is that a really cheap fare increases significantly once taxes are added - although those same taxes would apply for any other fare.

It's hard for North Americans to imagine what cheap airfare is like, since travelling between Montreal and Toronto, for example, can cost upwards of $300. But it's true - cheap airfare does exist!

3. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 10y

I've not been on Ryan Air, but I have travelled with EasyJet, and had absolutely no problems.

If an airline changes it's times, they would certainly not charge you for a new ticket, to try to do so would be totally illegal. The pitfall might be something like, if the flight is significantly delayed they wouldn't try to lay on another flight, but that could happen with any airline. If you miss your flight, you've pretty much had it; you'll need ot buy another ticket, and doing so at the last minute can cost quite a bit of money.

I would say, don't worry. Just make sure you're at the airport with plenty of time to spare etc. and all will be fine.

Enjoy your trip.

Michael

4. Posted by blitz (Budding Member 47 posts) 10y

Try this list here..
http://wikitravel.org/en/Discount_airlines_in_Europe

5. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 10y

I have experience delays both with easyjet & ryan air, but only a couple of hours, not an issue if you are not in a hurry.

Another budget airline within europe is bmibaby, which are pretty cheap especially if you book in advance. To cut costs I think they limit you to only 15kg of luggage, so if the flight is full, you'll have to pay for the excess weight.

You usally have to pay for your food on board with these budget airlines. Other then that, they're worth looking into, save your $, £, € or whatever on flights and you'll have more for your enjoyment!

6. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 10y

The only real problem you have with these airlines is that they often use airports that are a long way from the city they're supposed to be flying to. For instance I live in Glasgow and the airport they use here is nowhere near Glasgow at all, it's in a completely separate town called Prestwick that's over 30 miles away. That's the only thing I'd check out if I were you because it can be a hassle if you think you're flying into a place on the outskirts of the city and you end up miles away.

7. Posted by Chia1123 (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

Has anyone had experiences with Helvetic? I read something on the internet about Fokker 100 but since I am not an expert on the airplanes, would love to hear your personal experiences with Helvetic and their fleet.

Thanks.

8. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member 414 posts) 10y

Quoting BlankFrack

The only real problem you have with these airlines is that they often use airports that are a long way from the city they're supposed to be flying to. For instance I live in Glasgow and the airport they use here is nowhere near Glasgow at all, it's in a completely separate town called Prestwick that's over 30 miles away. That's the only thing I'd check out if I were you because it can be a hassle if you think you're flying into a place on the outskirts of the city and you end up miles away.

That´s one of the main trouble, especially with ryannair. They flies to Barcelona but in reality they flies to Girona which is about 1.30 hours away by coach. I heard that ryannair will charge for your luggages from now on. (Still have to check on that one)

9. Posted by Luv4God (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

Uh-oh! I wonder if I'm going to be miles off the beaten path. We are flying on RyanAir:
1)From Beauvais Paris (BVA) to Treviso (TSF) in Venice
2) From TSF to London Stansted (STN)

And, I'm thinking of booking a flight on EasyJet as follows:
London Luton to Paris Charles de Gaulle

Are these airports on the outskirts?

10. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member 414 posts) 10y

Beauvais in about 1.30 to 2 hours coach ride from Paris center.
Sorry cant help you on the venice one.
Concerning Luton is quite far from london but you have a train.
Stansted is convenient because of the stansted express.