Thank you to all.
T_maia - as usual you've always been a great help! Have purchased our one way tickets from Gatwick to Berlin. It seems like both Ryanair and Easyjet comes up to the same price after checking Ryanair's hidden charges. Average cost for September is cheaper although we cannot change our dates at this point. Might have to go the cheap route and take the National Express bus for £7.30. Will check the provided websites (i.e. Stonehenge) info.
Good comments about Easyjet versus Ryanair. There is so little to choose between them. One thing they both are compared to Mainland Europe budget carriers is very cheap and plenty of destinations too. The only one to match them in Europe in Wizzair. But there is nothing that comes close to either of them otherwise. Ryanair tend to have cheaper flights at the bottom of the scale, but generally their flights are dearer than Easyjet. Easyjet have better kitted out planes with a few more extras available whereas Ryanair are just about as basic as it comes. They are even considering charging you to have your hold luggage transported on to the plane. Its just a thought that they have mentioned recently. I have travelled with Ryanair for £5 before now for a three hour flight. Easyjet have nothing to match that anywhere.
It is very much what you want and are prepared to pay for. I have no preference over either airline. To me because they are both so basic it all comes down to the cost of a ticket and nothing more than that.
Can someone clarify the baggage allowance in general for budget airlines? As for Easyjet, my understanding is that each passenger is entitled to carry a hold baggage for a fee of 12 euros and a hand baggage (55x40x20cm dimensions) with no extra charge as long as the total weight of both baggages does not exceed 20kg, right?
Now, don't you guys yell at me but I have a Waypoint 80, size small and probably weighs 12 kgs so I should be fine. Was thinking if I should make last minute changes and check other backpacks or just go with what I have as long as I don't fill it up.
Each passenger is permitted
* one standard piece of hand baggage to maximum dimensions of 55x40x20cm, and
* Up to 8 pieces of checked-in hold baggage to a maximum combined weight of 20kg. A fee per kilo for excess weight is charged at the airport prior to departure
That is exactly why I prefer easyjet over ryanair, they are far more liberal with their luggage allowance.
Best to always check with the airlines themselves even though the information given here is correct. There maybe changes to allowances/fees, etc and it would be no good saying 'but someone on a travel site told me I could bring it'.
If you do fly from Gatwick, Luton or wherever, check you've not been hit by the delays due to the recent snow - no point being sat at the airport when you could be at home!
The South of England airports are being heaviest hit by the recent cold snap in the UK. Manchester, Newcastle, Liverpool and Leeds/Bradford are pretty much unaffected.
It won't last long though.. Never does.
Told you so.... All UK airports are operating a normal service again.
Never lasts long here.
You might want to check which airport you arrive at in Berlin, as well. Tegel (TXL) or Schönefeld (SXF). Tegel is much closer to the centre of Berlin: construction has closed some of the S-Bahn lines from Schönefeld. See