easy jet, ryannair and other cheapos in uk and ireland

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easy jet, ryannair and other cheapos in uk and ireland

Post by Kikilamour » Fri May 11, 2018 12:02 pm

i have a headache from trying to find a good deal to go to various cities in the uk and ireland. the thing is, i want flexibility.

how much of a good idea is it to book last minute, when i feel like it, via the cheapo flights. should i use a travel agent or go online?

it's a well known fact that if you book flights from overseas, it's more expensive for the local flights. right? i don't want to tie myself down with precise dates.

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Post by Chip_Oatley » Fri May 11, 2018 2:09 pm

If you have NO luggage, not even carry on beyond a little bag, then sure, book with Ryanair or the others.

I winged it completely, and was able to get late-minute, good one-way fares on the more established carriers, e.g. Porto to London, about $160, and that's with luggage fees.

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Post by leela » Fri May 11, 2018 2:13 pm

Last minute, the budget airlines are often no cheaper than flag carriers. So it's a bit of a risk.
The real bargains need booking in advance.
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Post by Chip_Oatley » Fri May 11, 2018 4:47 pm

Kayak will let you set luggage as a parameter before it calculates prices.

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Post by Bastet » Fri May 11, 2018 5:40 pm

Booking ahead and as soon as tic are available always go the cheapest within Europe I found when I lived there.

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Post by leela » Fri May 11, 2018 10:37 pm

I randomly put in Luton to Madrid with easyjet. One way leaving in a few days, and again, one way leaving in about seven weeks. The former was £88, the later £43.

Luton to Prague with Wizzair - £59 last minute, £17 in seven weeks or so

Hold luggage (and 'normal sized' hand luggage in the case of Wizzair) is extra.
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Post by GLimpet » Sat May 12, 2018 9:40 pm

For £17, worth booking now and just burning it if you don't wanna take it.

If you cancel, they won't give a refund (maybe taxes) but some of them offer you a date change at a price.

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Post by Iolar » Sun May 13, 2018 1:51 pm

If you're flying between the UK and Ireland, the prices are almost always cheap. With the exception of Dublin to London and vice versa, which need to be booked in advance.

To mainland Europe from Ireland/UK, if you're not fussy about where you go, there'll be a cheap flight somewhere last minute.
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Post by Flobster! » Sun May 13, 2018 3:05 pm

I've only used easyjet (twice) and they were fine. I did pay for most of the optional extras so it wasn't dirt cheap, but still not bad. Good online customer interface, too. They make it ... easy.
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Post by GLimpet » Sun May 13, 2018 6:13 pm

Kikilamour wrote:
Fri May 11, 2018 12:02 pm
i have a headache from trying to find a good deal to go to various cities in the uk and ireland. the thing is, i want flexibility.

how much of a good idea is it to book last minute, when i feel like it, via the cheapo flights. should i use a travel agent or go online?

it's a well known fact that if you book flights from overseas, it's more expensive for the local flights. right? i don't want to tie myself down with precise dates.
Booking easyjet/Ryanair etc is no different locally from overseas, in my experience.
My experience is that I take at least one of these airlines at least once a year myself and book for several others.

School holidays jack up prices, but not so much on UK domestic.
But at least be aware of the dates - varies a bit by country.
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Post by Kikilamour » Mon May 14, 2018 1:32 pm

hmmmm. thank you. oh well. i guest you have to pay to wing it. that's fine.

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Post by GLimpet » Tue May 15, 2018 12:03 pm

There's always Megabus.

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