An airline that prefers no luggage

@maximax8 (28559)
United Kingdom
October 1, 2009 2:25pm CST
I know an airline that prefers hand luggage only. If passengers bring luggage they are allowed one bag of 15kg or up to three bags of up to 5kg each. That luggage costs loads. What costs even more is a travel cot as I found out when I flew with that airline. That airline is going to charge a fee for using the restroom on board! What do you think?
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
2 Oct 09
Almost all budget airlines that fly here in my area give discount if a passenger has no check in baggage... they say that they are able to save a lot of fuel if the plain weighs less... so a lot of traveller take advantage of this... Meals are also not included in the fare cost... so a passenger would have to buy food from the meal cart... i have never heard of an airline that charges for the use of restroom... i think that is so unfair...
@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
2 Oct 09
It would be better if the airline charged for baggage but gave a discount to passengers with just hand luggage. The airline will be taking out one of its restrooms and putting in more seats. Just imagine coming back from a trip overseas with too little money to visit the restroom. In city a person could search for a free restroom but on a plane the plane will have two restrooms that will cost money.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
3 Oct 09
Cebu Pacific gives like $3.50 discount to passengers without a checked baggage... and that is already a big thing... i remember going to Iloilo (island in the Visayas) with only my shoulder bag... and i was given that discount... so i used the money to buy delicacies for my daughter...
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
1 Oct 09
Hi max, I'm afraid that's the way things are heading with budget airlines. The basic fare will just be like catching a bus, everything else will be extra. I feel sorry for people who have extras, as they soon add up. Mike.
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@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
2 Oct 09
Hi my friend Mike. With an airline like Qantas a person just pays the airfare and all is included: baggage allowance, the food, the drinks and the toilet. The budget airlines are getting far more unpleasant when it comes to adding the total fare. I had such a challenging time packing my and Leo's bag to go to Latvia. His medical equipment is quite heavy. Thanks for your wonderful response. Max.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
2 Oct 09
Hi max, my wife and I have flown with two budget airlines, purely for financial reasons, and the service gap between the two was enormous. Tiger at the bottom, but Jetstar, well we will use them again. Unfortunately, if it weren't for budget airlines, we wouldn't be able to fly between Australia and Thailand as often as we need to.
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@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
2 Oct 09
Hi Mike. I am glad that you are your wife are able to fly between Australia and Thailand because of the budget airlines.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
1 Oct 09
That airline is Ryanair I imagine. I just watched a programme about it. Personally I think that for the majority of people flying is hard enough without having to wade through a list of charges that you may or may not have to pay. I have done a lot of flying and managed to get my luggage down to hand only for most destinations and made use of hotel laundry facilities where I could. But that was for my convenience. What irritates me the most is the check in charges. You cannot board a plane without checking in somewhere - be it online or at the airport. £5 to simply say that I shall be there to fly strikes me as outrageous - £40 is extortion! A picked a flight to Malaga with Ryanair - all in return with one pice of baggage in the hold flying on a saturday it came to £105. The flight element alone was just over £70. With BA the same flight costs £199. So Ryanair ARE cheaper. But at least on BA I will be fed, not charged directly for check in or stowing my baggage and my seat will be bigger too. As for using the loo in flight. Unspeakable. You are literally a captive and if you don't pay then I guess that the answer is to take a large plastic pint pot on board! Either that or they'll end up with the stinkiest seats of any airline!
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@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
2 Oct 09
You are right, it is Ryan Air. I think checking is in a normal thing to do at an airport. It is what I have always had to do as a traveler. To do it on-line is fine for me not it that costs lots of money. I don't like to baggage charges. I think 15kg is the same weight as 3 times 5kg. They must realize a baby needs a travel cot and possibly a car seat. So you flew to Malaga with Ryan Air. Thanks for your excellent response.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
2 Oct 09
No, I simply compared the costs. There is nothing about RyanAir that I find attractive and would only travel with them if there was no other affordable option.
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@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
2 Oct 09
Yes, comparing costs is sensible.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
2 Oct 09
I don't know what to think about all of this. This is crazy to me, especially to charge to go to the restroom! This airline must be in dire need of money! Let's face it. We're all living in hard times right now. If this is all true, I feel like this airline is going overboard. Kathy.
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@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
2 Oct 09
Hi there Kathy. Yes, it is true. Soon that airline will charge a fee for going to the restroom. Just imagine a pregnant lady with three children flying on that airline.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
2 Oct 09
I hope I wasn't implying that you weren't telling the truth. If I did, I didn't mean to. It's just that I found it hard to believe that they would start charging for little things like that. It's been so long since I've flown anywhere. I guess the last time I flew anywhere was 1976 when I went to Miami, Florida. I still think it's ridiculous. Kathy.
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@breepeace (3027)
• Canada
1 Oct 09
My first thought when I read that was that it was RyanAir. I was so close to booking a flight through them last summer, until I discovered it was something like €30 to check my bags -- it would have only been €15 but their luggage allowance only allowed 15 kilos and my bag was around 18, so I would have had to repack into two. Considering the cost of my fare was £49, that seemed a little extreme. One fare for me and almost another fare for my luggage.
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@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
2 Oct 09
Hi there Bree Peace. Yes, it is Ryan Air. I think in some cases the luggage might cost more than the passenger. I think 15kg is very mean indeed. I ended up taking very few things because I had to share the space in the bag with my toddler son. Thanks for your super response.
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@breepeace (3027)
• Canada
5 Oct 09
The worst part was that it was cheaper for me to bring 2 bags than to just have one 18 kilo bag. I think it was €40 for an oversized bag (even 2 kg over) and €15 each for 2 regular sized bags. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to their fees sometimes. I flew with Easyjet and I found them extremely easy to deal with, although a touch more expensive. They still do great seat sales. A coworker of mine from Scotland says she and her husband used to fly with Ryanair from Glasgow to London on the weekends for around £5, and that worked out well for them since they didn't need to bring much anyway. I guess it would be handy for situations like that.
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
2 Oct 09
The airline is doing unethical business. You should avoid that airline.
@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
2 Oct 09
Yes, I prefer quality airlines. I went on Virgin Atlantic to South Africa and couldn't fault them.
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• Spain
4 Oct 09
Interesting... What specific airline are you referring to? Whenever I travel, I prefer to travel light. I only bring one back pack and I just do laundry. I only bring one pants and mostly, shorts and those things that I can easily wash and recycle. An airline that charges for a bathroom use? I haven't heard of that! Tell us what is it so I can avoid it on my future travel.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Oct 09
I think I'll fly with another airline!!!