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Are you happy to get what you pay for when you fly?

Basic Economy class products on airlines such as soft drinks and luggage seem to be chargeable extras now on many airlines. 

It’s never been easier or more affordable to travel; there are dozens of budget, charter and national airlines offering cheap flights to popular destinations, while advances in technology mean you can fly more than halfway around the world on a single journey.

But for all the amazing advances, when it comes to passenger comfort, it can sometimes feel like things are going backwards. In an effort to compete on price, airlines are stripping away the things that once came as standard. Meals are often no longer served on shorter flights, drinks are rarely free, baggage and seat selection are an additional cost and cabins are packing in more and more seats to the same amount of space.

Some travellers believe this is a good thing – paid-for extras means those who are interested in keeping their costs as low as possible can only pay for what they use.

What do you think? Are you happy just to pay for whatever you use on airlines like baggage or meals onboard? Do you think air travel now is more affordable than ever? Would you prefer to go back to the old days when one price included all your extras as well?

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Are you happy to get what you pay for when you fly?

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Wilf
4 days ago
0
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I think we are very lucky with these cheap fares. When I was a youngster airfares cost a fortune and only the rich travelled. Now even oiks like me can travel!
DINGBAT
5 days ago
1
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If your expectations are not met complain at as high a level as possible with the Airline !
Alicia
5 days ago
2
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I never fly, prefer to holiday in England.
viking
17th Sep 2018
1
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Just to add confusion to this topic. Do you remember the rumours going around not so long ago, that a certain well known budget airline was contemplating a coin in the slot toilet system in their fleet ? Also a hair brained idea to have standing room for passengers on aircraft, but this was thought to be too dificult to get passed the Air Transport Authority !!
Hope these were all rumours !!
Irene88
16th Sep 2018
1
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Rather pay just one price. less hassle then. Extra can cost more than flight.Where the sense in that. Been on Ryanair once. never again. so stressful being interupted throughout flight with them plugging their products. Awful experience.
Carol27
15th Sep 2018
1
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It is often not cheapest to add extras but to go with a quality airline. What does your fare cover if your seat, loo visit, drinks and luggage is extra?

Look at Ryanair profits, we have paid for those.
Feebie55
15th Sep 2018
1
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Cost for baggage too high, and extras as seating etc. Make it one reasonable price for flight
ArthurC7
14th Sep 2018
1
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Sometimes hold baggage costs more than the flight. Rather pay more for flight and have free hold baggage
Lorraine
14th Sep 2018
1
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Yes - quite happy with the budget airlines. Quality of food on other airlines leaves a lot to be desired.
anniegc
14th Sep 2018
1
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Really do not expect to have to pay to sit together when booked together.
Billythequiche
14th Sep 2018
1
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Is it just me or is it very difficult to get a total price for internal flights in the UK or Jersey? I use a CPAP machine, can anyone advise of any problems taking this as cabin luggage?
JoaneR
14th Sep 2018
1
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I fly with KLM to the Middle East a lot. If your not Dutch (I’m from the U.K.) the cabin crew don’t bother with you. I felt unwell on take off and needed a drink of water, pressed my overhead button for attention, and I’m still waiting for someone to come to my attention as I type this. Always terrible service.
viking
13th Sep 2018
1
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This is 2018 and like it or not all budget airlines are ruled by accountants.
Simply put, profits must increase year on year.
If this is not forthcoming then those who are supposidly in charge, are given an ultimatum. Usually this will consist of cutting out the freebies. If this is not possible then squeeze another row of seats into the all ready cramped seating. If this has been done then charge for baggage.
Failure to increase profit year on year after all these things have been tried, then that means shedding the people in charge and get in new blood.
From a consumers point of view, bring back the calculations on the back of a cigarette packet.
kentrix39
11th Sep 2018
1
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You get what you pay for if you do not like economy then there is always "business class" the in between seats that my lady and I use. Nice wide seats, good food and the champagne is of not bad standard, no crush in the seating. perfect short haul to Europe or some points East in Europe, Turkey or any of the former Russian colonies. So you have a choice and it is a good one.

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