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Sunday, 22 January 2012

Cheap airlines tickets - don't be fooled by them

OK so the accompanying video doesn't have a great deal to do with France perhaps - apart from the fact that over the years an increasing number of foreign-based budget airlines have opened up the market by flying into (mainly) provincial destinations.

Ryanair and EasyJet lead the pack of course but there's also FlyBe, Vueling, German Wings, Air Berlin and many, many more. It all depends on where you want to go really.

But one thing many of them share in common are those so-called "hidden costs".

The initial price of the ticket looks like great value.

Only once you start including airport tax, excess baggage charges, the cost of getting to and from an airport which is often miles away from where you actually want to be (The Paris airport which Ryanair uses to "serve" the French capital is actually a good 70 kilometres away) the real "price" you end up paying is far from the original "bargain".

Fascinating Aïda (screenshot from YouTube video)

And that's very much the message behind this hilarious song from the British comedy singing group and satirical cabaret act, Fascinating Aïda.

"Cheap flights" might be a few years old now and contain some rather ribald lyrics for those of you who are faint-hearted (this version comes with subtitles to help you cope with the accent) but it's hysterically funny and - well let's just say - spot on.



Anonymous said...

Watch "Come Fly With Me" from the Little Britain duo. They've also got it right as far as Low Cost airlines are concerned.

flights to Manila said...

I agree with the article. It is good to see great deals from different airline companies. Those lower prices are very compelling indeed. It is important that before your book your flight, you need to check if the ticket prices are already net. If not, try adding the taxes. Once you're okay with it, then you can proceed with the purchase.

pattaya villas said...

I watched this video about two years ago and I laughed so hard at the song. These so called cheap flights by the airlines are very deceiving indeed.

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