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Airline Baggage Fees for US to Europe Carriers

Airline Baggage Fees for US to Europe Carriers

By Tom Meyers— When flying between the United States and Europe, you probably know that it’s best to pack light. After all, the less luggage you have to haul around town the better. For Cheapos, there’s one more obvious reason to keep the amount of luggage to a minimum: checked-baggage charges. Pre-”Great Recession,” many transatlantic » Read more

Spring 2011 Aviation Update: New airline, routes and charges

Spring 2011 Aviation Update: New airline, routes and charges

Europe’s spring airline schedules came into effect last week, so in this travel brief we take a look at what’s new in the skies over Europe for the 2011 peak season. A new airline takes off from Vienna Our prize for the zaniest airline name in the new schedules goes to People’s Viennaline, a start-up » Read more

Booking a Flight: The Etihad Airways Factor

Booking a Flight: The Etihad Airways Factor

Can you remember the days when booking a plane ticket was fun? That happy anticipation of a journey in the making, the prospect of stopovers in distant cities, the growing realization that for just a few dollars more it might even be possible to detour via Manchuria or Manchester. Cast back to the days of » Read more

Flights: How European budget airlines engage with Twitter, part 2

Flights: How European budget airlines engage with Twitter, part 2

Following Airfarewatchdog’s lead, I looked at how easyJet, Ryanair, Wizzair, and Air Berlin engaged with Twitter back in March. Here, I extend the treatment to four additional European low-cost carriers: Germanwings, Jet2, Transavia and Vueling. Germanwings Germanwings uses its Twitter account to publicize promotional sales, announce contest winners, and occasionally provide direct customer service. Sample » Read more

7 strange things we discovered about budget airlines

7 strange things we discovered about budget airlines

At EuroCheapo, our updated budget flights section is about to take off. For the past two weeks we’ve been reading the fine print on the baggage, seating and check-in policies for each airline and we’ve seen it all. But beyond the colorful interactive route maps and mouthwateringly cheap deals, we found some information that was » Read more

Budget Airline Battle Royale: easyJet vs. Stelios

Budget Airline Battle Royale: easyJet vs. Stelios

Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou founded easyJet in 1995 at the tender age of 28. The airline—along with Ryanair and a few other major players—came to change European commercial aviation in significant and consequential ways. Flying became much cheaper overnight. Legacy airlines, until that point the only game in town, struggled to keep up with the altered » Read more

Transavia: A profile of the Dutch low-cost airline

Transavia: A profile of the Dutch low-cost airline

Earlier this year, I profiled Baboo and Intersky, two small European airlines. Now I’ll turn my attention to the Dutch low-cost airline Transavia. A cog in the Air France-KLM corporate wheel, Transavia has a hybrid business model that allows it to function both as a budget and a charter airline. Its route map includes fun-in-the-sun » Read more

Flight Memo: 5 ways to improve European budget airlines

Flight Memo: 5 ways to improve European budget airlines

Ten years ago, European budget airlines were widely celebrated as a positive symbol of then-contemporary Europe. The new budget airlines sold tickets online, easing the transaction process. Airlines flew cheaply to destinations both familiar and novel. The low fares and simplicity of travel ushered into effect by Europe’s budget air revolution were largely commended. Budget » Read more

Flights: Iceland Express adds routes for summer 2010

Flights: Iceland Express adds routes for summer 2010

Hands down, one of the most interesting airlines in Europe right now is Iceland Express, the Icelandic budget airline with brand new Reykjavik-Newark and Reykjavik-Winnipeg routes launching this week. While Newark is an obvious expansion target, Winnipeg, Canada’s seventh biggest city, located midway across the continent, may not be, not at least until one considers » Read more

Air Baltic: Routes to the Caucasus and beyond

Air Baltic: Routes to the Caucasus and beyond

Following up on hidden europe’s great post on budget air routes to the Baltic and the Balkans of two weeks ago, I thought I’d take a look at a very exciting aspect of the Air Baltic route map, namely, its inclusion of a range of former Soviet capital cities. Caucasus and Central Asian destinations For » Read more

Air France Sale: R/T Paris to London €80 this summer

Air France Sale: R/T Paris to London €80 this summer

May 13, 2010 — Air France recently announced a special €80 fare for roundtrip flights between Paris and London for summer 2010 travel. Best of all, it’s on the airlines new double-deck Airbus A380 jumbo-jet. Always skeptical of airline sales, we just tested it out, with a Paris to London flight June 28, 2010, returning » Read more

May Travel Update: Budget airlines adding Baltic and Balkan routes

May Travel Update: Budget airlines adding Baltic and Balkan routes

This month has seen quite a bit of low cost carrier activity, as airlines from Air Baltic to Ryanair and easyJet added routes eastward to the Baltics and down to the Balkans. Here’s a quick roundup of some of the most interesting additions. Air Baltic Recent weeks have seen Air Baltic aggressively expanding its network, » Read more

Allegiant Airlines: Is there a market for a European Allegiant?

Allegiant Airlines: Is there a market for a European Allegiant?

Allegiant Airlines is one of North American aviation’s most under-reported success stories. The airline flies to a select number of popular vacation hubs from several relatively remote and seriously underserved destinations across the United States. Allegiant’s model is genius. It is the only vacation destination player at most of its traffic-starved airports. For residents of » Read more

Airline Memo: A maiden journey on Turkish Airlines

Airline Memo: A maiden journey on Turkish Airlines

Airlines—especially flagship carriers—have the awesome opportunity to create compelling brands that connect, in ways both obvious and creative, with their home cultures. Turkish Airlines, which I just had the pleasure of flying for the very first time, does a very good job of connecting its service as an airline to the brand of Turkey. Last » Read more

Budget Flights: Small is beautiful with Intersky & Baboo

Budget Flights: Small is beautiful with Intersky & Baboo

It’s an article of faith among observers of European budget airlines that once the recession has lifted, the inevitable mergers have been negotiated, and the resultant dust has cleared, there will be just a few low-fare airlines remaining. Those airlines that have muscled their way into a dominant position in particular markets will survive; the » Read more

How European low-cost carriers engage with Twitter

How European low-cost carriers engage with Twitter

I loved Airfarewatchdog’s recent summary of the Twitter feeds of six US airlines so much that I’m applying the treatment to four European low-cost carriers: the behemoth (Ryanair); the Teutonic giant (Air Berlin): the cheap-and-cheerful colossus (easyJet) and the Central European upstart (WizzAir). We’ll start with Ryanair, the boldest and biggest of the four. Ryanair » Read more

Flash: Air France tacks $50 (or €50) on 2nd bag… each way

Flash: Air France tacks $50 (or €50) on 2nd bag… each way

Air France announced today that the airline will start charging $50 (or €50, depending on point of departure) for passengers’ second checked bags, for economy passengers flying between the United States and Europe. The new baggage policy will take effect with tickets issued after November 1, 2009. Previously, passengers were allowed to check two bags, » Read more

European Flights: Some surprising new routes making airwaves

European Flights: Some surprising new routes making airwaves

The liberalization of air traffic across Europe has created some improbable flight patterns and routes in recent years. As such, it always pays to learn more about major and smaller air carriers and their proposed routes. After all, the flag an airline flies no longer dictates which route it serves. Norwegian Air Shuttle, for example, now » Read more

Cheapo Flight Insider: A Tale of four airlines

Cheapo Flight Insider: A Tale of four airlines

Two weeks in the Nordic countries visiting friends in familiar cities and discovering new territory required me to rely heavily on airplanes as well as trains to get around. I took five flights during my trip: Stockholm to Helsinki; Helsinki to Copenhagen; Copenhagen to the Faroe Islands; Faroe Islands to Copenhagen; and Copenhagen to Stockholm. » Read more

Ryanair launches inflight phone calls today

Ryanair, the wacky budget airline that offers intra-European flights at rock-bottom prices, today began offering inflight phone calls, text messaging, and Blackberry use. The service, dubbed “OnAir,” comes at a hefty price. “OnAir” will first be offered on 20 of its airplanes, although Ryanair expects to roll it out to all 170 aircraft within the next 18 months. » Read more

NYC to London for $13? Ryanair prepares for U.S. takeoff!

Photo courtesy of wicho Pack your neck pillows, blankets and bring your ear plugs, Cheapos, because Ryanair is coming to the United States! Our friends at the Budget Travel blog tipped us off that Ryanair just announced it will begin offering flights from Dublin and London Stansted to the U.S. starting at about $13 each way, taxes » Read more

Flights to Kaliningrad: Is KD Avia the new Icelandair?

Flights to Kaliningrad: Is KD Avia the new Icelandair?

If you’re old enough to remember flower power and Woodstock, then you’ll probably recall the Keflavík stopover. Budget-conscious air travelers in the sixties used Loftleiðir (now part of Icelandair) to hop between the USA and Europe. Loftleiðir undercut the high fares of IATA airlines and pulled a young crowd of first time travelers. It also » Read more

The Environment: “Offsetting” that cheap flight

It’s undeniable that an increase in flying is contributing to the degradation of the environment. In Europe, news reports about the effects of low-cost airlines on the environment are a regular occurrence. We’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge that low-cost flights in Europe are undeniably contributing to global warming. But what can you do about it, » Read more

CheapoSearch takes flight!

CheapoSearch takes flight!

(tap, tap) Is this thing on? Ladies and gents, we’re thrilled to announce the newest addition to EuroCheapo: CheapoSearch Flights, our great, big search engine for researching budget airlines in Europe. We’re big fans of European budget airlines, in all their quirky, bargain-ticket glory. How else could you fly from London to Rome for £10? We felt, however, that there » Read more

What is Continental serving for breakfast?

Alas, after two weeks of traveling to Berlin, Brussels, and Bruges, these three Cheapos at Work had to fly home on Monday. Pete and Mere flew from Paris, and I returned from Brussels. Before I get into my “you won’t believe what Continental served us for breakfast” stomach-turner, I must apologize for not blogging during my » Read more

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