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    • Former MSE Nick
    • By Former MSE Nick 1st Jul 15, 4:53 PM
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    Easyjet Tricks - guide discussion
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    • 1st Jul 15, 4:53 PM
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    Easyjet Tricks - guide discussion 1st Jul 15 at 4:53 PM


    Hi all,

    We've written a new Easyjet Tricks guide and would love your feedback.

    How did you find the info? Was it useful? Do you have any other tips you'd add?

    Thanks for your help!

    MSE Nick
    Last edited by Former MSE Nick; 20-01-2016 at 4:07 PM.
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    • SW17
    • By SW17 23rd Jul 15, 3:56 PM
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    SW17
    not sure if Easy Jet go from Luton, but I believe they only allow ONE bag, this is an airport policy
    Originally posted by facepaint paula
    In theory that is the policy unless you are flying on El Al. However, I am yet to see it enforced.
    • crustacean
    • By crustacean 24th Jul 15, 10:57 AM
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    Ryanair cheaper.
    It very often is. But they are cheaper because, for one thing, they book landing slots which mean very early arrival at airport of departure.

    For instance, their flight to Valencia, where I am due to buy a flat, and thus be a frequent user of UK -VLC, leaves Stansted at 07:30. That means one must arr STN at 05:30 (officially). Victoria to STN is +/- 75 mins on the bus, so arr Vic 04:00. Travel to Victoria? From my friends in W11 that's 30 mins by minicab, so one must set the alarm for 03:00 very latest.

    Where are you coming from? If you can't stay w friends in London, that means either paying for an overnight or car parking or a midnight ramble cross country to STN.

    I prefer to pay the extra for EJ's afternoon flight. I can then do London or Bristol > Gatwick > VLC at a civilised hour, arriving in time for the paseo and unas copas.
    • crustacean
    • By crustacean 24th Jul 15, 11:22 AM
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    Wearing it/them.
    Hi I would beware advising people to wear more clothes a young man collapsed from the heat because he was wearing too many layers. Also I think they are becoming wise to the extra items in duty free bags. I never thought I would say this but Ryanair have finely got their act together and most of the time flights are
    Less than Easyjet, they allow an extra cabin bag and they don't charge a fortune for credit card payments anymore. Quite often I fly one way with Ryanair and the other with Easyjet
    Originally posted by nitty51
    The guy who passed out because of the absurd number of layers he was wearing was very silly. There are people who, as my dear old mum used to say, haven't the sense they were born with.

    However, as a photographer colleague was once told by a US airline, "If you're wearing it, it's not luggage." For photographers, camera equipment is tricky. The only way round the size/weight problem (if paying your own way) is to strip down equipment and stash as many of the parts as poss in the capacious pockets of an over-size coat. My pro DSLR kit - body, three lenses and other bits inc Sam tablet, goes in a vast 52" chest safari jkt l bought just for this reason. I wear my normal travel jkt, another multi-pocket safari style, under that, with phone, passport etc. Once on board, both jkts get stowed and I don't pass out!

    Tip for protecting cameras, lenses and other delicate gear - stuff them into socks.
    • Ames
    • By Ames 24th Jul 15, 1:18 PM
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    Ames
    I used to have a winter coat which had big holes in the pockets.

    It came in very useful the time I ended up 2kg overweight on my case.

    Tip number two is not to trust cheap luggage scales.
    Unless I say otherwise 'you' means the general you not you specifically.
    • fifeken
    • By fifeken 26th Jul 15, 12:41 PM
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    fifeken
    If you don't like the seats allocated, then don't proceed with check in.Stop and go back a bit later. You will be offered different seats.
    Keep doing this until you get seats that you like.


    I done that this year.
    Originally posted by Sc0biegee
    It doesn't work like that now. You don't see the seat allocated until you've committed to the check in.

    The option of looking at seats already taken is the closest you can get to choosing a preferred seat without paying.
    • sooty&sweep
    • By sooty&sweep 26th Jul 15, 3:41 PM
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    sooty&sweep
    Hi
    Does anyone know if Easyjet count a moneybelt or small bumbag as luggage ? Or if you are wearing them round your waist are they ok ?
    Cheers Jen
    • SumJuan
    • By SumJuan 26th Jul 15, 6:17 PM
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    SumJuan
    If you don't like the seats allocated, then don't proceed with check in.Stop and go back a bit later. You will be offered different seats.
    Keep doing this until you get seats that you like.


    I done that this year.
    Originally posted by Sc0biegee
    Were you referring to BA check in?
  • MCClondon
    Easyjet overbooking - Check in early!
    Thanks for these. On number 7 (perfect time to check in), I have just learnt from experience that the earlier you check in the better.


    Had a flight booked from Gatwick to Barcelona last week, and as it was an evening flight, I tried to check in the morning of the flight (you can check in up to 2 hours before departure so shouldn't have been an issue). However, kept getting an error message saying that online check in was not available and that we should go to bag drop at the airport to get our boarding passes.


    At bag drop, was advised that because we had not checked in online, we were now on standby for our flight. The staff then told us that Easyjet regularly overbook their flights in order to mitigate the number of no shows, and that the reason we were not able to check in on the day was because there were no seats left on our flight. The staff said that we should always check in as early as possible to ensure that we have a seat on the flight.


    We were ok in the end, as there were quite a few no shows, but there have been recent issues reported in the press with families being split up or having to travel circuitous routes.



    [there is an article in the independent from last week - can't post a link as I am a new user - google "easyjet overbooking"]


    Although the Easyjet staff eventually explained what was going on, they were pretty rude and unpleasant, so I'm not surprised people have had the issues being reported.
    • SW17
    • By SW17 27th Jul 15, 8:12 PM
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    SW17
    Low cost carriers rarely overbooked in their earlier days, as all tickets were non-amendable and non-refundable, so no-shows had limited impact beyond the sale of ancillaries onboard, in fact they sometimes made more by not paying airport charges etc.

    As they have introduced more flexible options, the number of changes and no-shows increased, with impact to airline revenue, so greater levels of overbooking were fairly inevitable. Of course, how they handle it is a different matter, and many people don't know their rights when they are unfortunate enough to suffer IDB. Airlines will usually pay in the end, but they know they can reduce the total cost by fobbing some people off.

    Presume this is the article you refer to

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/easyjet-overbooking-epidemic-wrecking-travel-plans-for-thousands--and-flouting-eu-rules-10407684.html

    It is good advice to check in early, especially if you have not paid to reserve seats.
    Last edited by SW17; 27-07-2015 at 8:18 PM. Reason: Add link.
  • Wetwrinkly
    things to hand on flight
    When we get to the gate we are usually wearing or carrying jackets. If you carry your jacket you can stuff the pockets and sleeves with things you want access to on the flight without going into your baggage. We usually have our picnic, magazines and Kindle in the jackets.
  • Peter Hughes
    I have just followed the advice, and got 16 back. Very useful.
    There were no arguments, all very quick, easy and hassle free.
    Recommend everyone to do it.
  • mmmBiscuit
    We tried the wrong date trick for the first time - and it worked! Saved 99 all in (including the 'free' luggage). It was a nervous wait for the moment of truth, but worth it. Thanks MSE for the step-by-step guide.
    • purpoise
    • By purpoise 19th Aug 15, 11:09 AM
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    purpoise
    Save on drinks on any flight.
    I take a couple of empty 0.5l bottles with me in my hand luggage. Then after security I fill them up with water air-side. Saves a lot of money!
    • drphila
    • By drphila 20th Aug 15, 2:34 PM
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    I take a couple of empty 0.5l bottles with me in my hand luggage. Then after security I fill them up with water air-side. Saves a lot of money!
    Assuming the airport has a drinking water supply, I assume.

    Not sure I'd fill a bottle from the toilets' hand basin tap!

    Never been able to find one in Bristol
  • jenf81
    Wrong Date Trick
    We've just saved over 1,000 with the wrong date trick. We booked 4 tickets, myself, partner and his kids to go to Turkey for October half term. After the butt clenching 24hr wait, we've moved our flights to the 'right' dates and so saved ourselves almost 1,100! More money to spend on the hotel and days out with the kids! Thank You MSE and everyone else who have posted with their help and advice
    • macro6868
    • By macro6868 9th Sep 15, 3:49 PM
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    Easyjet trick 8 Don't forget passport!
    If planning to volunteer to put your hand luggage into the hold (trick8), the article should specifically remind everyone to hold on to your passport and not absent-mindedly stuff it into a zipper pocket on the hand luggage case.

    Otherwise you won't easily get past passport control to pick up your hand luggage case from the carousel.
    macro6868
    • Emlou1978
    • By Emlou1978 9th Sep 15, 9:07 PM
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    Point 7 misleading
    I disagree with part of point 7 regarding not having to pay to sit with your children.

    As a previous member mentioned only 1 person is "guaranteed" to sit near (not next to) their child. So a family of 3 would not be guaranteed to sit together. Sitting beside the child could in fact be in the row in front or behind of the child or, as in most cases, across the aisle - it is not a guarantee for seats together in the same row.

    On the most part, crew do their best to try to move people around to accomodate seperated families, however this can be close to impossible during school holiday times as the majority of the other passengers are also families - so who are they supposed to move? Why would it be fair to move one family to accomodate another? Or why would it be fair to move people who had already paid for their seat in advance for someone who hadn't bothered to?

    I feel that the advice in the second half of point 7 regarding travelling with children is very misleading and would lead to confusion, arguements and distress for travelling families if they all followed this rule. As a parent myself I would never leave it to chance to be sat 'near to' my child and would prefer to pay a little extra for a particular seat and peace of mind when travelling and avoid distressing and embarrassing scenes when boarding the aircraft.

    The advice about flexi fares, on the other hand, is excellent!!
    • katiecoughdrop
    • By katiecoughdrop 10th Sep 15, 7:50 AM
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    Rip off prices this year on 'roll out Thursday'!
    We have had to pay nearly double for our flights this year for the same May half term holiday to Corfu, even though we booked at 6am. We'll just have to keep an eye out for the price dropping and see if we can claim on the price promise. Even Ryanair was stupid prices this year.
    • aintreemaid
    • By aintreemaid 10th Sep 15, 9:25 AM
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    aintreemaid
    As a frequent flyer from Spain to UK and travel with different airlines for the best prices, I bring hand luggage only one way and put a fold up canvass bag with wheels in it to use on the flight back, that way I am only paying for checked baggage one way.............
    Originally posted by karenj

    I didn't know you could do that! The only option that came up when booking was for return flights so we paid for 4 hold bags (2 each) on our outbound flight but will probably only have 1 between us on the way back
    Please tell me how to do this for next time!
    • Intenso
    • By Intenso 10th Sep 15, 3:47 PM
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    Intenso
    We have had to pay nearly double for our flights this year for the same May half term holiday to Corfu, even though we booked at 6am. We'll just have to keep an eye out for the price dropping and see if we can claim on the price promise. Even Ryanair was stupid prices this year.
    Originally posted by katiecoughdrop
    Yep, ours was 280 more than last year as well and now 12 hours on has more than doubled again!
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