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When the engines stop the whining you hear is a travel journalist

May 23rd, 2007, 08:39 PM
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I think it's the law in the UK/ Europe, isn't it?

DH had the same issue when traveling for business last month (film industry)- they flew BMI and had all sorts of camera and sound equipment with them and got slammed with extra charges, adding up to more than the airfare itself.
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May 24th, 2007, 07:16 AM
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When I flew EasyJet and Ryanair, I wore my heaviest clothes and put the heavy items in the carry on bag. Put the light bulky items in the suitcase. They didn't weigh my carry on bag.
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May 25th, 2007, 08:44 AM
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Interesting point they had 70 kgs of luggage for 2 days ! Ummh?

"He was taking the trip to check out Easyjet" ! Ummmh ?

Perhaps there is more to this, did he 'not know' the amount of excess that would have to be pay, or perhaps.....'He DID Know'

Perhaps more to this than just arriving there to this 'surprise'!

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May 26th, 2007, 08:35 AM
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Oh come on folks. There is someone here who doesn't think that charging more than $1,100 for transporting a couple of extra bags is excessive and amounts to gouging the traveler? I'm sure if the excess charge that he missed in the fine print had cost him $50 per bag, the tone of the article would have been very different, if there had been an article at all. I would be livid about such a ridiculously high charge - and yes, I would have even complained about it. So color me a whiner.
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May 26th, 2007, 08:55 AM
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On a stretch, on a good day, with the wind just right, i could say that he fell into it...
You might say, "I was trapped. Had no choice but to pay."
But to make the return trip...and do the same thing again...and not to have made alternate, cheaper arrangements
Surely if you repeat the action and expect a different result.. don't they say that is "insanity"
Or at the best.. stupidity
Buy another ticket for the luggage...I saw Pam Tillis flying first class one time with her guitar strapped safely in the seat beside her
Or he could have shipped it

...or was he trying to create a story????? hmmmm
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May 26th, 2007, 09:00 AM
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There is a difference between excessive and gouging. They lay down an excessive fee to discourage passengers from bringing extra luggage. [Just like I can complain about excessive fines for parking and speeding tickets in Texas.]

But it doesn't necessarily mean gouging.
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May 27th, 2007, 05:53 AM
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$1,100?!?!? (Even $550 one way!?!) Everybody on this board must be a whole lot richer than me to need an $1,100 fee before you are 'discouraged' from bringing extra bags. And if he did it to manufacture a story, I say 'thanks.' Unlike some of the posters who seem so confident they would never make such a mistake, I may just have been one of the suckers who missed the fine print.
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May 27th, 2007, 06:13 AM
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Mr. Greengerg has been around a long time writing travel articles and such. He knew exactly what he was doing.
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May 27th, 2007, 08:37 AM
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Kareng - Obviously the writer didn't feel that an extra $1100 was too much to refrain from extra baggage.

I'm certainly not rich and I certainly could not afford an extra $550 - $1100 on baggage, but exactly because of that, I check carefully for extra and/or hidden charges. Even if I've flown an airline several times, I always check to see what the baggage limitations are, etc. before I get to the airport.

If I don't and I'm hammered with such charges, I don't think it's anyone's fault but my own.
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May 27th, 2007, 03:41 PM
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Again, I agree the tone of this article is whiney. That said, U.S. airlines get ripped here for their (lack of) service, yet not one charges such a ridiculous fee -- including Southwest and the other budget carriers. So why is it OK for easyjet to do that? (And please do better than "pack lighter" or "don't fly easyjet if you don't like the policy.")
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May 28th, 2007, 12:58 PM
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<<< So why is it OK for easyjet to do that? >>>

Because if they didn't then they'd have to charge people who do read the rules more for their flight as they wouldn't make any money from people too stupid or lazy to read things that are in plain sight
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May 28th, 2007, 01:02 PM
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<<< So why is it OK for easyjet to do that? >>>

By charging such a large amount it discourages people who do read the rules that are in plain sight from carrying too much luggage.

This means that Easyjet is more likely to keep to it's schedules - typically 30 minutes between landing & takeoff and not have to pay additional monies for missing it's slots or for having non-Easyjet staff on the job longer than they need to be.

It's punitive but is designed to be.

Still doesn't explain how an "experienced" "travel" "journalist" didn't know the rules
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May 28th, 2007, 01:29 PM
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Does anybody think that perhaps he thought he could get a "pass" just because he is a "experienced travel journalist"?

If that was the case, then he lost the little credibility that he still had left with me.

If you want to lead the life of a rock star/movie star/succesful businessperson, hire your own plane. If you can't afford it, then play according to the rules.

(I can almost see it, although I don't have any evidence/proof of the following happening.

He is trying to tell the agent: Do you know who I'm? I could bring this airline down with a stroke of my pen.....) yeah, right Peter, get a life!
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May 28th, 2007, 01:37 PM
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If he thinks Ez's excess baggage policy is poor he should try Ryanair's

They £5.50 per kg (Ez £5 per kg) BUT they have a lower checked limit of 15kg - ie his 40kg excess baggage would have become 50kg or a difference of £75
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May 28th, 2007, 06:13 PM
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<There is a difference between excessive and gouging. They lay down an excessive fee to discourage passengers from bringing extra luggage.>

No, actually it is part of their business plan. For them, luggage is a profit center. They lure unsuspecting people in with low advertised fares and then gouge them with the excessive luggage fees that have nothing to do with the cost of flying. I'm sure most people only get stuck once, and of course, this doesn't apply to all the sophisticated Fodorites who have never been fooled in their travels.
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May 28th, 2007, 06:41 PM
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<<For them, luggage is a profit center.>>
You don't know Jack.
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May 28th, 2007, 06:47 PM
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Such policies are gouging, plain and simple. I for one appreciate such outing of "ghetto" tactics and find the "whining" perfectly justifiable, even thoug I've heard such horror stories enough times that I categorically avoid all "budget" Euro airlines.
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May 28th, 2007, 11:33 PM
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Your loss - it's only costing YOU money. And all because you are unable to read
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May 29th, 2007, 04:53 AM
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A few of the posts here are a little over the top; but I always find it REALLY amusing when a journalist suddenly discovers what life is like for ordinary mortals and decides to write about it, as if he/she were the first person ever to have noticed that the Emperor's clothes are a little transparent.

It's like when a journalist gets married, moves, gets cancer, has a child, loses a pet, etc. and them writes about it. Oh sure, they know others have experienced it through human history but THIS time it happened to "ME" of all people! NOW it's a noteworthy event!
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May 29th, 2007, 03:14 PM
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Well tedtoes, you're a better man than me: I sometimes make mistakes. And when I do, I accept that I may have a price to pay, and I've paid at times over my years of traveling. But I still don't find it acceptable to be taken advantage of - gouged- even if I made a mistake and missed some fine print. And it surprises me that airlines (or any other business) can afford to do this. I sure would never fly with them again after such a gouging. But maybe I'm different? Many of you seem to accept the level of "punishment" described here, so I guess you would fly with them again, and just be more careful about luggage weight next time? I'd pick another of the hundreds of flight options out there and simply cross them off my list. In fact, I may just do that anyway because they did it to others!
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