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Not impressed by Airtours
Member Name: ianphotocd
Date: 25/11/00, updated on 25/11/00 (228 review reads)
Advantages: Not any that i can think of
Disadvantages: Pay for everything, less leg room
I recently flew to the States with Airtours. I have flown to the States quite often but this was the first time with this company. Usually I have flown with Virgin, BA or American Airlines.
The airtours plane i admit was pleasant although the amount of legroom left a lot to be desired. The TV's on each seat, although usually on scheduled flights, were a nice touch but you had to buy the headsets. The food on board the plane was not great and anything you wanted to drink had to be paid for.
People are under the illusion that flying with airtours to the States is cheaper because its a charter flight. I disagree. On a scheduled flight the headsets are usually free. On a scheduled flight the bar is free, you can prebook your seating and your meals free, there is usually a bit more legroom. Pre booking your seating and meals with airtours cost us £10 per person and the meals on the return journey could not be booked. One of my children has a nut allergy so this was unsuitable for us. If we had wanted a seat by one of the exits this was £50 per person. Why do they charge this when scheduled airlines do it for free. Also on a scheduled airline children usually travel at a 30 - 40% reduction in the adult fare - On airtours we had to pay adult price for the children. They said this was because we were travelling at short notice. We booked the flights 6 weeks before we left.
In Florida, this is where i travelled to with airtours, the scheduled airlines fly into the main international airport while the charter flights use Sanford which is miles away and in the middle of no where.
I cant complain about the crew or other staff they were very good but it is not much more expensive to fly scheduled, if it is at all. Plus with scheduled you can choose your day to fly and duration of stay without any penalty as they fly on a daily basis.