Newest Review: ... the Emergency Exit rows), and £12 to sit in row 1. Tip here, if you are flying in a group of three, then check your aircraft type by cl... more
Much better now you have to reserve your seats!
Author Name: KChips1984
Advantages: Price, flight times, allocated seating
Disadvantages: Paying extra for your seat, extra charges for credit card payments
I flew with Easyjet earlier this year (February) from my local airport - Newcastle - to Barcelona in Spain for business. Flight was booked as a return, and price was £59.99. This was an excellent price for a return, though it was out on Monday and back on a Wednesday, and once on board much to my surprise it was quite obvious that it was mainly business travellers using this service rather than holidaymakers. Upon booking, once you have clicked on your selected flights, you will be presented with a final price for paying with either Debit or Credit Card - make sure you use Debit Card otherwise a small fee is added for using Credit Cards (usually 2-2.5%).
You will then be taken to the optional extras section, where you can select allocated seating (£3 per seat) and add checked in luggage to your booking (see below). Note that Easyjet now operates an allocated seating policy, so if you don't pay the £3 you will risk being split up at check in if you're not travelling alone. Note that seat price varies with the location in the aircraft; £3 for normal seats (usually row 7 backwards - except for Emergency Exit rows), £8 for speedy boarding rows 2-7 (and also the Emergency Exit rows), and £12 to sit in row 1.
Tip here, if you are flying in a group of three, then check your aircraft type by clicking on the choose seat option. Airbus A319 aircraft have 26 rows in total, while Airbus A320 aircraft have 31 rows - if flying on the A320 then rows 30 & 31 are rows of three only on one side with the toilets opposite so this may prove bothersome if you want a quiet flight.
You can take one piece of hand baggage into the cabin with you -no bigger than 56 x 45 x 25cm including wheels so please beware - which must fit into the hand baggage measuring tray at check in. Hand bags, briefcases, laptops and laptop bags are all counted as one piece so if you have a hand bag and a laptop bag, then consider putting one inside the other.
Checked in baggage can weigh no more than 20kg, and adding bags can be done at the initial bookings stage or by editing your booking through the website once done (fee of £16 per bag for online) - make sure you don't wait until you get to the airport, otherwise you will be charged around double this price depending on the route and season.
If you have luggage to check in and have already paid for it (as advised above), then I would recommend checking in online once you receive email confirmation you can do so, then dropping your luggage at the respective Baggage Drop Desks once at the airport - this will save you time at the airport as Easyjet tend to operate a bulk-check in desk policy (flights to all destinations tend to use the same desks). When checking in online, ensure you have a printer available to print out your boarding pass, otherwise you will need to go to the normal check-in desk to obtain this (they don't charge a fee for this - yet).
Also check your hand luggage at this point to ensure it fits in the orange measuring tray; if it doesn't fit you will be asked to check this in for a fee (£25 at this stage, which is much cheaper than the £40 you would pay if they asked you to pay at the gate!
On board, the customer service showed by the crew seem to be vastly improved versus what I experience a few years ago, before Easyjet began marketing their flights towards the Business market rather than just Leisure. The seats themselves are very comfortable, and offer perhaps a little more legroom than some other Leisure carriers (certainly more than Thomas Cook & Thomson Airways based on experiences last year), I think the legroom is between 31-32 inches but it is certainly comfortable enough for me to move around (5ft 11). Food and drink are reasonable priced and there is plenty of variety, you can order and meal for around £5-£6 (drink, sandwich and crisps) and individual bags of crisps and sweets start at around £1.50. Drinks tend to be a little more expensive, but prices are in-line with most other non-full service airlines these days (£3 for a can of beer or whisky etc.).
Very good indeed, and at a very reasonable price with service to match any other low-cost carrier I have used in the past. One point I would make is that if you are flying alone and not fussy about where you like to sit, then save yourself some money by not selecting the seats at the booking stage which can save you between £6-£24 per booking - and once again always pay by Debit Card if possible.
One huge plus for me is the new policy of allocated seating, which thankfully is removing the rugby style scrum at the gate and up the stairs onto the aircraft of people who are wanting to sit together. You will still find people tend to queue at the gate before boarding starts, but don't worry yourself with joining it if you don't want to as everyone has their seat allocated now.
Summary: Much better than the old Easyjet