Saturday, 24th August 2019
TRAVEL & TOURISM Article
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Travel, Travel, Toil and Trouble!

Travel, Travel, Toil and Trouble!

We find increasingly that if you are a member of a Travel Club there can be all sorts of perks and benefits, which of course with cheap fare airlines would be totally impossible.

At the beginning of July we travelled to Dinar, in Brittany for our daughter's Civil Wedding.  Although I tried to find a fare through my on line Travel Club search engines, I could not find one that competed with prices from Jerez to Stanstead and then on from Stanstead to Dinar. This was logistically fine, as we live about the same distance from either Malaga or Jerez Airports. I was delighted when I found very cheap fares with reasonable times of departure.  However, when we got to the airport our troubles began.  Check in at Jerez Airport is quick and simple, but the cheap fares airline we were using, have a policy of only 15 kilos per person.  Although we packed to a minimum for our own personal use, despite having to account for variable weather forecasts and different social events, we were taking with us a contribution of a Jamón Serrano Pata Negra.  Well, we were 10 kilos over weight and we had to pay up for both laps of the journey naturally.  The end result was that the over weight was as much as the price of the Jamón and our fares together! 
I do not mind purchasing some form of food if necessary before you get on the flight, or even waiting until reaching destination, or buying something on the flight, but my point is that a flight costing say 5.80€ on the out bound journey and 8.90€ on the return journey, and lets face it, these prices are incredible to the point of being ridiculous,  by the time you add on 33.91€ airport taxes, fees and charges, whatever they are, 5€ Credit Card Fee, you have already spent 50.89€.


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Buy something to eat and drink, pay some over weight and your 11.98€ ticket suddenly seems not so competitive, especially as this is only the first lap.  If your flights then do not happen to coincide and you have to spend a night each way you might as well have booked a normal flight taking you straight to your destination. 
We find increasingly that if you are a member of a Travel Club there can be all sorts of perks and benefits, which of course with cheap fare airlines would be totally impossible. 
Last week my husband flew British Airways from Malaga to Heathrow, returning from Gatwick to Malaga. His all round flight, again with departures and arrivals at civilized hours, cost us 140€ including taxes, meals and no hassle if a tiny bit over weight of 20 reasonable kilos!  When we joined our Travel Club we were issued with a card which gives us Travel Agent status. The best benefit of this card is that he was instantly upgraded to Business Class. Now on a short flight from Spain to the UK this may not seem too important, although it is of course very nice!  But on any long haul flights, this way of travelling makes an enormous difference.  Travel becomes a joy instead of toil and trouble.



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