OK, I have booked my Easyjet flights for next 18th May, and now need some well travelled, well versed pewrson to talk me through all the procedures! I haven't booked the transatlantic flights yet!
I gather I leave from North Terminal, I can check in the evening before as my flight is an early one, but what's all the stuff about speedy booking? I have booked it, but can I get a buggy ride from the checkin to the boarding gate/area? (Bit unsteady on the old pins)
I realise from Nigel, I will have to juggle my baggage allowance from 30 to 20 kg., hmmm, but anything else worth knowing beforehand?
Oh I know it's yonks away yet, but bear with me!
Message posted by elizajay (Moderator) on 23 August 2009 at 9:30pm - IP Logged
Well yes, we took our first ever easyjet flight on Friday from Corfu to Manchester. No gate number ever appeared on screen..so we were sat casually awaiting the same, when my admittedly imperfect hearing just caught the words 'speedy boarding' over the tannoy, so we joined the queue, but I noticed the man in front of me had B written on his ticket and not SB (as in Speedy boarding) I asked a few peeps and was told 'oh you've missed it, speedy boarding has gone!'
Well I wasn't giving up that easy! So I went to the gate and showed my boarding passes (much to the disgust of the other passengers LOL) and we were allowed straight through.
But what I wasn't prepared for was when you get off the bus to the plane that people really do sprint!!!! Olympic standard! Elbows! shouting GOGOGO!!!!! LOL we joined the race and got three seats together albeit very breathless by the time we sat down!
Other than that found easyjet to be fine, better legroom than Thomson and wider aisles so you can pass the trolley.
Will definitely do it again, but wish I had been warned about the speedy boarding quiet announcement LOL
Have a great holiday!
Message posted by NIGEL on 23 August 2009 at 9:36pm - IP Logged
We are doing our first easyjet flight in a couple of weeks.
Ours is an early flight. We were told we can book in from 08.00pm night before.
But we are doing a lazy one in the respect because my hubby has to go to work at 1.30am the day before we fly out and by the time he gets home he will not have time to get any sleep. As we then have a 2/3 hrs trip to Gatwick. We are going to book into one of the Hotels at the Airport so he can at least get a few hours sleep otherwise he will be about 35 hours without sleep.
The Sofitel is either by or in the North Terminal and they have a monorail that takes you right in to the North Terminal.
Will let you know how we get on with it. When we get back.
Message posted by Corfukate on 23 August 2009 at 11:44pm - IP Logged
As I'm sure Nigel's link will have shown you, you need to book special assistance with Easyjet. It is easy to add it on if you haven't already done it. At check-in they will tell you where to wait and an elongated golf buggy will come and take you to the departure gate. Very easy and very efficient. A word of warning, the walk to the departure gate is a very, very long way so please don't try to think you can manage without assistance.
Message posted by ele 56 on 24 August 2009 at 7:52pm - IP Logged
Plus the buggy whisks you straight to the plane and you can't stop off in Duty Free - found this out when I tore my calf muscle years ago 5 days before flying out and was on crutches. I was mortified as Duty Free is the start of my holiday! Husband was pleased though!
Message posted by mathsboffin on 25 August 2009 at 7:47pm - IP Logged
The check in the night before worked very well. All very calm and ordered. We didn't pay for speedy boarding and we were allocated category A. SB's go first, then Special Assistance (SA), then A, then B. There is a scrum at the gate, as everyone (it felt like everyone), tries to sneak through. This happened both times, and is the worst part of the whole experience. Nice planes, nice staff, a good trip, both ways. Have never flown EJ before, but wouldn't hesitate to again. And I won't every pay for Speedy Boarding, just not worth it, purely a money making exercise. You all get on, you all get a seat. And families with children under 5 years old are classed as SA's!
Message posted by Corfukate on 25 August 2009 at 11:29pm - IP Logged
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