Low Cost Airlines Slash Prices; Americans Wish Desperately EasyJet and RyanAir Would Please, Please Come To The U.S.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

As if Americans weren’t already envious enough of Europe’s wide selection of low cost airlines that charge less than the price of what most airlines in America tack on to check a second bag, they’ve now gone ahead and instituted a price war, driving fares even lower.

“Let’s hope there is a price war,” Ryanair spokesman Stephen McNamara defiantly said in response to news that British Airways and Virgin slashed prices by up to 25%. Taking the metaphor a little too literally, Mr. McNamara went on to quote Henry V. “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother. And by brothers I mean our baggage handlers, stewards, stewardesses, and dedicated airplane mechanics across Great Britain.”

Not that there aren’t a few deals that trickle their way down to us Yanks. For example, how about Barcelona from New York for under $400? Thinking somewhere warm and someplace where you can actually fly to cheaper than the Europeans, how about South America, with some round-trip tickets for under $400?

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