BMIBABY takes the mickey with in-flight exchange rates
Friday, 19 December 2008 14:33

When you are flying you don't have a lot of choice about where you buy your drinks. With government restrictions on taking liquids through security (see our article on this) flying is just unpleasant.

bmibaby is a so-called 'low cost' or 'budget' airline.

When that really means is that because bmibaby is charging you a low price for the actual fare, they think they have  the God-given responsibility to rip you off at every possible opportunity.

This starts before you even get on the airplane with a £7 credit card charge for booking, then contines with a £6 charge for checking, and goes further with a £12 charge if you dare to take a checked-in bag. That's a whopping £25 already. Add to that all the taxes etc and you are looking for a second mortgage for that so-called cheap flight.

bmibaby has now found a new way to charge passengers. They now wait for passengers who have checkin-in online to arrive at the departure gate and then make them put their baggage into a metal box to test it for size. If your bag doesn't fit then you get charged a whopping £20 extra, plus the charge for putting your bag into the hold plus any excess baggage charge.

In flight prices

bmibaby doesn't stop there, they rip you off in flight as well.

bmibaby

First they treat you like a 2 year old, suggesting that you might talk about tea and 'biccies', that really does sum up their attitude to passengers.

£2 for tea and biscuits, well I think that's expensive, but I think a lot of things are too dear. What really takes the biscuit (!) is the exchange rate, suggesting that a euro is worth only 68p. When are these people going to wake up to the fact that today a euro is worth 93p and rising.

The exchange rate for soft drinks is different, it values a euro at 75p, still well below the true value, but a little better.

bmibaby drinks

But if you want something as simple as tea or coffee your euro is worth only 60p. This is a total rip off!

bmibaby in flight restrictions

Finally bmibaby - that friendly organisation - points out that if you did bring your own drinks with you they don't want you drinking them on their aircraft. They only want you to drink something that they sell you.

Let's turn our attention to in flight snacks

bmibaby will charge you £1.20 (€2.00) for a 43g pack of Pringles that would cost you 54p in Tesco.

50g of Mini Cheddars will cost you 42p in Tesco, or £1.00 (€1.50) on a bmibaby flight.

Final thoughts

To sum it up we can do no better than quote bmibaby's own marketting slogan then add something . . .

'bmibaby the airline with tiny fares' . . . and service to match



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