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You’ll have to do better than that…

1. Through checked tcketing and baggage – irrelevant for point to point travel

2. Frequent flyer programme with lounge access – onlly relevant if you have status in the programme, anyway Airport Angel offers unlimited access for £250 ps

3. Allocated seats – so do Vueling, Air Berlin, German Wings etc. With tohers, priority boarding is available for a small fee.

4. Free baggage allowance – you pay for it, even if you do not need it. With low cost airlines, it is optional and hand baggage is often enough for weekends away, etc

5 Fewer charges for “options” that in fact aren’t options at all (eg printed boarding pass) – only one airline charges for boarding passes (and it is a disgrace, IMHO), easyJet, Vueling, Air Berlin etc do not, so a very weak point as BA do not compete on many routes with FR

6. Free drinks – fair point, but 3€ for water or 5€ for wine is hardly going to break the bank

7. Generally, less likelty to leavetyou in the lurch when something goes wrong (agreed that is not always the case)

My experience with easyJet and BA suggests the reverse

8. Free drinks, food and entertainment on long haul – probably nearly irrelevant in the case of LGW

Now for some differences the other way

1. Low cost airlines tend to do name changes (for a fee), BA does not

2. Low cost airlines have easy changes (for a fee)

3. easyJet will put you on the next flight, if you arrive early and there is a spare seat

4. If you miss a flight, so long as you arrive at the airport within 2 hours, easyJet will ‘rescue’ you for less than £50

5. You’ll fly on a newish aircraft, with BA it may be a real old banger

6. No fuel surcharge on low costs

Not such a clear difference, IMHO

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