I used to fly BA CE wherever possible on leisure trips booking a heavily discounted fare. In 2007 to Prague the fare was £200 return including taxes..fairly good value. In 2008, the fare was £280 return..still not bad got to fly through T5 on opening day (missing luggage for 3 months) 2009 fare was £340 return getting expensive but still a good experience and a nice treat though the “afternoon tea” service on the 3pm departure is a bit of a joke.
I didn’t make the trip in 2010 but in 2011 the fare was going to be £448 thats more than double in 4 years. The fuel surcharges and taxes have not gone up that much. My new best friend is Swiss.
Living in South East London I can be at London City within about 20 mins of leaving home, fast check in. Good connection times at ZRH gets me to Prague around about the same time door to door for £340. You can also change this fare for just £50 where the discounted BA CE fares are non refundable and non changeabkle.
Little cuts here, there and the odd strike thrown in doesn’t make BA (CE) as attractive.
I do miss the hot breakfasts from LHR on the morning flights but I am not paying 25% more, (In fact I miss the BMI hot breakfasts on the LHR-CDG route in economy but that was 11 years ago!!