Decision- should I take a charter?
I've said, I've flown charters a number of times and
they have been quite pleasant and uneventful, but
I have friends who have horror stories. One of them
was so pissed off after waiting in the airport for
16 hours and being told in two hour increments that
the plane would be there "in about two hours",
when in reality it hadn't even departed on it's 10
hour flight to pick him up! He ended up writing his
congressmen, the FAA and every newspaper he could
is not a fun way to start or end a vacation!
know other people who take charters yearly and swear
by them. Their flights have taken off on time and
have been uneventful and they arrive safely and inexpensively
reminds me... look at the inexpensively. Compare it
to the fares that you would pay on scheduled airlines.
The savings can be anywhere from nothing to a few
hundred dollars. Just because it's a charter flight,
it doesn't mean it's less expensive than a commercial
flight(although it usually is).
other thing to consider is if you are connecting to
and from a charter. If you have to fly to NY to catch
the charter, you need to include the cost to getting
there. You'll also want to leave plenty of time between
flights because if you miss a flight that is not issued
on the ticket with the flight that caused you to miss
a flight you are not protected.(A missed charter is
probably pretty close to a disaster since they usually
fly full so there will not be any extra seats on the
next day!). If the charter causes you to miss your
flight from NY back home...again, you're not protected!
to do? I would look at the money that you may save
and ask yourself. If the flight is delayed and I end
up arriving or departing 12 hours late and sit in
the airport frustrated because I can't get any information
on when the flight is taking off, will the money I
saved be worth it?