Paying for meals on a Condor flight

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Easyjet could be easily sued for racial discrimination because the only meal I've got on their flight ever was in July this year, when their 4.5 Hours late Flight was excused with a coupon, coupon for which you could by a cheapest cup of coffe and a Banana, someone who did accounting is a nasty bastard because coffe and banana added together were the exact amount of the coupons worth.

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How is getting a banana racial discrimination? I bet most of the ossis on the flight were beside themselves at getting a free banana after 4.5hrs. They used to have to pay way more than that and line up for longer than an apple fanboi does to get the latest crapple product.

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Flew Air Berlin to Catania earlier this month and their food options were a sandwich with either cheese or wurst filling, therefore meeting the veggie option criteria.

 

You can pay extra for a hot meal if you want, but our flight was only 2.5 hours so not necessary.

 

As for freebies, the kiddies get a little fun box with colouring-in pencils and various AB stuff (different selection on return flight, too). Kept them off of their iPads for a couple of minutes...

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The discussion reminds me of a couple of things;

 

 

 

And I can't find it, but the section at the beginning where they are serving food and passenger a asks "What's the vegetarian option?", to which the steward responds "Chicken"!

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Yes, they used to do it, but then market became way too competitive and prices went so cheap that they have problems making profit, so it is understandable they have to cut corners. You might think having a veggie option should be a must because it is what pleases YOU and you think the company would not have any extra costs by providing you the extra option, but truth is having extra options have indeed more costs even if the option seem to be cheaper, you are using the "Why should it be more expensive if it does not have meat?" logic. But there a other costs you are not seeing.

 

I myself have special requirements for food on planes, in long flights most airlines actually offer a bunch of choices at no extra charge (meat, veggie, kosher, halal, etc) and in short flights I just do not eat and do not make a fuss about it. I prefer not eating for 2 hours instead of paying 5x from what we pay now for flying compared to 20 years ago. What's actually the big deal with not eating for 2, 3 or 4 hours? I take lunch at 12m and dinner at 7pm. Seven hours of no food, every day.

 

I think Lufthansa is now charging 25 EUR for early seat reservation, this is a douchy move because the ones that will be affected are the people in need, like people traveling with babies and need to reserve the places with baby bassinets, families who need to seat together, elderly or people with mobility problems who want to be on isles or close to the toilets, etc. But at the same time I undestand they try to scrap money from everywhere because flying is way too cheap nowadays.

 

My logic was not that it should be cheaper because no meat (I've long noticed that veg. options are often the same or pricier than meat options) , but it should be cheaper because really just junk processed food, with or without meat; take a look at the pictures!

 

On short-haul flights I never eat. Or drink, for that matter. I can go a whole day without eating if need be.

 

I do not make a fuss. My complaint is the rip-off price for an alternative meal, an alternative that is standard on every long-haul flight I've ever taken, anywhere.

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Train stations, adventure parks, stadiums etc all seem to charge more than normal places for food and drinks

There are various reasons for that but the one that counts is that they can charge more and still get enough customers

 

Airports and planes are no different but I am sure they have higher costs too, specially with all the security regulations now, all their staff having to be screened, they also have space restrictions onboard, fuel costs etc

 

So I am not too bothered with having to pay 18euro for a pile of crap as long as I get a good deal on the flight originally, there is always an airline that costs a 100 euro more for the flight that offers nicer food for 'free'

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you're not alone.

 

Vegan Food on Condor flights

Having a meat vs. non-meat option seems a pretty basic option to me on a long-haul flight. Vegan on the other hand, is a totally different kettle of fish.

 

People wanting a non-meat meal is pretty common, a non-meat option is easy to arrange (especially when talking about a sandwich),and when you account for the traveling to the airport + time in the airport + flight time, long-haul flights are easily 12 hour affairs. That is a long time to keep yourself fed!

 

I actually know someone who works in Condor management, I'll try to remember to ask him what is the story the next time I see him.

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So, you support only what serves you.

Nope, I support the most basic and common-place options being available. I personally eat lots of meat.

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Same here. I think there should be two menus, one with chicken, which would include Moslems as well as Hindus, and one vegetarian. Better yet, three, one pork or beef, one chicken or fish, and one vegetarian, which has been the case on every long-haul airline I've flown to date. Though you do have to order the vegetarian in advance. Nothing more specialist; one has to draw the line somewhere, and you really can't cater for every single sub-division. Once you start getting into lactose-free and kosher and halal you are getting into real, real minority territory. Which would give meat-eaters also another option -- many of them eat vegetarian. Even in our hospital canteen there are three menus, one of which is vegetarian. They wouldn't do this if vegetarian was not in demand. It's not about being selfish; it's about catering to as many passengers as possible. And this is usually how it is done.

Of course, MY opinion doesn't matter whatsoever! :)

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Which would give meat-eaters also another option -- many of them eat vegetarian.

We are not meat-eaters, we are everything-eaters! I eat vegetarian, kosher, halal, hindu and lactose free food as well. Sure, at least meat-free food should be available and I sometimes choose it due to poor quality of airline meat.

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even better, when germany university employees fly on long flights, they as a rule, deduct from the measily daily reimbursement on the assumption that the airline gives you a 'free' meal. It is only a few euros, but the university daily rate while travelling is something like 24 euros (hotel is usually separate).

 

Although this might have been a schwabian specialty.

 

I always order a special meal, sometimes one gets fed first (although they sometimes forget).

 

I have also in the olden days (pre 911) brought my own bottle of vodka along for drinks (but that was in Alaska, and things are different now and there).

 

But being informed ahead of time would be nice (what is available, can one bring their own food, etc).

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The next day the flight attendants had a break at some point and there was a free-for-all at the mini-bar.

That's why Olympic Airways went bankrupt.

 

 

even better, when germany university employees fly on long flights, they as a rule, deduct from the measily daily reimbursement on the assumption that the airline gives you a 'free' meal. It is only a few euros, but the university daily rate while travelling is something like 24 euros.

€24 is according to the German tax authorities the daily allowance for Germany, but deducting money for a free meal on the plane is cheap policy.

 

This year, I spent 13 hours from Buenos Aires to Frankfurt in a Lufthansa economy flight, but first I ate two Big Macs to have something decent on the stomache :)

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even better, when germany university employees fly on long flights, they as a rule, deduct from the measily daily reimbursement on the assumption that the airline gives you a 'free' meal. It is only a few euros, but the university daily rate while travelling is something like 24 euros (hotel is usually separate).

 

 

 

€24 is according to the German tax authorities the daily allowance for Germany, but deducting money for a free meal on the plane is cheap policy.

 

€24 is the Tagesspesen for 24-hour business travel entirely within Germany. For trips outside other rates apply. Its difficult to believe you can have a long flight WITHIN German borders.

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even better, when germany university employees fly on long flights, they as a rule, deduct from the measily daily reimbursement on the assumption that the airline gives you a 'free' meal. It is only a few euros, but the university daily rate while travelling is something like 24 euros (hotel is usually separate).

 

Although this might have been a schwabian specialty.

 

In Bavaria they ask about it and rely on your honesty. The same rules as e.g. free breakfast at the hotel: they ask about it and suppose to get honest answer.

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In Bavaria they ask about it and rely on your honesty. The same rules as e.g. free breakfast at the hotel: they ask about it and suppose to get honest answer.

 

That with breakfast etc in hotels is the general case with all companies I know; but have never heard of it in connection with airline meals. Hope our finance department doesn't get the idea...

 

With "free" breakfast in hotels you are supposed to deduct 20% of the 24hr Tagesspesen (for lunch/dinner its 40% each).

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