I’m guessing I don’t stand alone when I say that in the U.S., I preferred the low cost airlines by a wide margin. Not only do companies like JetBlue and Southwest Airlines offer a better customer experience and cost less, but they are profitable, which is something you’ve got to respect. It actually came to the point where I almost refused to fly anywhere that JetBlue didn’t go because I had such bad experiences with the big airlines.
So on Sunday, Day 120 of challenging myself to be more Brazilian, we flew from Rio de Janeiro back to Sao Paulo on the low cost option in Brazil – Webjet.
Similar to the low cost airlines in U.S., Webjet doesn’t offer
yucky complimentary airline snacks and drinks – you have to pay. You also don’t get a seat assignment, but must fend for yourself for seats once you arrive on the plane – a little worrisome when you are traveling as a family of three. But there was nothing to be concerned about as the aircraft of our R$50 one-way flight was only about half full.
Staff was friendly. We paid a few bucks for drinks and snacks, but it wasn’t like I felt I was missing out on an overly processed, tasteless meal. The staff was friendly and the plane was clean. Really, you can’t ask for much more.
Only downside was that we had to walk, in a bit of a drizzle, from the plane to the airport. Not a disaster.
It’s nice to know that this is an option in Brazil because I was really missing JetBlue.