Sat in the aisle seat on the last row of the Airbus 330. Was somehow invisible to some of the crew who bumped me every single time they went past, forgot that I was supposed to get food, drinks or rubbish collected. Also three overhead bins were left open during take off. Entertainment is limited to 4 movies, 8 TV shows and radio, unless you pay an additional £4. Also this was the first long haul flight, charter or otherwise that charged for all drinks except tea and coffee served with meals. Would avoid in the future.
There was very little to like. A cumbersome check-in process, applying food, terrible leg room for a 6.5 hour flight, patronising & disorganised staff, no entertainment - I could go on but I'll not.
Olivia was particularly helpful, Laura particularly patronising & unprofessional. Thanks to Thomas Cook 'flexibility', i.e. Letting people sit in seats that they hadn't been allocated to, we had a baby and a toddler behind us for the duration who weren't due to be there.
One of the worst journeys I've ever made.
Itinerary was Boston to Manchester on Thomas Cook Airlines, and Manchester to Munich on Lufthansa. Computer system was down for Thomas Cook. 300 passengers checked in with hand-written boarding passes. Poor communication between airline and passengers. Delayed departure. Arrived in Manchester at 5:55am, an hour late. Misinformation in Manchester about what would happen with our checked bags. We were directed to transfers, only to find out that the hand-written bag tags were not accepted by transfers and we had to exit transfers to claim the bags. This delay caused me to miss my 7:25am connection to Munich. Better information and communication would have allowed me to make the flight. Was rebooked for 10:50am flight but at gate found out it was oversold, I had no "priority" because it was a rebooking, and my seat was given away to another passenger. I was then rebooked for 17:55 flight. I was told that my checked bag would be on it. At the gate for this later flight, I asked about my checked bag but was given no information, and the staff was not helpful in confirming my bag would be loaded. After a 12 hour layover in Manchester (should have been 2 hours), I boarded the 17:55 flight. I arrived in Munich and of course my bag did not make the flight. Effectively I lost a day on my trip, and this was a terrible experience. Flying multiple airlines on a single trip can really be awful if there is rebooking involved, as they don't work together, and neither treats you like a paying customer. I also would advise against flying Thomas Cook. Their computer system going down is inexcusable, and created a massive headache for not just me, but many passengers who missed connections.
The staff were amazing considering we had an hour and a half delay and checked in to the flight manually! I felt bad for them actually, as it clearly wasn't their fault, but they are on the front line and had a deal with some very upset customers.
I had to stand in line for and hour and a half while the staff tried to figure out why the computer system wasn't working. When the system decided that it really wasn't going to work, we had to check in manually, which doesn't seem very safe to me! I had a handwritten boarding pass, and luggage label! The flight was then delayed further and we ended up being and hour and a half delayed. Again, the staff were amazing with what they had to deal with, but I do wish that there was a representative from Thomas Cook to talk to us while we were in line at check in. Tanoy announcements didn't cut it really.
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