Prince William flew European discount airline Ryanair from Stansted to Glasgow.
Prince William in coach shouldn’t be a shock, as he flew American Airlines coach Memphis – Dallas a year ago (even though he certainly could have purchased first class. Indeed, he flew first class on the US Airways Shuttle back in December.
The surprising thing, then, wasn’t so much that he flew a discount airline or flew economy, but that he flew Ryanair “London” – Glasgow on a route served by British Airways from both Heathrow and Gatwick.
The explanation, though, appears to be that he was flying “from his Norfolk home” — and who’d want to go to Heathrow or Gatwick? The two airports are about equidistant:
Instead departing from Stansted saved him about an hour.
I find I go out of my way to travel my preferred airline, but then that’s most true when I need the elite qualifying miles. Prince William’s British Airways status, one imagines, is secure. Or when he wishes he can simply pay for premium cabins, so he also doesn’t feel the need to, just like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Or perhaps post-devaluation, accruing Avios is just no longer that attractive to the Royals.