El Al Basic: Cheap Flights, but $8 for a Sandwich and $30 to Check a Bag

Thirty dollars to check a bag, $8 for a sandwich and $3 for headphones - these are some of the prices you can look forward to paying if you opt to fly El Al Airlines' new Basic service to Europe, according to a price list that was obtained by TheMarker.

The sub-coach class is the airline's answer to the competition it faces from low-cost carriers. Its seats are located in the back of the aircraft, and that's not the only thing that makes it the antithesis of first class.

Every nonessential service will be billed separately: for counter check-in service you'll pay $10, and if you check a bag - weighing up to 20 kilograms - you'll be charged $20 for European destinations and $30 for the Far East.

El Al is launching a three-day special starting today, with deep discounts for Basic round-trip flights between November 1 and December 31.

For $299 you can fly to cities such as Athens, Bucharest and Sofia, while $329 will get you to Budapest or Warsaw. Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, Kiev, Madrid, Milan, Marseille, Munich, Odessa, Rome or Vienna will set you back by $359.

Paris is yours for $379, while London (Luton Airport), Moscow, Zurich, Geneva and St. Petersburg cost $399.

Travel agents will not be paid commissions for selling these seats, so they'll have to earn their wages by charging customers handling fees.

"No decision has yet been made about an intention to announce the cancellation of the base commission fee [of 7%]. The business model for the Basic class enables travel agents to charge handling fees, at their discretion," El Al's spokesman said.