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11. Posted by Ofelia (Respected Member 142 posts) 7y

Quoting Herr Bert

If you book ahead they are cheap, if you book later, or add suitcases, you better check the regular airlines as well.

This is so true, and also something people forget to concider- budget airlines are not necessarely the cheapest!
I was looking at flying between the UK and Finland over Christmas peak period- Ryanair was about 130-140 GBP, whilst "normal" airlines such as BA and Finnair were about the same. Add in the additional cost of getting to Stanstead (which is more expensive to travel to/from than Heathrow) and the cost of bags, as well as lunch/dinner and possible drinks, Ryanair actually works out more expensive. Also, you actually get service on Finnair and BA, which, after years of flying with budget airlines, I find refreshing. Admittedly, I'm not a huge budget airline fan after a Ryanair crew member shouted at me on flight for asking something, to the huge amazement of me and everyone sitting around me. So I won't fly them unless I have to, but yeah, they do the job and get you from A to B.

12. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

Quoting HafJafMark

Yeah Ryanair are probably the most punctual, but the are not the cheapest, not with all the extra extra charges they apply.

I was once 15 seconds late for check in and they woulnt let me on board.

So you admit that you were late but you would like Ryanair to delay their flight costing them thousands of pounds so that you can get on the flight? There is a good reason for closing the gates and not allowing anyone else on board if they are late....it keeps the prices down for everyone. I know it is annoying at the time but it is for the greater good. I have missed many flights (usually coming back from Amsterdam ) but you just have to grin and bear it and realise that it was your own fault, not the airline's.

13. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 7y

my point is that other airlines can be cheaper without treating their passengers with contempt.

Have you ever tried to ring ryan air? If they neglect to email you confirmation (as has happened me twice) you have to ring them on a £1 a minute phone line, where they keep you waiting for 15 minutes (charging you of course) before you can speak to anybody.

As for being 15 seconds late, other airlines are a little flexible about this - if cheaper carriers be reasonable, why not ryan air?

Ryan airs pricing is dishonest and misleading. - They charge an extra £10 just to use a debit card and call it an 'administrative fee' (which they then pocket). Im pretty sure thats illegal.

if your luggage is a little over 15Kg they charge £15 PER KILOGRAM over the limit - This is blatant extortion, cause they know you have to just throw your belongings away.

And you hear how they were trying to charge to go to the toilet? Honestly, I reckon if a ryan air plane was crashing or lost pressure there would be a coin slot on the oxygen masks.

ever buy a sandwich on board? they charge you about £5 - in the pictures they look fine, but you get this miserable, pathetic tiny thing with barely any meat.

I have never had a problem with any other airline - easyjet, flybe and jet2 are normally cheaper than ryan air and they at least treat you like your human, and dont try to decieve people.

14. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

You do not have to ring them on their £1 a minute line. Check your search engine for Ryanairs other numbers. The ones they dont give out. Theyre all there.
Incidentally if you were 15 seconds late for a train and they shut the door would that make the train company scum or if you they removed the gangplank from your ferry because you were 15 seconds late, would that make the ferry company scum? The trick is no to be late!
I havent found many BA or Finnair flights to be as cheap as the budget airlines. I am sure that from time to time they offer a bargain or two but its rare compared to budget airlines that do cheap offers on a daily basis. And quite honestly Ryanair dont add on many extras as a lot of people make out. As I said before £20 for a case in the hold and £10 for not booking on-line but only £5 to go across Europe? It all evens out but more often Ryan air saves you more.

15. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 7y

yep, tried those numbers - they just direct you to the charged line, aparently they cant discuss bookings on it.

Difference is that all trains do that, wheras only ryan air are petty enough to punish you for 15 seconds. All the other airlines would let you on, budget or not.

And its not just that single incident - everything they do is deceptive, nasty and rude. I've never come across a company before that treats its customers so badly.

And Oleary is **** head! You cant deny that!

16. Posted by allie1904 (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y

I wasn't asking for a dig at these airlines, and i haven't even mentioned ryan air, but you have some strong opinions going on up there :P
Thanks for help :)

Anyone used Wizz Air, this is the company offering the flight Barca to Prague return £50, no hold lugage, only carry on bag..

Thanks

17. Posted by Ofelia (Respected Member 142 posts) 7y

Quoting BedouinLeo

I havent found many BA or Finnair flights to be as cheap as the budget airlines. I am sure that from time to time they offer a bargain or two but its rare compared to budget airlines that do cheap offers on a daily basis.

Like I said, it's a common mistake that people assume that a low-cost airline will always work out cheaper. I know a lot of the time it does, but especially during peak travel times such as Easter/Christmas/Bank holiday weekends etc. it's not always the case- I've never been able to find a dirt-cheap flight for peak periods with low-cost carriers (for the few routes which I frequently fly, at least). If you fly in the middle of November, say, on a Wednesday, yes, it almost always is. But all I'm saying is that it's worth checking. There are some good deals around.

As to Alllie's query, I've only flown with Wizz once, but they were fine, so I'd fly with them again. They've been around for a bit now and I haven't heard of any massive problems...

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Aug-2009, at 10:43 by Ofelia ]

18. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Quoting allie1904

I wasn't asking for a dig at these airlines, and i haven't even mentioned ryan air, but you have some strong opinions going on up there :P
Thanks for help :)

Anyone used Wizz Air, this is the company offering the flight Barca to Prague return £50, no hold lugage, only carry on bag..

Thanks

I have flown Wizzair many times and they are very good. In fact I would say they are up there with the very best budget airlines globally. Their timekeeping is among the finest regardless of budget or full price airline statistics. The great thing about Wizzair is their destinations. They have opened up the east with the west like no other company. You can check in online with them and then just go straight to security and Passport Control. I have flown with them from the UK to many Eastern Europe airports and internally within eastern Europe and never had a problem at all. They are not too fussed if your cabin baggage is a little over size/weight either, although this is set to become more strict with all airlines in 2010.
They have a card fee extra but its not a lot, usually around €3. Also unlike many airlines the price you see on the right is the price you pay, plus the small card fee. I have done 2 hour flights with them for under €10 one way.
The food on board is expensive so I would recommend eating before you get to the airport. Barcelona and Prague airports are both expensive for food and drink too. I know of a few good and cheap eating places near Barcelona airport if you are interested that are only about 15 minutes walk away.

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