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11. Posted by monkeycat (Full Member 109 posts) 7y

Ahhh Ryanair....scum of the earth.

But sometimes you have no choice but to fly with them.

The general rule to remember is that they are never as cheap as they seem so check out all the many charges before you commit.

Here's how to avoid paying more than you bargained for.

1. Hand luggage only. It's only really at British airports that they are completely fascist about size and weight but you never know. IF you have too much wear as many clothes as you can bear until you pass through security and then put them all back in your bag. I have worn 4 t-shirts, a jumper and two jackets! Remember the security at places like Stansted work with Ryanair and do not let you through the security check if your luggage is overweight or size. You can also only take ONE piece of hand luggage. A small handbag and you luggage counts as two.

2. Check in online. Go to an internet cafe, a library, whatever but why pay 20 pounds extra when you could pay 50p in a cafe to print your boarding card in a cafe? And besides, if you arrive a bit late it gives you more lea-way with the check in 40 minutes before departure rule. (again not so strictly enforced outside Britain especially in small airports but you don't want to risk it). London Stansted do not have check in desks anymore, only automatic self check in kiosks.

3. When you pay online you will be charged an "admin fee" for each leg of the journey for each passenger for using a credit or debit card. It's about 5 pounds I think. So if two of you get a return journey that's an extra 20 quid! Use a visa electron card instead and there is no charge. I opened a bank account especially for this purpose.

4. Don't bother with the priority booking and speedy boarding. It's a con. Since almost everyone does it, it means that the majority of people are in the priority queue! You will all get there at the same time!

5. You can still take liquids through. So long as the bottles are 100mls or less and fit into a clear plastic bag. You can get quite a lot into these bottles and means less to carry on your trip. 100mls gives me enough shower gel for a week at least. Also if you have bottle that is a LITTLE bit bigger than 100mls ie up to about 150ml, if you can take the label with the size off do so. This generally works for me. You can take empty bottles through and then fill them up with water in a bar in the departure lounge so that you don't pay the exorbitant prices for bottled water.In Spain and Bulgaria, they tend to have posters up around the airport about the liquids rule (as do all European countries) but so long as you are not overladen with bottles they tend to ignore it.*

6. If you can fly with another airline do it. It will probably be cheaper and you will have an all round more pleasant experience. Remember to factor in the cost of getting to and from the airport that Ryanair serves. Sometimes it is a long way from the town it says it's at. For example what Ryanair call "Barcelona" is actually Girona, which is about 120km from Barcelona. You still need to pay to get from Girona (and the extra time it takes).

God, I really hate Ryanair.

. *Admittedly the whole thing is a farce and I think it is the duty of every sensible independent traveller to complain about the regulations for liquids at the airport as much as possible. If we all did it, the authorities would have to stop being idiots about the situation and actually admit that it is next to impossible to make a liquid bomb this way. I was once told that my plastic bag was not suitable because it had a hole in it. It mattered because they may want to check it for explosives. "Are you going to check it now?" I asked. "We don't actually have the machine to do it yet. The technology isn't ready". "So why do I need a bag with no holes in it now then". "Because we may want to check it in the future."...and so it went on. Anyway, I rant and digress.

[ Edit: Edited on 16-Sep-2009, at 14:53 by monkeycat ]

12. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

Here's a thought. If we were to travel in the third world on a beat up plane with animals walking round and half the people standing, we'd be bragging about what intrepid travellers we are, with no mention of being treated like cattle - and it would have probably cost us more.

If you don't like 'em, don't press the button. Simples. ;)

13. Posted by Khandilee (Respected Member 99 posts) 7y

You MUST do online check-in with Ryanair at least 4 HOURS prior to flight. I had flight planned and knew I was going to be at the airport several hours prior to flight and was going to do online check-in at the airport lounge and the site WOULD NOT let me.....ended up paying Euro 40 for my oversight.

MUST do online check in at least 4 HOURS prior to flight!!!

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

Quoting Ofelia

Quoting BedouinLeo

If you check in on-line with Ryanair (you'll be charged extra if you don't), then your cabin baggage won't be weighed before you get on board. Only hold bags are weighed before going on.

They do!
They just weighed mine last week although I'd done an online check-in- mind you, this was the first time they'd done it, but still. I got a bit of a mouthful from them because my carry-on baggage was 11kg, but didnt get charged extra. They seem to be pretty picky about it, but I guess it depends on the airport, the staff and on how full that particular flight is.

Who weighed your bag?
It's not weighed at security, nor at the boarding desk. Nor will Ryanair weigh it if you have checked in on-line as there is no need to go to their desk?.
Interesting to find out where it was weighed and who weighed it.

15. Posted by averynkh (Full Member 98 posts) 7y

thanks guys for the information, yeah, i agree some of you too, ryanair makes people toublesome... but sometimes it is cheap and u have no choice, i mean everyone wants to save money。。。

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

Quoting BedouinLeo

Quoting Ofelia

Quoting BedouinLeo

If you check in on-line with Ryanair (you'll be charged extra if you don't), then your cabin baggage won't be weighed before you get on board. Only hold bags are weighed before going on.

They do!
They just weighed mine last week although I'd done an online check-in- mind you, this was the first time they'd done it, but still. I got a bit of a mouthful from them because my carry-on baggage was 11kg, but didnt get charged extra. They seem to be pretty picky about it, but I guess it depends on the airport, the staff and on how full that particular flight is.

Who weighed your bag?
It's not weighed at security, nor at the boarding desk. Nor will Ryanair weigh it if you have checked in on-line as there is no need to go to their desk?.
Interesting to find out where it was weighed and who weighed it.

They weighed it at the normal check-in desk in Tampere. The security control is directly past the check-in (there're no other flights from that terminal except Ryanair, so they see everyone walk straight past them) so one of the girls pulled me and a few other people aside as our bags looked heavy and asked to weigh them, possibly hoping to make a few extra fees by forcing me to check it in. It used to happen to me at Tampere a few times some years ago, before the online check-in, but this is the first time in ages.

They also got a little unhappy because I technically had 2 pieces of hand baggage- my handbag being a tiny thing that barely contained my passport, wallet and phone. I took it off my shoulder and stuffed it in my coat pocket and said, there you go, now I've only got one piece

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Sep-2009, at 17:15 by Ofelia ]

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

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They weighed it at the normal check-in desk in Tampere. The security control is directly past the check-in (there're no other flights from that terminal except Ryanair, so they see everyone walk straight past them) so one of the girls pulled me and a few other people aside as our bags looked heavy and asked to weigh them, possibly hoping to make a few extra fees by forcing me to check it in. It used to happen to me at Tampere a few times some years ago, before the online check-in, but this is the first time in ages.

They also got a little unhappy because I technically had 2 pieces of hand baggage- my handbag being a tiny thing that barely contained my passport, wallet and phone. I took it off my shoulder and stuffed it in my coat pocket and said, there you go, now I've only got one piece [/quote]

Looks like the post I put up awhile ago about the cabin baggage weighing checks has started then. I wasn't expecting it until next year, although I knew it was going to kick in eventually.
The plot will be to start charging people extra for an ounce or half an inch over the limit. I suppose we have been warned, so only ourselves to blame when we're told it's an extra €50 to take that toothbrush on board.

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Sep-2009, at 03:59 by BedouinLeo ]

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

Incidentally, Wizzair have scrapped on-line check in on many of their departures across Europe and are advising people to turn up at least 2 hours prior to departure for queue check-in.

19. Posted by averynkh (Full Member 98 posts) 6y

thanks guys, at the end i din take it and din make the trip, coz my job prob.. and i really scared about "hidden charges"... i saw from newspaper too regarding this matter, said there were complaints from passengers too, and also said that sometimes BA even better than these stupid so-called low budget airlines...

20. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 6y

So now it's official ... Ryanair makes people afraid to travel.