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Online Checking in with Ryanair - seating arrangements

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Hi Guys - Just checked in online with Ryanair (flight this weekend to spain) - found out that they randomly select seats for you on the flight unless you are prepared to pay (and they charge quite ex… Read More
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1m, 1w agoPosted 1 month, 1 week ago
Hi Guys -

Just checked in online with Ryanair (flight this weekend to spain) - found out that they randomly select seats for you on the flight unless you are prepared to pay (and they charge quite expensive) for you to sit together.

Me and my partner are travelling to Majorca this weekend and i selected random seating (in the hope they allocate you the seats at the airport and you can then politely ask to be sat together), however it looks like they have generated us seats at opposites ends of the plane as i have noted on my boarding pass that i have just printed !

Daft question, but is there a likelyhood i can ask at the airport to be seated together or are they likely to charge me a ridiculous amount for the request?.

Thanks Nick
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1m, 1w agoPosted 1 month, 1 week ago
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#1
Probs not your best bet would be asking someone next to you if they would be willing to swap with you or partner. If they are on their own chances are they will swap
#2
It looks like Ryanair is now doing this deliberately, to 'encourage' groups to pay in order to sit together, so unlikely that they will change it for you for free at the airport.
#3
They will move people around but families will get priority. The only seats left when buying online were 4 in a row (all in front of each other) leaving my 2yr and 6yr old sitting on their own. They moved us when checking in at airport. It's unlikely you'll be sat together unless you pay
#4
Heard on the internet people have been complaining about Ryanair recently seating people apart from each other who havent paid for their seats and one couple where they wouldnt let a mans girlfriend change her allocated seat to an empty one next to him.
I dont pay for seats out of principal.
When we as a family of 4 flew to Pisa in April we were all near each other though didnt pay for seats.
#5
I have the similar mindset Jules i think its harsh them charging to sit together - however the predicament i have is knowing that we are actually sat at the other end of the plane from each other.
Im wondering if i ask them at the airport they might charge an even higher cost to change it at late notice?? We only want to be sat together it just seems they are doing this purposefully to get more money out of our pockets.

jules888
Heard on the internet people have been complaining about Ryanair recently seating people apart from each other who havent paid for their seats and one couple where they wouldnt let a mans girlfriend change her allocated seat to an empty one next to him.
I dont pay for seats out of principal.
When we as a family of 4 flew to Pisa in April we were all near each other though didnt pay for seats.
#6
Only had the issue once and that was on jet2, I never pay for chosen seats, the system should allocate the next available adjoining seats on the plane depending on passengers, it's a disgrace if it is setup to purposely split passengers up if they are not willing to pay , wasn't that long ago people could just get on a plane and get a seat ..
I don't care where I sit so why should I pay for it
#7
I wish people would stop saying that it's random and say it how it is? It's NOT random, it's INTENTIONAL to seat you apart. It IS to push more people to pay for seating.

The sooner people say this the sooner they stop being deluded and with a calm head can complain to right people and not just have a rant on some deals forum.
#8
You have to get to the airport when the flight desk opens that way you can ask to be seated together. The person booked into the seat next to you can be moved providing they haven't pre booked or already checked in.
Check in late and the people booked in the seats next to you may have already checked in so can't be moved unless you politely ask them on board.
But it's up to Ryanair's discretion and heck do they get some bad press!
#9
Just checked into my flight and have the same. 3 of us all seated separately. I won't pay out of principle. They should just go back to non-allocated seating if they are going to do this.
#11
if you wanted to sit together , you should of pre booked seats .... simples
#12
2 hour flight? Enjoy your time alone :D I would...........
#13
My brother in law and sister in law return from Poland tomorrow. He's on row
2 and she's on row 31. Crazy!!!!
#14
Ryanair absolutely crazy just got back from Barcelona on a flight with Ryanair 3 of us all sat apart. Every passenger on the plane was split up even ones with young children. paid extra flight there to sit together but out of principal refuced to pay extra again on way back. Ryanair should get there act together or there going to lose customers!!
#15
flow22
Ryanair absolutely crazy just got back from Barcelona on a flight with Ryanair 3 of us all sat apart. Every passenger on the plane was split up even ones with young children. paid extra flight there to sit together but out of principal refuced to pay extra again on way back. Ryanair should get there act together or there going to lose customers!!

Lose customers? Yeah right
#16
In years gone by I didn't used to pay, but now Ryanair are deliberately seperating groups, I do. For me it depends on how important it us to be seated together , if it's a short flight then I'd say it's not so much of an issue, a longer flight and with family , then the chances are you want to be sharing things from each other's bags etc.

I wouldn't expect to be seated together for free any more, and no doubt almost everyone that hasn't paid extra turns up at the airport asking for their group to be kept together . One flight I was on was delayed by a guy refusing to sit down because he was separated from his family, in the end about 4 other people ended up giving up their paid for seats just so we could get moving, I was surprised they didn't remove him from the plane, unless they already knew we were going to be delayed for other reasons
#17
toiletseatlicker
You have to get to the airport when the flight desk opens that way you can ask to be seated together. The person booked into the seat next to you can be moved providing they haven't pre booked or already checked in.Check in late and the people booked in the seats next to you may have already checked in so can't be moved unless you politely ask them on board. But it's up to Ryanair's discretion and heck do they get some bad press!

With Ryanair you check in online at home prior to the flight and your boarding passes are printed with seat numbers, so little chance of moving seats thus way I would have thought. The check in desk now is really just a bag drop off zone.
#18
I saw a duplicate question come up this morning and it's too early to go through all the responses, so sorry if I'm repeating an answer. Here's my experience since flying with ryanair for however many years now.

If you booked for x amount of people under one account and when online checkin opens you checkin everyone in one go then you should all be seated together. The slower you are at checking in and I mean by a few minutes, the less likely you will be seated together because other people in their own groups are going to be getting those seats.
#20
Was on Watchdog last night !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#21
DracUK
Was on Watchdog last night !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Was it?????????????????????????????????
#22
So, I've actually just now been hit by this new seating policy. They are not seating my partner and I next to each other for the first time. It's actually disgusting that they seem to stoop that low. I'll be choosing to pay that extra and fly with another airline moving forward

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