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Thanks to sindydee at MSE.

I think you can also get free text messages about flight info, but usually you get charged on Ryanair.
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#1
savagevixen
Except they are much more expensive this way, so it is cheaper to pay the fee.... on all the dates I am looking at.


No, the dates i looked at from Liverpool to Majorca 30 Apr to 7 May are the same price excl. Ryanair booking fees.
#2
100% apologise Godfella123, lord knows what I was doing! I have been out, come home and tried again and it was fine! Thanks everso much.

Edited By: savagevixen on Mar 17, 2011 13:10: retried and worked
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Point taken.

I've tried a few other flights and they are still the same price.

Are you sure the information you entered was identical?

Here's proof for the sceptical:

http://i53.tinypic.com/v2tshk.jpg

http://i52.tinypic.com/nb595f.jpg




Edited By: Goodfella123 on Mar 17, 2011 09:34
#4
its the same price for me as on ryan air web site flying from prestwick to malaga
#5
Also looks like you get free airline failure protection insurance with travel republic.
1 Like #6
I always use Travel republic for my Ryanair flights, as Goodfella has said the price is identical or it always has on the ones i have booked and have done it quite a few times. Also note that if you want to book baggage at a later date then you can do this directly through Ryanair with no card fees to pay.

Travel republic normally send you an email to confirm booking then you receive one from Ryanair with your booking details, all changes can then be made direct through Ryanair.
#7
Travel republic have some terrible reviews: http://travel.ciao.co.uk/Reviews/Travel_Republic__6683248
#8
Just get a pre paid Mastercard, no fees to pay @ Ryanair.
2 Likes #9
I must have used them 10 times over the past few years for everything from flights and hotels to airport parking and resort transfers and can say i have never once had a problem.....just wish they were part of Quidco.
#10
Thanks for pointing this out - every time I have tried booking flights through TravelRepublic they usually come back much higher than booking directly with Ryanair. However, on a cheap deal I posted last night, the flights are the same price. Thread in question is below. Appreciate the heads up and heat added and recognition given in my thread.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/bank-holiday-4-nights-majorca-for-family-4-travel-republic-avoiding-proposed-str/900142/#post10865344
#11
stuart9787
Thanks for pointing this out - every time I have tried booking flights through TravelRepublic they usually come back much higher than booking directly with Ryanair. However, on a cheap deal I posted last night, the flights are the same price. Thread in question is below. Appreciate the heads up and heat added and recognition given in my thread.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/bank-holiday-4-nights-majorca-for-family-4-travel-republic-avoiding-proposed-str/900142/#post10865344


Cheers, and thanks for the deals i've noticed you've been posting

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#12
Inactive
Just get a pre paid Mastercard, no fees to pay @ Ryanair.


This deal is to point out that you don't need a pre-pay card, hence the capital letters in the title.

As pointed out there are added advantages by booking through travel republic such as free updates texts and airline failure insurance.

Not to mention, there's alot more chance of being able to use discount voucher codes and booking your flights hotel and transfers in one go when using travel republic.

Not everyone wants a pre-pay card.
#13
wish i had known about this before...just booked 5 return flights on ryanair,stansted-alicante and just checked they are same price on here,would have saved me £50....so hot from me anyway and will remember for future!!!!
#14
Another Tip with Ryanair if you have a Euro pre-payment card book your return flight seperately it'll save you the exchange rate, Ryanair tend to charge 1 Euro to £1
#15
... as soon as Ryanair will be aware of this they will charge.. still have some visa catds from the post office... used to work with them for a period of time... nowadays are useless...
#16
ivadeal
Travel republic have some terrible reviews: http://travel.ciao.co.uk/Reviews/Travel_Republic__6683248


yes it might be OK for flights, but I will never again book accommodation through them

being in small print it is not obvious first, but their cancellation charge for hotels is 100% even if the hotel itself do not mind to cancel for free or 1 night's charge if you give them some notice
#17
tanikk£
ivadeal
Travel republic have some terrible reviews: http://travel.ciao.co.uk/Reviews/Travel_Republic__6683248

yes it might be OK for flights, but I will never again book accommodation through them

being in small print it is not obvious first, but their cancellation charge for hotels is 100% even if the hotel itself do not mind to cancel for free or 1 night's charge if you give them some notice



Was this not because you booked a promotional room that was non-refundable which is usually the case?
I've seen quite a few non-refundable ones on travel republic that are tempting because they're cheaper.
Something to look out for though.
#18
No problems with TravelRepublic from me.

Flights same sprice from Bournemouth to Palma, and TR fees will be 1.25% for debit card, or 2.5% for credit card - probably still alot less than the £5 per leg per person charge from RyanAir.

I don't think cancellation is an issue with flights as RyanAir wont let you cancel or change anytihgn anyway without massive charges or 100% loss.

Also bear in mind nearly all pre-paid card charge a fee for either topping htem up or using them, and some don't guarantee you can use the funds for 4-5 days, so if you have the money in your account you're probaby still better off using TR and a debit card, especially if you cant wait 4 days & need to get your holidays just booked.
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in Ryanair's T&C it is stated:

2. Exclusive distribution channel. This website and the Ryanair call centre are the exclusive distribution channels of Ryanair’s services. Ryanair.com is the only website authorised to sell Ryanair flights, whether on their own or as part of a package. Ryanair does not authorise any other websites to sell its flights. Ryanair therefore reserves the right to cancel any bookings made other than directly through Ryanair.com, including any bookings made through third party websites, including online travel agents, and further reserves the right to refuse to carry any passenger making such a booking.

So in my opinion it is easier to get a prepaid card then take the risk to have your flights/holiday canceled...
#20
See advice on moneysavingexpert.com for advice on prepay credit cards. They have great exchange rates and are simple to use.
2 Likes #21
Re: hotel rooms

Nearly all booking websites (travelrepublic, lowcostholidays, bookable, onthebeach, alpharooms) - all buy "beds" from pools of beds made availble from room agents e.g. hotebeds.com... these are trade only websites that buy up masses of rooms fro hotesl all over the world and sell them off cheap to the trade.

TR and all these others are acting as an agent for hotelbeds.com amongst others - they don't even deal direct with the hotels and dont know or observe the hotel cancellation policies. You msut pay them 100% and they must pay hotelbeds 100% up front - no refunds.

In fact the hotel wont even probably know where you bought your room nights - they only know the "wholesale agent".

Exceptions are the bigger ones like: expedia, ebookers, and booking.com who do deal with hotels direct ans can offer cancellation pllicies (on some rooms, but not all).

Ever wondered why one minute a hotel room comes up on a website then the next day it's gone?... that's because they only had a limited number of rooms available at hat price form the wholesale agent.

If you want cheap prices, you lose out on flexibility generally - that is the internet hotel booking way.
#22
Goodfella123
Inactive
Just get a pre paid Mastercard, no fees to pay @ Ryanair.



This deal is to point out that you don't need a pre-pay card, hence the capital letters in the title.

As pointed out there are added advantages by booking through travel republic such as free updates texts and airline failure insurance.

Not to mention, there's alot more chance of being able to use discount voucher codes and booking your flights hotel and transfers in one go when using travel republic.

Not everyone wants a pre-pay card.


So what happens to your money if TR goes belly up?

( As many travel agents have ).
#23
So what happens to your money if TR goes belly up?

( As many travel agents have ).[/quote]

If you're booking flights, it's a live transaction and your seat on the plane is booked and then you deal with the ryanair website to edit your booking if necessary. So travel republic going bust wouldn't matter when you've got a ryanair reservation.

If you mean what happens if you book accomodation or transfers and they go bust, then that isn't an argument against using a pre-pay card as another way to save on ryanair flight admin fees is it? And obviously that can be said about any travel agent similar to travel republic.

A pre-pay card isn't always the best option and as Clarioner said most pre-pay card companies charge you for topping-up or using them. If you don't have enough money on your card, the funds may not be available for upto five days which is useless when you need to make a booking in a hurry before a deal expires.


This thread is getting off topic.
The point is that an alternative does exist to a pre-pay card if you want to save on admin fees.
The travel republic method will be of benefit to those "without a pre-pay card" as stated in the title. Those 'with' a pre-pay card should probably move on.

I don't understand the comments saying 'get a pre-pay card'. Yes, most of us know they exist, not everyone wants one and this is to inform people of an alternative.

HTH.
#24
savagevixen
100% apologise Godfella123, lord knows what I was doing! I have been out, come home and tried again and it was fine! Thanks everso much.


No problem. Happy to help.
#25
Does it let you do priority boading?
#26
Hot deal
#27
veebeedeals
Does it let you do priority boading?


Not sure, but you can manage your booking on ryanair once purchased through travel republic, so maybe you could add this later.
#28
Goodfella123
Was this not because you booked a promotional room that was non-refundable which is usually the case?
I've seen quite a few non-refundable ones on travel republic that are tempting because they're cheaper.
Something to look out for though.


No ! That's the thing, it is for any booking:
The following charges apply to ALL accommodation bookings


14 days or less before departure 100% of booking value


http://www.travelrepublic.co.uk/faq/FAQAnswer.aspx?Id=47


Edited By: tanikk£ on Mar 18, 2011 10:41
#29
Definitely something to look out for then, so thanks.

As a side note to everyone, if you're fortunate enough to make a booking knowing you won't cancel, you get a considerable discount on travel republic when booking flight and hotel together. Worked out at £52 discount on flights and hotel that totalled around £400.

Personally, i'd book hotel with some other travel agent as i'd never know if i'd need to cancel.

Still a good deal for avoiding flight fees though.
#30
sounds good but last time some1 posted similar deal, i told my wife, she checked the price, TR price was more expensieve than ryan air web site
#31
Does anyone know if it is possible to book one way flights through TR? I don't want to come back to the same airport I am departing from but it only seems to allow return flights on TR
#32
Ironically infant paying more than Adult....why the hell can't book him as adult
#33
This is a great deal, and I've voted hot.

Unfortunately for me, the TR site doesn't show Liverpool as a departure airport for my destination, even though the Ryanair site does. Very odd. I think I'll give them a call. Will report back.
#34
Voted cold due to risk of Ryanair cancelling this third-party booking.
#35
dante2000
in Ryanair's T&C it is stated:

2. Exclusive distribution channel. This website and the Ryanair call centre are the exclusive distribution channels of Ryanair’s services. Ryanair.com is the only website authorised to sell Ryanair flights, whether on their own or as part of a package. Ryanair does not authorise any other websites to sell its flights. Ryanair therefore reserves the right to cancel any bookings made other than directly through Ryanair.com, including any bookings made through third party websites, including online travel agents, and further reserves the right to refuse to carry any passenger making such a booking.

So in my opinion it is easier to get a prepaid card then take the risk to have your flights/holiday canceled...


Ryanair have cancelled flights in the past when booked through a third party, although I don't think they have done it in the last couple of years. (See, for example, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/2601716/Ryanair-created-panic-by-cancelling-third-party-web-bookings.html)

A pre-paid card is so easy to get these days, and free. You just need a little planning.
4 Likes #36
My advice:
I spoke to Alapharooms who also sell RyanAir flights. They said their card fees are lower than RyanAir admin fee, BUT when you get to the final checkout to pay they ADD in the RyanAir admin fee on - so you save nothing - they simply pass it on. Not sure if TravelRepublic do same.

The best way imo:
Goto Neteller
Get a Prepay account (this can be a prepay card or a virtual prepay card) - the Virtual card generates a card number & expiry date which expires in days. Use it for your online transaction and forget about it. The card number validates on any online POS suystem as if it were a REAL card.

Neteller do NOT charge any fees to topup your prepay account by BACS OR by Debit card... Debit card is instant, BACS is 3-5 days.

So line up your RyanAir flight (at ryanair.com):
Credit your Neteller account from your debit card (instant and free).. pay with your Neteller prepay card/virtual prepay card... thus avoiding RyanAir fees and booking direct.

Be advised Neteller have two account types (both free).. the entry-level one has a quite sdmall topup limit.. so UPGRADE to the FREE premium acount immediatley (this can take a few days as they chack your ID via a bank transaction).

HTH
#37
have signed up to Neteller prepaid card- so far so good- no fees
#38
How can RyanAir justify excluding online/checking from the headline fee?
Why was it £12 in the example? Can you check in via any other method free of charge?
If not, the I would argue RyanAir is advertising misleading fees as one cannot fly at the headline fee.

It is like saying flight £60. Seat on plane £20. Can you legally fly without a seat?

Why is an infant more expensive than an adult?
Why not just buy an adult seat for the infant (unless RyanAir allow a free pushchair..... Free? I would be shocked).
#39
Well I think this is very useful information I havent got time to faff about with pre pay cards..incidenatlly used T.R. many times and find them to be be excellent..
1 Like #40
I'd avoid flying with companies that treat customers like 88888

Edited By: cuzzy on Apr 07, 2011 21:07: Don`t bypass swear filter

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