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FIRST TIME FLYING WITH RYANAIR......Should I expect the worst????

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4y, 1w agoPosted 4 years, 1 week ago
Hi guys.

Just wondering if there's any tips or advice you guys could give me in regards to Ryanair. I've heard all the horror stories about them and everything but I've decided to find out for myself how "bad" they actually are. The reason being that there are charging over £100 less in total (incl taxes and admin fees etc.) than any other airline per person to Barcelona. I'm going in about 3 weeks so I thought I'd ask for some friendly advice from my fellow HUKDers :)

I've booked the tickets now but I was just wondering if there's anything you need to watch out for or if they have any tricks up their sleeve once you arrive at the airport?

For example, I've not got any travel insurance from Ryanair. Are they gonna make me take out travel insurance once I arrive at the airport and not let me board until they sell me theirs? That sort of stuff.

I hope it's not too bad but if you could share some of your experiences in regards to Ryanair with me I'd be really grateful :)

Btw I'll be departing from Liverpool John Lennon Airport going to Barcelona Reus if that helps.

Thank you :)
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4y, 1w agoPosted 4 years, 1 week ago
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2 Likes #1
Please check that your life assurance policy is up to date as I am afraid this is what you should expect, sowee :(













































http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00678/plane-crash-404_678588c.jpg

Edited By: markq on Aug 11, 2012 15:39
1 Like #2
If you have read the small print and understood it, then you will be ok. Where I have found them awful was in flight delays, a total lack of customer service.
2 Likes #3
You'll be fine. Just be sure to check in online, and don't exceed your baggage allowance, and there will be no extra charges.
#4
markq
Please check that your life assurance policy is up to date as I am afraid this is what you should expect, sowee :(













































http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00678/plane-crash-404_678588c.jpg

I'm fully life assured and hopefully I'd like to stay that way until I'm old. My life INSURANCE however.... oO:D

AberdeenDad
If you have read the small print and understood it, then you will be ok. Where I have found them awful was in flight delays, a total lack of customer service.

Yeah that's what I thought too AberdeenDad. I just don't know what to expect that's all so I'm trying to prepare myself in case they try something. From what I can see it's only hand luggage dimensions, hand luggage weight and checking in online and printing out your boarding pass on separate A4 sheets to be the only things that you need to worry about.

Another thing I don't remember reading in their terms, do you have to take the Credit/Debit card that you paid with along with you or not? As I'm not sure.

miikeyblue
You'll be fine. Just be sure to check in online, and don't exceed your baggage allowance, and there will be no extra charges.

Thanks mikeyblue. That's what I thought too but just thought I'd make sure :)
2 Likes #5
Ryanair offer a no frills flight. As long as you dont expect any more than that you will be ok. If you can travel without luggage and without wanting refreshments you will probably be pleased to get a flight that is much cheaper than others. If you want a bit of comfort and want to take lots of luggage Ryanair may not be for you.
1 Like #6
Enjoy your hour and a half bus journey from Barcelona Reus to actual Barcelona by the way, better make sure you take some euros out to pay for it too as Ryanair sure a heck won't!!
#7
WoolyM
Ryanair offer a no frills flight. As long as you dont expect any more than that you will be ok. If you can travel without luggage and without wanting refreshments you will probably be pleased to get a flight that is much cheaper than others. If you want a bit of comfort and want to take lots of luggage Ryanair may not be for you.

Yeah that's all I'm expecting. As long as they get me from A to B, I'm not fussed about in flight luxuries or refreshments etc. The flight's only gonna last 2 and a half hours which is nothing. I used to do 5 hour commutes when I was in 2nd year of uni catching 4 buses and 2 trains a day (2 and a half hours each way) so this is a cakewalk! :D

I won't need refreshments or anything like that, if I really did I'll just get them from the departure lounge but I should be fine for a few hours :)

I'm only taking hand luggage as it's only for a week which is enough. It's still 10kg hand luggage isn't it? I did read that but just want to make sure.

Also, do you have to put your hand luggage in them luggage boxes that they have at the airport? You know, the ones where they have them luggage stands that say something like "if your luggage fits in one of these it's okay to take them on board" or something along those lines. Can't remember what they're called now lol
#8
gbspurs
Enjoy your hour and a half bus journey from Barcelona Reus to actual Barcelona by the way, better make sure you take some euros out to pay for it too as Ryanair sure a heck won't!!

Nah I'm not too worried about that. I'm a bit lucky as I have a relative that lives in Barcelona who will be picking me up from Reus Airport :)
Just out of curiosity though how many euros is it to get to Barcelona the city? I'd rather be prepared just in case.
1 Like #9
I use Ryanair often, no problems at all, you just need to follow their T&C's, they are a very punctual airline, they use the most modern fleet of aircraft in Europe.

Just make sure that your hand baggage is within their dimensions.

Most people that knock Ryanair have never used them, they just try to look clever.
2 Likes #10
You'll be good - just make sure you have a pound coin for the slot release life jacket stored under your seat. It's La Rambla you need to be wary of - keep your hand on your valuables,
1 Like #11
Inactive
I use Ryanair often, no problems at all, you just need to follow their T&C's, they are a very punctual airline, they use the most modern fleet of aircraft in Europe.

Just make sure that your hand baggage is within their dimensions.

Most people that knock Ryanair have never used them, they just try to look clever.

That's great to hear Inactive. Thank you :)

It was the same with Easyjet. A lot of people used to knock them and tell me horror stories especially when they had some TV show or something about how bad they were and how they always used to try and mess people around but I went with them last year to Copenhagen with 2 children, 1 was 4 and 1 was under 2 and it went perfectly. Couldn't fault them at all tbh.

I'm just hoping that it goes the same with Ryanair despite their "reputation" lol.

Is their anything in their terms and conditions apart from Luggage dimensions, weight, online check in and printing your own boarding pass out that I need to be aware of? Cos from what I've gathered they're the main things.
1 Like #12
Never been delayed with Ryan Air .. its actually a bus that flies , people waiting to get on straight away as you get off lol , plus we had taken off before the safety dance by the air hostess.. and get ready for the daft beep at the end then everyone claps in delight as you made it safely lol.
1 Like #13
Qaari
Inactive
I use Ryanair often, no problems at all, you just need to follow their T&C's, they are a very punctual airline, they use the most modern fleet of aircraft in Europe.

Just make sure that your hand baggage is within their dimensions.

Most people that knock Ryanair have never used them, they just try to look clever.


That's great to hear Inactive. Thank you :)

It was the same with Easyjet. A lot of people used to knock them and tell me horror stories especially when they had some TV show or something about how bad they were and how they always used to try and mess people around but I went with them last year to Copenhagen with 2 children, 1 was 4 and 1 was under 2 and it went perfectly. Couldn't fault them at all tbh.

I'm just hoping that it goes the same with Ryanair despite their "reputation" lol.

Is their anything in their terms and conditions apart from Luggage dimensions, weight, online check in and printing your own boarding pass out that I need to be aware of? Cos from what I've gathered they're the main things.


No, that's about it, try to arrive at the boarding gate as soon as you can, you will get a better choice of seat. Enjoy your holiday.(_;)
4 Likes #14
You'll be fine with luggage and boarding passes.

It's families that bring kids, 50 bags and the kitchen sink with them that moan about service and price of extras.

If you can go on holiday at random times with light luggage then they offer a cheap and from my experience decent service.
#15
booky
You'll be good - just make sure you have a pound coin for the slot release life jacket stored under your seat. It's La Rambla you need to be wary of - keep your hand on your valuables,

hahahaha please tell me you're not serious??? Do they still charge a pound to use the toilets or was that all made up?

yeah I saw the other Misc thread about Barcelona on here and I'll be with someone that's familiar with Barcelona so I'm hoping he'll look after us well :) But yeah, defo gonna keep an eye on valuables. I was planning on taking my iPad with me but after seeing them youtube vids of pickpockets and the BBC news story I don't think I will now just in case. Cheers for the heads up :)
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Qaari
booky
You'll be good - just make sure you have a pound coin for the slot release life jacket stored under your seat. It's La Rambla you need to be wary of - keep your hand on your valuables,


hahahaha please tell me you're not serious??? Do they still charge a pound to use the toilets or was that all made up?


yeah I saw the other Misc thread about Barcelona on here and I'll be with someone that's familiar with Barcelona so I'm hoping he'll look after us well :) But yeah, defo gonna keep an eye on valuables. I was planning on taking my iPad with me but after seeing them youtube vids of pickpockets and the BBC news story I don't think I will now just in case. Cheers for the heads up :)


No he/she was joking, nothing extra to pay as long as you stick to their terms.
#17
kev_u8701r
Never been delayed with Ryan Air .. its actually a bus that flies , people waiting to get on straight away as you get off lol , plus we had taken off before the safety dance by the air hostess.. and get ready for the daft beep at the end then everyone claps in delight as you made it safely lol.

lol what a way to put it. I understand exactly what you mean hehehe.

haha safety fance, I'll have to keep a lookout for that one and the beep at the end hehehe sounds like it's gonna be a funny journey :p
#18
numptyj
You'll be fine with luggage and boarding passes.

It's families that bring kids, 50 bags and the kitchen sink with them that moan about service and price of extras.

If you can go on holiday at random times with light luggage then they offer a cheap and from my experience decent service.

That's great to hear numptyj. I know EXACTLY what you mean! I've seen plenty of them at the airport lol. They sound ideal for wanting to get away quick so that's really good. I just hope my first experience with them goes well cos then I'll feel much better about travelling them if I do in future.

Inactive
Qaari
Inactive
I use Ryanair often, no problems at all, you just need to follow their T&C's, they are a very punctual airline, they use the most modern fleet of aircraft in Europe.

Just make sure that your hand baggage is within their dimensions.

Most people that knock Ryanair have never used them, they just try to look clever.

That's great to hear Inactive. Thank you :)

It was the same with Easyjet. A lot of people used to knock them and tell me horror stories especially when they had some TV show or something about how bad they were and how they always used to try and mess people around but I went with them last year to Copenhagen with 2 children, 1 was 4 and 1 was under 2 and it went perfectly. Couldn't fault them at all tbh.

I'm just hoping that it goes the same with Ryanair despite their "reputation" lol.

Is their anything in their terms and conditions apart from Luggage dimensions, weight, online check in and printing your own boarding pass out that I need to be aware of? Cos from what I've gathered they're the main things.

No, that's about it, try to arrive at the boarding gate as soon as you can, you will get a better choice of seat. Enjoy your holiday.(_;)

Can you choose wherever you want to sit or is there reserved seating? Cos I'd ideally like to sit on one of the emergency exit seats as you generally get more leg room as far as I'm aware.


Inactive
Qaari
booky
You'll be good - just make sure you have a pound coin for the slot release life jacket stored under your seat. It's La Rambla you need to be wary of - keep your hand on your valuables,

hahahaha please tell me you're not serious??? Do they still charge a pound to use the toilets or was that all made up?


yeah I saw the other Misc thread about Barcelona on here and I'll be with someone that's familiar with Barcelona so I'm hoping he'll look after us well :) But yeah, defo gonna keep an eye on valuables. I was planning on taking my iPad with me but after seeing them youtube vids of pickpockets and the BBC news story I don't think I will now just in case. Cheers for the heads up :)

No he/she was joking, nothing extra to pay as long as you stick to their terms.

Phew! Thank God for that! Thing with Ryanair is, it sounds like it could actually be true! That's the worrying thing lol
2 Likes #19
My overriding memory of Ryanair is that they played a tune when we landed safely.

I know It's meant to represent landing on time, but I didn't know that at the time
#20
sancho1983
My overriding memory of Ryanair is that they played a tune when we landed safely.

I know It's meant to represent landing on time, but I didn't know that at the time

I'll make sure I listen out for that when we (hopefully) land safely :)
1 Like #21
You can pay extra to book emergency exit seats, or you can pay extra to board the aircraft first ( speedy boarding ) or pay no extra and just arrive early at the boarding gate and sit in any empty seat, that is what I do.
#22
Inactive
You can pay extra to book emergency exit seats, or you can pay extra to board the aircraft first ( speedy boarding ) or pay no extra and just arrive early at the boarding gate and sit in any empty seat, that is what I do.

Ah right okay, i'll do that then, im usually pretty punctual as well so yeah i could arrive early at the boarding gate and pick my seat. :)
1 Like #23
Saw your deleted comment dga (_;)

I guess I could call myself one of the more "sane" ones if that's not too shocking for ya lol
#24
Qaari
Saw your deleted comment dga (_;)

I guess I could call myself one of the more "sane" ones if that's not too shocking for ya lol
It's not you, it's them (the racist Miscers). Mods hide comments for tactical reasons but only when reported, damn you bigots!!! X)
1 Like #25
sancho1983
My overriding memory of Ryanair is that they played a tune when we landed safely.

I know It's meant to represent landing on time, but I didn't know that at the time

They do like their fanfare! Even when the plane takes off late, arrives later than scheduled but a bit before they expected following the delay, they still play it. It's like a "Hey guys, we're late, but not as late as we thought we'd be! Get in!".

Flown with them several times, don't listen to the horror stories. Don't expect a VIP experience and you'll do alright.
1 Like #26
RyanAir = Magicbus.
1 Like #27
Don't pay extra to sit in the wings as for some reason everytime I have flown Ryanair the priority boarders sit at the front and leave them! I think a lot of people don't like sitting over the wings. Just get to the gate early you will be fine and join at the back as again, it tends to queue at the front.
1 Like #28
Ryanair is the airline equivalent of Megabus :)
1 Like #29
Qaari


Also, do you have to put your hand luggage in them luggage boxes that they have at the airport? You know, the ones where they have them luggage stands that say something like "if your luggage fits in one of these it's okay to take them on board" or something along those lines. Can't remember what they're called now lol

If they think your hand luggage looks bigger than the dimensions (they walk around with a cardboard box the size a suitcase should be), they make you stick your case in the luggage testing rack thing. If it doesn't fit, they charge you £40 or your luggage doesn't travel. I've also seen some actually weigh the luggage too.
banned 1 Like #30
Have you seen the film panic button OP?

That's Ryanair
1 Like #31
dga
dga
RyanAir = Magicbus.
calum c
Ryanair is the airline equivalent of Megabus :)
Yeah, that one! :p
Better not smoke any electric ciggies then X)
1 Like #32
Loved their 1p flights went all over europe for a laugh. just had to find the cheap hotels first.And then the swines put the price up to £1.went to gerona return last year as a family £48 for the 4 of us, cost us more for the transfers.
2 Likes #33
Used to fly with them 10+ times a year for a few years, you really have to bare in mind a couple of things:

1. If there's a problem, it's your fault. If there is a mistake, don't expect alot of help, and if you get, you will pay for it. (for example; spell a name wrong on the tickets and I think it's around £110 to get it changed or if you leave it to the airport, £160 and if you ever need to contact their customer services, even to complain, you pay £1 a minute)
2. Print your passes EARLY. You can't print them 4 hours before departure (which I learned when I tried to print just before I left for the airport. Around £40 a ticket to print at the airport)
3. Weigh your bags accurately. They tried to charge me £120 for a slightly overweight bag.
4. Ensure that your bag fits in the box thing easily. I've noticed that everyone seems to get checked at Preswick now AT the boarding gate. ie no time to take anything out so they take it straight off you and charge you for it on the spot. A friend of mine has just won a small claim against them because his bag was a "snug" fit.
5. Just be prepared. Make sure every dot and every T is in place!

You'll feel a bit like cattle but it's usually a good price.
#34
^ Thanks jaybear I just lost the will to live, shudda just done tl:dr oO
1 Like #35
markq
^ Thanks jaybear I just lost the will to live, shudda just done tl:dr oO



No need, none of that has happened to me and I use Ryanair on a regular basis, just follow their rules and you will get to your destination, usually on time, at a very low cost.

Now if you want to pay through the nose, usually arrive hours late, try Jet2. for size.
2 Likes #36
I flew my Ryan air for the first time this summer, my tips would be:

1. Get a bag in the dimensions, I got a cabinMax bag, but make sure you don't fill it to the brim, as that will still oversize it, mine was 90% full, and comfortably fit in the dimensions, plus I now use it as a big backpack so it's come in use.

2. Print passes way beforehand so you don't forget.

3. I went by Gatwick, and took out my own separate travel insurance (£10 cheaper than the £15 they offer), they never checked or asked for proof, but I would get it for a single trip as it's only £6-7.

4. Just make sure you turn up to the airport with your passport, bag, and tickets printed :P. To be honest, I just followed the instructions given and never had a problem, I'd use them again.
#37
Sorry for the late reply guys..



dga
Qaari
Saw your deleted comment dga (_;)

I guess I could call myself one of the more "sane" ones if that's not too shocking for ya lol

It's not you, it's them (the racist Miscers). Mods hide comments for tactical reasons but only when reported, damn you bigots!!! X)

Haha I'm sure the mods aren't racist dga. If that was the case they would have delted my entire thread! :p

miikeyblue
sancho1983
My overriding memory of Ryanair is that they played a tune when we landed safely.

I know It's meant to represent landing on time, but I didn't know that at the time

They do like their fanfare! Even when the plane takes off late, arrives later than scheduled but a bit before they expected following the delay, they still play it. It's like a "Hey guys, we're late, but not as late as we thought we'd be! Get in!".

Flown with them several times, don't listen to the horror stories. Don't expect a VIP experience and you'll do alright.

Lol it just sounds funny to be that they play a fanfare? Don't worry I'm not expecting VIP, I'm just looking to get from A to B without shelling out loads of ££££ :)

dga
RyanAir = Magicbus.
calum c
Ryanair is the airline equivalent of Megabus :)

You mean Ryanair both plaster a massive cartoon picture of Benny Hill on the side of the plane???

http://smartcanucks.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/megabus.jpg

loool

gbspurs
Don't pay extra to sit in the wings as for some reason everytime I have flown Ryanair the priority boarders sit at the front and leave them! I think a lot of people don't like sitting over the wings. Just get to the gate early you will be fine and join at the back as again, it tends to queue at the front.

Nah I won't, I'm just gonna try and get there early and try and pick the emergency seats. Just to clarify, you can sit wherever you want as long as it's not reserved and You can get onto the plane from the front or the back of the plane, it's up to you? Just clarifying cos the seating arrangements remind me of Easyjet.

rd1701
Qaari


Also, do you have to put your hand luggage in them luggage boxes that they have at the airport? You know, the ones where they have them luggage stands that say something like "if your luggage fits in one of these it's okay to take them on board" or something along those lines. Can't remember what they're called now lol

If they think your hand luggage looks bigger than the dimensions (they walk around with a cardboard box the size a suitcase should be), they make you stick your case in the luggage testing rack thing. If it doesn't fit, they charge you £40 or your luggage doesn't travel. I've also seen some actually weigh the luggage too.

Yeah that's what I'm worried about. I've got some hand luggage bags at home but I know Ryanair are strict on baggage size but I think they might be a tad too big, even without luggage inside them. Do you know where you can get a cheap Ryanair sized hand luggage from? Cos if that's the case I'd rather buy hand luggage first and know that it conforms to their rules rather than take my own and HOPE it goes through okay. I don't mind paying a tenner or whatever for a hand luggage bag if it means avoiding a £40 charge.

dimebars
Have you seen the film panic button OP?

That's Ryanair

No I haven't?? That's got me curious to watch it now lol

databar
Loved their 1p flights went all over europe for a laugh. just had to find the cheap hotels first.And then the swines put the price up to £1.went to gerona return last year as a family £48 for the 4 of us, cost us more for the transfers.

lol I saw all their 1p flights and I missed out on ALL of them. Foolish I know but THAT'S how much I used to try and avoid Ryanair. I only plucked up the courage to travel on Easyjet last year instead of SAS to Copenhagen for the same reason. I just hope it all goes alright tbh cos I'll feel much better in travelling with Ryanair in the future, just like most of you guys do :)

jaybear88
Used to fly with them 10+ times a year for a few years, you really have to bare in mind a couple of things:

1. If there's a problem, it's your fault. If there is a mistake, don't expect alot of help, and if you get, you will pay for it. (for example; spell a name wrong on the tickets and I think it's around £110 to get it changed or if you leave it to the airport, £160 and if you ever need to contact their customer services, even to complain, you pay £1 a minute)
2. Print your passes EARLY. You can't print them 4 hours before departure (which I learned when I tried to print just before I left for the airport. Around £40 a ticket to print at the airport)
3. Weigh your bags accurately. They tried to charge me £120 for a slightly overweight bag.
4. Ensure that your bag fits in the box thing easily. I've noticed that everyone seems to get checked at Preswick now AT the boarding gate. ie no time to take anything out so they take it straight off you and charge you for it on the spot. A friend of mine has just won a small claim against them because his bag was a "snug" fit.
5. Just be prepared. Make sure every dot and every T is in place!

You'll feel a bit like cattle but it's usually a good price.

Jeez, I sure hope you don't work for Ryanair Customer Services oO:p

Hehe yeah I've tried to be as thorough as I possibly can which is why I thought I'd ask on here just in case I've missed anything out. Hopefully I haven't though. Thanks for the tips though, they're really helpful. I'm gonna definitely be looking into getting a bag that conforms to Ryanairs sizes instead of my own, cos I don't want them to take the bag off me at the baording gate.

Inactive
markq
^ Thanks jaybear I just lost the will to live, shudda just done tl:dr oO


No need, none of that has happened to me and I use Ryanair on a regular basis, just follow their rules and you will get to your destination, usually on time, at a very low cost.

Now if you want to pay through the nose, usually arrive hours late, try Jet2. for size.

I know, I'll try and follow every single rule I can but it just takes one of the Ryanair Staff to be having a bad day and that's it. They do have staff at the airport don't they? lol

munaaf
I flew my Ryan air for the first time this summer, my tips would be:

1. Get a bag in the dimensions, I got a cabinMax bag, but make sure you don't fill it to the brim, as that will still oversize it, mine was 90% full, and comfortably fit in the dimensions, plus I now use it as a big backpack so it's come in use.

2. Print passes way beforehand so you don't forget.

3. I went by Gatwick, and took out my own separate travel insurance (£10 cheaper than the £15 they offer), they never checked or asked for proof, but I would get it for a single trip as it's only £6-7.

4. Just make sure you turn up to the airport with your passport, bag, and tickets printed :P. To be honest, I just followed the instructions given and never had a problem, I'd use them again.

Thanks munaaf :)

CabinMax bag? How much do they go for? Yeah I won't be over filling it, I'm planning to take about half or 75% as much as I normally would as I'll be bring stuff back from barcelona too, just to make sure I can shove the bag into the dimensions if I have to.

Yeah I will do.

Is it a necessity to take out travel insurance or is it optional though? I've never needed to take it out before. I did buy it at the airport once when I travelled to Sharm El Sheikh. I just thought seeing as I didn't take Ryanair's insurance policy, they can't make me take it out at the airport if I don't have insurance can they?

Yeah that's all how I'm hoping it goes tbh. That's good hopefully I'll be using them more often if I cang et this one right lol


Sorry for the looong reply but wanna say thank you once again to everyone who commented and offered advice. I really REALLY appreciate it. I'm feeling much better about flying with them on the whole and I'm so glad I asked now :D
1 Like #38
Lol. You'll be fine. I've never had a problem. You jump through their hoops and you can very cheap air travel. No different to any other budget airline. I've never got the snobbery around Ryanair.
1 Like #40
Travel Insurance is optional.

Nobody will mention it at the boarding gate.

Get a free EHIC Card from this link, http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC/Pages/about-the-ehic.aspx ... do not use other links or you will get charged. This will give you access to free emergency medical treatment within the EU.

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