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

QaariQaari

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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    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

    Edited By: markq on Aug 11, 2012 15:39
    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.
    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.
    Qaari
    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 :)
    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.
    g8spur
    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!!
    Qaari
    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
    Qaari
    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.
    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.
    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,
    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.
    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.
    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.(_;)
    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.
    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 :)
    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.
    Qaari
    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
    Qaari
    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
    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
    Qaari
    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 :)

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