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Flying With Ryan:- The Guide To Booking & Flying With Ryanair

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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
PLEASE NOTE:- Ryanair as of March have changed some things, like who can check in online, flexible dates on the booking system and some others. I will endeavour to update the guide as soon as is possible. Cheers!

We all know Ryanair by now. They're very much a marmite airline. Either you love flying with them, or you hate flying with them. They've become famous for their low fares approach to flying. They've become infamous for their sneaky ways of managing to charge you for either things you don't want, or things you shouldn't think you should be charged for. But hey, thats the way Ryanair work.

Seeing as this airline seem to be the most questioned on the forums, I'm going to try and write this guide to booking with them and flying with them to try and answer as many questions as possible, and give tips on Booking/Boarding/Flying with them.

I apologise in advance for a) if this seems long and b) if it seems a bit patronising, but for those who have never flown or booked with FR this might help and condense everything into one place.

For this guide, I will mostly refer to Ryanair as FR (Their IATA Code)

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Part 1 - The first stages of booking - selecting when and where, plus knowing where you are flying.

Part 2 - Breakdown of fares available, how to get the best ones and how not to be overcharged for things you don't need and also Baggage Information + Associated Fees.

Part 3 - Contact Details, Confirming your flights, Payment (+Fees) & Submitting Your Booking

Part 4 - Checking Your Booking / Checking In (Check In Online / At Airport / Priority Boarding)

Part 5 - The Flight - Before & During (Boarding / The Aircraft / Inflight Service) & Members Tips

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***DISCLAIMER:- I will not be held responsible if you follow this guide and get yourselves intro trouble or mess up your flight - I've written this as accurately as possible to help you out***
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[SIZE=5]Quick Links:
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[*][SIZE=5]The Ryanair Homepage[/SIZE]
[*][SIZE=5]Online Check In[/SIZE]
[*][SIZE=5]Manage My Booking
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[*][SIZE=5]Table Of Fees[/SIZE]
[*][SIZE=5]Ryanair's Travel Questions FAQ[/SIZE][/LIST][SIZE=7]Booking With Ryanair[/SIZE]

Ryanair offer two ways to book a flight , these being either via the internet (www.ryanair.com) or via your local your local “reservation” centre. I’m going to completely miss out the telephone bit as I don’t know anyone who actually bothers using it.

[SIZE=4][COLOR=Red]***YOU WILL NOT GET A REFUND IF YOU CANCEL YOUR FLIGHT OR DO NOT TURN UP***[/COLOR][/SIZE]

Just thought I'd emphasise that bit.


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[SIZE=5]Booking Online - First Of All...[/SIZE]

Homepage:
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Once you go onto FR site, you’re presented with the homepage. This page has too many things to list here, but basically all the info you may need. The page also contains deals and offers that they are currently running (be they 1p flights, or any other special offer). Let’s start with the booking process.

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To book a flight, you need to input your details into the flight search box in the middle of the screen, with the necessary dates, single or return, and amount of passengers travelling. FR flies loads of routes, and many airports that you may never
have heard of. This mainly keeps their costs down as they don’t need to pay as much for recognised, city located airports. For the sake of this test booking, we’ll choose Birmingham to Dublin.

[SIZE=6]Know Where You Are Flying To![/SIZE]


[SIZE=5][COLOR=Red]*TIP*:-[/COLOR][/SIZE] Before you book a flight to an airport that may have the location you want to go to but has the real destination in brackets e.g. Barcelona (Girona), please check the location of where this airport actually is. It can be a good hour’s coach or taxi away, or in the case of Bratislava (Which is advertised as Vienna) is in another country to Vienna! If you are travelling on a budget this may end up ruining the bank balance.

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After clicking submit, the available flight choices and times should come up.

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This page will show which flights are available, and their cost including taxes. The box on the right will change dependant on which flight you choose on that day.

[COLOR=Red][SIZE=5]*TIP 1*:- [/SIZE][SIZE=2][COLOR=Black]Note how I have circled that bit red! It shows all the taxes, fees and charges you may encounter [/COLOR][/SIZE][/COLOR][SIZE=2][COLOR=Black]before you go any further in the booking process.[/COLOR][/SIZE]

[COLOR=Red][SIZE=5]*TIP 2*:-[/SIZE][/COLOR] Ryanair have, mainly, three different types of fare available. These are shown and explained here. They are easily distinguishable from each other by the wording.
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Fare Breakdown
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Fare 1 – Regular Fare
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This is the basic fare that FR offers. The pre tax prices vary dependant on how full the aircraft is and how close to the date of departure you are. This fare generally is the most expensive.

Fare 2 – Special Offer Fare
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This is the special offer fare where normally, these are reduced to the current offer. Normally these will show the full airfare at the special offer rate, and the taxes box will show £0.00 taxes and charges. However this is not 100% guaranteed, but the box to the right will show the flight cost anyway.

Fare 3 – No Taxes Fare
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The most simple (generally) of the FR fares. This was recently changed with the upgrade of the booking system. These are easy to identify, with FREE NO TAXES or NO TAXES usually being displayed, or something similar. The fare you see here should be the whole price, and this will be confirmed by the box on the right.

As mentioned, prices always depend on load factors at the time of booking, and proximity. The lowest fares will always be available the further away the flight. Note that if you intend to return on a 1p or cheap flight from a foreign destination, these tend to be the very early morning ones (normally so that aircraft that are based in a foreign location can get in the air as early possible to earn money), perhaps as early as 06:00z, so make sure you’re up!

After you’ve selected a flight, the confirmation of the flight you want will come up:-
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Please make sure you’ve selected the right flight here, this can cause problems if you’ve inputted data at the next stage and you could lose it all, and I’m lazy so takes time to rewrite :}

Tick the confirm you’ve read the T&C’s and about Photo ID, and we continue.

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This next bit is the bit which catches most people out. Here I have displayed how to keep your flight costs down if you do not need all the extras that FR offer you.

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[COLOR=Red][SIZE=5]*TIP*:- [/SIZE][/COLOR]to achieve the cheapest flight, you need to make sure:-

You select 0 bags & online check in
You pay via Visa Electron
You do have valid Photo ID for your flight (standard stuff)
You do not want to be one of the first people to board the plane (ie you do NOT want priority boarding)
And you do not want travel insurance. It initially displays “United Kingdom”. Click on it, and scroll down to find “No travel insurance required”.

If you do need insurance, look on quidco to find a good deal with someone (e.g. post office or similar)

If you do need any of the above:-

Airport Check In currently stands at GBP £10 Per Passenger, Per LegOnline, GBP £40 Per Passenger, Per Leg If Booked At Airport or Call Centre.

Priority Boarding when booked online costs GBP £3 Per Passenger, Per Leg. GBP £4 At Airport, or via the Ryanair Call Centre.

1 Hold Bag & [COLOR=Blue]airport [/COLOR]check in is GBP £20Per Passenger, Per Leg
1 Hold Bag & [COLOR=Red]online[/COLOR] check in is GBP £15Per Passenger, Per Leg
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2 Hold Bags & [COLOR=Blue]airport[/COLOR] check in is GBP £40 Per Passenger, Per Leg
2 Hold Bags & [COLOR=Red]online[/COLOR] check in is GBP £35 Per Passenger, Per Leg
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3 Hold Bags & [COLOR=Blue]airport[/COLOR] check in is GBP £60 Per Passenger, Per Leg
3 Hold Bags & [COLOR=Red]online[/COLOR] check in is GBP £55 Per Passenger, Per Leg

Select what requirements you need, and carry on down the page.

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[SIZE=5]Baggage Information[/SIZE]

Hand Baggage:- Hang Baggage has a restriction of 10KG With FR. This must be within the size limits imposed, which measure 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. At many dedicated FR desks/airports, there is a stand which allows you to put your hand baggage in to make sure it fits. If it's too big, your bag and you could be refused.

Please don't be confused by the alteration of hand baggage rules that happened early in 2008. You can only take 1 piece of hand baggage.
It's advisable that whatever you buy in Duty Free you put into your piece of hand baggage - they have been somewhat strict with this of late, and you can / will be offloaded because of it should you turn up at the gate with more than 1 piece of hand baggage. Only a few airlines made the change to 2 pieces of hand baggage early in 2008, but not Ryanair.

Hold Baggage:- Hold Baggage has a limit of 15KG. For every 1KG you are over, you will pay £15. There is NO pooling baggage. (IE If one case has 10KG & the other 18KG don't expect it to work like that.)

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[SIZE=5]Contact Details, Payment & Submitting Your Booking[/SIZE]

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This bit is easy – filling in your personal details. The tick box at the bottom NEEDS to be ticked regardless of whether or not you have opted to take out FR’s insurance policy. If you haven’t, you will be presented with this box:-

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Click OK to move to the final page.

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One of the infamous traits of FR; credit and debit card charges. Like them or not, they’re there. But first, make sure your booking is OK and looks right at the top. Any fees you have added (I.e. airport check in, baggage etc, will be listed here making the total cost.)

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The credit cards I have shown here. The only one that is currently free (and probably won’t be for much longer) is the Visa Electron card. Credit card charges are as follows:-

Visa Electron – Free
All Other Credit & Debit Cards – GBP £5 Per Passenger, Per Leg

Then enter your credit card retails, these are standard.

There is also the option to redeem any Ryanair vouchers you may have (there is a tip for buying these to avoid card charges; this is shown at the bottom of the guide).

Finally, you can either enter your billing address, or if it is the same as the one entered on the previous page, click the box to indicate this and it will autofill.

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Once this is complete, click the box to submit your booking. Please don’t navigate away from this page at this time, as it can take a while to process. If you are part of the mastercard securecard scheme or whatever it is called, be ready to have your password to enter.

And after that, you should get a page saying booking confirmed and an email stating this. We will move onto checking the booking in part 2 of the guide.

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[SIZE=5]Checking Your Booking / Checking In[/SIZE][SIZE=5] / Changing Your Booking[/SIZE]

Once you have booked, you may well want to go back and check on the FR site that your booking is confirmed and OK. To do this, these buttons are about half way down the left hand side of the page, under the latest offers box:-

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For this you want to click "Manage my Booking"

Link here also
https://www.bookryanair.com/SkySales/FRManageBooking.aspx?culture=EN-GB&pos=SBFORM

It should have been confirmed upon booking after the payment was processed. This part of the site allows you to do things with your booking, either adding stuff, or checking in online or various other bits which you can see below.

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[SIZE=4]To do any of the options, you need either:[/SIZE]

Booking reference
Your card that you used for the booking

OR

Your email address used
Plus the route you are travelling

OR

The Date Of Your Flight, Your Departure & Arrival Airport & The Email address provided when booking.

I always find it easiest to use the email address (it’s easier to remember).

Here I’m going to talk about the check your booking – none of the others. You will be displayed with a screen looking like this:-

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This will confirm your status, and give general details about the flight. Ignore the not confirmed on mine, this is an old booking and as such the dates have passed. If you scroll down further the page, you will see more detailed info, with the names of the passengers, your contact details and the details of the payment.

If you wish to change any aspects of your booking, then you will need to refer to the table of fees, situated here:- http://www.ryanair.com/site/EN/faqs.php?sect=CHARGES

These are payable either over the phone, or at the Ryanair desk in-airport. Please note you can only book some over the phone.

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[SIZE=5]Checking In Online[/SIZE]

Online check in is only available if you have hand baggage only, hold baggage requires airport check in.

Checking in online is a simple process. It is available from 14 days before your flight, up to 4 hours before your flight. This is a good move recently by Ryanair - much easier for those going away on a short trip or even a holiday!

Something to note here is the check in system can be a bit random with the 14 days issue. Say for example you have a flight at 13:10 on the 24th. For some reason, sometimes it will let you check in at 00:00 on the 10th, and at other times at 13:10 on the 10th. This is random, so don't get worried if it won't let you check in at 00:00 14 days before!

You can either check in using the middle box on the homepage (second tab), the above link (It can be accessed via manage my booking or online check in - select the online check in option), or use this link :- https://www.bookryanair.com/SkySales/FRSecurity.aspx?culture=EN-GB&pos=SBFORM

Remember though - if you have chosen online check in and your return flight is more than 14 days away, you will need to find somewhere like an internet café at your destination to check in and print your boarding pass.

Once you put the necessary personal details in to let you check in,
Booking reference
Your card that you used for the booking

OR

Your email address used when booking
Plus your Departure/Arrival airport.

OR

The Date Of Your Flight, Your Departure/Arrival Airport & The Email address provided when booking
You are asked the standard security questions. These are basically whether or not you have liquids over 100ml (revised security rules), do you have any sharp items in your baggage, and do you have the Photo ID that you need for your flight. Hopefully you will answer the correct answer to all of these. Before this stage, a list of rules comes up as to who can and cannot use on online check in. Please read this list on the FR site to see if you can before booking:- http://www.ryanair.com/site/EN/faqs.php?sect=chk&quest=whoco


The check in area should give you the option to check in for both flights if you have a return journey on the same reference. If you have both legs on the same reference, and it only shows one leg and your return is within 14 days, it could be that you have to check in outbound, print passes, then go through the system again to check in inbound. I have not experienced this myself, but I know one person who has.

You can also choose via tick boxes who you want to check in if there is more than one person on the booking.

[SIZE=4]Check In requires:-[/SIZE]

Your passport’s date of expiry (exact)
Your passport number
Your Date of birth
Your name on the booking.

Depending on whether you have chosen priority boarding or not, your boarding pass will reflect this. You can reprint your boarding pass at any time up to 4 hours before departure. It should look like this. ***Please note the little boarding pass stub is that of Airport Check In***

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To briefly explain the unknown bits you are seeing on the boarding pass:

The sequence number is basically your check in number. These don't really apply anymore as the two queues are sorted Priority / Non priority. They're the same as you get on charter flights for sequenced boarding. It can range from 1 to anywhere up to 90 depending on load / when you checked in.

The barcode thing you can see is scanned at the entrance to departures. This holds all the data about your booking, and is cross checked with your passport info.

If you do check in online, it is a great help to the gate staff if you could fold where it says so/slightly tear one end for ease and quickness.

If you have not selected priority boarding, these will not be on your pass.

[SIZE=5]Checking In At Airport[/SIZE]

Checking in at airport is also very simple, and most people have done it at least once. If you arrive at airport with luggage that was unplanned, or have found out for some reason you cannot check in online, you will need to go to the designated Ryanair desk and pay the fee for airport check in and any baggage fees. Your boarding pass (Shown above) here will also carry a sequence number, from 90 up to 189 - but can be lower than 90 depending on how many checked in on the net. This is irrelevant info anyway but I thought I'd tell you in case some people think thats the order in which you board the aircraft.

Find your desk via the boards, and queue up. When it’s your turn hand over all references/Photo ID, and follow the instructions given. (IE placing any hold baggage on the ramp on bit a time) Your hand baggage may also be weighed. Hold baggage has a restriction of 15KG, and if you are over that, expect to pay £12 for every kilo you are over. Payable at the Ryanair airport desk.

More details about baggage can be found at the bottom of post 2 in this thread.

If you do choose to purchase a priority boarding slip at the airport, they look like this.
http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z106/emasu/ryanair/priority1.png?t=1217527801

This will be signed and stamped by the person on the desk.

Now we go on to boarding and flying.

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[SIZE=5]The Flight - Before & During[/SIZE]

[SIZE=5]Boarding The Aircraft[/SIZE]


Ryanair have two queues for boarding their aircraft. At most airports, they are separated by a barrier – the two queues being the priority Q and the normal queue. See my badly drawn diagram below.

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What a lot of people tend to do is once the flight gate comes up on the boards, is to rush to start queuing. This causes havoc at the gates – sometimes the whole plane can be stood up before the aircraft has come in or even got a crew yet. So try to get down to the gate and sit down as soon as you can is my advice.

After having your passport and boarding card checked and the bottom part ripped off (online check in) or torn at the side (traditional boarding card), you will normally go down a set of steps out onto the apron where your flight will be boarding.

Ryanair do not use airbridges to board their flights. This costs too much money to use, and takes up too much time attaching and taking it off either end of the aircraft arriving and departing the stand. They have steps built in to the front door of their Boeing 737's. (Door L1). The rear, if needed due to load, is provided by normal steps. See below on why this is actually a good thing.

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[SIZE=5]The Aircraft[/SIZE]

FR operate only one type of aircraft – The Boeing 737-800 (8AS). These have 189 seats, and are configured 6 abreast, with 3 seats either side of the aisle. Here’s a cabin shot.

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It’s very yellow!

The prized seats are in the middle of the aircraft, on the over wing exits. These are the extra legroom seats that offer slightly more relaxation. There are also two sets at the front on row one (1ABC & 1DEF), either side of the aisle.

Ryanair, like other low cost airlines, have no fixed seating policy. Basically like a free for all. This can cause trouble with families, especially if it is a busy sector (For example London Stansted – Dublin). As they offer no priority boarding for families, I’d advise either buying priority boarding, or getting as near to the front of the normal queue as possible for the best choice of seats.

When you are boarding the aircraft, if you see seats that have the tray table down, please don't try to sit there - move on and find another. Don't get worried, this is so that the aircraft is balanced correctly for the flight after the crew know how many passengers and the total baggage weight. Aircraft are precise things, and as such the Centre of Gravity needs to be pretty much perfect so the aircraft can rotate.

And as explained above you will to walk to the aircraft – this can be advantageous though.

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[SIZE=5][COLOR=Red]*TIP*:-[/COLOR][/SIZE] Most of the passengers always seem to go for the front steps (As you can see ^^^). This is always best avoided in my opinion. It is nearly always the best idea to head towards the back steps if possible, so get to choose the seats from the back of the aircraft where initially it is less crowded. But please don't trip over the wire thing protecting you from walking under the wing - I've seen this happen!

All of the seats are the same, except some have differing window positions, so don’t go searching for comfort! The mainstay of the FR fleet is in the newer livery demonstrated above, which will guarantee leather seating that isn’t particularly comfortable.

The older style have a different livery. You can tell this from the smaller writing on the fuselage. This style of 737 is right at the top of the guide, although they are being gradually retired from service.

Here's a comparison of the two 737 styles operated by Ryanair:

[SIZE=4] Newer Aircraft:[/SIZE][LIST]
[*]Livery: White/Blue/Yellow with Large RYANAIR title on fuselage.
[*]Seatback Pockets: [COLOR=Red]No[/COLOR]
[*]Chair Recline: [COLOR=Red]No[/COLOR]
[*]Window Blind: [COLOR=SeaGreen]Yes[/COLOR]
[*]Seat Pitch: 30"[/LIST][SIZE=4]Older Aircraft[/SIZE][LIST]
[*]Livery: White/Blue/Yellow with Small RYANAIR title on fuselage.
[*]Seatback Pockets: [COLOR=SeaGreen]Yes[/COLOR]
[*]Chair Recline: [COLOR=SeaGreen]Yes[/COLOR]
[*]Window Blind: [COLOR=SeaGreen]Yes[/COLOR]
[*]Seat Pitch: 30"[/LIST]---------------------------------

[SIZE=5]Inflight[/SIZE]

The Ryanair inflight "experience" is generally fine. However do be warned they do like to sell stuff, and even when you are boarding you get adverts. Rum! Whiskey! Vodka! Cognac! Bullseye baggies spring to mind.

Food is by all means very expensive. The pricelist is here:- http://www.ryanairmag.com/menu

[SIZE=5][COLOR=Red]*TIP*:-[/COLOR][/SIZE] Regarding food, you probably think airport food is also expensive. If you're going to buy sandwiches and the like on the aircraft, I'd advise you to get this In Terminal, Airside (After Security). The best offers I recommend are the Boots Meal Deal (normally £2.99 but can vary from airport to airport) and at WHSmith, there is normally an offer on where you buy the daily telegraph paper and get a Free 750ml bottle of evian/buxton water.This comes to just 90p. (This again may not be on at all airports but has always been at BAA airports i have passed through).

The Ryanair magazine is generally a good read - the link above for the food comes from the magazine site. It has a mix of articles on holiday destinations, interviews, ryanair info and ryanair destinations. The opening page normally features Michael O Leary in some stupid pose with an accompanying welcome note. Be warned though the crew generally don't ever have many copies and thus can run out about half way down the aircraft! Here is a picture of an issue from 2008.(31/10)

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You don’t have seat pockets on the majority of the aircraft, so make sure you have somewhere to store your stuff (preferably in the overhead lockers during take off) or just neatly place them down by your feet if need be. And no safety “cards” as you can see….

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z106/emasu/ryanair/boarding3.jpg

Anyway, that may be quite long, but I’ve tried my best to cover everything from booking to arriving at your destination. If you have any further questions or any additions I can add in please say!

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[SIZE=5]Members Tips

[/SIZE][SIZE=4]No.1 - A Prepaid Voucher To Avoid Ryanair's Credit & Debit Fees.

[COLOR=Red]EDIT 21/04 - This tip is no longer viable to waive credit card fees on cheap flights.[/COLOR]

You now incur a £5 charge to buy it, and once you have used it once, cannot use it again. Therefore you may effectively end up paying £30 minimum for a 1p flight.

Mentioned By - [/SIZE][/SIZE][I]rajupateluk[/I]
My first reply to a post, don't know if anyone else has suggested this but this is what i did
Instead of wasting time getting a visa electron, i used my normal credit card to buy a gift voucher from the website (£25) for £25 credit and paid for the flight this way.
Quick, easy and works, now i've got £24.94 voucher on ryanair which i have to use in the next 6 months. But still saved £30 of card charges


(Apologies if I get the members wrong here, I'm only going on what has been mentioned and from what I can see!)

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All that remains to be said is.... have a good trip!
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good guide emasu
#7
:-D...
#8
never flown with FR...but that yellow would give me a headache lol. Good guide! much prefer VA tho :P
#9
Flying with FR in October. Birmingham to Dublin. Never done online checkin before, so thank you for the useful information.
Glad to see you can checkin for return flight too. I don't have internet access over there.
Thank you emasu.
#10
thanks Dan usful bit of info there :thumbsup:
#11
very useful, repped!
#12
you have a lot of free time on your hands.
#13
I am amazed, very good, but you've given away all the secrets and i'll have to share the extra leg room seats now!!!!!
#15
Flippin heck Emasu...How did you find thime for all that. Well done!!
#16
very interesting, good guide
#17
First of all... very good work!

For a while, I was posting a much abbreviated guide to minimising charges into individual deal threads, and think that having a dedicated guide is much better, and allows a far greater level of detail.

Having said that, I'd offer two areas in which people could use some extra information:

Bargain hunting
Destination Research (or more accurately, destination airport research)

Bargain hunting due to the loss of the 7 day calendar view, which made things *much* quicker when trying to locate the tax free deals, and the less than perfect reliability of skyscanner and MSE's flightchecker.

Destination research because using budget airlines (not just FR), that use smaller and often more remote airports often raises the question "What happens when I land?" - knowing that theres a coach (or better still, train or tram) service to the city center, and where/how to buy tickets is all the more important.
#18
Great thread
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Now added a normal colour online check n' go pass, an airport boarding pass stub and a pic of the ryanair magazine.

And updated the thread header logo ;)

EDIT:- Also the exact cost of the Newspaper / Water deal.
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I bookmarked your topic some time ago... when I booked my first chep flights with Ryanair :whistling:
Can I ask some extra info? If I do online check-in how much time before I have to go to the airport. i am flying from Stanstead. (I know that at normal flights - airport check-in you have to go 2 hours before for check-in). This should be like this if you do online check-in... So how much time before should I be there? Is 30 min enough?
Thanks
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mess0804;3440446
I bookmarked your topic some time ago... when I booked my first chep flights with Ryanair :whistling:
Can I ask some extra info? If I do online check-in how much time before I have to go to the airport. i am flying from Stanstead. (I know that at normal flights - airport check-in you have to go 2 hours before for check-in). This should be like this if you do online check-in... So how much time before should I be there? Is 30 min enough?
Thanks


You should really be at Stansted about 1:15 before I would say at least, security can be unpredictable there with sometimes not many lanes open. It can trail a bit and at a busy time could take half an hour to clear. Standard airline procedures normally say you should be at the gate 45 mins before your flight, although with ryanair this is a bit of a myth as their planes have 25 mnute turnarounds and may not be in until 25 minutes before departure. Note that if the flight comes in early from its last destination, they could well start boarding early and thus get the flight away earlier than planned.

Also remember you will either have to walk for about 10 minutes or take a transit to the gate depending on where you are flying - UK/Eire flights use the middle pier and therefore the transit system which takes about 4/5 minutes, and all other flights use the dedicated Ryanair pier which as above is about a 10/15 min walk.
#22
mess0804
I bookmarked your topic some time ago... when I booked my first chep flights with Ryanair :whistling:
Can I ask some extra info? If I do online check-in how much time before I have to go to the airport. i am flying from Stanstead. (I know that at normal flights - airport check-in you have to go 2 hours before for check-in). This should be like this if you do online check-in... So how much time before should I be there? Is 30 min enough?
Thanks

All i would add to that is if your flight is between 6-8am i would get to the airport at least 1 hour 30 before take off time. If your flight is later in the day 1 hour should be ok. Airport security will 'fastrack' you through if time is short in my experience.
#23
Thanks guys
If it's cheap... it's 6 o'clock. Bad news for me, than I have to be there by 4.30. Well, if I would like to sleep I would stay at home. It's great that we so little money you can have a break in a great city... so there should be some small sacrificies to do...
#24
Edited to include that online check in has now been extended to 14 days before your flight(s), a comparison between the older and newer 737s operated, "Quick Links" at the top, and the newer method of being able to access online check in/manage my booking.
#25
Hi, great guide, los of useful info.

I have just booked flights with on line check in, which I have never done before. I feel quite comfortable with checking in online. However, I am unsure what time we will have to be at the airport for. Example, if the flight is at 7pm, and I am checking in online, what time should I be at the airport for?

Thanks
#26
depends which airport it is, if you're checking no bags in as long as you're at the gate for 7PM you'll be fine.

If checking bags in - you'll need to be there standard time (i guess you're not doing this seeing as you're checking in onine)
#27
shopaholic_blond;3489159
Hi, great guide, los of useful info.

I have just booked flights with on line check in, which I have never done before. I feel quite comfortable with checking in online. However, I am unsure what time we will have to be at the airport for. Example, if the flight is at 7pm, and I am checking in online, what time should I be at the airport for?

Thanks


As Tom said, it depends on the airport.

Rough estimate 17:45 at airport ish. Maybe slightly earlier.
#28
Ryanair seem to have added some more fare types I think (W/K/T/N and some more), if this isn't an error with their site I'll get them up ASAP to add in.
#29
emasu jus saw this tip...dunno if its included but here
rajupateluk:
My first reply to a post, don't know if anyone else has suggested this but this is what i did
Instead of wasting time getting a visa electron, i used my normal credit card to buy a gift voucher from the website (£25) for £25 credit and paid for the flight this way.
Quick, easy and works, now i've got £24.94 voucher on ryanair which i have to use in the next 6 months. But still saved £30 of card charges
#30
magicbeans;3842494
emasu jus saw this tip...dunno if its included but here

It probably is a smart idea but thats only if you're gonna use £25 in 6 months. If you're just buying 1p flights, you're gonna want to avoid paying fees, but if its £100 for the flight you're not really gonna moan as it's expected. I highly doubt you'd use 1250 return flights in 6 months :p.
I may have taken it wrong but my bad if i did :).

How are you this morning mb?
#31
t0mm
It probably is a smart idea but thats only if you're gonna use £25 in 6 months. If you're just buying 1p flights, you're gonna want to avoid paying fees, but if its £100 for the flight you're not really gonna moan as it's expected. I highly doubt you'd use 1250 return flights in 6 months :p.
I may have taken it wrong but my bad if i did :).

How are you this morning mb?


im good thanks tomm.....

thing is i never get the super cheapy flights anyways......:thinking:

u going away anywhere over xmas?
#32
magicbeans;3842572
im good thanks tomm.....

thing is i never get the super cheapy flights anyways......:thinking:

u going away anywhere over xmas?

I've only ever flown with Ryanair twice - £10 to belfast return and 2p to dublin return.

Nope :/ Stuck in boring old Nottingham.
#33
how do u get the super special no taxes 1p fares..... trying to book for parents!

Notts is nice!! used to go up there when i was at leicester uni!! have a good xmas :)
#34
magicbeans;3842695
how do u get the super special no taxes 1p fares..... trying to book for parents!

Notts is nice!! used to go up there when i was at leicester uni!! have a good xmas :)

Read the terms when they're on.
Think there are some on now?
Usually the catch is you can only fly on certain days. if you PM me the places to and from and date ill gladly look for you.

You too :-)
#35
t0mm
Read the terms when they're on.
Think there are some on now?
Usually the catch is you can only fly on certain days. if you PM me the places to and from and date ill gladly look for you.

You too :-)


thanks tomm .... folks dont wanna go at mo but will give u a heads up! thanks
#36
magicbeans;3842494
emasu jus saw this tip...dunno if its included but here


Will add that in - cheers MB.
#37
Ryanair have updated their website recently, so have updated the guide with new screenshots and added in that there is a new bit that I have highlighted in red at the start of the booking process - so now you don't really have an excuse of saying 'Oh I had to go all the way through to find i got charged to use my card'.

Plus Members' Tips now at the bottom.

I'm going to try and condense some of this into a post for every Ryanair thread soon, I suppose it would help to avoid the confusion and questions in every thread.
banned#38
Awesome guide.
#39
i have just booked return flights from edinburgh to croatia on the 6th of may till the 13th of may for the total cost of £8 for two adults and i 14 year old and one 10 year old.

has any of you guys been to croatia?
any good ect ?
thanks
#40
v good info

on line check in now 15 days before flight - anyone used the on-line check in + 1 hold baggage option yet.

Just done this an I think it's a matter checking in on-line and a fast bag drop at the airport - anyone used this option we are goin from liverpool ?

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