Ryanair baggage saving quirk
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Ryanair baggage saving quirk

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LocalFound 8th Sep 2015
I am one of those "I never want to fly Ryanair again" people who always end up flying with them again as they are, to some credit, generally the cheapest and I have always found them prompt!

If everyone does what I am posting below already or this has been posted before then my apologies but here goes - see if it works (may even work with other airlines):

1. Even if you are booking for more than one person, check out the cost of a one person flight cost and then two, then three, etc. On-line sites generally work on a demand basis so you might find that by booking (say) four people on immediately you will go to the next pricing level whereas by booking one or two at the lower price then the others at the next price band, etc.

2. You would normally book an outward flight with a return but if you book Ryanair bags in, say, Euros (ie book outward and return separately) you should pay the same as the pound charge (I tried Manchester to Faro and that gave me £35 baggage out but €35 back which is a bit a saving if you don't mind the faffing about)!

3. When you have booked seats on Ryanair don't go for the Priority Q option to purchase as this should be included in the seat booking.

4. If you want to go to a destination that is busy because, say, your team are playing a match there. Why not fly via another country (again its a faff but we have saved £200 each going via Amsterdam for England vs Italy rugby). I remember flying to Madrid via Majorca for a European game - saved a packet.

Please try these first before screaming at me in a return post or comment!

Expecting this to be chilly but heyho - its a saving for some hopefully!
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nice one!
Ha ha, been doing all this for over ten years ......tomorrow I will take three flights to get to Granada, a cost of about £60 each, direct is £140 each.......I still use Ryanair and also admire how prompt they are, unfortunately they don't fly from my local airport...........also check British Airways as I am flying back for £18 each which includes two items of hand luggage and free food and bar- enjoy.

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You would normally book an outward flight with a return but if you book … You would normally book an outward flight with a return but if you book Ryanair bags in, say, Euros (ie book outward and return separately) you should pay the same as the pound charge (I tried Manchester to Faro and that gave me £35 baggage out but €35 back which is a bit a saving if you don't mind the faffing about)!



Also try booking return flights separately e.g. the leg there separate to the journey back, this will be priced in Euros and can be cheaper.
Did this flying back from Faro this summer, realised it was cheaper for the flight and baggage as it is in Euro's. Def worth checking the single flights.
This probably won't help many people and it's not a massive saving but if you are flying from Bristol airport and need to use a trolley they will charge you £2 for the privilege,but if you have euros then you can pay €2 instead of £2.
grinnaslee

2. Also try booking return flights separately e.g. the leg there separate … 2. Also try booking return flights separately e.g. the leg there separate to the journey back, this will be priced in Euros and can be cheaper.


Aren't you just repeating the same thing or did the OP get edited?
nanuek

Aren't you just repeating the same thing or did the OP get edited?


aren't you just repeating what grinnaslee said or did you just use the quote function to make it clear what you were responding to?
brilly

aren't you just repeating what grinnaslee said or did you just use the … aren't you just repeating what grinnaslee said or did you just use the quote function to make it clear what you were responding to?


Probably
Do Ryanair have allocated seats or is it still a rush and fight job?
should this not be in Misc? Thanks for the tips OP. Many people may know about this but im sure lots don't. besides, reminders like these are always welcome.
I may have done this wrong previously but I recently booked a return flight from Brussels to Lanzarote and when I chose to pay with a UK debit/credit card it converted the transaction from Euros to GBPs, at a pretty dire exchange rate. Couldn't be bothered to investigate why but assumed that was how it had to be?
Yes, that happened to me too on a booking from Dublin handful - they used to give you the option of paying in £s or Euros at one time but that seems to have disappeared now - that is one of the "marmite" things about Ryanair but, as I say, all in all they have been good to me despite a well bitten tounge!
EN1GMA

Do Ryanair have allocated seats or is it still a rush and fight job?


you can pick your own seat (charge) or you get a seat picked for you
seanjames

you can pick your own seat (charge) or you get a seat picked for you



own seat for a charge yeah?
Mrman123

nice one!



wendyak

Ha ha, been doing all this for over ten years ......tomorrow I will take … Ha ha, been doing all this for over ten years ......tomorrow I will take three flights to get to Granada, a cost of about £60 each, direct is £140 each.......I still use Ryanair and also admire how prompt they are, unfortunately they don't fly from my local airport...........also check British Airways as I am flying back for £18 each which includes two items of hand luggage and free food and bar- enjoy.



Haven't you paid more then, 3x £60 = £180, direct was £140?
Mrman123

nice one!

wendyak

Ha ha, been doing all this for over ten years ......tomorrow I will take … Ha ha, been doing all this for over ten years ......tomorrow I will take three flights to get to Granada, a cost of about £60 each, direct is £140 each.......I still use Ryanair and also admire how prompt they are, unfortunately they don't fly from my local airport...........also check British Airways as I am flying back for £18 each which includes two items of hand luggage and free food and bar- enjoy.



I think he meant £60 pp
Also if booking return leg in Euros, click more in conversion box to deselect Ryanair doing the conversion. if you have a good card with low conversion fees you can save more. €14.99 with Ryanair conversion is roughly £11.80 but only £10.14 with my Travelex Supercard.
Most disgraceful airline to have EVER existed.

Would only fly with them if I had absolutely no other option.

Disgusting company with no customer service or morals at all.
If you play by their rules, they are as good as any other airline, and much cheaper. Shame I live miles from Stansted.
Mrman123

nice one!

wendyak

Ha ha, been doing all this for over ten years ......tomorrow I will take … Ha ha, been doing all this for over ten years ......tomorrow I will take three flights to get to Granada, a cost of about £60 each, direct is £140 each.......I still use Ryanair and also admire how prompt they are, unfortunately they don't fly from my local airport...........also check British Airways as I am flying back for £18 each which includes two items of hand luggage and free food and bar- enjoy.


thats not the catch, problem is the whole journey takes eight days
wazzygib

Most disgraceful airline to have EVER existed. Would only fly with them … Most disgraceful airline to have EVER existed. Would only fly with them if I had absolutely no other option.Disgusting company with no customer service or morals at all.



When did you last fly with Ryanair?
nanuek

Aren't you just repeating the same thing or did the OP get edited?


Note that the OP refers to baggage only not the return flight cost.
thanks for the tips
Useful
philman2013

Also if booking return leg in Euros, click more in conversion box to … Also if booking return leg in Euros, click more in conversion box to deselect Ryanair doing the conversion. if you have a good card with low conversion fees you can save more. €14.99 with Ryanair conversion is roughly £11.80 but only £10.14 with my Travelex Supercard.



Yes they will revert to GBP when you put your billing country as UK but as you say, there is a small paragraph of text that says they will dynamically convert the EUR price or other currency to GBP for you (at a rubbish rate). Simply deselect this option and it will then charge you in EUR or the currency of the departure airport. It will save quite a bit. Use a card with no foreign transaction fees to maximise the benefit.
grinnaslee

Note that the OP refers to baggage only not the return flight cost.


I see, my mistake! Sorry.
wazzygib

Most disgraceful airline to have EVER existed. Would only fly with them … Most disgraceful airline to have EVER existed. Would only fly with them if I had absolutely no other option.Disgusting company with no customer service or morals at all.



Disgusting but you would still fly with them. Compelling argument!
Darn OP, you would have written a 10-page book titled "Ryanair Secrets" and flogged it on Amazon Kindle store and fleabay for a quid to make some dough because these tricks work.

Not exactly a deal though.
Edited by: "bftb" 8th Sep 2015
Mrman123

nice one!

wendyak

Ha ha, been doing all this for over ten years ......tomorrow I will take … Ha ha, been doing all this for over ten years ......tomorrow I will take three flights to get to Granada, a cost of about £60 each, direct is £140 each.......I still use Ryanair and also admire how prompt they are, unfortunately they don't fly from my local airport...........also check British Airways as I am flying back for £18 each which includes two items of hand luggage and free food and bar- enjoy.



That's what I thought too
Is it a bargain ?????
TBH, what you mention here is not new. Everyone who call himself as a bargain hunters who travel a few times in a year should have known ...
my top ryanair tip is tell everyone how terrible they are that their customer service sucks and their planes are made of paper mache. then everytime you want to book a ticket there are plenty of seats available. oh this is being written from madrid following a flight with ryanair that left on time, arrived on time and they didnt lose my bag and thanks to buying my food and drink airside at STN i didnt buy owt onboard. and all this for £40 return.
phatbear

my top ryanair tip is tell everyone how terrible they are that their … my top ryanair tip is tell everyone how terrible they are that their customer service sucks and their planes are made of paper mache. then everytime you want to book a ticket there are plenty of seats available. oh this is being written from madrid following a flight with ryanair that left on time, arrived on time and they didnt lose my bag and thanks to buying my food and drink airside at STN i didnt buy owt onboard. and all this for £40 return.


SHHH a bit late now
archer1204

SHHH a bit late now



​fear not people always believe the worse version of events on the internet so no one will actually believe what i said.
cant believe how much folk moan about Ryanair,if you do as they say then everything is all good,if you want to behave like a little princess then your always going to get hassle
paulhick

cant believe how much folk moan about Ryanair,if you do as they say then … cant believe how much folk moan about Ryanair,if you do as they say then everything is all good,if you want to behave like a little princess then your always going to get hassle



​ive flown ryanair 40+ times and apart from being delayed in rome ciampino about 10 years ago ive never had a single problem.

oddly everytime ive flown virgin or ba to the states theres always a problem the worse of which was virgin totally losing a bag on a returm flight from NY and their customer service was laughable
At least with Ryanair you can take a handbag as well as hand luggage!
phatbear

​ive flown ryanair 40+ times and apart from being delayed in rome c … ​ive flown ryanair 40+ times and apart from being delayed in rome ciampino about 10 years ago ive never had a single problem.oddly everytime ive flown virgin or ba to the states theres always a problem the worse of which was virgin totally losing a bag on a returm flight from NY and their customer service was laughable


You're not doing yourself any favours your supposed to say they are a terrible airline etc
Such an awful airline - You have to make your own way to the airport, they don't send a Chauffeur. Then you have to carry your bags to the terminal, no Valet is provided.

How uncivilized.
Edited by: "mattclarkie" 8th Sep 2015
we recently flew to Spain.
I had one small suitcase, the lightest possible for an adult.
My children both had large suitcases, much heavier. However, a child's luggage is half the price of an adult's, so it was a big saving. You have to have at least one adult paying full price for a suitcase but it doesn't have to be particularly big.

You just need to be sure when checking in the luggage to use the right boarding pass with the right suitcase!

Edited by: "speculatrix" 8th Sep 2015
sierra111

3. When you have booked seats on Ryanair don't go for the Priority Q … 3. When you have booked seats on Ryanair don't go for the Priority Q option to purchase as this should be included in the seat booking.



I'm fairly sure that's not the case. You can only select (and pay for) priority boarding if you have paid for booked seats but paid for booked seats don't automatically give you priority boarding.
good on ye !
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