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  1. Mary @Green Global Travel
    June 3, 2014

    Ryanair clearly seems like a love or hate relationship. Personally, I’ve never used them. However I have had experiences with a super budget airlines in the US where you have to pay to get a seat- not change a seat, but to actually get a seat on the plane. Since there’s no option to stand, this “fee” seems ludicrous.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      June 3, 2014

      I know in the past they had lots of issues. I think people just haven’t got past them. With them if you don’t pay for a seat, they just assign one to you. For a 1-1/2-hour flight, it just isn’t a big deal. Now, for that 10-hour flight I have coming up, I’ll probably pay extra for a premium seat if I can.

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  2. Micki
    June 2, 2014

    Great article. I think this is a bang-on assessment of Ryanair. We’ve flown them a few times, and they can be a stellar deal as long as you’re very careful of their requirements; especially your baggage weight and size. To be fair, I found that they do list everything you need to know fairly clearly on their website. For the price, I’ve been pretty happy with them.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      June 2, 2014

      Yes, their website is quite clear. I’m pretty pleased with them as well.

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  3. Brett Domue
    May 29, 2014

    I’ve flown Ryanair 20+ times over the past years and honestly have never had an issue, except for the few times I’ve had to eat a flight due to my own errors (ie. booking travel on the wrong weekend). Just try to plan ahead, and remember that some add-ons can (at least could) be added at check-in still for the at-booking price. We’ve often going with one checked bag on the outbound, with a duffel packed inside, and added the second bag on the return leg for the one-way price if we knew we’d be buying stuff at the destination. Hard to complain on such short flights at such low €€.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      May 29, 2014

      Definitely need to match the expectations to the price one is paying. Can’t expect Cadillac service from a bus fare price. 😉

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  4. Gran Canaria Local
    May 28, 2014

    We’ve never had any problems with Ryanair. Especially when we lived in London and they guaranteed a cheap weekend away on mainland Europe. We’re still waiting for their standing-only flights which they announced they’d introduce if there was enough public interest. We’re pretty sure they didn’t make this statement of intent on April the 1st.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      May 29, 2014

      I can’t imagine too many people would really be interested in that option.

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  5. Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.com
    May 28, 2014

    I’m used to flying LCC’s so I think Ryan Air is worth it. Flew with them once from Verona to Brussels. No hassle at all!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      May 29, 2014

      After all the LCCs in Asia and Oceania, and my experience with Wizz, yeah Ryanair is a piece of cake. lol

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  6. Valen-This Way Paradise
    May 28, 2014

    I had nothing but great experiences with them flying all over Europe! Great article!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      May 29, 2014

      I’m so glad your experience was positive. I think they’re trying.

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  7. amelie88
    May 28, 2014

    I’ve never had too many horror stories with RyanAir. My luggage did once inexplicably end up in another terminal of the airport at baggage claim and my friends and I forgot to check the location of the Frankfurt-Hahn airport only to arrive there super late at night and realize Frankfurt was over an hour away (but that was our fault). What I think is amusing is that they always add on extra time to a flight and then proceed to announce at landing that they arrived “early” by 10 minutes. They never arrive early, they knowingly tack on extra time to flights to claim they are really punctual and on time. I’ve flown with them a lot and I caught on to these sneaky tactics right away. And I’m sure other airlines do this, I think that Easyjet may do this too.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      May 29, 2014

      I guess it all works out since really that landing time is only really important for planning on transfers, etc.

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  8. Mike of Mapless Mike
    May 28, 2014

    RyanAir is great if you follow the rules. Period. In my humble opinion anyways. I’ve only encountered one issue with them. I flew into Madrid late one night, spent the night in the airport at my gate for my flight out the next morning, and when boarding the plane the next morning, they said I had to go out and get my boarding pass stamped even though I had already passed through security and everything to get to that point. After running through the airport, I ended up making the flight. I look at it as my fault though. The rule doesn’t make sense to me, but it was my mistake by not following it.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      May 29, 2014

      Boy that was really an unfair move on their part! Freaking ridiculous.

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  9. Dale
    May 28, 2014

    You definitely should have added ‘Don’t clap at the end of the flight’ on to the tips 😛

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    • Talon Windwalker
      May 29, 2014

      LOL! That isn’t just Ryanair, though. I still don’t totally get it. Maybe people are just so relieved they landed in one piece?

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  10. Chelsea of Andalucía Bound
    May 28, 2014

    I especially want to reiterate your second to last bullet point of advice, that they are STRICTLY a point A to point B carrier. I tried to create myself a connecting flight last winter and got screwed by a 3 hourd delay on their behalf, causing me to miss a 2nd flight. They only refunded the money for the flight that was delayed (if they are over 3 hours delayed you can get a refund or go on the next available flight), but my money from my point B to point C flight was lost. Worst travel day of my life! I will definitely never try to make a connecting flight with RyanAir again, though I do appreciate their low prices and have used them many times from point A to point B.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      May 29, 2014

      I think you aren’t the only one who has been caught up in that considering they now spell it out clearly. Definitely only rely on them for point A to B. If you don’t, make sure you have good travel insurance to reimburse you if things go awry.

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  11. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas
    May 28, 2014

    I don’t love RyanAir, but they fly to loads of destinations from my home base of Seville. Without them and other budget carriers, I wouldn’t have been able to see so much of Europe and even Morocco. If you know what you’re getting yourself into, no problem.

    That said…I am concerned about their safety issues. My partner is a pilot and has friends who have gone to commercial lines, and they tell him about half-full gas tanks, about firing pilots who go over fuel limits, etc. I still fly with them on occasion, but prefer to pay a bit more for a smoother flight.

    AND WHAT IS WITH THE CLAPPING AT THE END OF A FLIGHT!? Drives me crazy.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      May 29, 2014

      Better than Wizz Air, though, no?

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  12. Izy Berry – The Wrong Way Home
    May 28, 2014

    I think, as with anything in life, you get what you pay for. Whenever booking with a budget airline, I like to add up all the costs to see the “real” ticket price. I’ve found, sometimes, flying with a more expensive airline works out as cheaper, or the same price, for a better service.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      May 29, 2014

      You definitely have to factor in everything before hitting the purchase button, including the cost of airport transfer since they don’t always fly into the most convenient airports.

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  13. Aleney @ BoyEatsWorld
    May 28, 2014

    I say you get what you pay for. If want to pay next to nothing for your flight don’t expect to be treated like Royalty. Some of these budget airlines have fares that work out cheaper than taking a bus to the same destination (and much quicker) but you wouldn’t hear anyone complaining about the lack of service on a bus. I’ve flown Ryanair and other low-costairlines numerous times and haven’t had a problem. I just read the fine print and make sure I follow their rules with luggage and boarding times etc. If I need to take a lot of luggage I simply choose a different airline, and pay the price.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      May 29, 2014

      Totally agree!

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  14. Amy
    May 27, 2014

    I felt the same way the first time I flew with Ryanair (to Barcelona) but they’re now my favourite budget airline. The legroom is better than others (I’m pretty tall – 5ft8), their fares are hard to beat and they often land ahead of schedule. I flew to and from Tallinn, Estonia the other week and I have nothing but praise. Their old website was hideous and not user friendly but the new one is really easy and clear to use.

    Note: if you don’t pay for a specific seat, you’re now allocated one when you check-in online, rather than a free-for-all once you get on it, you already know which seat you’ve got, which reduces the mad riot somewhat!

    As long as you follow their rules, which are the same as all other UK budget airlines, then you won’t have any issues. Ignore the rules (forget to print your boarding pass, case too heavy etc) then you will be penalised. Simple! 😉

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    • Talon Windwalker
      May 29, 2014

      Completely true. I was so relieved when I found out they do assigned seats now. I hate the free for all.

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  15. Charles – The Barefoot Nomad
    May 27, 2014

    We’ve used RyanAir a few times in the past and didn’t have any issues. We were a little apprehensive the first time after reading all the horror stories however everything was fine and we were never charged anything ridiculous. That said, we triple checked our baggage weights and sizes and ensured we were within the limits and had everything printed out correctly beforehand.

    I would say the craziest thing we found about them is while boarding. We couldn’t justify the cost they charge for priority seating (which is a scam as far as I’m concerned) so twice we ended up stuck in the middle of a stampede frenzy as people rushed to their first come first served seats.

    With two small kids in tow it was a little ridiculous. I was surprised at how chaotic it was.

    From the moment they started letting people through the gate there was a palpitation running through the crowd and everyone was getting ready for the mad dash to the plane. It felt like we were at the starting blocks to a race, not boarding a regulated flight.

    Other than that and their ridiculously bright yellow seats the flights were great! We would totally fly with them again.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      May 29, 2014

      We experienced that with Wizz Air. I absolutely hate it. Now they assign seats, though, which is good. I agree the priority seating thing is a scam. So dumb.

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  16. Tracey – Life Changing Year
    May 27, 2014

    I haven’t flown with Ryanair but we fly with Air Asia all the time. They are extremely low cost (I’ve flown for $8 Penang to Singapore) so I figure they are in the same category. We never have any problems with Air Asia, have never had trouble with our carry on and the staff have always been pleasant. Not sure why one can do it and one can’t!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      May 27, 2014

      I always enjoyed AirAsia, too. As long as your baggage is within weight limits, you’re fine. Pretty comfy seats, too.

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  17. Bethaney – Flashpacker Family
    May 27, 2014

    Agree about managing and adjusting your expectations! When I lived in the UK I flew plenty of times with RyanAir on ultra cheap tickets… £25 return from London to Italy! You just can’t beat that. I’m prepared to pack light, rush for a seat and be squished for that price. 😉

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    • Talon Windwalker
      May 27, 2014

      And the good news is you no longer have to rush for a seat. They’re assigned now. 😉

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  18. noel
    May 26, 2014

    You get what you pay for, no frills and follow all the restrictions or you get dinged for any infringement or upgrade. Service is usually prompt and the flights are also on time and sometimes early from my experiences.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      May 27, 2014

      They actually hold the #1 spot in Europe for being on time. Not too shabby.

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  19. Wandering Educators
    May 26, 2014

    Excellent tips – it is sometimes all in the attitude!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      May 26, 2014

      And in the expectations.

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  20. Nick
    May 26, 2014

    I think both you and Dale hit the nail on the head by saying that, it’s a budget airline designed to get you from Point A to Point B, nothing more, nothing less. As the saying goes, Pay peanuts, get monkeys!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      May 26, 2014

      That’s really what it comes down to. You can’t pay 25% of the price and expect Emirates business class service.

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  21. Beverley | Pack Your Passport
    May 26, 2014

    Honestly, I think for the price you kind of get what you pay for with Ryanair and, as long as you follow the rules, I’ve never had any troubles flying with them. Sure, it’s annoying when they come down the line before boarding to see which baggage they can put in the hold, and their website is a total minefield, but the price is sometimes too good to resist. In March I flew return from London to Gdansk (Poland) for £58 which is pretty good considering it costs me £34 to get the train from London to Lincolnshire to see my parents.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      May 26, 2014

      I think their website is much improved. It’s a lot cleaner, more clear how to deselect options, etc. And you are so right about the difference! It’s often cheaper to fly with them than take a domestic train, esp in the UK! Just crazy.

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  22. Kelly @TravelOptimist
    May 26, 2014

    I’ve flown with them 4 times and never had a problem. I call them “the big school bus in the sky” since the seats are rather packed in, but I do like their little crackers and cheese snack (8 pounds) you can buy on-board. I’ve also never flown more than 3 hours at a time with them, so it’s bareable and I’m a small person.
    The only deviation we had was we had to land in Agadir instead of Marrakesh, due to fog, but within an hour, they provided buses to transport us back to Marrakesh.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      May 26, 2014

      That’s great to hear they were so responsive for that issue.

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