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Like a Flying Bus Service, No Bad Thing
Member Name: mrleebob
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I love Ryanair. There, I said it. Ryanair has found itself in the position of being hated by customers but still used to by those same customers. But I love them. I've always had a real desire to see the world but a gap year was never an option for me. So I have to make do with city breaks. And Ryanair is always my first choice for flights.
I understand why they have their detractors. Customer service is almost a contradictory term. You will not be pampered. You will not be made to feel special. You will not be fed unless you are willing to buy food onboard. They will try to sell you things. So why are they so popular? Their prices.
My wife and I recently flew to Milan for £25 return each, WITH all charges included. Ah, the charges. Ryanair are famed for their extra costs but there are ways to get around them. 1. Small hand luggage case. You may have seen these. They are a Godsend if you have one, a pain in the bum if you don't. I had one for Christmas and it's extremely useful. I can fit all my packing in it and I don't pay any luggage fees. On the downside, there are liquid restrictions.
2. A prepaid Mastercard. These are easy to get, aren't a credit card by definition and allow you to get around the £5 pp per flight card payment fee.
The site for booking is easy enough to use. Choose the day you want to go, where you want to depart from and where you want to go. You will then be shown prices for all flights for that week. All Ryanair check in is online now (there's a fee for doing this but you can often book them with no fee.) Simply enter your flight and passport details online (you can do so 15 days in advance) and then, when you get to the airport, simply check in your luggage if you have any. Very time saving.
As I said, I can understand why people would dislike Ryanair. But if you know what to expect, Ryanair offer a wealth of routes for ridiculously low fares. Think of them as a bus.
Summary: Not the most accomodating airline but certainly the cheapest.
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