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You get what you pay for!
Member Name: bettyboop2002
Advantages: cheap and plenty of destinations from the UK
Disadvantages: limited food options, no in flight entertainment for longer journeys
felt like I had to write this review after listening to so many people over the last couple of weeks complaining about Ryanair.
I fly often with Ryanair between England and Ireland and other european destinations. They offer quite a good timetable with frequent flights to a good range of destinations, they are often cheaper and more conveniently timed flights than other airlines which is why I always check them out first.
They offer some good deals I have previously had return flights from Cork to Gatwick for around 40 euros, Cork to Portugal for 90 euros, Dublin to Leeds for 30 euros, Liverpool to cork I once got for £12 return including taxes and charges. These are just a few of many flights I have booked from Ryanair and the most I have ever been delayed is an hour.
Some of the catches are the charges, to book a flight I believe they now charge 12 pounds/euros per person return unless you are paying with the Ryanair cash passport. The cheap prices advertised don't include this charge and only include hand luggage. This isn't so much of a problem for me as normally I use them for weekend breaks and only need hand luggage.
If you want to check in a suitcase it is 15 euros each way for 15kg or 25 euros each way for 20kg.
The refreshments are a bit pricey and there's not much selection with mainly sandwiches and a couple of hot options. Again this doesn't bother me as you'd hardly have time to eat anything more substantial on the short journeys.
They are quite strict with the sizes and weights of baggage and a lot of people complain about them measuring and weighing bags but at the end of the day if you make sure you stick to the guidelines given when booking it shouldn't be a problem!
If you choose to only take hand luggage you do not have to queue at a check in desk, you just print off a boarding pass online which is available 2 weeks before your departure date, you take this straight to airport security and through to your gate and it is a very fast and simple process.
Ryanair offer the option of priority boarding for an extra tenner, which will put you to the front of the queue to board the plane but you still have to wait like everybody else to get off the plane so a service like this wouldn't appeal to me.
The booking process is quite simple and pain free all you need is your name, email address and card details. When checking in online you will need to put in information from your passport, this can be done up to 4 hours before you leave.
They accept a good range of payment methods including Mastercard, Visa, Laser, 3v prepaid vouchers and the ryanair cash passport.
There is an option to get confirmation of your booking to your mobile phone for 1.50, the confirmation will automatically be sent via email anyway. They also give you the option to purchase a suitcase, travel insurance and car hire. All of the above are optional, they aren't trying to rip you off / get more money out of you, it is OPTIONAL!
The staff are pleasant enough, too rushed most of the time to be overly attentive but as long as they're not being blatantly rude I'm not bothered.
Then there's the whole crammed in like a tin of sardines scenario I've heard so much about, well there's not a lot of space but what do you expect. If you expect lots of leg room and a big baggage allowance and a decent meal from a flight then you're going to have to pay for it. This is not what budget airlines are about, for me I want to be able to get from A to B as quickly, hassle free and cheaply as possible and that's exactly what Ryanair does. For around a hundred quid cheaper than certain other airlines.
Summary: A low cost airline that has never let me down