How can Ryanair run a profitable airline if they charge 1p a flight?
I used to get asked questions like this. Ryanair has to pass the same safety standards that all the other European airlines have to pass, so they don’t save money by skimping on safety.
1. First of all Ryanair's target market is not your grandma who doesn’t have a computer or internet. You have to buy your ticket online and then do the online check in and print your boarding pass to avoid extra fees, so you at least need a grandchild who can do this for you.
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3. Ryanair charges for paying with anything other than a Prepaid Mastercard. So if you are thinking of flying with Ryanair a few times it is worth getting a Prepaid Mastercard, or like I did, finding a friend who has one and asking if you can borrow it :) The charge is £5 pounds per person each leg of your journey so for a return flight that is £10 extra.
I flew to Venice from London for £8.02. A penny each way for the flight and £8 for the credit card charge a couple of years ago. This was back when I was still an amateur traveller, I don’t pay the extra credit card charges anymore.
4. Hand luggage can be a maximum of 15 kilos and has to fit inside their luggage sizer, which I have done over 20 times now, and my backpack just fits if I pack it the right way. They are extremely strict on this, if the wheels stick out, you have to pay the £35 charge to check your bag in the hold, so get it right or check your bag. Only one item of carry-on luggage per person. This includes your handbag ladies and your manbags metros.
5. Ryanair sometimes have a scale at the gate to weigh people’s bags. I have come across this twice in my 40 flights with Ryanair, but don’t get caught out, otherwise you will have to do what I did: Start unpacking your bag and putting all your clothes on! There is no restriction on how many clothes you can wear or how full your pockets are. So get those clothes out and wrap them around your neck if you have to like a scarf!
6. Priority boarding is a waste of time and money. I once saw some people pay for priority only to find we all had to get on a bus to go to the plane from the gate, so the bus had the priority people and the rest of us on it, needless to say they weren’t given priority getting off the bus.
7. When you are doing the online check in make sure the details are correct, get your passport expiry date correct and your name otherwise it costs money to fix it, like £100! The travel insurance drop down box needs to be changed to ‘No Thanks’ and checked in baggage to 0.
9. Don’t call Ryanair, they don’t want to be phoned, as it costs them money to employ people to answer your call and as such they cleverly get the money back when you call their customer service by charging you £1 a minute. Take the hint and don’t call!
10. Always check the terms and conditions on anything you agree to. It is what we call “common sense” in England, sadly it isn’t very common anymore. If you hate Ryanair because you didn’t read the terms and conditions, stop whinging, you get what you pay for, and if you are unsure what that is you deserve their excess fees. Don’t assume anything.