Ryanair: we all love it and hate it at the same time. We can get flights for such affordable prices, but navigating their website is so difficult because you have to dodge all of their advertisements for ‘extras’: priority boarding and reserved seating etc. You could say I’m a relatively frequent flyer with Ryanair at the moment because I’ve been on quite a few city breaks in the past two years. Through these trips, I’ve learnt how to avoid paying any extra fees to Ryanair, so I figured I’d collate the tips I’ve picked up into a Ryanair advice guide.
1. Don’t check in earlier than 4 days before.
You’ll be charged to reserve seating! 4 days before your flight you can opt for ‘randomly allocated seats’, which often still seats parties and families together anyway.
2. Check in for your flight online, don’t wait until the airport.
There’s now a €50 charge per person if you don’t check in online for your flight. I received this email in my inbox this week and I think it’s worth spreading the word about.
3. Priority boarding is not worth the extra cost.
Everybody has reserved seating anyway, so I really do not see the point of paying for priority boarding. Currently it costs €5 a person to upgrade to priority boarding.
4. Travel hand luggage only.
Unless you are going away for a long time, travel with hand luggage only. It’s free and Ryanair actually allow you a handbag and suitcase as hand luggage, so you should have more than enough luggage space for a few days away.
5. Travel on a week day if possible.
Ryanair definitely hikes their prices up for weekend flights, so try and travel in the week if you can.
Do you fly with Ryanair often?
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