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User currently offlineIADCA From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1266 posts, RR: 8
Posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3778 times:

Having never booked on FR from outside the UK, is it even possible to make a booking on their website from the States? I'd prefer to, but the fact that the country selection doesn't cover us makes me wonder...

Thanks for any help. And yes, I don't like Ryanair much either, so don't flame me about it - just in this one case, it's much more convenient than any other and I'm not taking any checked baggage, can't avoid the credit card fee, will check in online, and will be sure to mutter under my breath about O'Leary for the entire duration of the flight.

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User currently offlineWAC From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 275 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3716 times:

As long as u pay CC no probs...

User currently offlineSignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3685 times:

As WAC says, you'll be fine. My South African in-laws have booked from there before, without problems. Only thing to be aware of is as you are not an EU citizen, you cannot checkin online, so you have to pay the "airport checkin" fee.

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineGilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3670 times:

You can book from outside Europe this is not a problem, but the address used on the booking needs to match the credit card holders details...

I think Visa Electron debit cards are issued in the US and if you use one of these you will avoid paying a credit card fee... Otherwise brace yourself to pay £4 GBP per person, each way using a credit card.


User currently offlineDangould2000 From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 2005, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3661 times:



Quoting Signol (Reply 2):
As WAC says, you'll be fine. My South African in-laws have booked from there before, without problems. Only thing to be aware of is as you are not an EU citizen, you cannot checkin online, so you have to pay the "airport checkin" fee.

signol

actually, you don't need an EU passport to check-in online now, the system allows everyone to check-in online.



Next Flights:- wherever the airline sends me
User currently offlineIADCA From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1266 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3649 times:



Quoting Gilesdavies (Reply 3):
I think Visa Electron debit cards are issued in the US and if you use one of these you will avoid paying a credit card fee... Otherwise brace yourself to pay £4 GBP per person, each way using a credit card.

They're not. It sucks, for exactly that reason.

Quoting Signol (Reply 2):
Only thing to be aware of is as you are not an EU citizen, you cannot checkin online, so you have to pay the "airport checkin" fee.

Thanks for the heads-up. They must have changed this since I last flew them (although that ticket was booked within the EU).


User currently offlineSignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3632 times:



Quoting Dangould2000 (Reply 4):
actually, you don't need an EU passport to check-in online now, the system allows everyone to check-in online

That's good news, will save the in-laws some money when they visit in May (haven't booked them flights to Ireland yet!)

http://www.ryanair.com/site/EN/faqs.php?sect=chk&quest=whoco

Indeed, from last week all passengers can use online checkin, regardless of citizenship. However, if you are checking luggage, you cannot check in online, and need to pay the airport checkin fee (and the luggage fee).

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19205 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (5 years 5 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3548 times:



Quoting Gilesdavies (Reply 3):
Otherwise brace yourself to pay £4 GBP per person, each way using a credit card.

After going up from £1.50 (or whatever it was), it increased to £4, then £5, then decreased to £4.75, then increased back to £5 - which it now is. But, the breakdown of the total to-pay amount is not what I think matters - only the to-pay amount. For example, if I got X-Y for £11, I would not worry/get annoyed if £10 of that was the card fee because the total to-pay amount is very low.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineThrottleHold From South Africa, joined Jul 2006, 657 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3514 times:



Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 7):
if I got X-Y for £11, I would not worry/get annoyed if £10 of that was the card fee because the total to-pay amount is very low.

But we all know that the credit card company charges FR per transaction, so the rest goes straight into their coffers.


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19205 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (5 years 5 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3493 times:



Quoting ThrottleHold (Reply 8):
But we all know that the credit card company charges FR per transaction, so the rest goes straight into their coffers.

Yes, of course, but I still wouldn't careless as the fare I paid - say, £10 or £11 one-way all-in - would still be very cheap. How that is broken down, or disguised, or whatever, is not of interest to me. All I care about it paying as little as possible.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5767 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (5 years 5 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3483 times:

I flew them last Tuesday, BRS-DUB, and they're the only carrier on that route.
I booked in the States, no trouble.
BUT- I had to pay the "can't check in online" fee, due to a US passport.

Quoting Dangould2000 (Reply 4):
actually, you don't need an EU passport to check-in online now, the system allows everyone to check-in online.

Jerks- figures, the week after I fly them, I could have saved 20 GB Pounds total!!

Quoting Signol (Reply 6):
Indeed, from last week all passengers can use online checkin, regardless of citizenship. However, if you are checking luggage, you cannot check in online, and need to pay the airport checkin fee (and the luggage fee).

Not sure what that kind of scam is called, but it's illegal in the States. Making a person pay on fee SO THAT they are required to pay another fee isn't kosher.


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