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Ryanair - Go Via DUB!  
User currently offlineSam1987 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 946 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2646 times:

I thought this was so unusual... so I had to share it.

Later this year, I need to get from Leeds (nearest airport: LBA) to Sussex (nearest airport: LGW). I'm not too fussed about how long the journey takes, so when I usually travel this route, my form of transport is the train (upwards of 5 hours to my final destination).

I usually look at flights, just in case they are cheaper. No one actually flies between LBA and LGW, so when I do fly I have to go with BD to LHR, and get someone to pick me up and drive the rest of the way.

BE also fly from LBA to SOU, so although I've never flown the route before, it is always considered just in case they have a really cheap fare.

Whilst booking flights between LGW and DUB for later this month, I realised how cheap FR really are.

To cut the story short, this October I am going to fly LBA to DUB, then DUB to LGW. It takes about the same time as the train and is half the total price! Quite extraordinary.

Has anyone else gone via DUB (or any other FR base actually) on a journey, just because it was so much cheaper?!


Next flights: LGW-LBA-LGW, LHR-SIN-SYD, SYD-BKK-LHR, LGW-GRO, GRO-CIA, CIA-MAD, MAD-LGW
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User currently offline747400F From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2552 times:

Go for it - if you want to subject yourself to FRaudair! - but be aware that you have sod all in the way of rights in case your first flight is late causing you to miss the next flight. I personally would never bank on a LCC when making a trip with connections.

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19202 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2552 times:

Done it several times and would happily to it again. I have, for example, done NQY-STN-overnight STN-BLK. Now, what about MAN-DUB-LPL?  Silly  Wink


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2536 times:

I'd do it if I could find the right fares - I have looked into it in the past, but it never worked out!


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User currently offlineFocus From Israel, joined Feb 2001, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2473 times:

I needed to get from Berlin to Amsterdam a few years ago. Both the train and the direct flights were too expensive.
So, I ended up flying FR SXF-STN, and then EZY STN-AMS. I did make sure I had 3 hours to make the connection.
The down side: multiple check in, multiple security lines, having to go through immigration at STN and multiple baggage claims.
The up side: Two new airlines for me, two aircrafts, two great flights, and much much cheaper. The whole thing (incl taxes) was just about 60$.
Both flights departed on time, and everything went smooth.
I did have a backup plan in case I miss the connection, however, which was to get to LHR and fly BD to AMS.

All in all, a great and recommended experience - especially if you love flying.

--Focus


User currently offlineGayrugbyMAN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1737 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2379 times:

If your flight is late in to DUb from LBA, then you are screwed though.

FR will just laugh at you, instead of helping you like an interlining airline would.


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19202 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2353 times:

Quoting GayrugbyMAN (Reply 5):
FR will just laugh at you

It won't laugh - it'll just not help you. It is spelled out on its website that it is not a connecting airline.

Almost all European low-cost airlines also won't help you.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineANother From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2346 times:

This is what they say on their website: http://www.ryanair.com/site/EN/faqs.php?sect=pnr&quest=connections

Can I book a connecting flight with Ryanair?

No. Ryanair is strictly a ’point-to-point’ airline. We therefore do not offer, and cannot facilitate, the transfer of passengers or their baggage to other flights, whether operated by Ryanair or other carriers. You should therefore not book onward flights with Ryanair or indeed with any other air or surface carrier. Ryanair accepts no responsibility for making connections and therefore will not be liable for any losses or expenses arising out of any failure to achieve a planned connection.


User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2332 times:

Quoting GayrugbyMAN (Reply 5):
FR will just laugh at you, instead of helping you like an interlining airline would

Typical FR Bashers' comment! FR will not laugh at you if you miss your connection. They (or their handling agents) will help you to the best of their ability but you will be liable for any additional costs for getting on a later flight, as it is clearly pointed out in FR's terms and conditions that they are a point to point carrier and 'connections' do not exist in their vocabulary. This is why their fares are cheap.



MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."
User currently offlineGayrugbyMAN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1737 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2305 times:

Basically, you take the risk, and it is a big risk. You could end up paying god knows how much the train fare!

User currently offlineRichardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3749 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2157 times:

I've heard a number of people doing this, it is happening.

User currently offlineReverseThrust From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2134 times:

I think as long as common sense in the passenger prevails when booking (i.e allowing for a decent few hours connecting time - minimum 3-4, especially at Stansted with their infamous queues!) then there is no reason why it can't be done.

Just build in enough time to wait for your baggage and to reach the new check-in desk before the closing time of 45 minutes before the scheduled departure of the flight.

If you risk it with not enough time and it fails, you only have yourself to blame.



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User currently offlineSam1987 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 946 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2044 times:

Quoting ReverseThrust (Reply 11):
If you risk it with not enough time and it fails, you only have yourself to blame.

Very true.

The LBA flight lands at DUB at 17:40, and the LGW flight leaves DUB at 19:10, and check in closes at 18:30.

So I would have a whopping 50 minutes between touchdown and check in closing. Is that cutting it fine?!

Me thinks I should get the lunchtime LBA flight.

Has anyone here connected through DUB before? Is departures close to arrivals?



Next flights: LGW-LBA-LGW, LHR-SIN-SYD, SYD-BKK-LHR, LGW-GRO, GRO-CIA, CIA-MAD, MAD-LGW
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19202 posts, RR: 52
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2015 times:

Quoting Sam1987 (Reply 12):
Is that cutting it fine?!

Extremely fine.

Quoting Sam1987 (Reply 12):
Is departures close to arrivals?

Both in the same building with one above the other.

Quoting Sam1987 (Reply 12):
Me thinks I should get the lunchtime LBA flight.

Yep.  Smile



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineUshermittwoch From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2965 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1989 times:

What I did in June was to fly BUD to BGY on SkyEurope and then BGY to DUS with Air Berlin, 110 minutes connecting time. It was WAY cheaper than BUD to DTM and due to an equipment change I got to fly on my first 73G. Big grin


Where have all the tri-jets gone...
User currently offlineRyanair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1980 times:

Why don't you get the bus/train to MAN from Leeds, and then fly from MAN to LGW either with BA or Jet2?

Ryanair737


User currently offlineFlyKev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1381 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1977 times:
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Quoting Sam1987 (Reply 12):

The LBA flight lands at DUB at 17:40, and the LGW flight leaves DUB at 19:10, and check in closes at 18:30.

So I would have a whopping 50 minutes between touchdown and check in closing. Is that cutting it fine?!

Are you travelling with suitcases then?

If not, the why not take advantage of the online check in instead, you can check in for both (or all) flights before you even leave. You need be at the gate 30 mins before departure.

Kev



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User currently offlineSam1987 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 946 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1965 times:

Quoting Ryanair737 (Reply 15):
Why don't you get the bus/train to MAN from Leeds, and then fly from MAN to LGW either with BA or Jet2?

Cost. The prime reason for me going via DUB is because it is about the same price as the train all the way down south. BA and LS aren't half as cheap as FR, especially once the train fare to MAN is added on.

Quoting FlyKev (Reply 16):
Are you travelling with suitcases then?

I was going to, but if I want to be sure about the connection, it is probably best not to. Then I can check in online and walk from arrivals straight to security, without going to a check in desk.

I also save £5 without suitcases!



Next flights: LGW-LBA-LGW, LHR-SIN-SYD, SYD-BKK-LHR, LGW-GRO, GRO-CIA, CIA-MAD, MAD-LGW
User currently offlinePilot320 From Croatia, joined Jun 2005, 93 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1944 times:

I had to go from Dubrovnik to Rome 2 months ago, and direct flight with Croatia Airlines costs about 215 €. This fare was too expensive for me, and on SkyEurope's website I found one-way ticket for only 55 € (via PRG).

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