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User currently offlineSevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4028 times:

Its that time of year again an Ryanair has free seats on almost all of its flights (excluding taxes, fees, charges etc etc). SO you can go anywhere in Europe (just about) for only £20 (approximately). I for one taking advantage of it-going NCL-DUB for the day, and might go PIK-Stockholm for weekend! Check it out guys, its a great sale!!


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User currently offlineStarFlyer From Germany, joined Sep 2002, 987 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3884 times:

...on almost all of their flights out of the UK that is! Once again, a publicity stunt.


Yours truly - StarFlyer
User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3836 times:

This dope test on their homepage is so funny... I clicked on "Stay at home"...

OMG, I failed the dope test  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 33
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3787 times:


Oh my god, I booked my flight with them six weeks ago - and paid 0.99 GBP. That means I could have saved 98 p by waiting. I´m soooo devastated...

Seriously, though, I had a look at the fares: STN-CIA-STN (picked at random) costs 27.70 GBP, or 39.43 EUR.

Compare that to germanwings: all their routes start at 19 EUR oneway, you just need to be fast enough (or find a "Crazy Night") to book them.

If 4U announce free flights (or 1-EUR-fares), this INCLUDES all taxes.

Bottom line: nice FR offer (BUT with strings attached [black-out periods and weekdays]), but not THAT special.

Daniel Smile


User currently offlineTeahan From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 5294 posts, RR: 61
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3682 times:

Was thinking of heading to Tampere for a few days but since this offer only extends to January 30th, I think I'll skip it this time.

Jeremiah



Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
User currently offlineBDRules From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 1501 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3573 times:

I have just found nd booked flight to Tampere for £47.32 for 2 people friday to sunday. great stuff

User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3484 times:

Have fun BDRules - what does one do when one gets to Tampere (apart from freeze ones knacks off ?)

User currently offlineRichardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3750 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3461 times:

There was a sale on 12.09.03 which didn't have blackout periods. I got a return to Pau for £27.80 inc all charges at the weekend. This fare for the dates I booked is no longer available.

User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 3401 times:



Now I understand this test, you must be on drugs when you book a FR flight to some field with a runway on it Big grin.

Patrick


User currently offlineKl911 From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2003, 5140 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 3396 times:

Just booked a flt 5-8 Dec. Nimes - Stansted. Total 45 Euro incl tax!
That's what I call a good deal! Ryanair is really taking care of us for cheap weekends around europe!


User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3326 times:

Now I understand this test, you must be on drugs when you book a FR flight
...and somehow I knew that Patrick would pass this test  Acting devilish


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19229 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3264 times:

Just booked two tickets from STN to CIA, departing on 29th Nov. and returning 2nd Dec - for £48.40 for TWO and INCLUDING tax and credit card charges.  Big grin  Big grin  Big grin


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineBDRules From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 1501 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3128 times:

Dont know i will find out what to do when i get there. Thats the way i work when i fly with FR. Its quite exciting really because i never know where i am going to end up  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineJcooke From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 81 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3074 times:

I'm flying over from the US to London, and I'm thinking of taking a mini-trip with these deals from FR.

I've never been in London before, so I'm not sure where STN is in proximity to most everything else. I'm looking at flying to either SXF, HHN, or DUB on FR. How is getting between the airport and the main parts of the cities?

I've read about Ryanair and these amazing deals. Being from the US, we have the occasional dirt-cheap fares but nothing like FR offers. What can I expect on one of these flights? I know its all unassigned seating, flying 737's. Anything else to look for/stay away from?

Thanks!

-Jcooke


User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3032 times:

From London to Stansted: Take the Stansted Express Train, but it costs you ~20GBP, and I think that is the one-way ticket. There are busses as well, but the train is faster.
From SXF to Berlin: Train connection, less than 10€, takes about half an hour.
From DUB to Dublin: It can't be far, IVe seen the city of Dublin soon after take-off.
From HHN to... where exactly? Although cheap, HHN is really in the middle of nowhere, if you want to visit Frankfurt, sorry but a cheap BA flight LHR-FRA might be the better deal.

About Ryanair: There are several FR trip reports online, at least three on the trip report front page, one of these posted by me (shameless plug).


User currently offlineNCLusa From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2972 times:

London -- STN: train journey takes over 45 minutes from Liverpool Street station (and then add another 20-30 minutes by tube to arrive in 'central' london). to the best of my recollection, the Stansted express has not been running on sundays due to the track modernisation in West Anglia. oh, if you are in the mood for a VERY scenic journey, the A6 bus from Victoria Coach station to STN travels along the Thames, passing Big Ben, Parliament, the London Eye and the tower bridge all along the way to the airport! almost worth the 1h30min trip.
DUB -- I give Ryanair's services to DUB my full endorsement, as they utilise the very same airport serviced by Aer Lingus, BA and BMI. the coach from DUB to the city centre is only 4 or 5 euros and the journey time is around 25 to 30 minutes
HHN -- read the fine print. Hahn is more then 60 miles from the centre of Frankfurt! fly BA or LH on this route.

cheers and bon voyage,
johnny


User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1619 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2911 times:

The trick is never to believe the hype!

Before I take any European flight, I always check ryanair, easyjet and expedia, and believe it or not, on this basis I have never flown ryanair, they've always worked out more expensive.

I'm off to Barcelona in a couple of weeks,

Easyjet : ??100
BA : ??135
Ryanair ??150

and this was booked today, in the middle of Ryanair's "special offer".

Rich


User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1619 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2883 times:

NCLusa

London -- STN: train journey takes over 45 minutes from Liverpool Street station (and then add another 20-30 minutes by tube to arrive in 'central' London).


Liverpool Street is actually quite central in London, you're only a couple of stops away from most popular places, on the central, metropolitan circle and Hammersmith & City lines.

http://tube.tfl.gov.uk/content/tubemap/images/tm_quad_2h_0309.gif

Just try to avoid traveling by tube (esp. with baggage) in the rush hour!

Rich.


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2764 times:

BDRules: Re: "because i never know where i am going to end up"

Seems to me that would apply to all FR pax  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19229 posts, RR: 52
Reply 19, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2719 times:

"I'm off to Barcelona in a couple of weeks,

Easyjet : ??100
BA : ??135
Ryanair ??150."


The key words here are "in a couple of weeks." FR's fare policy, like all low-fares airlines, is that the price reflects the number of passengers already booked on the flight. Thus if you book 5 months in advance, it is extremely likely that the aircraft will be quite empty and consequently you will get a very low fare. In comparison, if you book a ticket for tomorrow or indeed for travel "in a couple of weeks," it is highly likely that the aircraft will be largely full and thus you will pay a higher price.

The key to getting the lowest fares on FR, U2, etc., is to be as flexible as possible: don't travel Friday to Monday; don't travel during major holidays; and don't travel at peak times. In addition, try to book as far in advance as possible. If you do all of these things, it is extremely likely that you will get a very low fare.

"This was booked today, in the middle of Ryanair's "special offer".

All of FR's special offers have dates for use. For example, from STN to GRO (for BCN) you must travel between 3rd November and 17th December. Therefore, if you are travelling "in a couple of weeks," you might not meet these requirements. In addition, don't forget that the 'earlier you book, the cheaper it'll be' theory still exists, and that there are only limited numbers of 1p seats available. For the best chance of getting them, be totally flexible and look at travelling towards the end dates.

A number of people complain about FR serving secondary airports not even in or close to the stated city. These statements imply that all travellers wish to go to the city in question. But do they? I am arguing that not everyone does. Consequently, FR serving such airports might be more convenient to some passengers.

Don't immediately think that it will always take longer to reach the city centre when flying with FR. In fact, I read saw an experiment sometime ago in which three travellers flew from somewhere in the UK to Paris: one aboard a low-fares airline to BVA; one aboard BA to CDG; and one aboard AF (or BE) to CDG. Guess who reached the centre the quickest? Yeah, you guessed it: the one flying to BVA.

My fiance and I will be visiting Rome (flying into and out of CIA) for a few days at the end of November. Most people would instantly say 'that airport is miles away from the city centre'. Whilst it is indeed "miles away from the city centre" (15kms to be exact), it is 15kms closer than FCO. However, it would seem that FCO is perhaps better served by public transport, although it won't take long to reach central Rome from CIA. We paid a mere £48.40 for our flights, including taxes and charges.

[Edited 2003-10-15 13:24:51]

[Edited 2003-10-15 13:29:37]


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2569 times:

Was thinking of heading to Tampere for a few days but since this offer only extends to January 30th, I think I'll skip it this time.

But Finland is gorgeous in January!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

I'm very tempted to take a few random flights... it does look like an interesting offer. Maybe "there is no such thing as a free lunch", but this is at least a very cheap snack.



Cunning linguist
User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1619 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2530 times:

Pe@rson:

You're absolutely right, the earlier you book the cheaper the fair.

I just find it funny that over the last 5 years or so of flying about once every two months, Ryanairs price / route structure has never come up trumps.

I have no adversion to LCC's, and have flown BMI, BA, easyJet, SAS, Air France, Iberia etc etc many times but Ryanair have never come out at a good price.

Some of these bookings are a few weeks in advance, Some a few months in advance, and still I have yet to fly Ryanair!

Probabaly just me, I'm sure they must have some low fairs, I just never seem to get them on the routes/dates I want!

Rich


User currently offlineAirblue From San Marino, joined May 2001, 1825 posts, RR: 11
Reply 22, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2459 times:

Maybe taxes and fee out of STN are higher, but if you book from Shannon.... here what you get:

GOING OUT
From Shannon(SNN) to Charleroi Brussels(CRL)
Tue, 04Nov03 Flight FR2836 Depart SNN at 16:05 and arrive CRL at 18:50

PAYMENT DETAILS
*********0.01 EUR Adults
*********3.00 EUR Fees
*********0.00 EUR Service Charges
*********2.60 EUR Ins Levy
*********0.00 EUR UK Air Duty
*********0.00 EUR Government Tax
*********0.00 EUR Airport Tax
*********0.00 EUR Car rental
*********0.00 EUR Insurance
*********5.61 EUR Total Paid



User currently offlineRichardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3750 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2409 times:

The 'Free' flights offers are normally always within the next 3 months, and are definitely worth waiting for IMHO.


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19229 posts, RR: 52
Reply 24, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2336 times:

Hey Richardw - I also fly a lot (i'll be flying 8 times in November aboard both UL and FR). I have found exceptionally good deals with FR, even when including taxes and credit/debit card charges, such as £48.40 for two to CIA and under £7 for a one-way ticket to Prestwick from STN. However, I take your point about the high fares occasionally offered by FR, probably due to the quickness with which the aircraft are filled.


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineTeahan From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 5294 posts, RR: 61
Reply 25, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2275 times:

@Bobrayner: I'm sure its gorgeous in January, but also bloody cold. When there are some "free" flights in Spring, will definitely go and pick up a Finnrailpass for a few days.


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