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User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3892 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 2 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 7110 times:

My last post got deleted... please somebody explain why!

Anyway, in a couple of weeks I'm using Ryanair for a return day trip STN-DUB-STN. It'll be my first time on Ryanair, and we did not select the "check in online / priority boarding" option.

My question is: How can I improve my chances of getting a good selection of seats onboard?

Does it involve checking in early? Getting to the gate early? Boarding through front/rear stairs?

Thanks! Any info appreciated...

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User currently offlineLH417AF025 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 276 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 5 days ago) and read 7030 times:

just got home about an hour ago from doing BVA-MAD-BVA... on the way out i didn't feel like waiting in line when everyone started queueing so i was one of the last to board.

what i noticed was that most people forget about the exit rows in a 'free seating' environment and just run up and grab the first ones possible. Even tho i was the last one to board a flight that was 75% full, i was able to get an exit row seat.

Not to mention the flight attendants were telling people to move on if they didn't meet the age requirements or seem fit to operate the emergency exit.

On the way back i just went straight to the gate and did what normally gets on my nerves when other ppl do it... walk right up to the door and wait until they start boarding to ensure that i got a good seat as the flight was PACKED.

the flights were pretty good... i got more than what i paid for... to and from madrid for ,01EUR each way (45EUR total r/t with taxes included)...
the only thing that really surprised me tho, was when i asked for a glass of water they didn't have any 'airplane tap water' to give out to pax for free, they said i had to buy a bottle...


User currently offlineJamotcx From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1037 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 5 days ago) and read 7023 times:

My experience has also been that as one of the last to board I'm normally always able to snag an aisle overwing exit seat.

But I've also managed to "jump the queue" at MAN several times by just happening to be standing next to the gate looking out the window, then when I try to go to the back of the queue had a gate agent literally grab the BP out my hands!


User currently offlineAerGalway From Ireland, joined Jun 2007, 11 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 5 days ago) and read 7023 times:

Would advise to be first in line at the gate ( well not first but in the front runners ) , it really depends on the load of the flight to be honest.. Sometimes you can get an exit seat.... other times you cant, as you know , ryanair do not alow you to select your seats online or at check in , its every man for himself!!

Personally i always go for seat 15F - really love it... over the wing and you can still see down to the ground.. and obviously see all of the wings functions, flaps , spoliers, ect...

Anyway , have a great time !!



hey what's that bit of grass down there!? oh its galway airport
User currently offlineTango29 From Ireland, joined May 2006, 312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 5 days ago) and read 6989 times:

Hey i travel with ryanair quiet a bit so i find the best thing to do is pay the extra 3 euro for priority boarding it
makes life so much easier and you avoid the rugby scrum to get a seat, you can just stay seated till they
call the flight then just walk past the line of pax board the aircraft and select your window seat, easy!

enjoy the flight.



Flown: A300,310,319,320,321,332,333,346,380, B720, 727,732,733,734,735,738,741,744,752,753,763,772,773
User currently offlineEI321 From Iraq, joined Jul 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 5 days ago) and read 6972 times:

there are no good seats on FR (they dont even have seatback tables) but your best bet is to go for either row 1 ABC or the exit seats.

User currently offlineRineanna From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 880 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6927 times:

Quoting EI321 (Reply 5):
(they dont even have seatback tables)

Yes they do. I've never been on a FR 738 without seatback tables. The 738 I was on just last week was only delivered at the end of '06 and had seat-back tables so if they've decided to do away with them it's only the few which are being delivered this year onwards that don't have them.


User currently offlineEmbajador3 From Spain, joined Aug 2006, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6873 times:

Quoting EI321 (Reply 5):
(they dont even have seatback tables)

Hi, all FR's aircraft have tray tables. You may find them on the back of the seat in front of you or in your left armrest (if you are at the overwings, row 1ABC or 2DEF). Please, make sure what you actually write is true!!!



Flying Together
User currently offlineJeffinbwi From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 6794 times:

There was an article recently that read that they done away with seat back pockets for magazine stowage. I think EI321 is thinking of that. I am WN crew and I thought that was pretty cool because picking trash out of those seat back pockets is not the most glamerous part of the job!
Jeff


User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3892 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6712 times:

Thanks very much everyone! I guess the consensus is to get to the gate ASAP and get into the queue.

Is is possible to check FR loads in advance? Or if not "technically", would it work to go to the website, try to book the same flights and see how much it would cost (ie. cheap = low load, expensive = high load) ?


User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5449 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6688 times:

I think it may be Embajador3 who need to ensure what he writes is "actually true": every single FR aircraft I have ever flown on has NOT had tray tables (or seat pockets, and all but one didn't have window blinds).

As for getting a decent seat, in my experience the answer's simple (regardless of when you board): At practically every airport they fly to FR do away with jetways, and board passengers by stars through both the front and the BACK DOOR to speed up the boarding process, and thus cut turnaround times. However practically everyone automatically makes a beeline for the front door out of pure habbit. Once a flew back from a family summer holiday abroad in August and we were some of the last to board. Dispite this, and the fact there were a very high number of families with children on the flight, the whole family was able to sit together; simply because we went through the back door, bypassing the rugby scrum at the front door.

Regardless, I hope you have a good trip Vasu; in my opinion FR are a great airline: Cheap, efficient, on-time, freindly (though I know others who would beg to differ). Just so long as your fligth is not cancelled (in which case you will be subjected to the "Ryanair Experience" - don't worry STN-DUB will be the LAST flight they cancel, it effectively subsidises the other flights to those remote eastern european cities we've never heard of) I think you will be pleasantly surprised!



Worked Hard, Flew Right
User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3892 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6677 times:

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 10):
I think you will be pleasantly surprised!

Me too! My flights cost £0.02 return INCLUDING TAXES!

However...





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User currently offlineEmbajador3 From Spain, joined Aug 2006, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6671 times:

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 10):
I think it may be Embajador3 who need to ensure what he writes is "actually true": every single FR aircraft I have ever flown on has NOT had tray tables (or seat pockets, and all but one didn't have window blinds).

RyanairGuru, i work for FR and i can assure you every seat has a tray table, as i explained earlier on my previous message. New aircraft do not have seat pockets. Window blinds are present in all rows, however, newer aicraft do not have window blinds at row 16 and 17, those are the overwing exit rows. Perhaps, you should reconsider you previous message.

Rgds



Flying Together
User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5449 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6626 times:

Sorry Embajador3. I really do appologise for demeaning your reply to the post.
The truthful answer is that I thought it was FR who didn't have tray tables and window blinds, however it was obviously another airline (unless I have made it up) - I can't work out how I made this mistake.

Regards,



Worked Hard, Flew Right
User currently offlineBa1978 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6609 times:

You can actually purchase priority boarding at check-in also. Well worth it in my experience


There are other ways and there's British Airways
User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3892 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 2 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6531 times:

Quoting Ba1978 (Reply 14):
You can actually purchase priority boarding at check-in also. Well worth it in my experience

Is it expensive?

(I'm a student)


User currently offlineRivet42 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 818 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6491 times:

Quoting Vasu (Reply 9):
Is is possible to check FR loads in advance? Or if not "technically", would it work to go to the website, try to book the same flights and see how much it would cost (ie. cheap = low load, expensive = high load) ?

That's about it. You can be certain though that the vast majority of FR flights (in my experience) have high load factors.

You don't necessarily have to get to the gate early. As long as you are in the first 60 or so to check in at the airport, you will be in the the first (non-priority) boarding queue, and I usually found that even at the back of that queue, I could almost gaurantee a window seat. Thus, to avoid the 'scrum' at the gate I would check in when the flight opens, and go to the gate at the last minute, just before boarding is announced. I hate all that pushing and shoving in the gate queues, so I try to keep it to the absolute minimum. Boarding by the rear stairs is generally a good bet, except that more and more people are getting wise to that...

Of course if the gate staff don't impose the queuing procedure (and away from STN, it's not certain that they will - I do speak from experience, including DUB), then it's much more of a lottery, regardless of check-in priority.

Riv'



I travel, therefore I am.
User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 2 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6463 times:

Priority boarding is only 3 euros and probably worth it (depending on how many others buy it - flying BVA-MAD a couple of weeks ago, only six people had it, while on the return leg about 15 had it). Exit rows are the best if you are traveling in at least a group of two. If you are alone, go for 1A. 1A actually has a pocket on the left-hand wall by the seat so it is basically like being the only seat with a window, full legroom, and a pocket. However, due to the curvature of the 737, 1B and 1C are narrower and uncomfortable (1A has an open window-side armrest so 1A doesn't feel narrower at all - just 1B and 1C do). But it is definitely worth it - legroom is unlimited in row 1, and in the exit row it feels rather large, like 34 to 36 inches maybe? However, in those rows you don't have underseat storage for takeoff and landing, so if that's important to you then don't use those seats.

Most people with priority cards sit toward the front to get off the plane faster. So you can probably get an exit row without a priority card if you stand at the very front of the standard line. But row 1 probably requires priority boarding. Usually there is a flight attendant standing by rows 1 and the exit rows when people board so sometimes people just automatically avoid those rows, but all you need to do is ask "May I sit here?" and they will let you in if they feel you meet the standard exit row requirements.


User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3892 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6391 times:

How long before the flight will check-in open?

User currently offlineUAL777UK From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 3356 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6358 times:

Lets be honest, theres no such thing as a good seat on FR, not in my experience anyway!

However if you want to pay extra for priority boarding then go for it. I personally think its a complete waste of time.


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19214 posts, RR: 52
Reply 20, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6296 times:

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 10):
don't worry STN-DUB will be the LAST flight they cancel, it effectively subsidises the other flights to those remote eastern european cities we've never heard of)


You need not recognise those Eastern European cities: they are used overwhelmingly by people from those countries. Let’s take one example: Poland.

The vast majority of people flying Ryanair's Polish routes will be Polish/of Polish origin. After all, there are at least 1m Poles now in the UK, and 200,000-300,000 in Ireland. That explains why on my Gdansk-Stansted flight the only English I heard was from my girlfriend and me (exceptions occur, primarily on flights to WAW and KRK). Truly, they are very popular routes for obvious reasons: they can now move away cheaply and can visit home cheaply, easily and frequently. Only the Chinese have emigrated more than Poles.

Ryanair presently flies to 10 Polish cities. The vast majority of those routes go to the U.K. and then Ireland. It presently has a very limited network of routes from Poland to countries other than the U.K. and Ireland; indeed, it only has 3. Thus far, the vast majority of flights to other countries in mainland Europe from Poland has been done by Wizz Air; indeed, it presently has 15 routes from Katowice; 5 from Gdansk; 4 from Poznan; 1 from Wroclaw; 11 from Warsaw. Note: I didn’t include Wizz’s flights to the U.K. and Ireland.

Pre-Ryanair (and Wizz Air), it would have been far too expensive for the average Pole to visit/move away and, if they had, to visit home much if at all. Now it's cheap, easy and convenient (no need to go via WAW or CPH or whatever to get to your nearest city). Again, pre-Ryanair (and Wizz Air), there were exceedingly few international flights from any Polish airport bar WAW and, to a much lesser extent, KRK. Now there's a good and growing number of routes from 10 Polish airports.

Remember that Ryanair, after its adaptation from failing full-frills airline, was at the beginning based on enabling the Irish to return home from the U.K. cheaply, frequently and easily. Pre-that, they would have had to travel by ferry - a long, tiresome journey - or paid a lot and flown Aer Lingus (or B.A.) or not gone.

A lot of Ryanair's routes are based on ethnic travel; indeed, more people fly Ryanair to visit family and friends than for any other reason.

[Edited 2007-06-28 20:26:02]


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19214 posts, RR: 52
Reply 21, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6296 times:

Quoting Vasu (Reply 18):
How long before the flight will check-in open?

2 hours.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineFlyMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 278 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6180 times:

I didnt know that they had good seats on Ryan Air. Big grin


Fly the friendly skies of life!. Enjoy every minute.
User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3892 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6176 times:

Quoting FlyMD (Reply 22):

A window seat is a good seat... and an emergency exit window seat is even better!

And I paid £0.02 for the return flight - I'd call that a good seat even if it were a wooden bench!  biggrin 


User currently offlineBt001 From Latvia, joined Aug 2006, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 2 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6136 times:

Quoting Vasu (Reply 15):
Quoting Ba1978 (Reply 14):
You can actually purchase priority boarding at check-in also. Well worth it in my experience

Is it expensive?

(I'm a student)

It costs 2 pounds per flight. Note that (if I remember correctly) they sell 75 priority boarding cards, still it might help.


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