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Speculation: Ryanair & Frequent Flyer Programme?

Sat Feb 15, 2003 5:06 am

Hi there

Anyone subscribed to the Ryanair newsletter will probably just have received an e-mail, with yet another promotion of theirs: If you apply for and get a Ryanair credit card, you can get 1 flight free if it is the first thing you purchase with the card, and you get 1 flight free for every 10 flights you book (well, free excl taxes, of course!). All subject to availability of course, and it is a limited time offer.

Now somehow I feel reminded of Debonair, whose frequent flyer programm said buy 10 flights get number 11 free. The question is: Will Ryanair perhaps turn this temporary promotion (limited to 20,000 seats at the moment) into a permanent one? I suspect so. First of all it'd be a genuine advantage of a Ryanair credit card, as it would effectively be a Frequent Flyer as well (no need to collect Air Miles and then try and get anything for them). Secondly, the lowest Ryanair fares are already close to zero, so if they limit the FF offer too those ones, they won't actually lose much revenue.

So what do you think? What's the likelihood of this promotion becoming a permanent feature? And would you apply for a Ryanair credit card if it does?


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RE: Speculation: Ryanair & Frequent Flyer Programme?

Sat Feb 15, 2003 5:47 am

Oooooh, a Ryanair frequent flyer tag on your bags... Now that would be a status symbol for all the business travellers to proudly display! [NOT]  Nuts

Ryanair have built their airline on the philosophy of sell 'em cheap, pile 'em high, don't worry too much if folks don't come back again because there's plenty more where they came from. A friend from EasyJet once said to me "the day we start treating one passenger different from another is the day we've failed". I think that this Ryanair thing is probably a just promotion to encourage people to take a credit card with their name on - and I suspect that it suits Ryanair quite nicely because they get a skim off of everything spent on the card.


PS: I don't think I'd want to be seen dead with a Ryanair credit card!
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RE: Speculation: Ryanair & Frequent Flyer Programme?

Sat Feb 15, 2003 6:04 am

Free with your RyanAir Credit Card:

- An extra 10 minutes delay... Free!
- An extra 20% bruises from your fellow passengers trying to find a seat... Free!
- An extra 30% abuse from an irrate flight attendant... Free!
- An extra 40% on the cost of a sandwich... Free!
- An extra 60% damage to your hold luggage... Free!

And, for our SPECIAL customers...

An extra 4000% on the cost of re-booking your flight 6 days in advance...

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RE: Speculation: Ryanair & Frequent Flyer Prog

Sat Feb 15, 2003 7:23 am

Mmmm, a bit of exaggeration as per usual for any Ryanair post on A.Net  Insane

I'm not sure, is the answer to the question. From what I understand, this new credit card is not as good as they make it out to be - the APR is quite high, relative to other similar cards, and I don't believe the "free flight" thing is really that much of an incentive - their flights are already amongst the cheapest of any airline anyway...if it were a BA or Virgin credit card offering similar promotions, I think there'd be more interest.

As it is, I hate having to used credit cards anyway, and try to avoid it most of the time.....

MOL always said FFPs were too expensive to run...so perhaps this is a cheaper way of gaining some sort of loyalty - although I don't really think it's that necessary - a lot of their customers keep returning anyway.

let's see what happens....
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RE: Speculation: Ryanair & Frequent Flyer Programme?

Sun Feb 16, 2003 5:27 am

Skymonster: Well, I'd love to have a Ryanair credit card. It would be one card I wouldn't cut in half after its expiry date, but keep & collect!

I haven't looked at the terms & conditions of the card, but if I did not already have a Mastercard, I'd be thinking about it...

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