GaleaoCumbica
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Ryanair Prices! Buy Later, Pay Less!

Mon Apr 05, 2004 5:55 am

Hello all!

Since I moved to England for the 3rd time, back in 2001, I became a great fan of Ryanair.
With their cheap air tickets to almost everywhere around Europe, I am able to spend long weekends abroad enjoying wonderful places.
But I am starting to believe that buying tickets as earlier as you can is not 100% true you will get the best prices.
I am quite upset because my mother just decided to spend a month here in London with me and we will go together for 2 weeks holiday between Italy and Spain, beginning of May.
Last week I bought the tickets and yesterday I was checking Ryanair website again, and for my surprise the tickets from Valladolid to Stansted are 50% less that I paid.
I paid around 85 Euros and if I buy them today I will pay only 43 Euros...
Can you believe that???
Is there something that I could do??

 
Go3Team
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RE: Ryanair Prices! Buy Later, Pay Less!

Mon Apr 05, 2004 5:59 am

Who is cheaper, Ryanair, or Easyjet? I was going to take Easyjet from AMS to LTN later on this year, but if Ryanair is cheaper, then that might be the way to go.
Yay Pudding!
 
sw733
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RE: Ryanair Prices! Buy Later, Pay Less!

Mon Apr 05, 2004 5:59 am

Ryanair seems to change every day...I flew them once from Klagenfurt to Stansted, and this exact same thing happened to me. But a lot of airlines do this too. My friend flew United from ORD - DEN and while on the plane, he was talking to a guy who had booked the ticket later and paid like 25% less. Guess it's just luck of the draw. But still, can you really complain about 83 Euros from London to Spain? Not too bad in my book...that's about what I pay from Chicago to Kansas City...and I'd much rather go to Spain then KC!  Wink/being sarcastic
 
mika
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RE: Ryanair Prices! Buy Later, Pay Less!

Mon Apr 05, 2004 6:04 am

The fares on LCC's are like stock "prices" (Can't come up with the real term right now!), they go up and down all the time.
 
nicedream
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RE: Ryanair Prices! Buy Later, Pay Less!

Mon Apr 05, 2004 6:10 am

Go3Team: I don't think Ryanair flies from Amsterdam. You may want to look at Basiq and BMI for that route though. Last time I did Lon-Ams, BMI was the cheapest.
 
GaleaoCumbica
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RE: Ryanair Prices! Buy Later, Pay Less!

Mon Apr 05, 2004 6:13 am

Right SW733!

My flatmate just arrived from Glasgow, with a BMI flight (45 minutes delayed) and I was telling her the history.
She said once you bought the ticket with any LCC you should never check the website again for bad surprises...
She is right...

Rgds
 
ssides
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RE: Ryanair Prices! Buy Later, Pay Less!

Mon Apr 05, 2004 6:36 am

The fares on LCC's are like stock "prices" (Can't come up with the real term right now!), they go up and down all the time.

This phenomenon isn't limited to LCCs. For network carriers, the same is true, unless you're booking 2 or 3 weeks out.
"Lose" is not spelled with two o's!!!!
 
trident2e
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RE: Ryanair Prices! Buy Later, Pay Less!

Mon Apr 05, 2004 6:47 am

Like most airlines, Ryanair uses powerful yield management systems to manage its fares. Yield management measures historical and anticpated demand on a particular flight and prices seats accordingly. Sometimes, the system gets it wrong which explains why a ticket can be cheaper near to departure.