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Dumb FR Booking Question

Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:59 pm

Having never booked on FR from outside the UK, is it even possible to make a booking on their website from the States? I'd prefer to, but the fact that the country selection doesn't cover us makes me wonder...

Thanks for any help. And yes, I don't like Ryanair much either, so don't flame me about it - just in this one case, it's much more convenient than any other and I'm not taking any checked baggage, can't avoid the credit card fee, will check in online, and will be sure to mutter under my breath about O'Leary for the entire duration of the flight.
 
WAC
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RE: Dumb FR Booking Question

Tue Mar 24, 2009 1:16 pm

As long as u pay CC no probs...
 
signol
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RE: Dumb FR Booking Question

Tue Mar 24, 2009 1:31 pm

As WAC says, you'll be fine. My South African in-laws have booked from there before, without problems. Only thing to be aware of is as you are not an EU citizen, you cannot checkin online, so you have to pay the "airport checkin" fee.

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RE: Dumb FR Booking Question

Tue Mar 24, 2009 1:35 pm

You can book from outside Europe this is not a problem, but the address used on the booking needs to match the credit card holders details...

I think Visa Electron debit cards are issued in the US and if you use one of these you will avoid paying a credit card fee... Otherwise brace yourself to pay £4 GBP per person, each way using a credit card.
 
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RE: Dumb FR Booking Question

Tue Mar 24, 2009 1:37 pm



Quoting Signol (Reply 2):
As WAC says, you'll be fine. My South African in-laws have booked from there before, without problems. Only thing to be aware of is as you are not an EU citizen, you cannot checkin online, so you have to pay the "airport checkin" fee.

signol

actually, you don't need an EU passport to check-in online now, the system allows everyone to check-in online.
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RE: Dumb FR Booking Question

Tue Mar 24, 2009 1:38 pm



Quoting Gilesdavies (Reply 3):
I think Visa Electron debit cards are issued in the US and if you use one of these you will avoid paying a credit card fee... Otherwise brace yourself to pay £4 GBP per person, each way using a credit card.

They're not. It sucks, for exactly that reason.

Quoting Signol (Reply 2):
Only thing to be aware of is as you are not an EU citizen, you cannot checkin online, so you have to pay the "airport checkin" fee.

Thanks for the heads-up. They must have changed this since I last flew them (although that ticket was booked within the EU).
 
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RE: Dumb FR Booking Question

Tue Mar 24, 2009 1:43 pm



Quoting Dangould2000 (Reply 4):
actually, you don't need an EU passport to check-in online now, the system allows everyone to check-in online

That's good news, will save the in-laws some money when they visit in May (haven't booked them flights to Ireland yet!)

http://www.ryanair.com/site/EN/faqs.php?sect=chk&quest=whoco

Indeed, from last week all passengers can use online checkin, regardless of citizenship. However, if you are checking luggage, you cannot check in online, and need to pay the airport checkin fee (and the luggage fee).

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RE: Dumb FR Booking Question

Tue Mar 24, 2009 6:37 pm



Quoting Gilesdavies (Reply 3):
Otherwise brace yourself to pay £4 GBP per person, each way using a credit card.

After going up from £1.50 (or whatever it was), it increased to £4, then £5, then decreased to £4.75, then increased back to £5 - which it now is. But, the breakdown of the total to-pay amount is not what I think matters - only the to-pay amount. For example, if I got X-Y for £11, I would not worry/get annoyed if £10 of that was the card fee because the total to-pay amount is very low.
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RE: Dumb FR Booking Question

Wed Mar 25, 2009 5:08 am



Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 7):
if I got X-Y for £11, I would not worry/get annoyed if £10 of that was the card fee because the total to-pay amount is very low.

But we all know that the credit card company charges FR per transaction, so the rest goes straight into their coffers.
 
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RE: Dumb FR Booking Question

Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:01 am



Quoting ThrottleHold (Reply 8):
But we all know that the credit card company charges FR per transaction, so the rest goes straight into their coffers.

Yes, of course, but I still wouldn't careless as the fare I paid - say, £10 or £11 one-way all-in - would still be very cheap. How that is broken down, or disguised, or whatever, is not of interest to me. All I care about it paying as little as possible.
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RE: Dumb FR Booking Question

Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:27 am

I flew them last Tuesday, BRS-DUB, and they're the only carrier on that route.
I booked in the States, no trouble.
BUT- I had to pay the "can't check in online" fee, due to a US passport.

Quoting Dangould2000 (Reply 4):
actually, you don't need an EU passport to check-in online now, the system allows everyone to check-in online.

Jerks- figures, the week after I fly them, I could have saved 20 GB Pounds total!!

Quoting Signol (Reply 6):
Indeed, from last week all passengers can use online checkin, regardless of citizenship. However, if you are checking luggage, you cannot check in online, and need to pay the airport checkin fee (and the luggage fee).

Not sure what that kind of scam is called, but it's illegal in the States. Making a person pay on fee SO THAT they are required to pay another fee isn't kosher.

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