il75
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First Time With Ryanair

Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:31 pm

Hi!

I am used to fly between Sweden and South America and I have travelled with all the airlines connecting Europe with Argentina, including long time gone alternatives like Aeroflot, Swissair, SAS and Sabena-LAP as well as US-connections when visa requirements were looser.
Now I am getting ready for my premier experience with Ryanair within Europe. Reading the A-net forums I was trying to avoid it but there is no way around it.
I want to visit Hamburg over the weekend with my son, a Friday to Sunday trip next month. And Ryanair is charging less than SEK 600 for a flight to nearby Lübeck (add 400 for the bus and two extra hours for the trip to the far away airports) while Baltic Air, Finnair and SAS are charging in excess of SEK 5000 with flights that take between 9 and 15 hours via Riga, Helsinki or Copenhaguen.
Are these airlines that much better? Or are they simply not trying to compete on this line?
 
il75
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RE: First Time With Ryanair

Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:51 pm

For those wondering, Lufthansa's deal is close to SEK 6000 thru Eurowings.
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Il75
 
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RE: First Time With Ryanair

Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:54 pm

At those prices you'd probably be better off flying Ryanair..

Just keep in mind that they a bottom of the barrel low cost carrier & that they charge a myriad of fees.

Here's the fee table
http://www.ryanair.com/en/terms-and-conditions#appendices

Also make sure that you check in online (you can do it 15 days out). If you don't than they'll make you pay a ridiculous 60 euro's per person to print out your boarding pass at the airport.

Regards,
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debonair
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RE: First Time With Ryanair

Sun Jan 27, 2013 10:51 pm

Quoting il75 (Thread starter):
I want to visit Hamburg over the weekend with my son, a Friday to Sunday trip next month. And Ryanair is charging less than SEK 600 for a flight to nearby Lübeck (add 400 for the bus and two extra hours for the trip to the far away airports)

Welcome to my home-town...

Ryanair - you will get what you paid for...

1. Travel light with hand-luggage only (it's enough for 3 days)
2. do not forget to check-in online well in advance
3. take your own food onboard
4. don't purchase any extras - like insurances, priority boarding etc.!
 
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RE: First Time With Ryanair

Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:13 am

Ryanair isn't half as bad as many people want to believe. I prefer to fly something more stylish but the 5 flights I've had with FR we're all fine. Be sure to home-print your boarding pass though!

Have a good trip!

Martijn
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RE: First Time With Ryanair

Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:04 pm

Quoting debonair (Reply 3):
Ryanair - you will get what you paid for...

1. Travel light with hand-luggage only (it's enough for 3 days)
2. do not forget to check-in online well in advance
3. take your own food onboard
4. don't purchase any extras - like insurances, priority boarding etc.!

In addition

Remember that the hand baggage limit is I believe 10kg, any more and you will pay extra

Time keeping - Ryanair appear to operate an "on time or never" approach to their flights. One of the periodic moans we see from passengers is over evening flights home which fail to materialise. Most airlines in these circumstances either operate the delayed flight when they can, or if cancelled transfer your booking to the next available flight, and provide food/accomodation. The Ryanair approach is to cancel the flight in order to allow the next days flying to commence on time and tell you to apply for a refund of your ticket money. Then its down to you to find some accommodation or an alternative flight.
 
il75
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RE: First Time With Ryanair

Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:58 pm

Thank you for your comments!
I look forward the experience and I am curious about the interior of the cabin and the performance of the flight attendants.

Regarding strange fees, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how not to choose their travel insurance. The "no thanks" alternative is hidden in the list of countries of residence (!!) and it was almost impossible to find. And once I took the "no thanks" option there were a couple of messages like "are you really sure?" "It could be an expensive mistake" and things like that.

I find it amazing, and partly amusing. It is like if their business concept were offering a basic, very inexpensive service but- to ensure profitability- cheat you or pull your leg whenever they got a chance.

In any case, even if I almost was going to spent unnecessary euros on extra insurance (because they simple hide the button to say "no"!) they still are very convenient.

 
 
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RE: First Time With Ryanair

Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:18 pm

Ryanair is a bit like playing a game, know the rules and you won't get hit by the fees and extra charges. Just read everything carefully, like 10kg limit on bag, checking in before getting to the airport, and so on. I use them all the time within Europe, never had a problem, had more baggage hassles with airlines like KL than FR. Don't be scared by all the posts you see here, its a great fare, remember that.
 
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RE: First Time With Ryanair

Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:08 pm

Quoting il75 (Reply 6):
I find it amazing, and partly amusing. It is like if their business concept were offering a basic, very inexpensive service but- to ensure profitability- cheat you or pull your leg whenever they got a chance.

Welcome to the low class world of Ryainair. You have been warned. If you travel with carry on luggage only, make sure you really have just one piece and within specified dimensions. Handling staff at airports are paid commission from the rip-off fee Ryanair cashes from people who show up with "oversize" hand luggage. There is ZERO tolerance because of that and "oversize" may simply mean not being able to fit your carry-on into their cage. Preferrably, bring a soft backpack or a duffle bag.

Quoting il75 (Thread starter):
Or are they simply not trying to compete on this line?

What line? You did not specify your point of departure.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 4):
Ryanair isn't half as bad as many people want to believe.

Sometimes they are even worse and their safety culture (or rather lack thereof) raises quite a few serious question marks.
 
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RE: First Time With Ryanair

Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:12 am

Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 8):
Sometimes they are even worse and their safety culture (or rather lack thereof) raises quite a few serious question marks.

Care to remind us the last time a FR aircraft had an accident with fatal consequences? FR are just as safe as BA/AF/LH etc!
COYBIB
 
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RE: First Time With Ryanair

Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:34 pm

Quoting il75 (Reply 6):
Regarding strange fees, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how not to choose their travel insurance. The "no thanks" alternative is hidden in the list of countries of residence (!!) and it was almost impossible to find.

But believe me, my home-town is every effort worth to visit it....   
 
il75
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RE: First Time With Ryanair

Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:36 pm

Sorry I forgot to point it our. I am travelling from Stockholm (well... actually Nyköping/ Skavsta 100 km south of Stockholm) to Lubeck, while the other airlines are offering Stockholm Arlanda to Hamburg.
Once again, than you for all the comments and good advice.

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