Ok. Before I start, I know Ryanair are a budget airline! I get it! You get what you pay for! But come on guys, there are some things that they do that make absolutely no sense. Even to say, bonkers! Or is it their last ditch attempt to bleed money from their passengers?
Are you sitting comfortably? Let me explain!
So my hubby and I booked a return flight to Dublin from Birmingham airport! 1 booking for both of us!
First add on – the price they advertise is effectively for you to sit on the plane. Ok if it’s a day trip, but how often does that happen?
So as we are staying over we need a small bag! That will cost you extra! We only need 1 bag but as both of us are on the same booking we have to pay for 2!
Well at least they acknowledge we are both on the same booking!
So we now want to check in! You can only do this online unless you want to pay an extra £55!! No thank you!
So we check in online! You can only check in 48 hours before! So if you are away for more than a day you need to make sure you have access to WiFi or a printer, as you will need to arrange your check in for your return while you are away. Or pay £55 extra ! Your choice !!
So you check in online ! It’s 1 booking don’t forget! You can’t add just 1 bag as it’s a joint booking ! Yep, now, this is where they choose to treat each passenger as an individual.
When you check in, their lovely computer picks your seat at random. Well unless you want to pay up to £14 a seat each to sit together !
So, if you don’t want to pay extra the computer picks seats on different sides of the plane! Of course it does!
Now the sceptic would say ‘surely not if you had a child’. Oh you may wonder! My hubby was asked when seated if he minded moving to allow a father and child to sit together. He obviously said he would be happy to! Why could he do this? Well, the seat next to him was empty!
As it happens he didn’t end up moving but I did! Next to him!
Seriously, I am at a complete loss to the madness that is Ryanair! It’s not rocket science. They may use a computer to allocate seats, but how hard is it for them to programme it to seat passengers on same booking together. I get as plane fills up it gets harder? But if you can pay to sit together at this time? The computer can sit you together!
There is one obvious answer! They want to make more money!
Imagine if their original plan to charge for the toilet took off! Women would be buying those gadgets that allow them to pee into a bottle so they don’t have to leave their seats !
I’d love Ryanair to give me a full explanation as to their true rationale. I doubt they will!
Air regulators really need to deal with these pricing ripoffs before they get out of hand!
So now I’m on the plane the next rant!!
The flight is said to be 1 hour 10 mins! It never is!! We have left almost 30 mins late! If we arrive within the 1 hour 10 mins, they will reward themselves with a fanfare!
I can’t wait to see if they do on this trip, but when we have already built in a great contingency, it’s going to happen more often than not’. Is that false SLA’s?
Rant now over until next time! I don’t mind getting what I pay for, but it still has to be logical and fair!!
6 mins to expected arrival and captain has already said ‘prepare to land’. It does make me laugh!
I wish my SLA’s at work could be that flexible!
On this occasion touchdown was 6 minutes late but not bad for a 40 minute late take off !!
It would be great to know your experience or views !
Here is a link to my vlog of the trip including our amazing hotel !