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    • MSE Sally
    • By MSE Sally 7th Mar 16, 2:45 PM
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    Ryanair Tips - guide discussion
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    • 7th Mar 16, 2:45 PM
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    Ryanair Tips - guide discussion 7th Mar 16 at 2:45 PM


    Hi folks,

    We've written a new Ryanair tips guide and would love your feedback.

    How did you find the info? Was it useful? Do you have any other tips you'd add?

    Thank you for your help!

    MSE Sally
    Last edited by MSE Sally; 05-04-2016 at 3:08 PM.
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    • Kernow666
    • By Kernow666 7th Mar 16, 4:35 PM
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    how about mentioning E-Dreams


    some people will google Ryanair and 1st match is e-dreams then they book through them at a higher cost
    "If I know I'm going crazy, I must not be insane"
    • leylandsunaddict
    • By leylandsunaddict 7th Mar 16, 7:39 PM
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    how about mentioning E-Dreams


    some people will google Ryanair and 1st match is e-dreams then they book through them at a higher cost
    Originally posted by Kernow666
    Not since the ASA ruling last week. No more eNightmares on top of the ads. They've had to change their 'copycat' websites as well.
    • tomtontom
    • By tomtontom 7th Mar 16, 7:51 PM
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    No, I don't find the guide useful, but then I don't think you need to play "tricks" to get good fares on Ryanair (or any other airline). I have a very simple approach to booking - read what you're agreeing to.

    All the Ryanair stories do get pretty boring though, MSE do seem a bit fixated on them!
    • leylandsunaddict
    • By leylandsunaddict 7th Mar 16, 8:22 PM
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    • 7th Mar 16, 8:22 PM
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    • 7th Mar 16, 8:22 PM
    No, I don't find the guide useful, but then I don't think you need to play "tricks" to get good fares on Ryanair (or any other airline). I have a very simple approach to booking - read what you're agreeing to.

    All the Ryanair stories do get pretty boring though, MSE do seem a bit fixated on them!
    Originally posted by tomtontom
    I agree, and some of the info in the article isn't even correct. MSEs obsession with branding paying for seat selection as a 'family tax' is wearing more than a bit thin now. You'd think they'd know better (but then again........... )
    • melanzana
    • By melanzana 7th Mar 16, 8:38 PM
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    Just obey the rules and you will be fine. Trying to outwit airlines usually ends in tears and s.

    When going away for a few days, less is more. You will ALWAYS bring more than you need, so keep it simple, and mix and match. Believe me, NO ONE will notice or even care if you wear the same thing twice or three times. Do you notice this in someone else?

    A less than 100ml spray bottle of Febreze (decanted) is your VBF for freshening up items of clothing. They rarely get dirty, just a bit....

    Buy your toiletries airside, or on site. All you need is your fave foundation and moisturiser and of course your toothbrush.

    I bring one pair of walking shoes/trainers (wear them on the flight) and a pair of flats for nightime. That's it. If I need flip flops I can buy em for a few quid when there.

    I am packing for a trip on RYR at the moment. All I can say is the extra bag is the business. It really is.

    Happy hols everyone.
    • ManAtHome
    • By ManAtHome 7th Mar 16, 10:07 PM
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    • 7th Mar 16, 10:07 PM
    Same as all the other airlines really...

    They do seem to be geting more customer friendly recently and I'm quite happy to rank them alongside Easyjet, Monarch, and Jet2 instead of relegating them to the "will only travel with them if they're half the price".

    My last booking (Spain to UK) was on the android tablet - no 'nexting' through pages of hotels, car hire, luggage etc, and no 2-point text about whether you want to be charged in euros or dodgy conversion rate, great improvement.

    Would still go Easyjet if I was taking 2 weeks supply of baked beans in the hand luggage...
    • Kernow666
    • By Kernow666 8th Mar 16, 8:42 AM
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    totally agree with if you do as they say you will be fine


    that jacket though is ridiculous wouldn't want to be sitting next to that kind of passenger would you
    "If I know I'm going crazy, I must not be insane"
    • tomtontom
    • By tomtontom 8th Mar 16, 10:18 AM
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    • 8th Mar 16, 10:18 AM
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    • 8th Mar 16, 10:18 AM
    totally agree with if you do as they say you will be fine


    that jacket though is ridiculous wouldn't want to be sitting next to that kind of passenger would you
    Originally posted by Kernow666
    They're not going to smell too fresh after lugging that around for a few hours!
    • Former MSE Andrea
    • By Former MSE Andrea 17th Mar 16, 10:25 AM
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    They're not going to smell too fresh after lugging that around for a few hours!
    Originally posted by tomtontom
    Perhaps we need some deodorant deals to go with it
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    • chrismbt
    • By chrismbt 17th Mar 16, 3:18 PM
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    Sometimes the baggage size/check is on entry to the departure lounge, sometimes its at the gate desk where they check your boarding pass.

    I usually travel with hand luggage only. If it's to somewhere where I need an overcoat I'll usually put my overcoat on for the check, maybe with a book or tablet and other things I need on the plane in a pocket, and then before getting on the plane, take it off, stuff it in my expanding suitcase/bag. There isn't usually much space to do so on the plane so I've done it in the jetway or stairway before now.

    Remember you are allowed to carry one duty-free/airport shopping bag, by law, along with any luggage allowance.
    • leylandsunaddict
    • By leylandsunaddict 17th Mar 16, 4:20 PM
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    Sometimes the baggage size/check is on entry to the departure lounge, sometimes its at the gate desk where they check your boarding pass.

    I usually travel with hand luggage only. If it's to somewhere where I need an overcoat I'll usually put my overcoat on for the check, maybe with a book or tablet and other things I need on the plane in a pocket, and then before getting on the plane, take it off, stuff it in my expanding suitcase/bag. There isn't usually much space to do so on the plane so I've done it in the jetway or stairway before now.

    Remember you are allowed to carry one duty-free/airport shopping bag, by law, along with any luggage allowance.
    Originally posted by chrismbt
    You can only take a bag of goods bought at the airport if you don't take the second piece of hand luggage. It's 2 bags only on boarding.
    • tomtontom
    • By tomtontom 17th Mar 16, 4:48 PM
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    Remember you are allowed to carry one duty-free/airport shopping bag, by law, along with any luggage allowance.
    Originally posted by chrismbt
    Which law is this please?
    • Kernow666
    • By Kernow666 17th Mar 16, 4:53 PM
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    Which law is this please?
    Originally posted by tomtontom
    Sod's
    "If I know I'm going crazy, I must not be insane"
    • callum9999
    • By callum9999 17th Mar 16, 5:38 PM
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    Which law is this please?
    Originally posted by tomtontom
    I'm fairly certain there's a Spanish law that says that - though obviously that only applies in Spanish airports!

    It's definitely not a law in the UK, but several airports I've been through had/have a policy that airlines must allow a free duty free bag - presumably because they want the extra revenue from the shops.

    As to that jacket, you can do something similar by just filling your normal coat's pockets, sleeves and possibly hood then draping it over your arm. I used to do that a lot before I finally recognised I was taking stuff I didn't need and cut back to one bag. I did get some weird looks in the departure lounges though as I emptied the contents of a second bag into a coat...
    • barloo
    • By barloo 30th Mar 16, 8:37 AM
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    Packing for Aeroplane
    Watched the video clip on packing. Good but one tip missed. Put rolled up socks and other small items in your footwear before packing in bag.
    • bawbeesaver
    • By bawbeesaver 30th Mar 16, 7:50 PM
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    We regularly fly Ryanair to Rome Ciampino from Edinburgh and some of the article rings true.

    I'd like to emphasise benefits of using squashy luggage (Tripneeds or similar) as ground crew recognise them and rarely check dimensions or weight.

    For car hire, though, the last couple of times booking (Hertz) via the Ryanair site was cheapest.
    • MarkLS12
    • By MarkLS12 30th Mar 16, 10:13 PM
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    From point 6 in the article: "Barcelona's Girona, where Ryanair also flies, is 65 miles from the city, and will cost you around 20 return to the centre and back by bus.In contrast, BA flies to Barcelona-El Prat airport, ..."
    I wonder how well researched this is, Ryanair is the second largest airline in Barcelona El Prat flying from all over the UK while BA only fly there from airports in the London region.
    • penguingirl
    • By penguingirl 31st Mar 16, 4:34 PM
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    From point 6 in the article: "Barcelona's Girona, where Ryanair also flies, is 65 miles from the city, and will cost you around 20 return to the centre and back by bus.In contrast, BA flies to Barcelona-El Prat airport, ..."
    I wonder how well researched this is, Ryanair is the second largest airline in Barcelona El Prat flying from all over the UK while BA only fly there from airports in the London region.
    Originally posted by MarkLS12
    I know I panicked reading this as going to Barcelona in a few weeks with Ryanair and it made me double check my booking even though I know that I had done it before. But nope, definitely flying to Barcelona El Prat.

    Now Warsaw on the other hand is a good example of where you end up in the middle of nowhere...
    • Bayside
    • By Bayside 1st Apr 16, 3:18 PM
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    Recent experience with Ryanair
    I used to avoid Ryanair because of the bad press they had. Since May 2014 I've flown with them 7 times, from Bristol and Bournemouth to Gran Canaria. I've booked more flights with them.

    My experience is that their staff are helpful and polite. Arrivals have always been on time. On board food and drink is no more expensive than on other airlines. The worst I can say is that they ran out of baguettes once,

    I have never paid for a particular seat (I've been offered at 6, not the 8 - 15 MSE quotes - exchange rate issue?) and my wife and I have always been seated together.

    Cabin baggage has never been weighed, measured or even assessed visually. Some passengers clearly had oversize bags.

    It is always cheapest to book direct from Ryanair's own website. Agents never better their prices. The website is now easy to use with no traps. In 2013, Ryanair announced, "We've changed." They have.

    I'd be wary of paying for priority boarding. In airports where buses are sometimes used, such as Gran Canaria. priority boarders are first on the bus and last off, hence last on to the plane.

    Ryanair have asked for my feedback and I've suggested a couple of things. They are clearly improving things, detail by detail.
    Last edited by Bayside; 01-04-2016 at 3:24 PM. Reason: I remembered one more tip.
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