A lot has been written about the European discount airline Ryanair. Based out of Dublin, this airline offers dirt-cheap fares across Europe.
People either love or hate them.
People love the cheap fares, but hate the lack of service. However, the airline only offers you one thing: space. Expecting more is foolish. At the prices they are charging, they can’t offer you anything else. If you are looking for amenities, do not fly Ryanair. If you want cheap tickets, do.
Ryanair is a great bargain and a decent airline to fly, as long as you know what to expect.
In order to keep those fares cheap, Ryanair employs a number of cost-cutting measures. They fly out of secondary airports, offer no food or beverages, no in-flight entertainment, and virtually no service. But the main reason why everything is so cheap? High fees. You get the fare for free, but if you want to make any changes or need a refund, the fees are so high, you are better off just buying a new ticket.
Moreover, Ryanair is the perfect airline for those travelers with no bags. If you have more than a carry-on, you are going to be hit by a lot of fees. It is $24 to check a bag, and the more bags you put in the hold, the higher the charges. In the end, all those fees can add up to an expensive flight and make flying a normal carrier more attractive.
Yet Ryanair offers extremely cheap fares – sometimes a ticket is only the taxes. I flew from London to Holland for $50 because there was no fare - only $18 in taxes. The rest of the cost was the airline fees for my bag and check-in. Despite the fee, it was still cheaper than my bus from Birmingham to Lancaster, England. A common complaint about Ryanair is the fees and if you don’t read the fine print or watch carefully, you will pay so many fees that the flight will cost you more than a regular airline. This is one of the common down sides to getting a cheap airline. But if you can be savvy and avoid the fees, you’ll get a perfectly cheap ticket!
The cheap flights are generally offered early in the morning. Later flights are almost never $0, unless there is a sale or it is booked far, far in advance. Moreover, if there is a fare, the taxes will be higher for that ticket. So keep an eye out for that.
Service on Ryanair is fine because there is none. At these prices, you shouldn’t expect any. Food and drink cost money. And flight attendants are just chaperones there in case of emergency.
Seats are pretty small, and the décor of the interior is a little worn and drabby. The planes are old. However, as I said in the beginning, you are simply renting space on the plane, and if you are expecting anything else, you should look elsewhere.
So who is this airline perfect for? The cheap budget traveler.
If you have limited flexibility, or a lot of bags, or like your amenities, do not fly Ryanair. You’ll hate it. But, if you don’t mind flying out early, only care about cost, and just have one bag, this airline is a great way to quickly get across Europe.
I don’t love flying Ryanair, but for the price I am paying, I have nothing to complain about. All I want is space anyway.