I’m sure that I told you that I went to Belgium.
But did I tell you that I flew there.
Via a budget airline.
And not just any airline mind you.
A few years ago, I had a horrible experience flying with Norwegian and Vueling.
For the very first time too!
I don’t know how I get myself into these weird situations.
And they always seem to follow me around.
In fact, I made a vow never to fly a budget airline ever again.
Except for easyJet!
And by all accounts, I kept my word.
This time around, I decided to take him to Belgium, and I’ll tell you all about it next week!
Right now, I want to tell you about Ryanair.
You only have to google it, and you’ll come up with thousands and thousands of reports.
Some of them very good.
Most of them awful!
I hear you thunder.
It hasn’t been the same for me.
I’m not an expert or anything!
But I’ve flown with Ryanair a few times.
And I’ve never had a problem with the airline.
The first time I flew with Ryanair was a €4.99 return flight Berlin – Birmingham – Berlin.
And that was it.
‘Mind you, the tax was about 20 quid!
So a grand total of €24.99!
I was perfectly fine with that!
I was a little nervous.
We flew Berlin-Brussels-Berlin and paid altogether, just €102,37.
And that included one suitcase (both ways) and paid-for alllocated seating, so that we were sure to be sitting together!
Not only that, but there was even an early booking discount too!
€50.00 each for a return flight to Brussels, surely wasn’t too bad!
For our forth-coming family trip, we paid €456.94 for three (3) people.
The flights themselves cost us a mere €32.63 each from Berlin.
And €69.36 each from Bucharest.
Altogether costing €305.94, or a little over €102 per person, which I thought was pretty fair.
The killer was the luggage fee.
A very harsh €130.00 for 2 bags. That’s €65.00 per person, or €30/€35 each way!
We could have actually paid less, but we were still undecided as to how many suitcases we wanted to take, so I didn’t add them to our initial booking.
On reflection, that was a mistake.
If I remember correctly, the luggage charge would have been €18.00 each way. Per person. By the time, we actually decided, and I logged on the next day, it had increased to €30.00 – €35.00 per person!
So we booked two suitcases instead.
And well, it wasn’t too bad as we only ended up paying €22.00 more.
We also opted to pay €21.00 (€3.50 per person each way) – for reserved seating, as my husband didn’t fancy sitting next to a drunk neighbour!
One hears stories!
A budget airline, otherwise known as a low-cost carrier, low-cost airline, or discount carrier, is an airline without most of the traditional services provided in the fare, resulting in very low fares and less comfort!
The airline would thus operate with fewer “luxuries” such as checking-in your own luggage at “BagDrop,” printing out your Boarding Card from home, weighing and putting the airport labels on your luggage, removing the seat-back video screen, not offering complimentary food, drink or in-flight entertainment, or if they do, then a snack rather than a meal, or drinks served in cups, rather than the (mini) bottle.
Think poor ol’ Air Berlin.
Air Berlin was really a budget airline that tried to aspire to the heights of a market-acclaimed scheduled airline.
In the olden days, they were called “economy” airlines, but not any more!
A no-frills budget airline is an airline in which non-essential features have been utterly removed to keep the price low.
To make up for the revenue lost in decreased ticket prices, the airline operates a lower cost structure arising from removing services such as complimentary food, in-flight entertainment, business-class seating, reclining seats, window blinds, and in-flight magazines.
They can also reduce operation cost by “sharing” on the ground airline staff, reducing the size of seats, using less popular airports, flying in the wee or early hours of the night or day, only operating during mid or high season, using a single type of aircraft, a faster turnaround, selling scratch cards and advertising, and charging for “extras” such as food, basic beverages, priority boarding, seat allocation, upgrades, luggage, and using the airport check-in desk!
In short, they’re not going to make you bring your own seat, but it’s pretty close!
Ryanair is an Irish no-frills budget airline founded in 1984, with it’s HQ Head in Dublin.
Ryanair operates more than 400 Boeing 737-800 aircrafts, serves 34 countries in Europe, Africa (Morocco), and the Middle East (Israel and Jordan) and is often in the press because of it’s rapid expansion, it’s controversial features, and the success of its low-cost business model.
2. PRINT OUT BOARDING PASS:
3. READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS:
But did you read it?
Did you ‘eck?
4. LEAVE PLENTY OF TIME:
5. BE AWARE OF AIRPORT LOCATIONS:
6. CHECK BOOKING DETAILS:
As of 15.01.18, you can only bring one (1) small bag on board, unless you purchase Priority & 2 Cabin Bags!
8. BOOK LUGGAGE AT INITIAL STAGE:
As I told you above. I did really well in January, and then messed up, when I made a booking two months later!
9. BE CAREFUL NOT TO GO OVERWEIGHT WITH LUGGAGE:
10. RESERVE SEATING:
11. FLY WITH KIDS:
12. BRING YOUR OWN REFRESHMENTS:
Snack that is
I bet, most of you didn’t know that!
14. GET THE APP:
15. BOOK A TAXI AT THE AIRPORT / RESERVE AIRPORT BUS / TRAIN:
16. DON’T GET DRUNK!
17. FLY ANYWAY!
By the way, if you’re looking to book a hotel for your next Ryanair destination. See what I did there! I have a 15% discount off your next booking with Booking.com. Just click right here to redeem it!
Note: You must book between March 5th – April 8th, and the travel dates must be between March 23rd – April 8th.
‘Need I say more.
Well, it depends.
If all you want is to get from A to B, quickly and safely within (mostly) Europe, then Ryanair is as good as any other airline in the sky, and you’ll probably have a pretty good time!
This article isn’t sponsored by Ryanair, or any other airline! And the merry time that I’m bound to have on my next Ryanair flight, is my very own!
I went to Belgium. Yay! Find out more, next week!
I’ll be continuing my last visit to the UK and telling you all about it, later in the season!
I’ll be at the Deutschland Premiere of the hilariously funny, very minimal dialogue, dry, slightly dark, refined humour, and the comedy of the banal – Mad Office, otherwise known as Büro Absurd! The successful duo – Trygve Wakenshaw & Barnie Duncan – will be doing their act, for the very first time in Germany!
I’ll be there on 29.03.18 taking place at BAR JEDER VERNUNFT, and the show will go on until 11.04.18.
And by the way, they were the biggest hit of the season at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017! No German, or any other language will be necessary. I’m guessing that tickets will sell out fast!
Can you guess which one it’ll be?
Save the Date!
I’ll be there. Will you?
If you’re not in Berlin in March, I really can’t help you!
March / April is going to be fresh!
See you next week!
Watch this space!
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I learnt my lesson in Spain. And obviously, in countries like Qatar, where technically the risk is higher, I can’t imagine going that far beyond WITHOUT INSURANCE. No siree! You can get yours here, at World Nomads!
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