Friday, 1 February 2019

Flying With Ryan Air

Ryan Air has had some pretty bad press lately, but let's face it, they are a budget airline and you get what you pay for. I have used them 5 times in the past, and never had a problem with the airline or the staff. I have flown these routes

London - Basel return flights (twice)
London - Oslo Torp return flights (once)
London - Aalborg return flights (twice)

And I have never had a problem with the company or the staff on the plane. Although the staff on the recent trip to London from Aalborg we a bit grumpy and lacked charm and customer service. I find times like this, best not to interact with the cabin crew. The cabin crew couldn't change a £20 not for some shopping so I tried to give them the correct change for a bottle of water and the cabin crewman snapped at me. If I wasn't dying of thirst, then I would have told him to stick the money where the sun doesn't shine but I needed that water. I really must have been desperate because the bottle of water cost me £3... THREE BLOODY QUID. I can see why they can afford to sell flights so cheap, they make the money up in other ways.

Recently it cost me and Tilly £27 to get to Aalborg in Denmark and back. You can barely do a day trip on a train for that cost.

Like I said you do pay for what you get and when you take up the £4.99 flight offer, you can only take a tiny bag with you. But if its an overnight trip and you only need to pack your tech and a pair of clean knickers, then you are fine. You have to pay extra for luggage but its £10 for you to check a 10kg bag in. this option is perfect for people that don't want to pay for a huge suitcase. You have to pay for your seats too. If you're travelling alone, then you can just take a risk and book a seat when you check in. But if you are travelling with kids, then you have no choice but to book a seat. but you know what, a tiny bag is enough for us, but if I was going somewhere that I would want to go shopping, then I would pay to check luggage in on the way home.

Food and drink are extortionate as I said earlier, I paid £3 for a bottle of water. That must be like 1000% mark up on what they pay for it. But if you book a £4.99 flight, what do you expect. Take a picnic with you when you go and eat that on the plane.

The cabin crew on the flight out to Aalborg were lovely, I think they were Danish and they were very attentive to my little girl. She was so tired and they checked she was okay and they took time to speak to her. They even arranged for her to meet the Captain. she has wanted to do this for so long and when I did it with Thomas Cook Airlines in October, she was so jealous. Meeting the Captain absolutely made her aeroplane trip. it was a priceless moment for her, So I am using this blog post to publicly thank the best cabin crew I have come across in a long time.

I absolutely have no doubts flying with Ryan Air and as we usually fly budget, This is my favourite budget airline. It has enriched my daughter's life by making a trip to another country affordable. It has created memories and it has got me out of the UK for 24 hours. I cannot wait for another sale so I can enrich her life even more and teach her different things. Ryan Air is awesome, yes it has it's flaws but don't we all?


  1. Ryanair can be a really good solution sometimes. It can be super cheap if you know when to book it and don't have a check in bag. Otherwise It often ends up more expensive than other companies.

  2. I’ve flew Ryanair many time too and has no issues with them. I just buy snacks and drinks at the airport so I don’t have to pay their inflated fees. You can’t really complain too much if getting there cheaper flights, I once went Liverpool to Belfast for only 99p can’t even get a bus round the corner for that lol.

  3. Yes, the prices of the water in the airport and on board are just outrageous. It's like - you have no choice so you're gonna pay anyway. I flew with Ryanair few times and it's true their prices are hard to beat. Lately I'm choosing Wizzair though, they are also cheap, but more tidy and there's more room in your sit.
    Nice that your daughter could meet the Captain, cool experience for young person 😊

  4. Like you said, you get what you pay for with Ryan Air. I used to complain about them when I started flyinng with them but if you prepare and know what to expect they are not bad at all. Besides at the prices they sell tickets, they always have you coming back even if you have a love-hate relationship with them.

  5. Yup, the expensive water and other upsells are the things how budget airlines make additional money. Ryanair is no exception from this also. But hey, they are the cheapest out there!

  6. We travel a lot using Ryan Air, too, but after the past two experiences my fiance has become more interested in choosing economy seats from other airlines. The new priority fee to have a cabin carry-on isn't helping: most of the plane is priority now, and they almost never wait for everyone in priority to pass until they start processing non-priority. Or they mix people up in the buses to the planes anyway. And lines are many times disorganized crowds. The priority fee, the seating together fee of up to 20 euros/seat change (because they randomly place you separately even when they have seats together and you booked the tickets together), plus paying for the food and drinks can sometimes end up costing more or close to economy seats with better airlines. I'm really sorry for how things have changed with Ryanair.

  7. I am envious to the flights you have. We have ryanair in Finland, where I live, but it is almost as expencive as other airlines and flies only to a couple of airports.


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