13th April 2016

Budget Flights with Ryanair: The Things You Need to Know

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post (however affiliate links may be used, including Amazon Associates, which mean I earn commissions on purchases at no extra cost to you) and all thoughts are my own.

Photo credit: RyanAir

So, I have become quite familiar with three of the main budget airlines in Europe. I live fairly close to London Stansted, London Luton and London Southend airports and there are the three main airlines that operate from these airports – RyanAir, EasyJet and WizzAir. So over the next few weeks, I will be posting reviews of each one, you might be surprised to see which one I despise and which ones I love!

Without further ado, lets get started with my most used airline – RyanAir!

RyanAir gets a lot of bad press, especially in the UK where many people deem it to be the worst of the budget airlines. I on the other hand absolutely love RyanAir and don’t have many bad things to say about them at all.

Avoid “Extra Charges”

Now you may have heard that RyanAir add lots of “extra charges” to your booking. This has never been the case for me. You just need to know what you’re looking at.


Now baggage is where RyanAir absolutely tops the list of budget airlines for me. Not only do you get to bring on a cabin bag (size 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm) for free, you can also then carry on a smaller bag (i.e. a handbag up to the size 35 cm x 20 cm x 20 cm) for free too!

Checked-in items will have a charge and the price currently depends on the popularity of the flight, the location etc.

However from June 2016, the current system of 108 charging brackets with 6 different price bands will be replaced with a fixed fee of £30 for a 20kg bag.

A lot of people moan about this, but if I am using a budget airline, it’s because I’m going somewhere in Europe for a few days and therefore only need a cabin bag. If you’re going somewhere for longer and need a larger checked-in piece of luggage, you may wish to shop around for the best deals.

However, I found that in most cases, having a cheaper airline and paying for baggage still worked out cheaper than flying with some of the more expensive airlines with free baggage!

Customer Service

I have never had any issues with the on-flight customer service. The flights are short and the drinks/food trolleys have a lot of people to see within that time, things are busy but they have always remained professional.

The one area where RyanAir exceeded themselves for me is their online webchat. A few of my friends once gifted me a RyanAir voucher (best birthday present ever!) and I completely forgot to redeem it when making  my next booking. I simply gave them my voucher reference and within a week,the £50 had been refunded to my bank account – brilliant!

A lot of people moan about the large fees if you have to change a name on the booking. This is something that I recently looked into as one of my friends isn’t sure whether he will be able to make my planned trips later this year. The fee for renaming the boarding pass is £110 – yes, that’s steep! But I read into it more and the reason behind this makes sense to me! If there was no fee, people would buy up the ridiculously cheap flights (Ryanair often sell off £10 tickets in sales etc) and then re-sell these for more money like people do notoriously for concert tickets. The £110 renaming fee stops this and I’m okay with this!

Comfort of the Planes

Let’s not beat around the bush, the inside of RyanAir planes are UGLY. The dark blue and yellow colour scheme is not a good combination, the material of the chairs looks horrible and the uniform of the staff isn’t flattering at all.

But you know what? I don’t care! The job of an airline is to get me from A to B, not to aesthetically please me the entire way! The planes are relatively comfortable for a short haul flight (they only do short haul flights, so don’t worry about that!), nothing to write home about but nothing to complain about either!

Overall Rating

4/5 gold stars from me – thanks for feeding my cheap flight addiction RyanAir!

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post and all thoughts are my own.
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8 responses to “Budget Flights with Ryanair: The Things You Need to Know”

  1. emi says:

    This is so helpful – these kind of airlines are so worth it **IF** you know all the fine print like this!



    • Definitely worth it for me! I work full time in London, so these tips and tricks to keep flight costs low means I can have so many more weekends away! Glad you found it helpful 🙂 xx

  2. Sarah says:

    They’re so tricky! I always stress flying with budget airlines that it will cost me more at the airport or I won’t be allowed to board.

    • Around 75% of the flights I took last year were with Ryanair and a few with EasyJet and WizzAir respectively. I had absolutely no problems with my bookings/extra fees/being allowed on to the plane :-). I’ll be posting my tips and tricks for keeping the costs cheap with EasyJet and WizzAir over the next few weeks, I hope that will put your mind at ease!

  3. Carmen says:

    Great tips. When it comes to budget travel or budget airlines it’s really important to understand & avoid those extra charges. :]

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  4. Natalie says:

    In the times that I’ve been in Europe, I’ve toyed with the idea of RyanAir flights (because who can argue with €10 fares?!), but haven’t ever taken one. I’ve done several budget airlines here in the U.S., and it seems like they are similar to your experience on RyanAir. If you know what to expect and how you’ll be charged, it’s a much more enjoyable experience!

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