Now flying with Ryanair is a pet hate for some. They have a very very bad reputation. But here we are, 3 hours into a 4 and a half hour flight to Lanzarote with 3 kids and I am typing up a blog post to say it’s really not all that bad. So what has worked and why am I saying Flying with Ryanair was not that bad?
1 We booked a flight that left Liverpool at a very decent time (this is unusual for Ryanair admittedly). A lunchtime flight is usually charged at a premium. However these flights were less than £100 each. A big tick.
2 Ryanair is trying to make itself more child friendly. It cost us half the price to book our seats for the children, and half the price for luggage. So if you allocate your luggage to a child rather than an adult you save money.
3 We have three car seats in the hold at no cost. My children are 4, 3 and 3 and these have been carried in the hold for free. I may have to change the post I’m writing if we arrive and they haven’t got them, but I’m hopeful! The same applies to pushchairs that can also be carried for no additional cost. (They arrived!)
4 We have taken a big picnic, including lots of snacks. We have our own sandwiches, drinks, crisps, sweets, chocolate etc. It’s keeping the kids entertained and keeping our costs down.
5 Yes our luggage allowance was low, only 15kg, but the problems arise with Ryanair if you haven’t weighed the luggage, and your baggage weighs over the limit. This is when you are charged a lot of money and feel ripped off. We weighed ours at home so ours was within the weight allowance so no extra charge.
6. We checked in online. If you forget to do so, you will be charged a lot. Play by the rules, and check in online and your check in is easy and quick. This is actually a plus to me travelling with Ryanair. Because everyone checks in online, the check in queue moves quickly.
What is annoying about flying with Ryanair?
I will always be annoyed by Ryanair refusing to turn the seatbelt sign off until after they have done the first cabin service. I appreciate it makes cabin service go quicker, but when you have a little one who wants to go for a wee, it’s terribly frustrating. It also makes a mockery of the safety element of it.
The yellow. Yes I know its corporate branding but it is off putting when it’s right in your eye line.
But that’s it. That’s all I’ve got on the negatives. The staff were really polite, kind to the little ones and smiled a lot. The plane was clean, even though it had just landed, and it arrived on time.
There is now an hour left and my little ones have just reached the end of their patience. This next hour might require a little more input than the last 3 hours (which the iPad has covered) but that’s not bad really. Not bad at all.
Karen Beddow founded Mini Travellers in 2014 while doing what she loves most...going on holiday!
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