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Old 6th May 2013, 16:44
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Is it going to be rush on free-for-all to get seats, as I don't want to be sat on my own for 4hrs15mins
Flown Ryanair a number of times and had mixed experiences, most ok. Booked priority boarding three times, TFS, LPA, ACE. This end no probs but in the canaries priority boarding was honoured as usual, though the aircraft was parked on the apron so a bus was required to ferry passengers to the aircraft. So we entered the bus first then all the other passengers also got on the same bus which made a mock of the priority boarding. Once at the aircraft a mad rush ensued to get on it I did mention this to the Steward on board but he just said sorry nothing he could do (not his fault).

I have to say most flights do park at the gates most of the time. Enjoy Tenerife its lovely
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Old 6th May 2013, 19:36
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From personal experience I'd say this is quite common for priority boarding when buses are used. Always strikes me that it's a pointless purchase. Makes more sense to reserve a seat. Not that I do either. Just queue early and head for the back stairs.
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Old 7th May 2013, 07:31
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"Ryanair throws in the towel on Marseille", says the French press today. So far only the route to Bordeaux will be dropped, from June. The press rushed to declare victory of Air France and its new low cost model in MRS. Too early perhaps?
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Old 8th May 2013, 21:12
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Thanks Jack1985. That's all useful information.

Wars the ideal time to start queuing?.
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Old 8th May 2013, 22:09
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[QUOTE][QUOTE]Most places have a launderette which well worth it.

Perhaps FR should dispense with selling scratchcards on board and instead sell dry cleaning vouchers (for those who priority boarded) and launderette tokens (for the rest who stood in a queue for ages then got on the same bus to the aircraft as those who priority boarded). Oh the glamour of flying FR!

PS Before I am castigated, I have flown FR many times in the past and have four flights booked from BHX to TRS, KRK, BCN and DUB over the next few months - you can't knock their amazing value fares (even if I then have to wash my clothes when away)
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Old 8th May 2013, 22:30
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Wars the ideal time to start queuing?.
Seriously buy priority boarding or even prebook your seats.

On a flight that long you want to be on 1st and choose where you sit.

I have travelled with kids to Spain for 2 weeks and had carryon luggage and even then used less than we brought. Most places have a launderette which well worth it.
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Old 9th May 2013, 00:03
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Wars the ideal time to start queuing?.
Start queuing near the flight time and when you see other people queuing. You won't be boarding until 15-20 minutes before the flight if not lather as the aircraft is inbound. No need for this nonsense of paying for priority boarding or reserved seats. Biggest money spin ever and not worth it. Most airports should have two queues one for priority and the normal queues.

IMO Bristol is the worst UK airport for passenger order and boarding aircraft, have yet to fly from there when it hasn't being a complete shambles...
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Old 9th May 2013, 10:16
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the ideal time to start queuing
I believe the British have been standing in queues since 1837 but other cultures differ.

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Old 9th May 2013, 11:01
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There was a claim, many years ago, against ez, when speedy borders were put on the same bus as regulars. And you guessed correctly that the regulars were more speedy out of the buses than those who had paid. From the story in the DT they lost their claim. Did they pursue it? I don't know. Does it still happen? Perhaps not. Should you have a claim? Of course. The supplier has not fulfilled their contract.
Remember, on RYR, priority boarding does not get you a reserved seat. Those offer more leg-room and are at a premium. A reserved seat means you can linger and board relaxed; or does it include priority boarding?
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Old 9th May 2013, 11:27
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How do Ryanair identify reserved seats on board the aircraft ?
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Old 9th May 2013, 11:57
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Ryanair identify Reserved seats by placing an A4 piece of paper printed with "Reserved Seat" on the seat!

If you don't need the extra legroom I recommend you reserve seat Row 2A, B or C, this is because Row 3 behind is often blocked off (so you won't get tall people's knees in the small of your back or kids banging the tray table behind you). Also you can keep your loose belongings with you and not have to put them in the overhead locker for take-off & landing (which you must do if seated in Row 1A, B, C or Row 2D, E ,F (there's no Row 1D, E, F).
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Old 9th May 2013, 20:12
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Ryanari have some winter flights on sale. Mostly UK-Spain ones.
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Old 10th May 2013, 09:16
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Sometimes the queue at the gate can be deceptive.

I remember for my first few Ryanair flights (after they became Super Low Cost) being quite alarmed at the queue of people trailing back.

But then one time I counted them and it was about 100 people. On a plane with 189 seats. And I noticed how people sprawl out when they queue.

Since then I just wait and board last. I've never not had a window seat (my favourite place to sit) and just relax.

That said, I have never been on an FR flight that is more than two hours and I'm not going to get stressed. Just think of it like getting on a bus. ;-)

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Old 10th May 2013, 13:33
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I take it the additional routes to/from XRY were just rumours then?
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Old 12th May 2013, 17:15
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Dortmund flights are for the Champions League final I believe. Don't know about MAD
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Old 13th May 2013, 15:35
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MOL not going anywhere.

Five more years for O'Leary at Ryanair - RTÉ News

Needs no extra comment from me.
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Old 14th May 2013, 18:38
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This really pisses me off, can't believe the guardian gave this a piece. I don't see how she is being ripped off! She has agreed to the T&C's and is informed that the ticket at booking is non-refundable and non-changeable. Ryanair flight change has me reaching the point of no return | Money | The Observer
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Old 14th May 2013, 18:58
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Having read the piece they changed the date for her and as it had been an enforced changed on her original booking they didn't charge her.
As the date changed to was incorrect, she claims it was them but unless it was recorded it then its a 50-50 but instead of calling them she went online and changed it herself and got charged rather than calling.
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Old 14th May 2013, 19:01
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Jack I'm like yourself, I can't stand some of the bullsh*t directed at Ryanair but if you read that article she has every right to be pissed off. The customer agent changed her booking to the wrong date (after having paid a change of booking fee) which forced her to change it again online, where she was charged an additional £775 even though she was only supposed to be charged an additional £75. That would piss anyone off, she was just lucky enough to be able to vent her anger through a national newspaper.

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Old 14th May 2013, 20:08
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The customer agent changed her booking to the wrong date (after having paid a change of booking fee) which forced her to change it again online, where she was charged an additional £775 even though she was only supposed to be charged an additional £75. That would piss anyone off, she was just lucky enough to be able to vent her anger through a national newspaper.
Er no

She got her flight changed at no cost (flight timings had already been changed by Ryanair previously so £120 waived), then the new date was wrong, she claims it was customer service but its a 50-50 where she just as easily gave the wrong date.

On discovering this she went online to change the date again and claimed customer service told her it would only charge her £75 and only 4 seats left..........this is kind of puzzling as if she was on phone to customer services and online then why is she putting debit card in and not getting customer services just to amend their supposed mistake.
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