The Ireland-based budget airline Ryanair has built a reputation within the airline industry for some of the lowest fares around. Considering that they still have to maintain the same safety and flight regulations as their competition, undercutting prices seems like a difficult thing to do. However, once you find out about all the various fees and charges put in place by this airline (many of which are not optional), you’ll start to understand how they make up for the seemingly ‘low, low prices’. Here are just a few of the charges you can expect when flying with this Irish Airline:
11. Using a Credit Card
How often do you pay cash for your flight bookings? We’re sure it’s never. And this is just about the only way to avoid this ridiculous fee. With the large majority of customers paying for their flights online, the only real way to pay is to use a credit card, and Ryanair knows this. That’s why they charge 2% of your total transaction as their mandatory credit card fee.
10. Bringing a Baby
Infants in arms fly for free right? Maybe with other airlines, but if you want to bring your child under 2 years of age you’ll have to pay a fee of around $22.48 USD applicable each way. While this fee is somewhat of a nuisance, it’s still better than paying full price for another seat for your child.
9. Priority Boarding
Do you hate waiting in the long line to board you plane? If flying Ryanair you can actually pay for front of the line, priority boarding access; but it’ll cost you of course. $3.36 USD if you pre-pay when booking online or $5.60 USD at the airport, that applies for each flight so if you have transfers this can add up. Some popular routes also have increased fees for this ‘luxury’ option.
8. Allocated Seating
If you’re traveling as a group and want to ensure that you all get to sit together, or if you’re picky about where you sit on the plane, be prepared to pay. Many airlines will provide confirmed seating at the time of booking free of charge but to select your own seats with Ryanair you’ll be charged between $8.50 -$21 USD per seat, depending on your selection.
7. Boarding Pass Reprint
This is one fee that countless passengers have fallen victim to. The reason? All Ryanair passengers MUST check-in online for all their flights. This is a change from most airlines that allow you to check in at the airport. So, if you forget to do this crucial step and show up at the airport, you’ll be charged the boarding pass reprint fee of almost $17 USD. Quite a large fee all things considered. To avoid this ALWAYS, ALWAYS check in online.
6. Checked Baggage
You won’t find many budget airlines that offer free checked baggage these days, so while paying for it is pretty commonplace, Ryanair’s fees for this are notoriously high. You can expect to pay anywhere from $17 – $168 USD depending on your number of bags, route and the time of travel. The airline is also known for having some of the lowest weight restrictions in the industry, meaning you’re more likely to encounter excess/overweight baggage fees which will cost you a hefty $11.24 USD per kilo. That means a 10kg bag will cost you approximately $112 to check.
5. Tea, Coffee, Water and Soft Drinks
Even the most budget of airlines in North America still offer a complimentary refreshment to passengers (after all, we’re not cattle right…right??) But on Ryanair, ALL drinks will cost you. Coffee and tea cost around $3 while soft drinks will cost around $2.50, and don’t even think there will be a water service. You’ll have to buy your own bottle for $3.
If you don’t get complimentary drinks when flying Ryanair you can forget about any complimentary snacks. Everything from peanuts to pretzels to crackers will cost you around $2. While these aren’t overly expensive fees, they’re further proof that everything will cost you extra on this airline.
3. Ketchup and Mayo
So you splurged and bought a bowl of delicious hot oven chips on your flight for $4 USD, but what about the crucial condiments? If you want any ketchup or mayo to go with those fries be prepared to pay 20 cents a packet! What? You thought they would just give you the ketchup? Remember, with Ryanair, nothing is ever free.
2. Name Change Fee
This is one hefty fee (the airline’s highest in fact) that you don’t want to have to pay: if you require a name change after booking your flight, Ryanair will charge you approximately $123 USD online or $180 USD at the airport. We understand that this fee is meant to charge passengers who are changing their flight from one person to another, but there have been several reports of customer who were charged this fee simply because of a typing mistake or not entering their full name as it’s listed on their passport. If you do make this mistake it’s worth calling customer service to try and have it corrected free of charge.
1. SMS Flight Details
Yes, this is really a thing. During the online booking process, Ryanair will offer to send you a text message with all your flight details once confirmed. How Nice! Except for the fact that they will charge you $3.49 USD for this service. With so many other ways to get your flight details to your phone (email, photo, apps, etc), we wonder how many people actually fall for this money grab?