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Old 23.04.2010, 10:36
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Re: Ryanair clobbers passengers with yet more punitive charges

How about this - the more expensive your ticket, the more compensation you get for natural disasters. So ryanair customers would be entitled to a stale sandwich and nothing else.
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Old 23.04.2010, 10:36
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Re: Ryanair clobbers passengers with yet more punitive charges

Well, I would agree _if_ it were reciprocal. If, as a passenger, I am allowed to get a refund because I get stuck in a snowstorm on my way to the airport or my garage gets flooded or... Then by all means, go ahead and kill the law. Until then, I think the law is correct and there for a reason.

Even now in the case of the volcano; let's say you had a ticket to fly from London to Zürich with RyanAir and then another ticket with EasyJet from Zürich to Rome. RyanAir flight is canceled because of volcano, EasyJet is not. I very much doubt you'd get a refund on your EasyJet ticket.

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Personally I think he has a point - why should he pay for a weeks worth of hotels and food per seat for something he didn't cause? One night OK, but after that people knew which way the wind was blowing and should be responsible for themselves. And I don't care whether it is law or not - the law is an ass
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Old 23.04.2010, 10:45
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They are successful because they lie and cheat. But thepeople will one day realize this and stop lining O'leary's pockets!
I normally fly with Easyjet, but just last October I flew with Ryan Air from Basel to Stanstead and return for the price of NOTHING! No airport taxes either. I only paid for travel insurance and one bag. Total extra costs were Fr 70,-- for the return trip!

So Mr O'Leary didn't line his pockets that day! Neither did he "Lie and cheat"

As Mike_B says you don't have to fly with Ryan Air and they are the most successful airline in Europe.

You won't have to bail them out either like we did with Swissair in October 2001. We don't have to pay a minimum of CHF 300 return to London any more either.

If you don't like no frills airlines where you can decide which services you want, then go ahead and waste your money.

Many Swiss people I have met equate quality with price, which I find curious as generally they are very careful with their money.
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Old 23.04.2010, 10:48
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I normally fly with Easyjet, but just last October I flew with Ryan Air from Basel to Stanstead and return for the price of NOTHING! No airport taxes either. I only paid for travel insurance and one bag. Total extra costs were Fr 70,--

So Mr O'Leary didn't line his pockets that day! Neither did he "Lie and cheat"

As Mike_B says you don't have to fly with Ryan Air and they are the most successful airline in Europe.

You won't have to bail them out either like we did with Swissair in October 2001. We don't have to pay a minimum of CHF 300 return to London any more either.

If you don't like no frills airlines where you can decide which services you want, then go ahead and waste your money.

Many Swiss people I have met equate quality with price, which I find curious as generally they are very careful with their money.
I fully agree with you. Ryanair's charges are well known - if you don't like them then just fly with someone else. Now you also know that they will not pay you compensation if you get stranded.
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Old 23.04.2010, 10:53
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Re: Ryanair clobbers passengers with yet more punitive charges

On the news this morning, Ryan Air has agreed to compensation!
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Re: Ryanair clobbers passengers with yet more punitive charges

I think they had no choice as one of their managers had stated on TV during the crisis that they would be giving compensation.


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Old 23.04.2010, 11:05
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They will need some new charges to cover the compensation payments.
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Old 23.04.2010, 11:06
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Re: Ryanair clobbers passengers with yet more punitive charges

Yes due to EU law Ryanair had no choice, doesn't mean they are going to make it easy for you though, I see easyjet are also making it as hard as possible to get compensation.

I can see where they are coming from, there have already been numerous stories about people hiring taxi's, limo's, staying in 5* hotels etc etc because they couldn't get home!! a taxi from Italy to the uk!! wtf!! what the hells is wrong with trains? hire cars? coaches etc?? Spain is hardly a difficult country to get out of, people take the mick and why should airlines be held responsible, these laws where bought in the stop airlines screwing there passengers over when they overbook or cancel flight for no real reason etc not for this sort of thing.
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Old 23.04.2010, 11:15
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I would love to know if taxi drivers gave receipts for those long journeys.
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Old 23.04.2010, 11:23
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Re: Ryanair clobbers passengers with yet more punitive charges

Not related to the compensation for volcano posts, but has anyone ever flown RyanAir and had the desk close VERY early?

A few years ago, my husband and I flew from Stanstead to Blackpool to go to the Lakes. On the way back, they closed the desk a half hour before they needed to... despite them saying the desk was "open". EasyJet's desks were open, and they kept trying to ring RyanAir, but no one answered. EasyJet were really apologetic (with a "well, that's RyanAir for you"), as was the Hertz lady. We'd just returned our car, and after realizing that a train wouldn't be an option (250 GBP and 12 hours?!?), we asked her how much a car rental would be.

She said, "Oh, well, it looks like we need more cars at Heathrow on Tuesday - that's when you leave, right? So, I'll waive the different drop off point fee, and I'll waive today's fees... and tomorrow's... how's that?" You have to love people sometimes.

I have to say, the 4 hr drive back to Essex was far better than flying RyanAir, which I will never fly again.
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Old 23.04.2010, 11:41
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Not related to the compensation for volcano posts, but has anyone ever flown RyanAir and had the desk close VERY early?
This happened to me once on an EasyJet flight out of Geneva. I just walked through security (they let me through without a bording pass) and the people at the gate allowed me on board with no issues whatsoever.
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Old 23.04.2010, 13:18
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Co-operative bank have Visa Electron cards. I'm so glad I signed up to that bank so many years ago as that card has saved me a fortune on booking flights, especially with easy jet. I don't fly with Ryanair anymore, I used to back in 2003 when it was all cheap and there were no extra charges but now, I'd rather pay the extra to fly with swiss or ba, failing that easyjet always works!
Ryanair have discontinued payment by Electron Card for free payment of air tickets.
They have changed to "Pre-Paid-Cards" becuase too many people like you and me obtained electron cards to avoid the fees and very few have Pre-Paid-Cards.
http://www.what-prepaid-card.co.uk/f...s-prepaid.html
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This happened to me once on an EasyJet flight out of Geneva. I just walked through security (they let me through without a bording pass) and the people at the gate allowed me on board with no issues whatsoever.
must have been before 9-11 ?
I'm flying quite ofetn and I can't see that happening..
I will try next time and report back
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Old 23.04.2010, 14:34
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Ryanair have discontinued payment by Electron Card for free payment of air tickets.
They have changed to "Pre-Paid-Cards" becuase too many people like you and me obtained electron cards to avoid the fees and very few have Pre-Paid-Cards.
http://www.what-prepaid-card.co.uk/f...s-prepaid.html

Has anybody ever used Wirecard (http://mywirecard.com/en/)
reviews for it seem to be quite good, just curious about the extra fees that are inevitable. Ive never gotten around the credit card fee with RA, mostly because unless necessary, we travel with AerLingus (Direct flights to Geneva from Dublin), so I never took the time.
but I am now curious about using these 'prepaid cards. Is this Wirecard even applicable for avoiding the RA credit card charge? they might be useful for keeping money allocated for emergencies (in addition to avoiding the RA extra charge!!)
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Old 23.04.2010, 14:36
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must have been before 9-11 ?
I'm flying quite ofetn and I can't see that happening..
I will try next time and report back
It was actually in 2005, but I don't see the security issue since he did check my passport before letting me through security. Its very simple to buy and print-off your own boarding pass, so how would not having one make you any more a security risk?
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Old 23.04.2010, 14:50
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It was actually in 2005, but I don't see the security issue since he did check my passport before letting me through security. Its very simple to buy and print-off your own boarding pass, so how would not having one make you any more a security risk?
Common sense.

But since when did that have anything to do with security?
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I am now curious about using these 'prepaid cards. Is this Wirecard even applicable for avoiding the RA credit card charge? they might be useful for keeping money allocated for emergencies (in addition to avoiding the RA extra charge!!)
I have been looking at them for clients:
1) For Flight
2) A method of secure cash (in effect) without Tax Authorities knowing you have it if you get the card with no identity.

This is one of the cheepest I have found and ideal for people travelling abroad I believe:
http://www.fairfx.com/
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I have been looking at them for clients:
1) For Flight
2) A method of secure cash (in effect) without Tax Authorities knowing you have it if you get the card with no identity.

This is one of the cheepest I have found and ideal for people travelling abroad I believe:
http://www.fairfx.com/
thanks for this tip Cashboy! I will look into this one.
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Old 16.05.2010, 14:32
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Re: Ryanair clobbers passengers with yet more punitive charges

Ryanair fined over ash 'failings'

Italy has fined Irish low-cost airline Ryanair 3m euros (£2.5m) for failing to help passengers after cancelling their flights during the volcanic ash crisis.

Italy's civil aviation authority said it knew of 178 cases of passengers who did not receive mandatory assistance, such as food, between 17 and 22 April.
Ash from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano triggered a massive shutdown of European airspace last month.
A spokeswoman for Ryanair said the allegation was "complete rubbish".
"Ryanair fully complies with EU [Regulation] 261 and has been complimented by the EU," she said.
The ash cloud paralysed many airports and left an estimated eight million tourists and business travellers stranded.
Italy's air agency, Enac, accused Ryanair of failing to provide passengers at Rome's Ciampino airport with drinks, foods and accommodation as required by European law.


Enac found that most other airlines had managed to meet their obligations despite the difficult circumstances.
Ryanair initially insisted it would only refund the cost of passengers' tickets, but later agreed to fully implement European regulations and pay all "reasonable expenses".
Under EU Regulation 261, if a flight is cancelled, those flying with European carriers into or out of the EU have the right to a refund or to be re-routed.
If passengers chose the latter, they have the right to care - such as accommodation and meals - while they wait.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/h...ss/8684683.stm
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Stewardesses to land their planes in the event of an emergency ...


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Ryanair's ever-controversial boss has called for the second pilot to be dumped from the flight deck of aircraft to save money.


Michael O'Leary suggested air stewardesses could be trained to take over and land the plane in the event of a crisis.


The idea is the latest in a long line of cash-saving wheezes from the budget airline boss who once suggested, apparently seriously, that aircraft could fly with standing-only areas for passengers.

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