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Ryanair- Can it be done?

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kdewsnap

QF

Member since 11 Sep 2012

Total posts 10

Hi all, looking to get to a particular part of Italy after arriving from Aus in Frankfurt. RyanAir has the best flight in terms of destination and timings. I'm not stressed about paying for a flex-plus so I get priority boarding, baggage etc.
So, not doing it to save money, but is it madness to fly with them?
PS- yes, I know I need to print boarding pass etc.

mannej

QF

Member since 21 May 2014

Total posts 162

I've flown FR and have survived to tell the tale. If it is the most convenient option, how much of a time saving does it provide?

StuParr

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 01 Mar 2012

Total posts 183

if it is the easiest just do it. you sound prepared. It would only be a short flight anyway.

Dan22

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 07 Aug 2013

Total posts 50

I didn’t enjoy the Ryanair experience but you get there all the same. I flew intra Italy with them - all procedures including boarding priority and seating went out the door - there was such a scramble as people once the door closed took vacant seats as far front as possible. I did have a better check in experience with them then Alitalia though - was shambles at domestic check in at Rome. Had to plead with staff to let me skip cue to check in bags despite waiting In line for 30 mins so I didn’t miss cut off.

kdewsnap

QF

Member since 11 Sep 2012

Total posts 10

Thanks for the responses so far. The flight is Frankfurt to Venice/Treviso. I'm going to Udine, so heading north from there. I'm hoping the German efficiency will save too much chaos in boarding at FRA. Flights to Trieste leave in the afternoon, so if I take this I can land after midday, otherwise I'm stuck at Frankfurt for 9 hours after flying from Aus. No thanks!

Ourmanin

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

Member since 08 Jun 2018

Total posts 106

It sounds as though your expectation levels are already set at an appropriately low level. As others have said, personally if its the best option I’d take it. For me the reason I would never want to take them unless it really was silly to do otherwise (and I have flown then half a dozen times when they’ve been the sensible option) relates to the fact that it is generally a less than pleasant experience. It’s not a safety issue as it might be with some airlines in other parts of the world. Make sure your luggage weight and dimensions are within their parameters. But other than that, for a short flight, you should be fine.

flyOFTEN

Member since 24 Apr 2015

Total posts 14

Ryanair is fine. Think most of people who complain about them work for legacy airlines & worried about their jobs. Same was said about Tiger & Jetstar.

JTG

Singapore Airlines - The PPS Club

Member since 11 Jul 2014

Total posts 29

I have flown them regularly when the flight times are suitable. Once you accept that they are a low cost airline and that there often issues, half the battle is won. What winds me up with Ryanair, and most low cost airlines, is that if you purchase the ticket less than a month from your flight these is no difference in cost, just worse service, than a full service airline. I used to travel often between London and Vilnius.Ryanair was 2h 45m while Lufthansa was just under six hours. I was allowed to go business class with Lufthansa but still chose Ryanair.

Warrior

Member since 06 Apr 2018

Total posts 6

All of the Ryanair flights I've taken were fine. You don't get to become the world's largest airline (by number routes) without making a lot of customers happy. By the way check in is really easy using their app. I see they now also allow check in 60 days in advance.

Nick Sydney 2

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 22 Jul 2015

Total posts 82

It's a short hop as most EU flights are compared to the distances we are used to so just treat it as a bus service. Bring your own refreshments and it will be a bit cramped. I tend to use Easy Jet over others but much of a muchness between all LCC in Europe.

Tom in Woking

Etihad - Etihad Guest

Member since 02 Jul 2019

Total posts 1

Be careful. QANTAS flies to the main Frankfurt airport FRA. Most Ryanair flights are in and out of "Frankfurt Hahn" HHN which is in Hahn about 110 km west of Frankfurt, travel time between the two is over 1h 30m. How long is your connection?

Ourmanin

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

Member since 08 Jun 2018

Total posts 106

Be careful. QANTAS flies to the main Frankfurt airport FRA. Most Ryanair flights are in and out of "Frankfurt Hahn" HHN which is in Hahn about 110 km west of Frankfurt, travel time between the two is over 1h 30m. How long is your connection?

Good point Tom and the somewhat vague geographical flexibility that's serves some Ryanair destinations is well known. They do serve Treviso from FRA though.

paulkaz

Member since 01 Mar 2011

Total posts 29

Probably too late for this trip but Ek and Qr fly one stop to Venice Marco Polo from Aus. Both would accrue with QFF but I think at a lesser rate than Qf .

elchriss0

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 13 Jan 2015

Total posts 74

Hi all, looking to get to a particular part of Italy after arriving from Aus in Frankfurt. RyanAir has the best flight in terms of destination and timings. I'm not stressed about paying for a flex-plus so I get priority boarding, baggage etc.
So, not doing it to save money, but is it madness to fly with them?
PS- yes, I know I need to print boarding pass etc.
You don't need to print the boarding pass if you use the flexiplus ticket. They have a dedicated check-in desk for flexiplus ticket holders that operates like a regular check-in desk and not just bag drop. Used this option out of STN-ORK previously when the bag drop queue was about 2 hours long but the single check-in desk on the side had no people at all. Also go a booking coming up from LTN-ORK coming up in September with the same option.

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