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28 January 2009 @ 11:36 pm
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15:04 My age is 36 #irishage #

18:29 Bah. Thought we were done with choosing toilets. Plumber finally came, and 1 pan is broken. Can't get same again-they were reduced to clear. #

21:25 Considering booking flights with ryanair. Advertised as €10 inc taxes. What charges might I be sprung with? I don't trust them. #

21:26 I reckon there'll be charges for credit card, check in, and checked luggage. Anything else? #

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doccydoccy on January 28th, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
Air Tax? Ground Tax? Additional Money-Saving Fees?
a very caring potatomollydot on January 29th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
It's so confusing!

I think I'll go with BMI. They're a bit more expensive, but you can take luggage! And check in the old fashioned way, as far as I know. Though it does mean going to Heathrow, which I hate.
eatinhellison on January 29th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
I just booked flights with ryanair and there were charges for everything including FIVE POUNDS per flight for *debit* card booking, not even credit card! I was Not Amused.
a very caring potato: hat guy pwnedmollydot on January 29th, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
That's one of the ones that particularly bugs me. Yes it costs them to do credit card transactions (I suppose debit too), but if you've two people making two flights, that's one credit card transaction, not 4!
eatin: armshellison on January 29th, 2009 10:34 am (UTC)
That's what really annoyed me, normally the charge is per *booking*, which i can understand, but this was charge per flight, so it cost me 10 quid. bah!
a very caring potatomollydot on January 30th, 2009 12:43 pm (UTC)
Scabby bastids. And both Ryan Air and Aer Lingus do it. I would have expected Aer Lingus to just charge once for the whole transaction, but they seem to keep copying Ryan Air.
a very caring potatomollydot on January 30th, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
Bah. BMI sorta do it too. €6/person. At least it's not per leg.
post-grad political hacksocmot on January 29th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
BMI also recognise unions - Ryanair don't, and treat their workers really badly. Another good reason not to fly Ryanair.
a very caring potato: confusedmollydot on January 29th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
Argh! Bad connection ate my comment.

Good point. I have a general antipathy towards ryan air, but I don't always remember the reasons. But after aer lingus's €1.99 each way coming to a total of €70-€80 for one person return, ryan air's €10 including taxes was mighty tempting. But even that seems to come to €50 or so. But I don't know, because they love to sneak charges in.

BMI started off much more expensive, but it didn't keep going up the more I read. And that price includes checked in baggage, which the totals I've given above don't.

I'm also vaguely considering taking Aer Arann to Cardiff. Depends on what my friend wants to do. She's visiting England from Japan. I'm going over to meet her and don't care so much where that is.
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sshi on January 29th, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
Also, this may need to be taken into account, as well as the dictum, 'you get what you pay for'...
a very caring potatomollydot on January 30th, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
Aer Lingus appear to allow you to check cabin baggage that's too big/heavy. Much better than a fine.
a very caring potatomollydot on January 30th, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
I'm beyond that. I'm going 2nd week of Feb. The outward flight is up to €25 now.
a very caring potatomollydot on January 30th, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
Heathrow is a disadvantage for me too. I just hate the place. But I'm not connecting, so it shouldn't be too bad.

My friend will be arriving in Heathrow, but probably later than me, so we'll probably meet somewhere in London.
ext_112271 on January 29th, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
I thoroughly recommend CityJet to London City Airport. It's just a short, cheap ride on the DLR to Bank and tube from there to anywhere.
a very caring potatomollydot on January 30th, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC)
It sent me to Air France?

I'm definitely not getting comment notifications from you.
a very caring potatomollydot on January 30th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
And it seems to be from #123.
(Anonymous) on January 30th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Return, all in? With a short, cheap connection to the centre of London, pleasant check-in, small planes, seat allocation... it's a bargain.

Really, it will make you feel good about travel again. I remember when the flight was called in City Airport. Gradually people began to stand up and amble through the gate. So civilised.

Does being anonymous help the notifications?
a very caring potatomollydot on January 30th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
That's still €50 more expensive than BMI, which is already more expensive than Ryan Air.

Maybe when I have a job I'll look at them again.

Yep, got notification for this one. I'll raise a support request.
eefajkeefajk on January 29th, 2009 07:57 am (UTC)
Oh Ryan Air will charge you extra if you don't check in on-line. And if you're checking in luggage you can't check in on-line, you have to do it at the airport. So it's just a sly way of charging shit loads so you can check in a piece of luggage.
a very caring potatomollydot on January 30th, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
An extra €30! And of course, it means I have to decide now if I want luggage.
lazy_hoorlazy_hoor on January 29th, 2009 10:54 am (UTC)
Ryanair are shites and I hate them. But they're cheap, I've just booked a flight to Birmingham for the total cost of €20 (no checked in luggage, online check in).

If you do book with them make sure to un-check the travel insurance and priority boarding options.
a very caring potatomollydot on January 30th, 2009 02:06 pm (UTC)
Including credit card fee as well? Not bad.
SirRoysirroy on January 29th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
I love Ryanair. With prioirty boarding it's akin to first class travel to the uk.

Problem is, people don't remember when it was the price of a small car to fly to England.
a very caring potatomollydot on January 30th, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC)
I remember all flights being a lot more expensive. I also remember taking the ferry.
alba_otakualba_otaku on January 29th, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
@21:26 Your (valuable personal) time
a very caring potatomollydot on January 30th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
Ha. Yes. And between my bad connection and their bad website, it could take me a very long time to do an online check-in.

To be honest, I really don't understand online check-ins. I thought the two main reasons for check-in is to make sure you're there, and to make sure they know who's getting on the flight. Online doesn't do either.