Booking with Ryanair is like playing Russian Roulette…

Today we tried to check in for our Ryanair flights to Dublin on Wednesday. This used to be how you got you around their check in charges at the airport, but those girls who used to unashamedly impose that unforeseen charge of £/€20 are now redundant. It’s been compulsory since 21st May. All was fine until the site asked us for the details of our kids’ passports. Neither of them have had cause before, so neither of them have them. So now we have to get them passports in two working days or say goodbye to what had been well priced air tickets and buy new ones at a higher price (though Ryanair prices are no longer competitive), or lose the holiday. We’re not the only ones who’ve been stung… They can actually offer good value, but you need a lawyerly friend to check the TOCs with a fine tooth comb every time you book. I almost always end up forking out more than I thought I had bargained with them. If you want to book them but want to minimise the risk, you can keep up with with their latest passenger crunching techniques at the I Hate Ryanair blog. Or try OMG’s suggestion below for avoiding their card sting…

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

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