That's what bugs me, as a customer, about the RYR fares structure : final cost of the flight seems to double, once all the 'optional' charges are added in : yes, you can avoid some : book via the RYR site, use some obscure payment card and avoid the credit card transaction fees, dont carry more than an overnight bag, dont eat on the plane, dont be late for the flight, dont pre-book a favoured seat, dont be disabled, dont carry a musical instrument or sports equipment; just get on, sit quietly, get off then take the long hike from the airport to the alleged destination city. For some, that's a good deal, but its not actually that good, overall.
I always make the maths for the example Frankfurt to London:
Lufthansa FRA-LCY for 99 if you book ~4-5mths ahead (which should be doable, otherwise you'd not opt to choose RYR anyways, coz the company would pay the flight
RYR HHN-STN for 10 at best (also assuming a 4-5mths pre-booking)
Say you take the shuttle to HHN and National Express from Frankfurt and to London, adds up to ~60 return
Take the regional train to/from Frankfurt to FRA and a bus from LCY to London adds up to ~25 return
Which brings us to 70 return on RYR and 124 on DLH.
Now it's about the real cost; we buy everything for our RYR flight that was included in the DLH fare, which is:
23Kgs or Baggage, check in, pre-reservation of seat, newspapers available in the DLH terminals, a free drink and snack on board.
23Kgs of baggage on RYR: 15Kgs included, from than on 20/Kg makes +160
Check in: +5
seat reservation: +5
newspapers: up to which you buy avrg. +2 (assuming you'd only take one, I always take 3 when I fly LH)
which brings us to a final of: 252 RYR vs. 124 DLH per person.
+ you save the hassle, your travel time is ~3hrs shorter, you have the feeling that you get a great deal of stuff for you money, you don't feel ripped off, you get a decent seat, you get good service, and you are treated more humainly than on RYR.
Anyone still disagreeing that RYR sucks?!
[SC] Jona L.
[And yes, I do know that I have 6 RYR flights in my flightdiary (see signature)