Minimise Ryanair Charges & Fees

Written by Karen Bryan

onboard RyanairRyanair do offer some really cheap fares during their promotions; I’ve even managed to find some £1 flights. However there are several Ryanair charges and fees which can be avoided if you follow my money saving tips.

Card Payment Fee

You’ll be charged a whopping £6 per person per flight through this Ryanair charge, unless you pay by the Ryanair’s own branded Mastercard prepaid debit card. There may still be some charges associated with this card but nothing like the £6 per person per flight levied if you pay by any other debit or credit card.

Update 2 January 2012 – It would appear that if you book a single flight which doesn’t originate in the UK, you can still use any Mastercard prepaid debit card without any admin charge. I booked a Ryanair flight from Faro in Portugal to Edinburgh paying with my FairFX prepaid Mastercard debit card and there was no additional £6 admin fee.

Hold Luggage Fees

If you can manage to travel light with only one piece of hand luggage, measuring up to 55cm x 40cm x 20cm and weighing up to 10kg, then you will save on hold luggage fees. Ryanair are really strict about one piece of hand luggage only, so don’t turn up at the boarding gate with carrier bags, hand bags or cameras around your neck. The fees for checked luggage vary between £15 and £45 per flight, depending on the time of year and the weight of your case.

Online Check-in

Incredible but true, Ryanair charge you £6 per person per flight (except on a few promotional deals) for you to do the work and print out your own boarding card. However, if you don’t check-in online at home before you leave or lose your boarding card on the way to the airport,  the Ryanair charge to check in and/or print your boarding pass at airport is £40 per person.

Warning & Disclosure

This article is based on my own research and experience but you should read all the current Ryanair terms and conditions.

This post was featured in the Totally Money Blog Carnival #34.