How to use Ryanair to its full potential.
Learn to use Ryanair to its fullest potential is the first step you need to take if you want organize yours in total autonomy like a true professional.
Ryanair is the most famous among the "low-cost" airlines also because it was probably the first to offer travel tickets at low or very low prices.
Ryanair, however, is also famous for the "particular" rules to follow to embark and fly with its planes.
In this post I'll explain how to use Ryanair using every way (trick) to spend as little as possible.
Use Ryanair to its full potential: first of all, sign up!
The first thing you need to do if you want to learn how to use Ryanair is to register on the site.
If you can, use the options to sign up using your Facebook or Google account.
Avoid using the registration form by entering your e.mail and your data.
The reason is simple: like all websites managed by the "giants" of business travel, Ryanair's is also managed by an algorithm.
The task of this algorithm is to “learn” and know as much data about you as possible. He wants to know what you like, what interests you, where you want to go, and how much you want to spend.
So, you have to tell as much as possible about yourself!
In this way, your "friend" algorithm will know in advance what you are interested in, where you want to go, how much you want to spend and how many times you have abandoned the cart without buying anything.
If you use your Facebook or Google account to sign up to the site you will be more credible (the algorithm hates fake profiles!) And you will immediately provide detailed information about yourself, your friends and your habits.
We do not know exactly which ones but, for example, by signing up with your Facebook or Google Account you will automatically provide Ryanair with your e-mail address. A great start!
Obviously, EVERYTHING you had "told" in the past to Facebook (or Google) and all your future actions, clicks or pages read on the Ryanair website will be the expression of a well thought-out plan and a strategy that you must always have in mind while you act and it will not correspond to your real intentions or wishes. If you want to use Ryanair at its best you must always keep in mind that, once you have logged in, all your actions on the site must be motivated by a precise strategy and a well-designed plan.
Your main purpose is to make the algorithm understand what your wishes are.
But you don't have to reveal who you really are! Apart from your name and your data (which will be real) all your actions and "wishes" expressed during navigation will be the result of a strategy and a plan developed before connecting.
You must "teach the algorithm to know the" buyer persona "by which you want to be represented.
Where would you go? What is the price you are willing to pay for a flight or service?
You have to profile the person you want to represent for the Ryanair algorithm, not who you are in reality!
Everything will work better and better as you purchase flights and services and in a short time you will start receiving offers, discounts and “tips” in line with your wishes.
With each of your actions, the "rank" that the algorithm assigns to you will improve while your propensity to buy will guarantee you the status of "good customer".
At this point you will begin to enjoy many inherent benefits of Ryanair's loyalty strategy.
Always remember that your every "click" is observed and stored and that being aware of it must be your advantage in the "war" against the algorithm!
Now you are ready to start your journey on the Ryanair website, shall we go?
Using Ryanair to its full potential:
Once you have logged into the Ryanair website, you will find yourself in front of a screen where there are all the available options:
Remember that if you want to use Ryanair to organize and plan your trips in total autonomy, spending as little as possible, you have to follow the process in reverse to how you usually would: choose the destination based on the most convenient flight you find and work out your itinerary afterwards have purchased flight tickets (which, in the case of intercontinental travel, represent the most important expense to be incurred).
Then start exploring the "Explore" section but do not start from "Search for a Flight" unless you have an urgent need to reach a specific destination (not recommended).
To begin to "train" the Ryanair algorithm, I recommend that you start browsing the site by clicking the "Search Ryanair Room" and "Car Rental" and "Search Events and Activities" options.
In this way, the algorithm will understand that it can also sell you other services in addition to air flights and it really likes this!
These options available to you are very useful and, in addition to being an excellent alternative for planning (and saving) your travels, they hide very pleasant surprises:
Use Ryanair Rooms to accumulate money to pay for airline tickets
The "Search Ryanair Room" option is a great alternative to Booking.com or Airbnb and it can be very useful for finding accommodation in the destination of your travels but the biggest advantage is represented by the program "Flight Credit"By Ryanair:
For each accommodation booked using this function Ryanair credits you with 5% of the amount spent on your "Flight Credit".
This is a real credit in Euro that you will find in the dedicated section accessible from your profile board. The amount can be used to purchase airline tickets for international flights within 180 days of being credited. Please note that it is not necessary to travel within the 180 days but only to redeem the credit.
You can basically buy tickets for next year's trip!
Unfortunately due to Covid-19 the service is temporarily suspended but it is good to keep in mind that booking accommodation with Ryanair is an excellent strategy to save money!
Use Ryanair to rent a car
All services related to the sale of tickets for Ryanair flights are obviously designed to offer tourists a range of products at the precise moment the need arises: You buy a flight, arrive in a distant city and you need a rental car .
In the case of car rental, Ryanair has not adopted "aggressive" marketing strategies such as cashback designed for the purchase of accommodation but still has very competitive rates that are worth evaluating and taking into consideration.
Ryanair operates with the world's leading car rental carriers and their agreements are designed to offer the best possible rate to the customer who has just purchased a flight ticket.
Use Ryanair to purchase Activities and Events
The logic is the same as with rental cars: you arrive at a destination far from home and want to do some fun or cultural activities.
At this point, Ryanair offers you a series of alternatives ranging from a guided tour of the monument to a sporting event or concert.
Again, the logic of marketing suggests that affordable rates are competitive with those available on other sites: Ryanair wants to sell you everything and build loyalty!
The offer of activities to do and events to attend that Ryanair Tickets offers you is really wide and you can find useful tips to make your trip unforgettable but I suggest you (also in this case) to take the path in reverse: first identify the activity to do at a good price in a given travel destination and start from here to plan your departure and check the optimal conditions to decide to leave.
A really useful function to implement this strategy is in the foreground of the page: you can start your search simply by typing a destination in the world and view in a second all the activities that are proposed to you. A further possibility to refine your search is the "Categories" option (in the center of the page) which allows you to select Sports Events, Concerts, Cultural Activities or other activities to be carried out in the chosen destination.
I have developed a very similar (but extremely different in design and operation) function in Triplannerr.com the new platform dedicated to the organization of travel and holidays that I promote in this Blog.
I invite you immediately to participate in the final test phase of the new site by subscribing to the Facebook Travel Maker group.
Try Somewhere New
Another option offered by Ryanair is "Try Somewhere New”Which suggests you real travel guides on available destinations. A kind of blog with articles and information that should inspire your travels.
Questa è la sezione che mi piace meno del sito e che ritengo di aver sviluppato molto meglio in Triplannerr.com stimulating the spontaneous sharing of information and interaction between users who, by telling their travels, offer the opportunity to read up on more direct and credible information by providing real information collected during their travel experiences. The Ryanair Blog, in my opinion, is sterile and not very useful.
The board "Destinations”Instead it is, in my opinion, much more useful and stimulating because here you can find suggestions on destinations that can be reached by plane.
Even in this case, however, I find the section poorly maintained and useless.
The same function is much more developed in Triplannerr.com where it is really able to offer inspiration in travel planning and useful information for all those who intend to replicate the travel experience told by another user.
Use Ryanair "Destinations" to plan a trip.
Una funzione davvero utile è quella “Destinazioni” a cui puoi accedere dalla bacheca seguendo il link “Destinazioni”
you will immediately have access to a page that represents the world map. You can choose a departure airport and view all airports connected with Ryanair flights!
It is also possible to set filters to carry out targeted searches based on
- to the Destination (the possibility to select "anywhere" as a destination is very useful)
- on the departure date (the day you want to leave)
- the length of the trip (one-way trip, duration in days or date range)
- to the type of trip: "City Escape" "Family" "Golf" "Nightlife" "Outdoors" "Sea"
By setting the filters at your disposal you will see the results and this will be a great starting point to start planning your trip.
You will find a very similar search engine in Triplannerr.com but with a substantial difference: if you choose to use Ryanair, the filters are used to select the flights offered by the airline while on Triplannerr.com they are used to view the "Travel Reports" that other travelers have published to share the information collected during their travels where you will find:
- itineraries, integrated with Google Maps
- photos and videos of the destinations included in the itineraryv
- hotels, with reviews and images uploaded directly by the traveler sharing his trip
- restaurants, with prices, photos of the dishes and the review
- activities carried out with description images and videos directly by the traveler who shares his travels
- all the useful elements to replicate the trip told accompanied by a summary of the costs and all the contact details of the local tour operators (hotels, restaurants, etc.) that the traveler has already used (and recommends.
If the local tour operator is present on Triplanerr you will also find a direct link to their page!
All this completely FREE and with the guarantee of receiving information directly from another traveler who has lived the experience before you and who wanted to share it on Triplannerr.com
Use Ryanair to book a flight
The main reason you are reading this post and need information on how to use Ryanair is that you want to buy airline tickets at the lowest possible price.
I need to make another small premise and I ask you a question: In your opinion, how does Ryanair sell you a plane ticket to an international destination for only € 5.00?
Anyone who has already traveled with Ryanair knows "his" answer.
First of all, the airline has reduced to a minimum the expenses, the space reserved for passengers, the baggage that can be carried in the cabin, and any additional services. So, if you want to use Ryanair, be prepared for an uncomfortable journey with no additional services that are there but they are all paid.
Now, to understand the whole process, let's try to buy a plane ticket:
First, as mentioned before, if you really want to save you must not be constrained by dates or destinations and buy flight tickets at the best possible conditions by taking advantage of promotions or well in advance of the departure date.
Let's proceed: to find the most convenient flights you have two possible starting points: the "Route Map" or the "Destinations".
In both cases you can set a departure airport.
You can choose the one closest to you (to save on transfer costs) or the one from which there are the best offers (I suggest you invest some time to evaluate the cost of tickets starting from different airports, the price difference can be notable).
Poniamo di aver scelto come aeroporto di partenza “Bari” e iniziamo a valutare le destinazioni proposte in termini di prezzo o di data. Infatti le proposte di Ryanair saranno tante e, oltre a suggerirti le destinazioni raggiungibili partendo dall’aeroporto che hai scelto, il sito ti propone anche le date in cui i prezzi sono più convenienti.
At this point you have three filters to improve your search based on
- date: by selecting the month in which you want to leave (or in which you hope to find the best offer)
- budget: selecting the budget you want to spend on travel tickets
- type of trip: selecting the type of activity you want to do once you arrive at your destination
I proceed with the simulation trying to buy a ticket for “Kos” in Greece.
Immediately after clicking on the destination, the site offers me a date and shows me the route of the flight.
Immediately below the proposed flight there is an active option: "see other prices". By clicking on it, the site offers me a page where, for the same flight, it offers me alternative dates and prices, showing me that the first result proposed is actually the best possible offer.
If at this point I am willing to leave on the suggested date and at a price of € 4.99, I will proceed with the purchase.
Once the departure date has been selected, I have to click on the "Add Return" button.
At this point a second graph appears with the possible alternatives for the return. The price is double that for the outward journey but considering that it is only € 13.00 I decide to continue.
At this point here is the surprise: to continue using Ryanair I have a series of possibilities:
- I can proceed by purchasing the trip for € 17.98 (the rate I had chosen) but I can only take a very small bag with me and nothing else. Furthermore, I cannot book a seat on the plane but I will have to sit where indicated upon boarding. Finally, I will have to go through all the lines and probably pay a surcharge for check-in at the airport.
- Purchase the “Regular” rate. I will have to add € 20.93 (for each flight therefore 20.93 + 20.93 = 41.86 which added to the initial price (€ 17.98) make € 59.84 which, I would like to specify, is still an excellent offer for an international flight.
With this rate I will be able to take with me (in addition to the very small bag) also a hand luggage of 10 kg.
I will be able to choose and book my seat in the cabin but only among those available for this fare (not among all available seats) and I will have priority over passengers who have purchased the base fare.
Not bad I would say! Although the size of the baggage and its weight are still severely limiting for a 15 day trip.
- With the “Plus” fare INSTEAD of the 10 kg hand luggage I can check in a 20 kg suitcase in the hold. I can also take the usual very small hand luggage, reserve my cabin seat (only among those available for this fare) and have free check-in at the airport (within 40 minutes before the flight). The cost of Check in with the "Value" and "Regular" rates is an unknown factor that can vary depending on the flight, destination and departure airport.
In this case I will have to add € 29.99 for each flight. So I arrive at the sum of 77.96 € which is not bad at all for an international flight!
- Finally, I can choose to use Ryanair to its full potential and purchase the “Flexi Plus” fare.
In this case I will have to add € 70.22 to each flight reaching the figure of € 158.42 but I will have priority in the queues for boarding procedures, I will be able to bring a very small bag and a hand luggage of 10 kg with me, I will be able to choose my seat on board without limitation (apart from the seats already occupied by other passengers) I will have access to a dedicated lane during the boarding phase to avoid queues, I will not have to pay for check in at the airport and I will also have the possibility to change dates of departure and return flights.
As you can see, even selecting the most expensive fare, if you have no constraints in choosing the departure and return dates and the destination, you can travel by spending more than affordable prices!
The real trick to make the most of the possibility of using Ryanair to travel is to have no constraints, not to carry luggage and be very patient and queue at the airport.
You have to be very careful because if you want to use Ryanair to fly with the minimum fare you will have to know very well the conditions to fly and strictly adhere to the limits imposed which are always checked.
Obviously, the company tends to sell higher rates and every quibble is used (during boarding) to force you to upgrade and go to the higher rate. You seriously risk not being on board and not being able to leave!
subscribe to the newsletter
All the actions you take on the site to communicate with the algorithm are useful for receiving privileged treatment.
Subscribing to the News Letter is certainly an obvious gesture that communicates your willingness to return often to purchase the products for sale on the site.
I highly recommend that you do so and read the e-mails that will be sent to you.
If you buy the proposals that you will find in the News Letter you will be "promoted" in the Mailing List more and more in "target" with very advantageous proposals.
I recommend that you return to the site as often as possible and "simulate" the purchase of travel in the countries you would like to go to. Get to the cart and then stop as soon as you enter your card details for payment.
In all likelihood, you will receive offers on those destinations in the Ryanair News Letter in the following weeks.
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