Was it all ok?
Although easyjet are no better.
Last year on an easyjet flight they had the same issue with skis. They had prebooked and registered too many sets of skis KNOWING they would be over weight. Presumably they hoped a few people would forget to show up.
Their first suggestion was to dump all the skis and go without them. Which met with some resistance from the ski owners.
Their second demand was that the last 6 people to check in should f**k off. Which didn't work out either.
So they offered increasing bribes until 6 people agreed to f**k off.
THEN they lost one of our party's luggage. He got a phone call after 3 days, saying it had arrived at the airport (a 12 hour round trip from the resort). He asked if they would send it on, and the response was "f**k you, we're easyjet, come and get it yourself". So he did, and found out that they had cut it open, and stolen half his stuff anyway.
AND they aren't even cheaper than BA. The "low cost" bit is a bit of a porkie.
(By comparison, the spanish airline whose name escapes me lost my bike once. They found it and delivered it to me the next day. That is acceptible service)
I have no qualms with the budget service offered by EasyJet, personally. We live in a society where it has (regrattably) become acceptable for companies to decieve people into doing business with them, provided they have some exceptional fine print.
But given how militant Michael O'Leary is in public about cutting corners, it raises some very worrying questions about how he goes about his business behind closed doors. Some of the industry reports on this kind of stuff make for fascinating, albeit terrifying, reading.
And as an aside, I flew KLM recently to Amsterdam. Their service was exceptional and I was very impressed.
Ryanair are w*nkers. Don't have anything to do with them.
not sure where peeps have got 32kgs from... I'm sure Ryanair has a lower weight limit for bike boxes - they do, just checked their travel conditions. A mate I was with on a trip to spain was overweight (well his bike box was anyway) and he was stung for mucho euros - it's 20 euros per KG overweight. The box he had was a heavy one and even with only his bike in it (forget tools/clothes/nutrition etc) he was over weight, so we had to share bits of his bike around the group to get him home under the weight limit.
As for security and poor handling problems - everything was fine on that score. But as I've only flown once with a bike box I not an expert! I'm sure Barlos did an essay on how to pack a bike box for the IMCH group and everything he said was ace. The essential extra bits you will need is miles of bubble wrap and pipe insulation foam things....
Overall, my one experience with them (Ryanair) with my bike was poor/stressed/potentially very expensive so I won't go with them again - I would rather drive to Spain. So plus 1 on what Toomai said.
Saw this this morning and thought of this thread (second question down).
I hate using Ryanair, and would rather pay more to fly with another airline.
It's not so much the actual trip, they tend to be much of a muchness, it's the feeling like I'm having my teeth pulled through the booking process.
I hate that they charge so much to PAY for the damn tickets. That really is just a rip-off. They've made it quite hard to avoid this "optional" charge.
Looking at flying to Salzburg next year, BA are only slightly more*, and I won't feel like I've been gouged.
If Ryaniar just said, up front, that the tickets cost £XXXX I'd be much more inclined to use them.
Oh, AND you pay £6 each way for on-line check-in?!
*Actually, only £2 more.
If you had those folding bikes, FB, they could have gone in your hand luggage!
BA are great with bikes.
Didn't someone go to IMAT via Llubljana with ryan air - and miss the race because they never got his bike there?
I've flown with Ryanair several times to Girona as I used to do a bit of training over there (this was before the Celtic tiger died and I could afford a coach ). Maybe I was lucky but I didn't have any bad experiences. You booked the bike online and it was pretty easy. Having said that, it's about 2 years since I was over there if not a little more and they have become much more militant about overweight luggage since. But it was easy and fairly cheap at the time, 30 Euro I think.
On the otherhand Swiss Air charged me 70 Euro each way to Switzerland (and they sponsor the Swiss Ironman) and Aer Lingus make you ring their booking office to get a bike on at all which is a fairly painful experience.
You're right PSC - Ryanair is 30kg but easyJet is 32 and I, like your poor friend, need that extra 2kg for a heavy bike box. (It is agreat bike box, though - no need for bubble wrap or pipe lagging or anything. Leave the pedals and saddle on, too. It IS like wheeling around a large chest freezer, though, and is deeply uncool.)
I think I'll be going easyJet and just put up with going to LGW etc. Shame, because Bournemouth's much more friendly (hence the Ryanair question because they're the only ones that go to Palma from Bournemouth at the mo). But I just don't want to risk the stress and hassle of extra charges. Flying with a bike's expensive and stressful enough without worrying about Mr O'Leary or whatever his name is finding yet another way to get his pound of flesh.
I go Spain several times a year so bit the bullet and just bought a bike to keep out there. Definitely cheaper as there are no local rental options. Easy jet is something like £80 each way if I remember. BA used to be free from oversize sports kit as I flew back from Gibraltar once to take advantage of this. Alas, no more.
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