Posts Tagged ‘ ancillary revenue ’

I just want an airline ticket

Sep 9th, 2013 | By

Have you ever got to the point where an irritant deters you from ever doing something? Ryanair has succeeded in that with me.



Tiring of Ryanair?

Sep 4th, 2013 | By

The announcement that profits fell might suggest that passengers were using Ryanair less. But numbers grew slightly, not as much as hoped but they still grew. So it looks as though the public will still tolerate this airline despite the complaints that we hear about it.



Breaking the Mould

Jun 2nd, 2011 | By

Following on from the story about the amount of money that airlines make from add-ons, known as ancillary revenue, it makes a pleasant change to write that one airline, Monarch, has taken a different path from others and decided to cut the cost of using a debit card to pay for flights to nothing. Yes that’s right; there will be no charges added to your bill if you use a debit card to pay for any airline tickets if you book on Monarch.



Airline Add-Ons

Jun 2nd, 2011 | By

Sometimes you might be forgiven for thinking that the basic price of an airline ticket is peanuts. The add-ons are those little bits here and there that suddenly glare out at you on the final page and cause you to take a deep breath and say, “but the fare was only a tenner!” when I started. Now one of the biggest airline ticketing systems providers, Amadeus, has completed some research which shows that last year these add-ons were worth €15.11 billion.



To Fly or not to Fly

May 24th, 2011 | By

No this isn’t a volcanic ash story. There are enough of those around today with the media generally adopting the view that “here we go again.” Flights being cancelled to and from Scotland and the north east of England but at least we can pronounce the name of this Icelandic volcano.
No, this is about a remark in Ryanair’s annual report that it will be more profitable to ground a third of its planes next winter than fly them? Can this be true



First Airlines, Then Cruise Companies, Now Airports Again

Sep 9th, 2010 | By

Airline passengers are familiar with the different ways that are used to raise the final price of tickets. Then cruise companies, (as we said last week) joined the bandwagon. Not to be left out airports like Edinburgh and Luton introduced charges to just drop people off. Now one airport – Sydney – in Australia has found another way to charge.
Use their duty free shop and a 1% levy is imposed on you if you pay by credit card. Any credit card.



Ryanair Spins Again

Aug 4th, 2010 | By

No not the planes, but rather the PR department of an airline whose ability to create stories and repackage news is not even surpassed by politicians.
You will remember that for the summer season, Ryanair raised the cost of hold baggage to €20 for most bags and €30 for heavy ones. This was to last for July and August and return to the €15 level in September. Just after the school holidays and the busy summer travel season meant there was less opportunity for removing cash from passengers, but that is probably just coincidence.



Aer Lingus and the Free Flights

Jul 29th, 2010 | By

I’ve just had one of those e-mails that says the ticket is free. You just pay the taxes and charges. This one has come from Aer Lingus. I need to go to Belfast in the next couple of weeks so I thought I’d see how much it would eventually cost me. In my mind I was thinking of maybe £20-£30 after the APD (Air Passenger Duty) was included.
How wrong I was!



Criticising Ryanair

Jan 6th, 2010 | By

This has almost become a national pastime and I have contributed to quite a bit of it myself when it is deserved which is more often than not.

But when the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) criticises them (which isn’t as often as they should), you would hope they got their facts correct. Just one fact wrong and Ryanair will attack which is precisely what has just happened.

It began when John Fingleton, the chief executive of the OFT criticised the airline for only allowing one type of credit card to be used for payment that didn’t attract any sort of Ryanair fee. (This card is actually a pre-paid card so is it technically a credit card?)