Scrapping check-in will cost all Ryanair passengers more
Bitterwallet is often accused of Ryanair-bashing without a point or purpose, but let's be honest - they're not shy in supplying ammunition and, as they've admitted themselves, they're keen to whip up any publicity they can for the company, no matter how appalling it is. After all, if we're all wanting to punch Michael O'Leary in the face, then we're not wanting to terrorise the chief exec of any other budget airline. It puts Ryanair top of mind, as the marketing folk like to call it.
But sometimes our anger is piqued with good reason. Bitterwallet reader Matt picked up that the airline's announcement to banish physical check-ins from October will have consequences for all travellers:
From 19th March... "web check-in fee of £5/€5 per person/per flight will apply to passengers travelling with checked baggage". So now not only will you have to pay for your bags, you will have to pay AGAIN in order to check in.
From 1st May... "The web check-in fee of £5/€5 per person, per flight will apply to all new bookings". Now EVERYONE will have to pay AGAIN when the check-in. Interesting, as web check-in is FREE for all other airlines. Wonder if this will be advertised when you book... that even once you've booked and paid, you will have to pay MORE when you come to check in for the flight."
If you'd like to read more about the new charges, you'll find them on the Ryanair website here.
The website currently breaks down the cost when placing an order, which states the cost of airport check-in when carrying baggage is £4.50 - this is initially bundled into the cost of checking in baggage but then distilled on the following booking page:
So judging by the costs quoted in the latest press release, it seems that by getting rid of airport check-in, it'll cost Ryanair passengers with baggage more, not less; you'll pay an additional 50 pence per person per flight for less convenience. Then there's also the scrapping of free online check-in for passengers with no checked baggage, which for a return trip for two people will mean paying an additional £20 per trip.
The sum effect is that Ryanair will be laughing their arses off; a double financial pay-off of no more costly airport check-ins and charging all passengers more money, in many cases for a service that was already free - all the while dressing it up as a change you should thank them for. Brutal.