Student changes name by deed poll - cheaper than Ryanair's £220 fee

5 June 2015

ryanair A student (yes, they're annoying - get over it) has changed his name by deed poll because it is cheaper than paying Ryanair to sort an error out. A saving of £117 no less!

What's the craic? Well, Adam Armstrong was booked under the wrong name and Ryanair wanted £220 to alter the name on the ticket, which is double the price of the flight. So, instead of messing around with the airline, he changed his name by deed poll and rushed through a new passport under the name that he was mistakenly booked under - Adam West.

Yes. He's now got the same name as Batman.

The name-change and updated passport cost him £103 and he said, talking about how the error happened: "Her stepdad got my name from Facebook but I had put it as Adam West as a joke, because he was the actor who played Batman on TV."

So why are Ryanair so prohibitively expensive on something like this? They say it isn't just squeezing coins out of humans, but rather, a bid to stop people from reselling tickets for profit.

A spokesman for Ryanair said: "Customers are asked to ensure that the details they enter at the time of booking are correct before completing their booking and we offer a 24-hour 'grace period' to correct minor booking errors."

"A name change fee is charged in order to discourage and prevent unauthorised online travel agents from 'screenscraping' Ryanair's cheapest fares and reselling them on to unwitting consumers at hugely inflated costs."

TOPICS:   Travel   Cool Stuff


  • Martin
    And if he wants to change back to his real name, then he hasn't made much of a saving at all.
  • Joe
    He only had to make a payment to get his new passport within the week^ Realised today they've changed the online check in window from 2 weeks to 1 week unless you want to pay for a seat reservation during the first week
  • Jason W.
    I'm assuming this would be illegal, but if he were to change his name back would he need a new passport would his original passport still be legal?

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