People love to hate on Ryanair. And I suppose there are plenty of reasons to do so. The flights aren’t elegant and the experience is far from luxury. But there is something to be said for cheap, on-time and delivering exactly what was advertised. And in my case that’s precisely what I got.
I mentioned the trip in a post in December and got a lot of good advice from readers. My trip was in January and, as promised, here’s the trip report.
The flight was from Budapest to Billund, Denmark. I was chasing down fun lines and new (to me) plane types as part of a long weekend trip which also involved plenty of beer and a few countries along the way. And the Ryanair flight not only was perfectly timed, it also was very reasonably priced.
Yes, there was a bit of a scrum at boarding. I avoided that by spending most of the hour prior to the flight in the SkyPort lounge at the Budapest airport thank to a Priority Pass membership. And even had I not been in the lounge the Budapest airport is actually pretty nice. I had an assigned seat so no need to wait in line with everyone else to get on board first.
And, yes, there were strict rules about carry-on baggage. I saw a few people get busted for bags too large and they had to pay. That sucks, I suppose, though it isn’t like the rules aren’t quite clear and repeatedly sent to travelers in emails (I got 3 or 4).
And once on board it wasn’t particularly special either. Yes, I paid the extra $10 for an exit row seat. That got me a lot of space, way more than the regular seats. I likely would be singing a different tune were I in the regular seats. You can quite readily see the difference below.
But, at the end of the day, it was cheap and the flight was on time. I wasn’t expecting anything resembling service on board and that’s precisely what I received. In some ways it is silly that just meeting those expectations makes it a great flight. And there are plenty of other flights I’ve taken which similarly met expectations. But this one really was great, one of my best flights in Europe this year.
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