I've read many mixed reviews on these boards about Ryanair. It seems to me the negatives outweigh the positives, but that could be because the people who've had bad experiences tend to be more vocal. I have a couple of questions about Ryanair.
Since I can never (and I do mean never based on about 15 tries at different times) get their "terms of service" page to load...
(interestingly, their flight booking page seems to load just fine. Hmm)
...I've managed to get about 1/2 way through it this morning after spending about an hour and having to unlock my screen a few times. I've managed to gather the following information:
a) I need to check baggage so I'm required to check in at the airport, which will incur an extra 5 euro fee per person
b) Each bag I check will incur a 10 euro fee
c) I must check in no later than 40 minutes prior to the flight (2 hours recommended).
d) I can purchase priority boarding for an extra 2 euro per person
Is there anything else I need to know? Any other fees I'm not aware of? I seem to recall a credit-card fee being mentioned somewhere.
Also, if the priority boarding is only 2 euro per person, it makes me think it really isn't worth very much. I seem to have read reviews that said priority boarding status is generally ignored in favor of pushing and shoving in order to be first to board. Short of doing that myself, how can I be assured I will gain 3 seats altogether? I don't much care if I'm seated at the front, but I would like to sit with my children.
And finally the big question:
If you absolutely HAD to be there on time, would you trust Ryanair to get you there? The only other option is to book a flight with regular full-fare carriers at a cost of over 1000 USD (ugh). Or completely rework my entire month-long itinerary (double ugh).
TIA for reading through this, and for your comments.