Upgrades Pay On Europe's No-Frill Carriers
Despite its claim to be the world's favorite airline, Ryanair offers little comfort and fewer amenities and is a love or hate relationship for many travelers. But they still choose to use one of its impressively convenient 1,400 flights per day from 44 airports in 27 countries. Even in the frill-free airline world, Ryanair is an acquired flying experience, starting with the bright yellow and royal blue corporate colors requiring ocular adjustment on its glaring website or boldly colored cabin interiors. Forging new territory in cheap travel, Ryanair manages to always find a way to offer the cheapest fares to travelers, even if those plans compromise comfort. (Think of its one-time call for portions of its planes to be configured with vertical standing seats.)
Ryanair's perks mean its numerous routes across Europe often cost triple or quadruple what travelers find on similar branded airlines. But they can make a truly challenging travel experience a bit more palatable, especially for those accustomed to Business Class. For those willing to pay -- and believe us it's worth it -- there's reserved seating available on all Ryanair flights for a mere £10/10 per one-way flight. The upgraded seating option means exclusive access to Rows 1, 2, 16 and 17, which often come with added legroom typical of exit rows but otherwise offer the same dimensions as other seats. Flyers should keep in mind that Reserved Seating can only be bought online in advance of travel. Those simply looking to get on the plane first who have no need for reserved seating can opt for the cheaper Priority Boarding, which allows first-on boarding that can be bought the day of travel inside the airport at a Ryanair ticket desk or through the company call center.