Dad ‘fuming’ over ‘ruined’ holiday as party charged extra € 320 by Ryanair to fly home from Spain

A man on a € 1,650 all-inclusive holiday was left “fuming” after his party were forced to pay an extra € 320 to fly home.

The 27-year-old dad claims he and his three pals hadn’t been told by Ryanair that they needed to check-in online for the flight from Palma to Manchester.

However, the airline said the passengers’ woes arose because they booked their flights through an unauthorized online travel agent.

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The man from Leeds, told the Manchester Evening News: “The holiday was brilliant and we had no problems when flying from Manchester to Palma.

“But when we went to check-in at Palma airport on our flight back, we arrived over two hours before our flight, only to be told, ‘you have got six minutes to check-in’.

“They couldn’t find my booking. The woman at the check-in desk tried to help, but my email address that I had used to book everything with (online travel agent) On The Beach, didn’t work. It kept saying there was no booking available.

“Then the airport staff charged all four of us £ 30 each to check-in. We were absolutely fuming. We didn’t have to pay that at Manchester.

“It’s a lot of money to pay. We didn’t have any spare cash, so my friend had to pay on her credit card. We are still trying to pay that back. I’m a full-time dad, so any money I lose is less money for my son. “

Ryanair plane (stock photo)
Ryanair plane (stock photo)

The party had booked the £ 1,300 (€ 1,530) four-day holiday through online travel agent On The Beach, which included £ 475 (€ 560) Ryanair return flights, four-star hotel and bus transfer.

They were then stunned to discover that there was a £ 30 (€ 35) charge for each passenger to check-in, which the man claimed they had not been informed about beforehand.

After they checked in, the group faced another £ 38 (€ 45) charge to check-in their bags, as they had not booked priority boarding tickets for the flight.

However, On The Beach insist the passengers were warned that failure to check-in online could result in airport check-in fees, in line with Ryanair’s policies.

A spokesperson for Ryanair said: “The issues these passengers encountered is a direct result of having booked their flights through an unauthorized online travel agent (OTA). Ryanair has no commercial relationship with any OTA’s and in this instance, the OTA failed to advise the passenger of Ryanair’s online check-in and baggage policies, resulting in them being correctly charged an airport check-in fee of £ 30 per passenger at Palma airport and a gate bag fee of £ 38.

“Ryanair urges customers to always book directly, as OTAs may provide Ryanair with incorrect email addresses, contact and payment details, which block Ryanair from communicating directly with the customer to share essential flight information and updates, including check-in prompts, potential departure time changes, delays, cancellations, and refund updates. “

On The Beach “strongly rejected any suggestion that we provide false or misleading information to Ryanair or to our customers”.

A spokesman for the online travel agent added: “Our communication with the customer provided all of the flight information needed to check-in online including reference number, unique email address and baggage allowance.

“We also advised that failure to check-in online could result in airport check-in fees. We’re sorry to learn that the customer incurred these charges, but this unfortunate incident is a direct consequence of Ryanair’s aggressive anti-competitive campaign against travel agents and their customers, who are being punished and treated as second-class citizens for choosing us over booking directly through Ryanair.

“Millions of customers choose to book with On The Beach every year without any difficulty because we offer choice, convenience, competitive pricing and protection by ATOL and the Package Travel Regulations – something that cannot be offered when booking flights alone.

“As package organisers, we have a responsibility to manage all elements of a package holiday for our customers. In contrast, Ryanair continues to impose onerous conditions on its customers, charging additional fees and causing confusion. It is critical that they put an end to this unfair and anti-competitive behavior “.

A spokesperson from Ryanair replied: “Like any business, Ryanair is entitled to determine its own distribution model. Ryanair has decided to deal directly with its customers, and not intermediaries who seek to freeride on Ryanair’s innovation and investment in many cases just to impose inordinate intermediary mark-ups on air fares.

“This innovation allows Ryanair to ensure flight safety, security, and public protocols are complied with, while providing the best choice, care, and lowest fares to its customers. We would ask On the Beach to respect Ryanair’s distribution policy and also its own customers (who no doubt understandably assumes that a business holding itself out as a package organizer has commercial agreements in place with its suppliers) by ceasing to sell Ryanair flights. “

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