NYC to London for $13? Ryanair prepares for U.S. takeoff!

Ryanair hits the skies!

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Pack your neck pillows, blankets and bring your ear plugs, Cheapos, because Ryanair is coming to the United States!

Our friends at the Budget Travel blog tipped us off that Ryanair just announced it will begin offering flights from Dublin and London Stansted to the U.S. starting at about $13 each way, taxes not included.  U.S. cities expected to be included are New York, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and take-off is anticipated sometime in 2009.  Ryanair is also expected to announce the acquisition of over 50 additional aircrafts, purchased from its cash-strapped rivals. All of this will help Ryanair support its upcoming additional U.S. routes.

We’ve written before about the ups and downs of flying Ryanair, but these were typically limited to flights of 2 to 3 hours.  A Ryanair flight from New York to London’s Stansted airport is a different beast all together, but in the current economic times this could be a welcomed option for budget travelers.

Tell us, Cheapos, what do you think about Ryanair’s announcement?

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27 Responses to “NYC to London for $13? Ryanair prepares for U.S. takeoff!”
  • honcho says:

    If the economy keeps crashing, my plan to escape to Europe permantly might come to fruition. Oh, wait, I forgot, the crisis is global. Still, YOO HOO!

  • Henry Thuemmler says:

    It all depends on what the final price really is. If the total cost is under $325 round trip from NYC to London, I don’t care how crappy the service is, I’m there. But if it’s higher, no dice.

  • JR says:

    I’m imagining that it’s going to be ultra basic service (at best), just like they fly in Europe. And I’m also imagining that the $13 tickets are going to be virtually impossible to land. Once taxes and service fees and luggage charges are added, that will probably turn into $125 round-trip, which is still really cheap, of course.

    So wait. $125? Yeah, I’d do it.

  • Cris Cohen says:

    “We’ve eliminated the landing gear and are passing the savings on to you.”

  • As consumers, we have real choices to make about whose products we buy. Price is a factor, to be sure, but don’t responsible consumers think carefully about the choices they make? Ryanair’s business model is one that relies on bullying airports, exploiting their staff and giving the most basic product to their customers.

    We do not for one moment believe that Ryanair really will sell tickets across the Atlantic for a mere $13. If Michael O’Leary moves to enter the transatlantic market at all, you can be sure that he will do it through an entirely separate company, kept at arm’s distance from Ryanair. He will not want any transatlantic venture to endanger his existing European operation. And, as the recent demise of the budget transatlantic carrier Zoom shows, tight margins on long haul operations make for a risky business.

    And that much vaunted $13 fare? We simply don’t believe it. Add on departure taxes, fuel surcharges, etc., and O’Leary might possibly offer a few tickets at $130 one way, but these will be from inconvenient airports at inconvenient departure times.

    But as consumers we are powerful, and in exercising choices about how we wish to cross the Atlantic, we should always remember that every ticket booked with certain carriers is a vote for that carrier’s business model or whatever other political or economic interests support that venture. We should exercise our choices responsibly.

    Nicky Gardner & Susanne Kries
    editors / hidden europe magazine
    http://www.hiddeneurope.co.uk

  • Betsy says:

    I think I’ll wait a couple months after they launch just to see how things go over. Ryanair is great for short trips around Europe, but I’m not sure I trust them not to screw up an international flight. With Ryanair, you should expect to pay for what you get, and cross your fingers the flight will depart and land without a hitch.

  • Ciara says:

    Oh my god, that is SO cheap. I can’t imagine how much the taxes would amount to but I’d say the tickets will be at least half the price of Continental. I foresee a lot of jobs disappearing though. If Ryanair are planning on giving away flights, what are the other airlines going to do? Though I have to say, and I say this now but will probably change my mind, I would feel slightly weird about travelling long-haul with ryanair. They’re an incredibly safe air-line, statistically speaking, but with their turn around time…with a long-haul flight…I don’t know, I’m not sure if I’d like to fly with them, I’d be a bit worried. That feeling will definitely change the next time I’m having to choose between flying to the states for 500 euros and 250 euros…
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  • EU Traveler says:

    I’ve flown Ryan lots of times – it’s always fine – as good as any USA air carrier…..

    Last month I flew RyanAir 6 times on a trans-Europe trip with my wife. Every flight was on time, the service was great and the planes were packed to the gills with passengers. We flew for $5 euros from Germany to Italy! That was it, no extra charges! All of you wimps that have never flown on their fleet of almost 200 Boeing jets, shut-up with the whining and fear-mongering!! If you don’t like to save money, fly Air France!

  • EU Traveller (above, on 29th November) … we challenge you to send us your ticket that allowed you, your wife and your luggage to travel from one city centre in Germany to another city centre in Italy for US$5.00 – all in! Five dollars maximum. Yes, you could quite easily travel from any Germany train station to selected city centres in Italy for €48 for two travellers inclusive of luggage and all taxes. But that’s by train with all the many comforts that affords.

    We are sceptical that you, your wife and your luggage really managed to do such a journey by plane, including all ancillary charges, for merely $5 all-in. Anyway, we stand ready to be corrected, and look forward to receiving the evidence of your journey. Until then, we must assume you are one of many folk paid by RyanAir to talk up their airline on various US websites.

    But perhaps we are wrong (and mere wimps as you suggest). Please persuade us that you really travelled, as you claim, with your wife and luggage (we presume the two are not of equal status) for merely $5 between the two city centres. You’ll find our contact details on our website at http://www.hiddeneurope.co.uk or please reply by a further posting here.

    If you turn out to be correct, we shall be the first to apologise and offer you a complimentary subscription to our magazine. We much look forward to hearing from you.

    With warm best wishes
    Susanne Kries and Nicky Gardner
    editors / hidden europe magazine
    http://www.hiddeneurope.co.uk

  • Greetings Nicky and Susanne.

    I’m not “EU Traveler,” but I have taken over 20 flights on RyanAir for 10 euros or less, most for 5 euros or less. I took 8 flights last fall for 8 cents total — SXF-STN and back, SXF-NYO and back, and CRL-BGY and back with my mother. There were no taxes or fees on the flights I booked.

    I’ve sent by email one travel itinerary from a trip I took a year ago SXF-NYO-SXF with my roommate. I purchased us each a round trip for 4 euros per person. This is no longer possible as RyanAir now charges the credit/debit card fee even on their “no charges, no fees” sales, meaning the cheapest ticket can now be booked for 5.01 euros o/w. (I recently booked such a return to EDI, if you’d like to see that as well.)

    In order to book such flights, you certainly have to play RyanAir’s game — only flying M-Th, being satisfied with sometimes distant airports, carrying on one’s luggage. I wrote about this in my post, “Why I Love/Hate RyanAir“. If you know and play by the rules, it is absolutely possible to game the system to your advantage. RyanAir has “invested” 400-500 euros in my travel experiences this year by paying the taxes on all of my flights, making it possible to visit many different cities, countries and people that I would not otherwise have seen.

    I absolutely respect the opinions you’ve voiced and I appreciate that RyanAir makes a lot of promises it doesn’t uphold, but in this case, I’m afraid, you are in fact mistaken.

  • Thanks, poetloverrebelsry. We do not doubt that you have, by dint of good planning, secured such great snips with Ryanair. But our challenge to EU Traveller was slightly different. It was to prove to us that he and his wife (with whatever luggage they had) travelled from a German city centre to an Italian city centre in October 2008 for five dollars all in.

    As you’ll well know, Ryanair has a mandatory booking fee (which is now levied per person not per booking) and various other add-ons, some of which are difficult to avoid. Not to mention the time it takes to travel to Ryanair’s out of the way airports. For someone travelling, for example, from Frankfurt city centre to Milan city centre, it seems to us that the train is the obvious choice. But we are truly intrigued that EU traveller has found a way that he can make such a journey, with his wife and luggage, for merely five dollars all-in. We would like to hear more.

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  • Lifecruiser says:

    I can only applaud them, if this is true! I’d gladly fly with them, even if it doesn’t land on $13. I have been flying with them a lots of different trips and I’m very, very pleased with them.

    I don’t agree about the bullying airports statement. I like their airports and it’s easy to find my way around there.

    About giving the most basic product to their customers: I think that’s their idea, we get what we pay for and in this case I actually think we get more than we pay for since their tickets are so cheap. It’s after all low budget flights we’re talking about.

    I’ve been flying on charter trips and got exactly the same airplane and service as Ryanair, really no difference.

    About exploiting their staff I can’t tell, I have no true evidence about anything. I also think it’s the wrong end to fight their situation in that case. Why not making their situation better instead of making them lose their jobs if no one were flying with them…?

    About the safety: I’ve never felt any more unsafe than on other airlines.

    I don’t mind their handling fee – it’s still wayyy much cheaper than others. It’s not like it comes like a surprise – you get to see the price when you book. Either don’t book – or book and stop whining. We do have the choice ourselves. It’s as simple as that.

    I can’t understand why people are whining about their fee’s for the luggage – I paid for it earlier too, only diff is that now I also have the choice to opt out. I think it’s great, especially for weekend trips when I only need handluggage. I love the idea to only pay for what I really use.

    Low cost, very fresh new airplanes, mostly great staff (like many other not low budget ones) and I don’t mind at all to take the aircoach for an hour or so to get to the nearest city, since I get to see a bit of the surroundings during the bus trip.

    I wish every company would take after…

    Sometimes I wonder if all the whining is caused by envy? Or rival companies that desperate is trying to throw dirt at Ryanair, since they’re so threatened of them?

    Why not see something positive with it? Every business has to adopt to the market, to evolve during time, to adjust to the new reality – so even airlines.

    I guess that Ryanair will be BBQ’ed for this new flights to NY…

    What do you think?

    I’ve written a blog post about Ryanair earlier:
    Budget Flight Ryanair Skavsta Bratislava

  • Raul says:

    this is awesome i’ve flight with ryanair and its not that bad, is like any us airline the only thing is that u don’t have assigment chairs but i don’t care i’ll flight with them 4 sure!!!

  • Tom M says:

    Can’t wait! Flew Ryanair many times between Ireland and Scotland as a student in Europe. Also flew some longer 2-3 hr hauls on Ryanair without a hitch. Always on time, anything beyond that, you pay for what you get… the tickets are cheap and there are no frills. If i wanted perks, I would have flown more expensive airlines. Also, don’t plan to fly cheap for special events on Ryanair… they know how to price their tickets.

    As far a non-stop between the West Coast USA and Europe… not sure I could do that one on a budget airline.

    Best Ryanair outing: Flew in 2007 round trip between Shannon (lived in Limerick) and Edinburgh city center for 2 cents… no additional charges. You never know what O’Leary will have up his sleeve, im sure he will post some great deals every once in a while that will be too good to pass up.

  • Jane Evans says:

    Would like to knowwhen Ryanair might be coming to Chicago Illinois. Looking to go to England next year. Would like to know nearest destination guide if not coming to Chicago area. Also like to know what price range is.

  • ulrich says:

    Ryanair will not go to Chicago. Long-haul routes don’t woork with Ryanair business model (short haul, short turn over…). It is an old idea from Michael O’Leary to announce such transatlantic flights, but it is more about communication than real projects.

  • Rachel says:

    Hey,

    I am American, but just spent the last year studying abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland. Over the course of the year I visited sixteen countries all thanks to Ryanair. A marvalous ‘no frills’ airline. And yes it really is no frills, but every flight I took was dirt cheap, and got me where I wanted to go ON TIME. Brilliant, really. You need to know how to work the system and its not hard at all. I flew from EDI to Malta return for only 20 pounds. Or how about EDI to Paris Beauvais for .01 pence? Yes it is true, no joke. Beacuse my friends ‘Nicky and Sussane’ whom have clearly never tried to fly ryanair, you can score flights for free! That one pence is for taxes. If you have a visa electron then there are no credit/debit charge fees, and if you carry on your luggage you wont get charged extra either. I never check bags when I go somewhere for a week, since those carry on bags can actually be pretty big.

    As for the family that flew from Germany to Italy for 5 Euros I believe it. What you didnt realize is they said EUROS, NOT DOLLARS. They also might have meant per person, but then again maybe not since both is completely possible including the later.

    I welcome Ryanair to the US and really hope that they come. As a student it is hard to afford expensive airfaire, and just think of all the amazing things it could mean! Now the people who didnt have the means to travel before can become more cultured. I think its what this country needs, for people to step out of their own comfort zone and see the world. Then maybe we wouldnt have so much hate, racism, or other problems in this country.

  • Yeahbeetchyeah says:

    Do we have a start date for this yet or any official word from Mr Ryan Air.

    I’m not looking forward to traveling across the Atlantic sitting on a bench and stoppin to refuel at Halifax and then again in Iceland but if the price is right then I’ll do it.

  • michael mullaney says:

    when do you start flying out of US

  • chris says:

    yeah…when will they start?

  • Markus says:

    Today you can fly with airlingus and you come to Dublin….

    They have good prices i hopes that i can go with Ryanair to US very soon. For 2 moth ago my dad had a return ticket to London with 2 friends for a total of $300 including 3 persons trainticket to London and back to airport. And they have one mig suitecase, that they checked in.

  • Kittie says:

    Does any one know when they will start the service from LON to NY? I am looking forward to flying with Ryanair. They are great! Cheap and ON TIME!

  • David Ray says:

    My family flew Ryanair 3 years ago. The 4 of us flew from London to Dublin – Dublin to Glasgow and Glasgow back to London – $360 total – that was $20.00 per flight per person, tax included. The flights were prompt and pleasurable. I believe all the negative publicity Ryanair get’s is prompted by it’s competition. I look forward to them coming to the U.S. I will not hesitate to fly with them. Their planes are not a bunch of crop-dusters as some would have you believe. They have the newest fleet of airplanes of their counter-parts. It is a no-frills flight but well worth it if you are money conscious. If money is no object, I recommend British Airways.

  • Travaler says:

    RyanAir and other cheep airline services in Europe are is better than most of the money minting airline services in US. Now-a-days even in US all the airline are charging for your luggage, onboard snakes and meals. In future they start charging for water and peeing in the plane.
    Flight attendants in all domestic planes are fat old ladies who drag their feet to move. They look at the passengers like beggars as though they are doing big favor just by throwing a glass of water or dirty coke.
    In US domestic airlines should stop feeding the politicians and concentrate on their customers.
    In US we need luxury and service but not by paying 10 times what they really deserve.

  • Sam says:

    RyanAir what are you still doing.. get those flights out across the pond… Fed up paying a lot and getting bad service any way. i would rather pay RyanAir go cheap and enjoy my time at the destination. If RyanAir start this flight, as an Expat i will fly every month to UK :) , just for the sake of a good pint ?

  • Marcos says:

    So, when is Ryanair gonna start with this long haul flights?

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