Ryanair’s Free Seat Promotion

Ryanair again offers what appears, at first blush, to be impossible: one million completely free fares. Good for travel between November 5 and January 31, they can be purchased through Monday, October 8.

While strictly speaking not too good to be true, this promotion comes with more exceptions that most. To wit: the free fares only extend to flights on Monday afternoon, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday before noon, and Saturday afternoon. In addition, the entire period from December 18 through January 8 is blacked out.

We’re also having a hell of a time finding these free fares on the Ryanair site, though it’s easy to find €.01 and £.01 fares with nothing but taxes to pay. Say what you will about Ryanair’s no-frills cattle-call experience and advertising bluster. If you’ve got the time to find the right fare, Ryanair’s an incredibly cheap way to fly.

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Alex Robertson Textor
About the author: Bitten by the travel bug at 11, Alex Robertson Textor has fond childhood memories of ultracheap Spanish hotels (the kind with Styrofoam shelving) and supermarket lunches scarfed on park benches. Formerly an academic, Alex has spent the last several years redirecting his professional life into full-time travel journalism and editing. He has published articles in the New York Times, Guardian Unlimited, Condé Nast Traveler, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, among other publications.
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