Ryanair quickly became my best friend when living in London. I was able to fund weekend trips all over Europe for dirt cheap prices (via ryanair.co.uk) - most of my flights cost well under $40 round-trip. With promotions like 99 pence flights, you'd have to wonder how they stay in business. They do so by offering the bare minimum - i.e., the flight itself, and charging for everything else, including fees for baggage, in-flight snacks, credit card processing fees, etc. Another downside to flying Ryanair is that they solely fly into smaller airports - meaning, you might have to take a 30 minute to one hour bus or train ride after your flight to reach the big city you're looking to stay in. Despite the criticisms, Ryanair is a much better alternative to paying normal flight costs, or, worse yet, taking the Eurorail (which I learned after a nightmarish 24-hour trip from Portugal to Spain).
The good news? Rumor has it that as early as this year, Ryanair will be expanding their operations to the US, offering $15 flights from the US to the UK. For that cheap, I'll pack light, bring my own snack, and keep flying Ryanair!
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Ryanair is an Irish low cost airline with headquarters in Dublin and its largest operational bases at London Stansted Airport and Dublin International Airport. Ryanair is the third largest airline in Europe in terms of passenger numbers and the world's largest in terms of international passenger numbers.