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Ryanair Allocated Seating

Auchinleck, United...
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Ryanair Allocated Seating

Hi, I have a booking made with Ryanair travelling with my husband and children in June, I have noticed that they are bringing in allocated seating from 1st February.

Can someone give me some information on what this actually means, if I dont "book allocated" seats they will seat us anywhere. The last time we travelled Ryanair as a family we were scattered all over the aircraft so I want to get seats together, can this be booked now or do I have to do it when I am checking in online?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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61. Re: Ryanair Allocated Seating

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Milan, Italy
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62. Re: Ryanair Allocated Seating

If you travel along with your kids/family on the same reservation and you do check-in together a few days before departure, you should not worry too much. I made a deep analysis of their allocation order (which is not random, by the way) and saw that the system almost always allocates seats together for groups doing check-in together.

Of course, if you do the check-in on the last minute and you have a big group, it's possible that they don't have enough seats together, so they split you, but for 2-4 persons travelling together and booking a few days before departure, they should put you together.

Keep in mind that if you do an early check-in, you will be allocated seats in the middle of the plane (but not emergency exit ones). If you do a late check-in, you will be allocated seats either in the front or in the back of the cabin, as they allocate the rows starting from middle to back and front.

Lancashire, United...
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for Playa Blanca
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63. Re: Ryanair Allocated Seating

So how many Ryanair flights have you actually checked in for during the 2 months since allocated seating started?

Milan, Italy
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64. Re: Ryanair Allocated Seating

Lately I did the check-in for only one Ryanair flight. We were 2 persons travelling together (but with different bookings). We made the check-in simultaneously and the system allocated us seats one next to the other. That's when I started to wonder about their "random allocation" and I decided to make the analysis.

For my analysis, I didn't actually check-in to ANY of the analysed flights, I just checked their seat availability maps (as shown during the booking phase, after selecting the flight)! I checked them for 5 different flights, in different moments of the day, for the 15 days prior to departing. This way I was able to compare the evolution of the allocation maps and understand what was the order of the allocation. From my analysis I removed the seats that I considered to be "paid for" - like a premium or a 6th row seat allocated 15 days before departure. So, this is how I arrived to my theory!

Does your check-in/allocated seats experience tallies with my theory?

Edited: 02 April 2014, 08:20
Lancashire, United...
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for Playa Blanca
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65. Re: Ryanair Allocated Seating

I always prebook seats on flights so I can't compare. I was curious though as to how in depth the research was.

Milan, Italy
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66. Re: Ryanair Allocated Seating

My results are not 100% accurate, for sure, as I only compared 5 flights, but they all returned similar results. Also, Ryanair can change their algorithm any time it wants. But till now I got a lot of feedback from travellers that said their actual check-in dates and assigned seats are aligned with my theory, but I'm still waiting for more feedback, so that I can eventually fix it (if necessary).

Edinburgh, United...
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67. Re: Ryanair Allocated Seating

Ryanair claim this is a benefit to the customer when actually its just another money spinner. Its fine if people want to pay to book seats to ensure they're together but what was wrong with the a free for all if you hadn't booked. It didn't cost you anything and chances are you'd find seats together now ryanair are basically forcing you to buy a seat because you're worried they'll allocate random seats for you and your family. Money grabbers.

Lancashire, United...
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for Playa Blanca
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68. Re: Ryanair Allocated Seating

Money grabbers? Of course they want to make money. They're a business, not a charity, but how many airlines do you know that don't have allocated seating, and that have a free for all in this day and age?

They're looking to attract more business travellers, and suited and booted people I suspect would prefer to check in online, have a seat allocated to them, and spend as little time as possible queuing, and having to put up with being pushed and shoved by holidaymakers in their attempts to get to grab seats.

Hopefully it will help Ryanair's efforts to change and improve the image of the airline. Definitely a move for the better.

Edinburgh, United...
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69. Re: Ryanair Allocated Seating

This only really benefits people travelling alone. They're the only ones who will not have to pay for the service. At least before it was the choice of the traveller whether they were willing to queue or pay, now ryanair aren't leaving you with any choice but to pay up.

Lancashire, United...
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70. Re: Ryanair Allocated Seating

Just like lots of airlines then. I think all the UK airlines charge for seat selection, and they certainly all have allocated seating. There wasn't really a choice before, as very few seats were open for prebooking. No guarantees there would be any available.

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