The secret to buying cheapest fares on Ryanair?

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The secret to buying cheapest fares on Ryanair?

Post by atoutprix » 07 Apr 2014, 11:30

The best way to outsmart Ryanair's pricing policy is to book ten days before your flight departs, it was claimed today.
Economics professor Claudio Piga said he has researched the low-cost airline’s flight costs - and found passengers booking their trip at least seven weeks in advance pay more.
But the Keele University expert also found that fares are raised by between 50 and 75 per cent in the last few days before departure, meaning last-minute bargain hunting is not the best method.

Mr Piga claimed low-cost airlines know some people will regularly book early because they have to travel on a certain day, reported Sunday Times social affairs editor Nicholas Hellen.
And to avoid complicating business when people book flights at the last minute, the airlines want late bookers to know that they will face price rises.
The professor described prices from low-cost airlines as being on a ‘U-shaped temporal profile’, with best value available ten days before take-off.

But a Ryanair spokesman told the Sunday Times that the research was ‘hopelessly inaccurate’.
'Ryanair's lowest fares are sold on a first come, first served basis and rise only as quickly as the low fare class are sold in the six months prior to departure'

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Re: The secret to buying cheapest fares on Ryanair?

Post by atoutprix » 07 Apr 2014, 11:50

Others have different opinions :

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Bargain hunters looking to buy the cheapest Ryanair flights should book ten days before departure, an economics professor has revealed.
Claudio Piga, of Keele University, said that by booking at least seven weeks before take-off or just a few days before departure, travellers pay more for flights.

Ryanair told the Sunday Times that this was "hopelessly inaccurate".

Last month, it was revealed that the best time to book a cheap holiday is 54 days in advance.
Research from American travel booking website CheapAir.com found that fares start to drop around 225 days (7.5 months) before a flight date and they continue to drop slowly but steadily until they reach their lowest price 54 days before departure.

Skyscanner recently revealed the best time to book a cheap flight is five weeks in advance.
The travel search website analysed millions of flights and launched a Best Time To Book tool to help travellers get the best price. For budget flights, Skyscanner advises booking five weeks before flying, while scheduled flights should be booked six weeks in advance.


For me, I very much doubt than the best Ryanair prices are available 10 days before departure. As a matter of fact, it's very often wrong, I have just checked it on a few destinations. In my experience, between 5 and 7 weeks would be better. But it all depends on how many seats are sold and when.

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