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Priority Boarding or Not?

Change Of Airline

When I went to book my flight from Northern Ireland to England, well ahead of time, the tickets were pretty expensive, so I looked for another airline. The only alternative was to travel with RyanAir, via Dublin (instead of Belfast). Dublin is about 100 miles from Belfast, which meant travelling down by coach. When I looked at the costs, it was a no-brainer - travelling via Dublin would be less than half the cost of travelling from Belfast!


I have a flight bag which I have used for many years but when I checked the dimensions allowed by RyanAir, (40cms X 20 cms X 25 cms) it was too large, only by a few centimetres but still too large! My granddaughter was travelling with me and she usually had a larger bag than me. The airline offered an add-on to the tickets of priority boarding plus two bags for an extra fee. It was still going to work out less than half of travelling the other way, so i paid for priority boarding, plus two bags.

Priority Boarding

When travelling with the other airline, priority boarding was reserved for disabled travellers and families with small children, it didn't cost any extra, but I was not eligible for it. With RyanAir I wanted to be able to take a bigger bag and getting priority boarding was a plus.

At The Airport

Dublin airport is a big place, much bigger than Belfast International airport and there was a long queue when it was time to check in. When I looked at the split between the priority queue and non-priority, the priority queue was much bigger, maybe 5 times as long.

Is Priority Really Priority If Everyone Can Get It?

Priority means "being more important than others" or "allowed to proceed ahead of others". If everyone is priority, then no one is priority and we paid to be able to take bigger bags on the plane.

Not Complaining

Presumably everyone else paid for priority tickets for the same reason as me - to get a bigger bag on the plane. The airline offers the cheapest tickets but they make their money on the extras. That's one business model.

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lookatdesktop wrote on July 29, 2019, 9:34 AM

That is ironic for sure. Yep. Too many top priorities just for the sake of carrying on bigger bags. People like to carry on a lot even if they are just going on a one day business trip.

VinceSummers wrote on July 29, 2019, 10:35 AM

Sounds like you (as the saying used to be in the U.S.) "used the old bean!" Smart. Personally, I hate traveling by air. Not because I'm afraid of it, but because it's just a headache.

MegL wrote on July 29, 2019, 3:08 PM

I learnt a long time ago to follow two rules to packing.
Rule # 1, Never pack more than you can carry.
Rule # 2 if you need to pack more, re=efer to rule # 1

I found that out the hard way as a teenage student carrying heavy text books back home for the holidays, to study for exams. I could hardly move the suitcase, so I developed the rules. These days I try to use a rucksack, much easier to carry and the weight is balanced.

MegL wrote on July 29, 2019, 3:09 PM

It's definitely a headache, especially with all the security checks. But traveling by train and ferry would take longer and the trains are VERY expensive.