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£10 off a Ryanair ticket with Amex – and they launch ‘Business Plus’!

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I don’t know how many American Express Platinum card customers fly with Ryanair.  Amex presumably has the data, and so there is probably a good reason why there is a new offer showing on my online account.

(EDIT 8.30am: I have rewritten this post to reflect the fact that Andrew in the comments highlighted a direct registration link.  This means that everyone can sign up even if it doesn’t show in your online Amex account.)

The first 8,125 customers to register will receive £10 statement credit when they book a Ryanair flight before 31st October.

The link to register is here.

Ryanair American Express promo

(Before you start wondering about excessive credit card fees, Ryanair has now reduced them to 2%.  For bookings under £250 – which is most of them – their card fees are now lower than British Airways.)

There is no minimum spend.  If you have the offer on two of your Amex cards, you could save £20 on a return ticket by booking each leg separately and using a different card for each.

Ryanair launching new ‘business class’ frills

Ryanair announced ‘Business Plus’ last week.  Aimed squarely at the business travel market, it will allow travellers to change their tickets up to 40 minutes before departure and check in one piece of luggage for free.

‘Business Plus’ tickets will also receive free premium seating which guarantees a spot at the front of the plane or at an emergency exit row.  Fast Track security will also be included at selected airports including Stansted.

As The Telegraph reports, though, Ryanair has not entirely changed its spots.  If you do not tell the airline at the time of booking that you want a premium seat or will bring a suitcase, you will have to pay.

The most important bit of Ryanair news recently was overlooked.  It is slowly adding itself to the Global Distribution Systems such as Amadeus and Sabre, despite being required to pay a fee for this.  You will soon see Ryanair flights when searching on Expedia etc.

In terms of cracking the corporate market, this may have more of an impact than ‘Business Plus’ or similar efforts.  Many corporate travel bookers only book what their online system offers – few have memorised the entire Ryanair route network.  Travellers who are obliged to book the cheapest flight offered by their corporate booking system should be prepared ….

Comments (37)

  • James says:

    Is there a difference between FR and BA’s new CE seats? Could turn out to be a very astute move on Ryanair’s part.

  • John says:

    This may have now changed, but when I booked a Ryanair flight a couple of months ago originating in the Eurozone (and therefore priced in Euros), the cheapest way to use a sterling payment method was Amex. For all other payment methods, Ryanair did their own conversion to GBP (at an incredibly bad rate) and then charged you in GBP. But for Amex, they put through the transaction in Euros – and the better exchange rate I got more than made up for the 2% credit card fee and 3% Amex foreign exchange fee.

    • nerd. says:

      You can make them charge you in the local currency as I did this just last month booking a flight back from Budapest (my N&P account has no FX charge). It is so not obvious I had to Google it and even after I followed instructions, Ryanair’s website made it look like it didn’t work… Come to think of it I need to double check that it did, but I’m pretty sure you can do it.

  • Boots says:

    Booked a Ryanair flight early Sept, using the right Amex card to get a £10 statement credit.

    No statement credit as of yesterday but last night the nice lady @ Amex just credited £10 to me on the phone.