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Ireland Web

Ryanair Staff Give WordPress some lovin'

Oh yeah, a couple of Ryanair staff really love WordPress! Or maybe not. Jason Roe discovered that Ryanair’s website session handling isn’t 100% reliable. Click through to the voucher section, click back and suddenly the price of your flight is 0.00!

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Unfortunately a few Ryanair staffers decided to take it upon themselves to chastise Jason for his blog post and took a dig at WordPress while they were at it.

You dont get a free flight, there is no dynamic data to render which is prob why you got 0.00. what self respecting developer uses a crappy CMS such as word press anyway AND puts they’re mobile ph number online, i suppose even a prank call is better than nothing on a lonely sat evening!!

Personally, I believe him about ryanair.com and the “dynamic data” which I presume is POST data, but they should handle these situations better. Their chief rival in Ireland, Aer Lingus show an “expired session” page at every wrong turn which is annoying but at least doesn’t lead me down the garden path of trying to buy tickets for €0.00!

Maybe Ryanair should hire Damien to give them a clue about how to play nicely online. Can’t see that happening though. They’d probably charge you €2+€5 credit card fee just to send them a refund request by tweet.

PS. Jason verified the IP addresses of the Ryanair staff. They were browsing blogs at work from their company’s designated IP range of 193.120.152.0 to 193.120.152.127.

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Ireland

Free Priority Boarding on Ryanair

We’re all used to being fleeced by Ryanair and Aer Lingus with their 5 Euro per person, per flight “credit card charge”, which in reality should amount to 2 or 3 Euro total, so sometimes you can’t help but smile when someone gets away with fooling them ..

Darran figured out a really easy way of getting priority boarding on a Ryanair flight. I’m sure it’ll work with any other carrier too, not that I’d be encouraging you to do anything illegal, especially in these hard-up times when Ryanair are possibly skimming on their fuel allowances.

Didn’t something similar happen in the US when a NY Times journalist modified his boarding pass?

PS. In all seriousness, it’s up to Ryanair to close this loophole. The barcode on the ticket should verify that the customer did in fact buy the “Priority Boarding” upgrade. It’s the most basic check any retailer should do. If you’re an online retailer using Paypal’s IPN service they stress again and again to check every little detail of the transaction.
Who knows how much Ryanair have lost because of their incomplete checks?

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In the news

One giant leap for starman Hawking

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The Sunday Times reports that Steven Hawking is going to take a trip in the “Vomet Comet” to experience up to 25 seconds of weightlessness!

I think that is simply the most wonderful thing that could happen to a man who has studied gravity and physics all his life. He has also been offered a free place on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic spacecraft and apparently he has been, “smiling a lot this week”, and I look forward to hearing how he got on.

Hawking, 65, will be lifted out of his wheelchair so that he can enjoy zero gravity when the plane takes off from the shuttle landing facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Meanwhile, I wonder what Ryanair would do if they ran spaceflights? They’d certainly place a surcharge on any extra weight, but at the prices required to lift 1KG of weight they better not overesitimate the weight

Update! I found a photo of his weightless experience here!

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When-in-Ireland

Ryanair 0wn Aer Lingus

Ryanair are making a bid for Aer Lingus! The former national carrier, Aer Lingus, went public a few days ago. Ryanair snapped up 16% of the company and are now offering “an all cash offer of €2.80 per share.”

I can just imagine the gnashing of teeth of Aer Lingus employees as they contemplate the cuts and cost savings Michael O’Leary would introduce!