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Flights / Re: Ryanair’s New Carry-On Bag Policy from 15th Jan 18
« Last post by Relaxed on January 24, 2018, 11:45:55 PM »
I'm with nil satis on this one. I've used Ryanair (mostly on domestic Italian flights) and when they have intercepted me on the staircase up to the plane and asked me whether I'd like to put my 'cabin baggage' in the hold I've said 'thanks very much'!

Yes, you have to wait for the baggage claim, but on a recent trip into Stansted (even with special assistance which one companion needed, which meant we were on a serious fast track), the baggage was there ahead of us. To me it's a no brainer, and I see it as an improvement in Ryanair customer service, rather than a downside. The only snag is understanding it (and keeping your passport in your pocket/handbag/manbag).
Motoring / Stuart Collins Car Insurance
« Last post by Brush Strokes on January 24, 2018, 08:13:13 PM »
An early warning for those of you who drive here in Abruzzo with a UK registered car and are insured through the brokers Stuart Collins. When you come to renew your policy, you will be informed you now need a current UK MOT certificate and UK road tax and not have your vehicle SORN'd. They no longer accept the equivalent to an Italian MOT.

A bit of a blow for many I would think and sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

If this subject doesn't get Linseed's tits out nothing will  :D. Come on Linseed you know it makes sense.  ;)
Flights / Re: Ryanair’s New Carry-On Bag Policy from 15th Jan 18
« Last post by Lui on January 24, 2018, 06:25:41 PM »
I've used Ryanair and Blue Air. Couldn't see any difference at all really. If you want to be pampered fly Alitalia for mega bucks. As RM said it's basically a bus service and having accepted that it's not catering to the jetset that suits me fine. The only time I'll badmouth Ryanair is if they pull out of Pescara.
Flights / Re: Ryanair’s New Carry-On Bag Policy from 15th Jan 18
« Last post by Red Mistral on January 24, 2018, 05:38:32 PM »
This is further evidence of their obliviousness to what annoys people. The recent policy to deliberately separate people on the same booking, thus making many pay to sit together, shows that they don’t seem to get it that if they simply raised the ticket price by a couple of quid, no one would notice! It wasn’t that long ago when the company stated that they didn’t want hold luggage as it slowed things down and cost money!
That said, if you look at the overall price for the ticket and the fact that it’s basically a bus service, it’s still a very usable link to UK. If you want to travel to other airports than Stansted, Rome is quite doable, and I can recommend Blue Air to Liverpool.
Motoring / Re: Motorway tolls
« Last post by levissima on January 24, 2018, 11:22:28 AM »
A 20% discount for commuters has been refused and the protest continues.
Flights / Re: Ryanair’s New Carry-On Bag Policy from 15th Jan 18
« Last post by GeordieBorn on January 23, 2018, 03:28:39 PM »
We use RyanAir and see it as having little choice. We have used other routes, but normally they simply take longer and involve more hassle.
I have my doubts this change will save time and certainly won’t initially as there will be chaos with the Italians at Stansted and a lot of shouting with some Brits. RyanAir are obviously aware of this judging by the number of misleading missives they have issued to tell people. Hopefully some of this will have died down by the time we next use them. Following the initial issues I’m not too sure how they are going to work this, depending on how they do it, it may save no time at all if people have to pick up cases at the other end from the hold luggage retrieval point.
I suspect somewhere tied in with this is the fact he cannot now charge a fee for credit cards and he need to recoup his money somehow. Yes, I know he is saying hold baggage is cheaper and up to 20kg, but in reality these charges are minimum and certainly with Pescara they will be higher. He has also put up the price to book seating and removed the “priority” status for those “first on board” seats booked. All this will more than cover the money lost ripping you off for credit cards. Roll on the next attack on him by the authorities for his hidden charges.
Don’t get me wrong, I think the cost of flying with them is cheap, in fact very cheap if you buy at the right time. But I would willingly pay a bit more upfront for a little honesty. I think ALL airlines should have to show the total amount for a standard flight, booked seat and at least one hand/hold luggage alongside any headline price!
Rant over (for now), but you never know it might bring Linseed and his tits out of retirement to tell me off – if not, do hope he is okay…
Motoring / Re: Motorway tolls
« Last post by old timer on January 13, 2018, 02:08:09 PM »
I read in El centro today that the road hauliers are having a protest in L'Aquila today with sindaco leading it apparently the rise is 12.89% for A24/A25  which is a lot.
Motoring / Re: Motorway tolls
« Last post by Brush Strokes on January 13, 2018, 10:56:26 AM »
I can't pretend to know the toll prices to get to the bright lights of Milan and Rome, but Pescara Nord to Teramo (Giulianova) is €2.20!  :)
Motoring / Re: Motorway tolls
« Last post by Tartufa on January 12, 2018, 08:42:07 PM »
It is specifically the 'Strada dei Parchi' (Rome to Pescara A24 / A25) which is relatively high.  I remember reading something which suggested that it is subsidising the National Parks in some way. Boh.
Motoring / Re: Motorway tolls
« Last post by old timer on January 12, 2018, 08:01:16 PM »
The M6 toll road is 43km and costs £5.90 about 6.66 euro. A coffee along there (if you can call it coffee) will cost at least £2.30 . Pescara to  Milan is about 520km and costs about 4.40 euro on uk prices that would equate to about 80 euro. Considering the trafic I know which I would prefer to be driving on and it is not UK.
One Christmas we were in Scotland. Going from worthing to Dunbar (near Edinburgh ) we left a 6 o'clock and we're in Dunbar for 14.30 having stipend for breakfast,  coffee and lunch. Returning because of road closure due to accidents. The weather was dry and sunny. To us 10.5 hours.
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