Selecting a seat when booking a flight has become a total habit of mine. Whenever I’m presented with the seat map, I go ahead and pick where I want to sit. Luckily my frequent flyer status with British Airways means it’s usually free.

When I fly Aer Lingus or Ryanair I also select a seat, which means paying for it. Recently I made a flight booking with Ryanair and was going to select a seat when I realised how silly that would be.

Why Is That Silly?

Quite frankly, it was going to be a complete waste of money. I booked a ticket on the new service from Kerry to Dublin and when presented with the seat map, I started looking at where I might like to sit.


After a minute, it struck me that paying between €4 and as much as €20 for a seat was a total waste of money. The flight cost €19.99 and really, how many people are going to be on this flight? I decided to move along without selecting a seat.


Of course, that prompted the Ryanair website to throw up a number of warnings. You can’t check-in online until 24 hours before the flight without selecting a seat but I’ll cope. Since Ryanair usually assign middle seats to cheapskates who don’t pay for a seat, I’m ready for it. However since the flight will be lightly loaded, I’m certain I will be moving to a window.

Overall Thoughts

It’s very weird for me not to have a seat assigned well in advance of a flight. In this case, it’s totally silly to spend the extra cash on this, and so I have not.

Keep an eye out for the upcoming flight review. We shall see if they allocate me a middle seat on an empty plane or whether I’ll get a normal seat for the flight.

What do you think of Ryanair’s seat prices? Do you pay or not? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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