So I'm thinking of taking a couple of Ryanair flights in Sept (KRK-STN and then STN-BVE or LIG). I've read some random Ryanair threads in the past and their T&Cs. I never thought I would fly them, but for this route there aren't a lot of other options that are reasonably priced.
Anyway, what I've figured out is the following:
1. Book a seat in advance so I can check in online and print boarding passes before I leave home.
2. Pay for checked luggage in advance and keep it under whatever weight I book. (Shouldn't be a problem as the most my bag has ever weighed was 26lbs (11.8kg).)
3. Make sure carry on is under the size/weight restrictions. I do have a question about this. My usual carry on is a student size backpack. It will be under the size limit, and has always fit under the seat in front of me, but it isn't under the "smaller bag size" of 35x20x20. I don't see a way to book priority boarding, but it seems this is included with a prebooked seat? Does it matter if I book the premium or regular seats? I don't really care where I sit, just want to be able to take my carry on with me (medications and electronics) and print my boarding pass in advance. Have there been a lot of problems with the 90 bag limit? I could try to figure out a way to put a bunch of stuff in pockets and have a smaller carry on for the netbook (which won't fit in any of my pockets).
4. Go to the Document Check desk before security to have boarding pass stamped.
Am I missing anything I need to know?
Do Ryanair prices go up and down randomly like other airlines or get more expensive closer to travel like Eurostar?
AFAIK, they don't overbook flights. Do they cancel flights often (I know any flight can be cancelled, but since I'd be trying to do 2 separate flights I was wondering what the likelihood was since they don't offer many flights a day.)
How long of a layover do you recommend in Stansted between 2 Ryanair flights? I'd be arriving around 8 or 9 am, I think, but my flight out would vary depending on airport and day of the week, so I'd like an idea of the minimum recommended time. There's only one flight a day to either Limoges or Brive, so if I miss it, I'm out of luck until at least the next day. (Assuming there would be seats on the next flight.)
Finally, I'm not sure this is Air Travel related, but would you recommend this option or easyJet to CDG and then train from Paris to Limoges (which would probably require an overnight in Paris due to the flight arrival times)? I haven't figured out any other reasonable ways to get from Krakow to the Dordogne.
Thanks for any suggestions or advice.