If you’re heading abroad this month but are still feeling the financial pinch of Christmas, Ryanair may have a solution. (Featured image is by final gather)
The low-cost airline has launched an online game that offers passengers the chance to win back the cost of their flight – for an additional fee, of course.
At the end of the online payment process, customers can now choose to “Play & Win” by handing over £3, £4 or £5 depending on the cost of their flights.
If you decide to take part, you’ll be asked a general knowledge question on anything from geography to history, science to sport.
If you answer correctly, you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a full refund on your flights – not bad eh?
Of course, there is no guarantee of winning the refund - but the airline claims there will be at least three winners each week.
If you are lucky enough to win back the cost of your flights you’ll be told on the flight information page and get a refund within ten weeks.
Ryanair has not yet revealed how many passengers have taken the gamble so far, and given the long list of offers thrown at customers during the booking process, it might be a step too far for some.
The airline did, however, reveal the details of the first winner of the game. James McLaughlin from Co Donegal, Ireland, won back €676 (£567).
He said: “I’m a big fan of Ryanair’s low fares and I’m a frequent flyer. Winning my fare back was the best news I got in ages and I’m over the moon!”
This isn’t the first eye-catching initiative Ryanair has tried. It has suggested in the past that cabin crew lose weight in order to save fuel, while CEO Michael O’Leary’s suggestion that passengers should be charged £1 to use the toilet was met with fierce criticism.Oonagh Shiel