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Posted by Tom on Monday, July 27, 2009
The Times recently shared a clever way to take back the money that you might have lost with Ryanair's £5 online check-in fee. A cup of coffee on board sets you back either £3 or €3, so you can pay for your coffee with either currency and ask for your change back in either currency. If you pay with a €50 bill, you could get €47 back in change, but that's only worth around £41. Instead, pay 50 euros but ask for your change back in pounds sterling - and instead of getting £41 back, you get £47 and make a profit of £6. Not only do you get back your online check-in fee, but you get an extra quid on the side (depending on the exchange rate, of course). I'm surprised that Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary, famous for his fanatical low-cost approach, hasn't removed this loophole yet, but I'm assuming that it's only a matter of time.