Connecting From Etihad’s First Apartment To … Ryanair?!

Written by Charlie

When I booked my Etihad First Apartment class award ticket, I knew I just needed to find the right flight to get back to Greece. Yes, I could have added another flight to get me from London to Greece as a part of my award ticket, but I needed a flight that was not available as a oneworld option. So, I started checking out my options.

The Plan

I am only going to be in London for the day as I have just a couple of things to do there before heading back to Greece. Plus, I actually needed to arrive back in Greece that same day. Having those two factors in my planning only pointed to one option – and that was a flight on Ryanair. I have heard and read enough about Ryanair to feel like I already know it, but the closest thing I have experience to it would be easyJet.

While Ryanair is always an option on certain routes for me, Aegean has done a great job of keeping the prices almost exactly the same so that the decision for me has been a no-brainer. But, this time Aegean will not work for me so I will be finally boarding Ryanair. The price was too good to pass up and it was a non-stop so it worked perfect for me.

Booking my Ryanair flight took me a couple of times backing up through the process as they have some add-ons actually set for defaults and I have to select to remove them. While I could have added a couple of the options – such as the “premium” seat selection – I have instead opted to take the cheap, no-frills avenue.

I really have no problem flying Ryanair. I like that I can fly 3 hours on an airplane for around $35 – that is just unbelievable to me! (Actually, even more unbelievable is that I only paid about $35 in taxes and 40,000 miles for Etihad’s First Apartment!) Sure, I cannot recline and the comfort level is not going to be what I may be used to in economy on other carriers, but it is only 3 hours. Totally doable, right? 🙂

The Real “Problem”

Etihad First Apartment

Going from 8 hours in this…

Etihad First Apartment

… to 3 hours on this 🙂
Photo by RuthannOC / flickr

But, how bad is the experience going to seem since the no-frills of Ryanair is going to be magnified after flying aboard Etihad’s First Apartment class – probably the best first class seat in the skies (ignoring the Residence cabin for a moment)? Am I really going to enjoy the Ryanair experience after having just flown for 8 hours in the Etihad Apartment? 🙂

On a serious note, any Ryanair flyers have advice for me on the flight experience? Like, how much do they scrutinize the carry-on size/weight (carrying a backpack), when is the best time to check-in (I know you can check-in from up to 30 days before the flight), boarding process, check-in process, etc?

Is this going to be the strangest flight combination ever?  So, which one would you like the review on? 🙂

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.

1 Comment

  • Crazy how both flights just cost you less than $100. Enjoy and have a great time!

    As for reviews, just write reviews on both!