FR666 – Dublin to Birmingham with Ryanair – Summer Tier Points
In this… epic.
- When will I learn to jump on a fare?
- Wednesday Afternoon.. off to the airport
- EI273 Birmingham to Dublin Airport
- Into Dublin for some Donuts. And Pokemon
- The Travelodge in Swords, Dublin Airport
- Pre-Clearance fun at Dublin airport, 51st and Green Lounge
- AA291 Dublin to New York JFK – Business Class
- A Manhattan Char Siu Adventure
- Back in the Secure Area, Flagship Lounge and AAdmirals Club
- AA2652 New York JFK to San Francisco International – Transcontinental Business Class
- The Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
- Do the BART into San Francisco, The Intercontinental Mark Hopkins, San Francisco
- Sausalito: Which ferry to take?
- Halfway across the Golden Gate Bridge
- Fooding around San Francisco
- The Crowne Plaza, San Francisco Airport
- Early start at San Francisco airport
- AA164 San Francisco International to New York JFK – Transcontinental Business Class
- The joy of terminal swaps, BA Pre-departure dining
- BA174 New York JFK to London Heathrow – Club World (Business Class)
- An Early Morning Change at Heathrow
- BA828 London Heathrow T5 to Dublin Airport – Club Europe
- Doughnuts and coffee shops – Exploring Dublin
- Once more with feeling at Dublin Airport
- FR666 Dublin Airport to Birmingham Airport
- 600 TP: Done
FR666 Dublin Airport to Birmingham Airport
Ryanair Boeing 737-800, Seat 12F
200 miles flown.
Editors note: This flight was taken before the latest Ryanair luggage policy went into effect.
With a wait for the remaining passengers to disembark, the usual managed chaos was in play. A short wait in the stairway and we were released to cross the tarmac to board the plane.
I headed to the front entrance (least of all – this time I would be seated in the front end of the plane – but also I couldn’t see any decent seats in the back of the 737 when I booked the flight.
As for the seat and cabin… it’s the classic Ryanair style (non-Boeing Signature Interior) with the old style seats by Zodiac Aerospace. Whilst not the epitome of comfort at 17” Width and 30” pitch – it would do.
Boarding continued with another full load heading to Birmingham that evening. It goes without saying I had an elbow shover next to me who instead on trying to use a 15” laptop in the seat (good luck with that), and young children who were less than thrilled being aboard a Ryanair flight
But my body couldn’t care less. After taking in the safety card and where the nearest exits were (2 rows in front), I passed out.
The next thing I knew, the engines were spooling up for take-off.
With the plane taking off into the sky came the sales pitches. And whilst I didn’t have any noise cancelling headphones, they’re easy to 1) filter out on a 45-minute flight and 2) the Skullcandy headphones I have do the job nicely of blocking out the annoying noise.
I drifted in and out of sleep for the flight, waking up in time for the scratchcard sales pitch and decent.
As it was dark, FR666 took its descent into the Birmingham area, going south of the airport, turning across Leamington Spa, and Coventry in the distance.
And pretty much like every Ryanair flight I’ve had in the past year – it was a hard bounce onto the tarmac at Birmingham Airport a FR666 landed.
With the plane landed, and pulling off the runway – oh we know what’s next don’t we people
The plane taxied towards the main terminal, passing an Emirates Airbus A380 heading out to Dubai.
Our 737 took a turn for EuroPier and Gate 1, with the engines shutting down.
With the engines shut down, came the mass brawl to get off the plane. I just waited my turn.
With my hand luggage in hand, I headed off the plane
Overall: Another classic Ryanair flight – A to B, with the sales pitches. I can’t say much more than that really… mainly as I was passed out. As for it being the flight of the beast? FR666 didn’t feel that beastly.
With some urgency, I headed off the plane. Least of all I wanted a good start on the rest of the world. Also, I needed to find where my luggage wood spit out
Gate 1 luckily spits out past immigration and in the main reclaim zone. A 15-minute wait and the luggage began to spit out. My bag was in the middle of the unload process and unhappily spat out of the belt.
I cleared the customs process and headed for the exit. Thankfully, Birmingham Airport is nice and small in this respect – and I was clear by about 9:15. Whilst that would mean I could take a train home if I felt the urge, that wasn’t my idea.
I cheated and went for an Uber for the final leg back to the flat.
A short wait – and it appeared ready to take me home.
There was a minor debate between me and the driver (with the driver wanting to take the motorway, and me saying take the A route which would 1) be quicker and 2) cost less).
In the end, the driver acknowledged my request.
20 minutes later… I was dropped off outside the flat, with my bags and myself ending up on the pavement.
Another few minutes later – I was at my front door – the end of the Tier point adventure.
Finally: 600TP: Done.
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