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Ryanair flights from abroad to the UK are proving to be pricier for British passengers. Flights are advertised in euros but then converted into pounds at the end of the booking journey. Which? Travel, which investigated the “rip off,” have said this “switch is always at a terrible exchange rate.” The consumer group looked at 10 flights from foreign airports back to the UK in their research.

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Ryanair flights: Britons paying EXTRA due to airline’s ‘terrible’ currency conversion

All the flights saw passengers paying more due to the pound conversion rate compared to if they had paid in euros and let their bank or card provider do the currency exchange.

Ryanair customers are able to opt out of the exchange rate but this option is hidden under a box out under “more information on our guaranteed exchange rate.”

This goes on to warn travellers that opting out “could result in significantly higher costs.”

Which? Travel examined a flight from Spain to the UK to see how Ryanair’s exchange rate affected the overall price.

“This week we found a flight from Alicante to London Gatwick advertised at €156.45,” the consumer group said.

“But at the point of paying, Ryanair switched the currency into pounds. The total fare was now £145.82; an exchange rate of 93p for each euro.

Ryanair flights: Britons paying EXTRA due to airline’s ‘terrible’ currency conversion (Image: Getty Images)Ryanair flights are advertised in euros but then converted into pounds at the end (Image: Getty Images)

“On the same day, Visa had a euro/pound exchange rate of 87p for each euro. So if we had opted out we would have paid just £137.10 for the same flight– nearly nine pounds less than with Ryanair’s currency exchange.”

The currency conversion was first reported on by Which? Travel a year ago but is clearly still ongoing.

Later year Ryanair responded to the travel company saying it “complies with EU and national laws on consumer protection.”

Express.co.uk has contacted Ryanair for further comment on their exchange rate.

Holidaymakers should always try to pay in euros on any other local currency, Which? Travel advised.

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“It’s better to let your card provider or bank make the currency conversion, not Ryanair,” they said.

A travel expert has also revealed where you should never sit on a Ryanair plane if you want a view. 

Digital travel editor Oliver Smith explained on The Telegraph that he found himself in a window seat without a window. Despite sitting in a seat where one would expect a window, Smith had nothing but a white plastic wall panel.

He explained that on every single Ryanair plane, seat 11A does not have a window.

Smith also revealed the 11F and 12F seats on the opposite side of the Boeing 737-800 model also have no window.

There are seats you should look out for if you want a comfortable journey, however. Ryanair has shared its seat hacks on its website and has revealed the seats you want to choose to have more legroom.

If you want more space the airline advises “treating yourself to one of the roomier seats in rows 16 and 17.”

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