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Cheaper to change your name by deed poll...

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Cheaper to change your name by deed poll...

...than change you name on Ryanair's flight schedule.
Not sure of the logic in doing this. He'll either have to change his name back on return with the cost of another passport almost wiping out any savings or he'll have to invest much time in changing his name on official forms, credit/debit cards, etc.
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A student changed his name by deed poll to go on holiday - because it was cheaper than fixing a Ryanair booking error.
Batman fan Adam Armstrong, 19, would have been forced to pay £220 - double the price of his flight - to correct a mistake by his girlfriend’s stepfather, who booked him a flight under the surname West.
But he avoided the cost by changing his surname by deed poll to West for free and by getting a new passport under the name for £103, The Sun reported.

The headline is misleading as the mistake was down to his girl-friend's stepfather and not Ryanair!

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Re: Cheaper to change your name by deed poll...

I remember seeing something on the beeb a few months back which said the same thing, that it's cheaper to change your name temporarily by deed poll than it is to get around airline namechange fees, really stupid though being charged a lot of money to fix a typo, imagine how much money forums could make if they charged users to use the "Edit" or "Modify" links to correct their own posts... Grin
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Re: Cheaper to change your name by deed poll...

Don't put ideas in their heads.
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Re: Cheaper to change your name by deed poll...

So damaging to the Ryanair brand!
£220 to change a name on a ticket! That would take a Ryanair person twenty seconds to change the surname on the computer.
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Re: Cheaper to change your name by deed poll...

The first mistake was buying tickets from Ryanair.
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Re: Cheaper to change your name by deed poll...

those tickets probably cost £20, its the mistakes that's where they make the real money .... I had a friend purchased some tickets whilst drunk, when they arrived he'd spelt his surname incorrectly (fat fingers) and when he called up to ask about correcting the mistake was told by the customer rep it would be cheaper to just buy another ticket..... long story short he purchased another ticket and because he had the current as yet unused one he got 20% off the price of the second one (a promotion they were running at the time) so he got a double window seat all to himself for both outbound and inbound journeys, best part was when he got back to work he told everyone that his flight had 80 people instead of the normal 160 on it because every other person on the flight had apparently made a similar mistake on the original flight booking and been given the exact same advice...
me I always let the wife make bookings because her spelling is far better than mine /
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Re: Cheaper to change your name by deed poll...

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, really stupid though being charged a lot of money to fix a typo, imagine how much money forums could make if they charged users to use the "Edit" or "Modify" links to correct their own posts... Grin

Is it to fix typos or to stop reselling of tickets?
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Re: Cheaper to change your name by deed poll...

well they claim its to stop ticket touting but the funny thing is other airlines were charging £20 admin fee and there ticket prices were only about £80
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Is it to fix typos or to stop reselling of tickets?

They've already got the money for the ticket so if someone wants to sell it on at a profit and someone else is daft enough to buy it then why should the airline care?
It's simply profiteering. As said before, £20 to press a few keys should be ample. Also, why charge twice just for changing one name?

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because the return trip needs a ticket two ....
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Is it to fix typos or to stop reselling of tickets?

They've already got the money for the ticket so if someone wants to sell it on at a profit and someone else is daft enough to buy it then why should the airline care?
It's simply profiteering. As said before, £20 to press a few keys should be ample. Also, why charge twice just for changing one name?

Exactly.
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because the return trip needs a ticket two ....

From the OP link:
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Ryanair said there would be a £110 charge for amending the name, but because his girlfriend was on a separate booking, the administration fee would have had to be paid twice.
That doesn't make sense to me Undecided

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