What Happened Between Ryanair and the Price Comparison Sites?In August 2008, Ryanair made the decision to cancel tickets bought from third party websites. The decision was announced with very little notice and no compensation was offered to tourists whose vacations were ruined by the decision. Ryanair gave refunds for the flights but this was of little consolation when people lost hotel, car hire and other bookings when they were turned away by Ryanair at the airport.
Why Did Ryanair Take This Action?The reason Ryanair canceled tourists' tickets, Ryanair claimed, was that it prevented Ryanair from contacting passengers in case of emergency. It was also claimed that these sites, often called 'screen scrapers', added on extra charges.
However, it was widely speculated that the real reason why Ryanair didn't want people to book through other sites because it meant they never actually visited Ryanair's homepage, which sells a lot more than just flights.
Ryanair's prices are often not as cheap as is commonly believed. See this Ryanair v easyJet Price Comparison. Ryanair's move makes it much more difficult than ever before to compare their prices with those offered by other airlines.
So How Can I Be Sure I'm Getting the Cheapest Flights?To compare Ryanair prices with other airlines, search using the below link and then do a separate search on Ryanair.com. However, be sure to go all the way to the point of purchase as the first price you see is nowhere near the full price you will pay. Ryanair adds a lot more fees and charges than most other airlines.
Note that Spain has quite a few airports. You may find that a different airport nearby offers you a better deal. Check out these links below to find alternative airports.