Student Adam Armstrong is today's most amazing beater of the system, after it was revealed that he avoided a horrendous Ryanair ticket amendment fee by taking the cheaper option of changing his actual name -- saving himself £117 in the process.
Armstrong's mess was triggered when the stepfather of his girlfriend booked a ticket to fly to Ibiza under the wrong name, because Adam had changed his surname to West in some sort of internet tribute to TV batman actor Adam West. Ryanair wanted £220 to change the name on the ticket, so he instead changed his name to Adam West by deed poll (free) and rushed through a new passport (£103), saving £117 over the cost of having the ticket amended.
Ryanair explained why it applies the £220 amendment charge from hell on tickets, saying: "Customers are asked to ensure that the details they enter at the time of booking are correct before completing their booking and we offer a 24-hour 'grace period' to correct minor booking errors. A name change fee is charged in order to discourage and prevent unauthorised online travel agents from 'screenscraping' Ryanair's cheapest fares and reselling them on to unwitting consumers at hugely inflated costs." [Standard]