Quick Guide To Budget Airline Baggage
Airline Baggage can be a bit of a minefield…
As every single airline has its own weight allowances, rules, regulations and fees, it can be difficult to know exactly how much luggage space you’re entitled to when you book a flight.
And, frustratingly, luggage allowance can be a major factor when you’re deciding which airline to fly with; especially if you’re going on a long holiday or taking a year abroad when you need to take a considerable amount with you on your travels.
So, as we know a thing or two about luggage, we at MyBaggage.com have decided to create this handy infographic below which outlines how each of the five main budget airlines (Easy Jet, Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Jet2 and Flybe) compare on hand baggage allowance, checked baggage fees and excess baggage charges.
Hopefully we can make airline baggage a little easier to get your head around. And, if you need some more information, you can check out the Airline section of our website, where we give a detailed breakdown of your exact allowances and fees for nine major airlines.
Hand Luggage: All five budget airlines offer similar hand baggage space. Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Flybe and Jet2 all permit a 10kg hand luggage bag, varying just slightly in size, alongside a smaller item such as a handbag or a laptop. Easy Jet, however, only permits one single piece of hand luggage.
Checked Baggage: Checked baggage fees for all the main budget airlines varies greatly, with Ryanair charging Â£35 for a 20kg item and Jet2 charging Â£10 for a 20kg bag.
Excess Baggage Fees: Extra weight on a Flybe flight will cost you a hefty Â£15 per kg. With Aer Lingus and Jet2, excess baggage is charged at Â£12 per kg and with Ryanair and Easy Jet, you pay Â£10 per kg. Travelling with an overweight bag can add considerable extra costs to your overall journey.
Tips For Lowering Baggage Costs
1. Always book online. Booking your luggage at the airport check in desk can cost up to twice as much as online.
2. Don’t go overweight. Excess baggage charges can really add up, so make sure your luggage is not overweight. If you’re not sure how heavy your suitcase is, you can buy an inexpensive set up luggage scales from Amazon or in many local Pound Stores.
3. Use a luggage shipping service. If you are taking two bags, or luggage weighing over kg, you might want to consider a specialist luggage shipping service. My Baggage offers fast, low cost and reliable luggage shipping to 200+ countries from just Â£16.99 for 30kg. We will collect your luggage from your front door and deliver it to wherever it needs to go. You’ll also get full online tracking and any customer support you need via phone, email or live chat. Find out more about our luggage shipping.
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