Finnair Removes Free Checked Bag From Its Lowest Fares On Finland, Scandinavian & Baltic Flights

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Finnair will introduce new “light” fare on March 17, 2015, for flights within Finland, Scandinavia and Baltics that doesn’t come with free checked bag allowance.

Finnair Pay For Bag

Finnair claims that the “light” fares will be lower and passengers can choose to pay 10 euros for a checked bag when paid in advance or 30 euros if done at the airport.

Finnair Plus Silver, Gold and Platinum members can check one bag free even with this fare type. I would expect that this would apply for Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members too (maybe for Ruby too that maps to Finnair Silver).

Here’s the press release:

Finnair is introducing Light, a new ticket type for passengers travelling with hand baggage only on Finnair-operated flights between Finland, Scandinavia and the Baltic countries. Light becomes the lowest-fare option in Finnair’s ticket type offering.

The new ticket type will be on sale from 17 March 2015. All other ticket types continue to include checked baggage.

“This will offer more choice to Finnair customers – they have the freedom to select the ticket type that best suits their needs. We fly a large number of passengers who travel with hand baggage only,” says Tomi Hänninen, Vice President, Revenue Management and Pricing.

“We want to ensure that Finnair’s ticket portfolio offers a suitable ticket type for every type of traveller. The new ticket type is part of the continuous service development towards an improved travel experience and wider choice for our customers,” Hänninen adds.

If needed, checked baggage may be purchased in advance or at the airport. The prepayment baggage charge is considerably lower (10 euros/piece/direction) than the airport baggage charge.

For more information about the Light ticket please visit www.finnair.com/fi/gb/light

Further information about Finnair tickets available at
http://www.finnair.com/fi/fi/information-services/planning-your-trip/planning-booking-your-flight/ticket-types

Conclusion

Many of the former “full” service airlines in Europe are copying their American counterparts and have started to charge for a checked bag on lowest fare types (British Airways, KLM, Air France and now Finnair). Some waive the fee for elite members but many don’t.

Finnair faces stiff competition from the ever expanding Norwegian that charges for checked bag (been there – done that), but whose fares are often a LOT less compared to Finnair.

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