European budget carrier EasyJet that has a reputation for being one of the best airlines for passengers traveling with hand luggage just increased it’s pricing for checked baggage.
According to the most recent update EasyJet has upped their fee for a 23KG checked bag to £33.99 if prepaid, £40.00 if bought during check-in and £50.00 if you get found out during boarding (gate check).
Draconian measures for extra services such as checked bags are nothing new for budget carriers but one should keep in mind that £34-40 per way is a more than significant add on if one really has to check in a bag. The shorter flights remain to incur reduced fees for checked baggage.
You can access EasyJet’s baggage pricing and fee policies here.
We check bag sizes before you board. If they’re bigger than the maximum 56x45x25cm (including handles and wheels), they can’t go in the cabin and we’ll have to check them into the aircraft hold for a charge.
The following fees are applicable:
The actual increases affect passengers who are paying for their baggage at the airport as mentioned (£40 at the counter, £50 at the gate). In 2017, these charges were £35 and £45 respectively, having increased by £5 each in a year.
Excess baggage fees have not only increased but changed to a customer-unfriendly bundle system. Passengers can pay for extra weight up to 32kg; this has increased from £3 per kg to £12 per 3kg.
Flexi, Upfront, Extra Legroom customers and easyJet Plus cardholders can bring an additional under seat bag like a laptop bag or handbag. Maximum size 45x36x20cm. If one flies easyJet on a regular basis it might be worth it to purchase the easyJet Plus card to use the associated benefits.
This is basically a frequent flyer program but instead of earning your benefits through frequent flight activity you just pay £199 upfront and avail yourself to the benefits. To be honest not too horrible if you consider many people go on expensive mileage runs to upkeep elite status with the legacy carriers.
I like EasyJet for their unlimited carry on policy as long as one stays within the cabin bag measurement limits. Not that I use them much, maybe once or twice a year, but it’s always a welcome alternative especially to/from various German destinations.
If one relies on checked baggage I’d probably avoid it and book a full service carrier instead. The fees can be expensive depending on what channel you choose to pay for it. When flying from the main airports it’s often cheaper to go for a full service carrier however if going that route one has to watch the fares as well because many airlines introduced hand baggage only fares that are even worse than Easyjet as they allow a max of 8kg carry on. It’s imperative to do the math here!