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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Ryanair's 250% increase in luggage fees

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The low-cost carrier has done it again. They have made it to the headline with yet another incredulous announcement. The fees for checked-in luggage will rise steeply, in some cases up towards the 250% mark.

In an attempt to make passengers travel with hand-luggage only, Ryanair is raising all their fees for checked-in baggage. If you only carry hand-luggage, weighing less than 10 kilo, you will not notice any differences. However, if you want to check-in your bags, the following will now apply;

Checking in 1 bag online: will rise from €10 to €15 per flight from next month, a 50% increase.

Checking in 1 bag at the airport: will rise from €20 to €30 per flight from next month, a 50% increase.

In an attempt to profit further, Ryanair is doubling the checked-in baggage allowance for each passenger. From having allowed each passenger a weight allowance of only 15 kg, you can now bring with you 30 kilos, as long as no single bag weighs more than 15 kilos. A strange turnaround from an airline that says that they want to get rid of checked-in baggage.

Checking in 2nd bag online: will rise from €20 to €35 per flight from next month, a 75% increase.

Checking in 2nd bag at the airport: will rise from €20 to €70 per flight from next month, a 250% increase.

If you bag weighs too much, you will now have to pay even more for the extra kilos as the excess bag fee is being increased from €15 to €20 per kilo. So, do note that if you have more than 1 kilo too much, you are better off paying the 2nd bag charge online.

If you are travelling with checked-in luggage, the other airlines start to look like a more appealing offer, and possibly even a cheaper one.

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2 comments:

  1. that makes Ryanair a standard company with any service! now the Irish carrier is almost as expensive than BA on some routes...
    So I think that i can get a better value of money with other airline, and i'll avoid Ryanair

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  2. Hi, absolutely. If you are travelling with luggage, then your best bet is to check for discounted fares with standard airlines. Ryanair only seem to want passengers that travel on business or a short weekend./ Travelbug

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