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21. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1134 posts) 28w Star this if you like it!

Easyjet: "Bags & Extras -Cabin baggage is limited to bags measuring of 56x45x25cm (including handles and wheels) or less. FLEXI fare and easyJet Plus customers may bring an additional small (laptop or hand bag) as well, which must be stowed under the seat in front. Remember that adding hold luggage to this booking will be cheaper than doing it at the airport."

Ryanair: "(Effective date 30 May 2018) 8.3.1 You may carry one large cabin bag per passenger (no allowance for infants travelling on their parent’s lap) weighing up to 10kg with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, plus one small cabin bag of up to 35 x 20 x 20 cms (click here for Regulations concerning Cabin Baggage).
If you purchased Priority Boarding (including a Flexi, Flexi Plus or Family Plus ticket), you may carry on board the small and the large piece of Cabin Baggage, unless operational reasons require us to place the large cabin bag in the hold.
If you are travelling on a Standard ticket, due to space restrictions the large cabin bag will be placed into the hold at the boarding gate as Checked Baggage at no additional charge."

Clear as mud! Even if you buy the Ryanair Priority ticket, your cabin baggage might be placed in the hold (so therefore it won't be cabin baggage).

22. Posted by leics2 (Respected Member 448 posts) 28w Star this if you like it!

> Even if you buy the Ryanair Priority ticket, your cabin baggage might be placed in the hold (so therefore it won't be cabin baggage).

But that can happen on any airline. I've seen it happen more than once on Easyjet flights when there are lots of passengers with large cabin bags as well as on mainstream airlines in the UK (including BA & Virgin) and the US (Delta, United). When waiting at US airports I've often heard check-in staff ask for volunteers to put their cabin bags in the hold, especially on the smaller planes. If there aren't enough volunteers, the final passengers end up having their bags taken.

No airline can gauge in advance exactly how many cabin bags there will be and what sizes they will be. If all or almost all passengers bring a cabin bag which is too large to go under the seat then it's inevitable that some will have to be placed in the hold to be collected at baggage reclaim or...as I experienced on one US domestic flight...left for collection at the entrance to the airport. I assume they'd been stored somewhere else in the plane (a hidden cupboard, perhaps?)

[ Edit: Edited on 30-May-2018, at 13:25 by leics2 ]

23. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1134 posts) 28w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

But that can happen on any airline.

On 'mainstream' airlines, passengers are not explicitly asked to pay extra to be entitled to have more than one piece of cabin baggage.

24. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1287 posts) 28w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

No airline can gauge in advance exactly how many cabin bags there will be and what sizes they will be.

Agreed. They all have to come up with a system to try to cope with this. I think we're saying Ryanair's solution is worse than the other budget airlines.

25. Posted by leics2 (Respected Member 448 posts) 28w Star this if you like it!

>On 'mainstream' airlines, passengers are not explicitly asked to pay extra to be entitled to have more than one piece of cabin baggage

Of course. That's one reason their fares are almost always much higher than European budget airlines. Though, to be honest, I'd rather pay extra and know my bag will be in the cabin with me than have it unexpectedly taken off me at the gate with all the potential faff of having to remove valuables, documents, medications etc.

> I think we're saying Ryanair's solution is worse than the other budget airlines.

I agree that it's entirely a matter of personal opinion and it may be the Ryanair will realise that the idea isn't working and will change its policy. For now, unless we've experienced it ourselves, perhaps we should just give the facts?

[ Edit: Edited on 31-May-2018, at 01:04 by leics2 ]

26. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1287 posts) 28w Star this if you like it!

I came across this Telegraph article which I thought an interesting take on this issue. It includes a conclusion that Ryanair is causing itself problems by having high charges for checked bags, leading to the cabin baggage problems.

It also says that the checked bag charge is being hiked, in the example they gave, from £25 to £35, so they're not exactly helping themselves.

It's hard to quickly compare checked bag charges as they seem to vary from route to route, but Easyjet's fees table says theirs are from £8.99, Jet2 only seem to show them when you book, a test booking got me £16, and WizzAir from £12.50 but they all vary and it seems almost designed to be hard to compare.

27. Posted by leics2 (Respected Member 448 posts) 28w Star this if you like it!

Wow Air (basic ticket) and Jet2 don't give their baggage rates before booking, Flybe start at £18.50 for 15kg, US airlines I've used on domestic routes start from 25 USD per checked bag per leg...

In essence, it all comes down to personal preference and doing a bit of research to find out which airline is going to be best for you, your route and your dates.

28. Posted by nyk_flashpacker (Budding Member 21 posts) 27w Star this if you like it!

Make sure you do not go beyond the allotted baggage weight on both airlines or you'll have to pay per Kg price. If you think you'll need more than what you've already bought (based on your trip shopping, etc.), buy additional bags in advance as sometimes they have discounts on early purchases)

Cheers
nyk

29. Posted by leics2 (Respected Member 448 posts) 27w Star this if you like it!

>buy additional bags in advance as sometimes they have discounts on early purchases

With airlines such as Ryanair, Easyjet and similar it is always cheaper to buy bags online in advance than to wait until you are at bag drop to do so.

30. Posted by sabri38 (Budding Member 10 posts) 25w Star this if you like it!

It's funny that these airlines are called the cheapest, however, if you are carrying an extra luggage, it could even double the final price. This is why I also prefer taking only a backpack even for longer trips.