One of the pioneers of budget air travel, easyJet has grown over the years to become one of Europe’s largest airlines. easyJet stands out amongst its low cost competitors by offering convenience, for example flying to primary airports and allowing passengers to make free of charge changes under the “flexi fare” scheme. easyJet’s popularity among business and leisure travellers has led to it becoming the UK’s top airline in terms of passengers carried.
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How to Check-in
easyJet no longer have airport check in desks, although it’s still possible to check in for free at the bag drop desks. Passengers are encouraged to check in online and print out their own boarding cards to save time at the airport. You can check in online from 30 days before your flight if you’re feeling very organised, or up to two hours before if you’re in a hurry. You can check in for the outbound and return journey at the same time, as long as the flights are both leaving within 30 days. This will save you the stress of trying to find an internet café with a printer in your holiday resort. If you check in online, bring your hold luggage to the bag drop desk. These desks close 40 minutes before the flight’s scheduled departure unless you’re flying from Egypt, Jordan, Israel or Morocco where they close an hour before the flight departs. Remember to leave yourself plenty of time to get through security.
Baggage Allowances and Fees
Each passenger is allowed to bring one piece of luggage into the cabin with them. This should measure up to 56cm x 45cm x 25cm. Your bag may have to be placed in the hold if the flight is busy and there’s no space in the overhead lockers, so easyJet advise you arrive at the gate early. Smaller bags (measuring 50 x40 x 20cm) are guaranteed not to be put in the hold. There’s an extra charge for hold luggage, at a rate of £25 per person if bought online or £40 if bought at the bag drop desk. Each person who pays for a hold bag is entitled to bring 20kg; so it’s possible to bring two hold bags for £25, as long as the combined weight does not exceed 20kg. easyJet also let you spread the weight across bags if you’re travelling in a party of two or more, so if your friend has 15kg in his bag you can put up to 25kg in your bag. Extra weight can be purchased at a rate of £7 per kilo online, or £11 per kilo at the airport.
Seats are allocated for free upon check in, but if you don’t want to leave your seating to chance it’s possible to pay for a different seat. You can book an emergency exit seat with an extra two inches of leg room for £12, sit at the front for £8, or choose any other seat for £3. Passengers who book a seat with extra legroom or at the front of the plane will be allowed to board with the priority passengers. With only 29” of legroom, easyJet seats can be a bit of a squeeze for taller passengers. However the generous width of 17.5” gives passengers more space than other airlines in the same price band.
There’s a £10 admin fee per booking, which is unavoidable. If you pay by credit card there’s an additional fee of 2.5% of the total transaction value although you can avoid this by paying with a debit card.
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