easyJet cabin luggage explained and how to maximise your hand baggage allowance
Don’t get caught out by easyJet hand luggage allowances; here are the latest baggage restrictions, plus a few tips on how to avoid paying cabin bag fees:
easyJet hand luggage allowance
You're allowed one cabin bag on board but, to make life easier, there's no weight limit so you just need to be able to lift it into the overhead locker. To save any hassle, make sure your bag (including wheels and handles) is 56 x 45 x 25cm to fit within the easyJet hand luggage size.
easyJet hand luggage allowance: size, weight and fees
|easyJet cabin bag size||easyJet hand luggage weight allowance||Number of bags allowed onboard||Cost to check in oversized hand luggage|
|56x45x25cm including handles and wheels
45x36x20cm to fit your bag under the seat in front of you
|No weight restrictions||One hand luggage bag and one duty-free shopping bag purchased at the airport||£30 at the check-in desk
£45 at the boarding gate
easyJet hold luggage allowance: size, weight and fees
|easyJet hold baggage size||easyJet hold luggage weight allowance||Number of hold bags allowed||Cost of easyJet hold luggage|
|Total size of all bags must be under 275cm - add the length, width and height of bag to calculate this||Each bag max weight 20kg||Up to 3 items of hold luggage per passenger||Online £13 - £24
At the airport £32 - £45
These fees can vary depending on the route you're flying
easyJet's hand luggage policy has been impacted by the UK Government's ban on laptops and tablets in cabins, on direct flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. Full details here.
How can you save money on easyJet baggage allowances?
Now that easyJet have done away with their guaranteed cabin baggage policy, we've got seven suggestions for you, to make sure you definitely won't be caught out by baggage charges.
1. Buy a new cabin bag
Making sure your bag doesn't exceed the maximum dimensions is a given, but to have a good chance of making it into the overhead lockers, it may be time to bite the bullet and simply switch to a smaller bag. You’ll save money on checking luggage into the hold, and save on stress at the airport worrying about whether your bag is too big, (which is priceless).
Where can I buy a hand luggage bag?
Most luggage stores sell bags specifically designed with airline measurements in mind. Read our Skyscanner staff reviews of the best cabin bags on the market.
2. Keep calm and carry on using your old bag
Instead of panicking in the face of this revolutionary rule change, you could just carry on with your carry-on. As long as your hand luggage is within the size restrictions stated above, all easyJet are saying is that they cannot guarantee that there’ll be space for it in the cabin. If the flight is full and you’re last in the queue, you might get to the gate and they say "sorry, there’s no room at the inn, it’s going in the hold". But really, what’s so bad about that? You won’t have to pay for it. You’ll have to wait in the baggage reclaim area for a few minutes, but hey, you might meet the love of your life at carousel C. The only real way to ensure your hand luggage stays in the cabin is to turn up bright and early for your flight. To be the first at your gate arrive at the airport with two to three hours to spare for international flights, one to one and a half hours for domestic. Check the hand luggage restrictions on the airport website before you arrive, so you don't get held up at security. See our list of common banned items here.
3. Pack light for your holiday
Do you really need to take a travel iron? Can you swap four pairs of wedges for some versatile day-to-evening flats? Might there be a hairdryer at the hotel? When you’re packing your suitcase, adjust to the baggage rules by correspondingly cutting your stuff down by a third, and you might find you can squeeze your holiday wardrobe into hand luggage alone. Stick to reasonably essential items. As long as you remember your underwear and enough t-shirts you can probably get by on one pair of casual jeans and one jumper for a long weekend. And don't forget to roll - careful packing can save you a packet. Check out our 15 packing tips as a helpful guide.
4. Check in your bag
You could say that checking in your bag is loser talk (don't let them win!) but you could also just be grown-up about the situation and accept easyJet’s rules as entirely reasonable, logical and in the interests of its passengers. Take the hit and check your travel bag into the hold: if you're honest, you've probably annoyed other passengers for far too long, blocking the aisle while trying to force your case into an overhead locker.
How much does easyJet charge for hold luggage?
You'll pay between £12 - 22 per item, per flight in advance online. This shoots up to £32 at the baggage drop, and a hefty £45 if you leave it until the boarding gate to admit you're a heavy packer. If you know you've got something to check in, pay the fee when you book your flight.
5. Become a member
Frequent flyer? Join the easyJet Plus scheme (annual fee £170) buy a FLEXI fare, or splash out a few quid on an Up Front or Extra Legroom seat, and you can bring on an additional under-seat bag like a laptop case or handbag. With Speedy Boarding you'll also have first dibs at that oh-so valuable overhead locker space, and avoid ugly scenes in the rush for the cheap seats. But that’s all part of the fun of budget air travel, isn’t it?
What are the benefits of booking a FLEXI fare ticket?
These cost more than the standard fixed date tickets, but they allow you to bring more baggage: one hold bag and an extra under-seat bag no bigger than 45 x 36 x 20 cm. They allow you to change your flights with no penalty up to one week before and three weeks after your flight, as long as the new flights cost the same or less.
6. Wear your luggage on the flight
We don’t mean using your suitcase as a makeshift sunhat or stuffing your rucksack down your pants. We’re talking about a new generation of ‘wearable luggage’ or ‘luggage jackets’ – essentially clothing that allows you to carry your belongings about your person when flying. Ok, in some cases you may look like a cleaner, while others are in fact rather stylish. But really, if it's saving you money who cares? Besides, you can buy a new outfit with the money you save on check-in fees. Read our review of the best wearable luggage products around for more sneaky ways to boost your baggage allowance.
7. Use another airline
If you object to this clampdown on cabin luggage then make a stand and fly with a different airline. There may well be a choice of carriers operating the route you're flying. Of course, this may mean higher prices, or having to check in your bag. EasyJet’s allowance is actually pretty generous - there's no weight limit on hand baggage.
What other budget airlines are there?
Ryanair and Flybe are common alternatives on domestic flights in the UK, while Jet2 fly to popular budget destinations in Europe like Spain. Restrictions differ between them though - for example, Ryanair have a weight allowance (up to 10kg) and Hungarian airline WizzAir charge for anything larger than a laptop or a handbag. Check out our guide to luggage sizes and weight restrictions to compare more European short-haul airlines.
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