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Flybe’s luggage rules explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowance

What are Flybe's rules on hand luggage? How many checked bags do you get for free? Here's everything you need to know about Flybe's baggage allowances, plus eight simple ways to make sure you avoid getting stung with extra charges.

UPDATE 05.03.20: Flybe has now gone into administration. This means travellers will not receive refunds from the airline itself. Those impacted should contact their credit or debit card provider to see whether a chargeback is possible. Additionally, some travel insurance policies may provide cover. Affected travellers should visit the Civil Aviation Authority and Flybe.com for the latest information.

Flybe hand luggage allowance: size, weight and fees

Flybe cabin bag size Flybe hand luggage weight allowance Number of bags allowed onboard Cost to check in oversized hand luggage
55x35x20cm including handles and wheels 10kg maximum weight One regular cabin bag and one small handbag or laptop bag £50 at the departure gate

Flybe hold luggage allowance: size, weight and fees

Flybe hold baggage size Flybe hold luggage weight allowance Number of hold bags allowed Cost of Flybe hold luggage
No restrictions on size 23kg per item 1 item per passenger Baggage costs vary from £19-£48 depending on size and route

Note: Weight, size and hand luggage fees may vary if you are travelling with Stobart Air or Logan Air – both airlines operate regional flights under Flybe.

8 way to make sure you’re within Flybe’s luggage allowances and avoid baggage fees:

1. Buy a cabin bag that fits Flybe’s restrictions

It sounds simple, but there’s a bewildering array of cabin bags on sale these days – pick the right one and you’ll save on carrying a heavy bag, money and stress. Most luggage and department stores, as well as online shops, carry cabin-friendly bags.

Tap on the photo to find the right cabin bag for your next trip

2. Invest in a portable luggage scale

A what? Yes, a portable luggage scale. These weigh less than 300g, but will save you a world of stress. You can easily buy them online and they’ll fit into your bag (or just a drawer at home). They don’t sound like they’re an essential, but they dramatically decrease the last minute panic before the airport run – no more packing and unpacking, weigh your luggage and avoid the hassle.

3. Go back to school

When students pay for 20kg of luggage with Flybe, they’re given 20kg extra free – that means you can take up to 40kg of luggage on board Flybe flights! Just make sure you produce your student ID when you go to check-in.

4. Check your bag in

Admitting defeat and checking your bag in will be much cheaper than paying the £50 fee (checking in your bag only costs £15 when you add it online), and you avoid the stress of juggling a heavy bag on your conscience before the flight. Be realistic: if you’re anxious about whether your bag is too heavy, it probably is.

Check your bag in

5. Pack smart

What do you really need for that weekend away? Bring it back to basics. Pack your essentials (money, passport, phone and charger) into a small bag, then plan out your outfits, toiletries and technology for the next few days. If you’re a real organisational freak, you’ll love packing cubes. Our essential packing list is perfect for ticking off those items whilst you pack your new case. We’ve also got 16 top packing tips to keep your packing minimal.

6. Consider upgrading your ticket

When you book a seat with Flybe, you have three options: Just Fly, Get More and All In. Just Fly includes the details from the table above. Get More includes one item of hold luggage weighing 20kg. With All In, you get two extra pieces of hold luggage, each weighing 20kg. Get More and All In are marginally more expensive, but each have extra benefits beyond baggage. With Get More, you can choose your seat for no extra fee, you have flexibility to change your flight on the day, and extra Avios Points. On an All In ticket, you get all of the above, as well as food and drink on board, Executive Lounge Access and Fast Track boarding.

Consider upgrading your Flybe ticket

7. Pack it in your pocket, not your bag

Wearable luggage is beyond the days of lumpy jackets that only come in XXL. Now, you can purchase svelte jackets (for both women and men) that allow you to carry a number of personal items – even laptops, tablets and purses. By carrying them on your body, you avoid putting the weight into your bag. Just be prepared to empty your pockets at security.We’ve tested six of the best pieces of wearable luggage on the market.

8. Shop around for flights with another airline

If you’re trying to squeeze those extra wardrobe choices in then you might like to know that easyJet don’t have weight restrictions for cabin baggage on their flights. But Flybe isn’t too bad though: Wizzair charge for anything more than a laptop bag. Here’s the full guide to the luggage restrictions on board airlines operating low-cost European flights.

Click on the image to find out what British Airway's baggage rules are

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Information correct as of 12th August 2018, obtained from https://www.flybe.com/baggage. Please always check the latest guidance at https://www.flybe.com/baggage before booking a trip

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