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Easyjet to cut free hand luggage allowance in February



How much will I now have to pay to carry on a bigger bag?

You’ll still be able bring a bag of up to 45cm x 36cm x 20cm into the cabin for free after the policy changes, so if you can squeeze your belongings into a smaller bag, that’s the best MoneySaving option. But while Easyjet insists its new allowance offers enough space to pack essentials for a short trip, many will find themselves needing more room.

If you’re booking an Easyjet flight from now on, for travel on or after 10 February 2021, and want to take a bigger bag, you’ll have to pay extra – there are three main options:

  • Use the ‘Hands Free’ service to put a standard-sized cabin bag into the hold – £7 per bag, per flight, or less if travelling in a group. Easyjet’s ‘Hands Free’ service lets you drop off a bag measuring up to 56cm x 45cm x 25cm – so the size of a standard wheelie suitcase – to be stored in the hold. You can drop the bag off when you get to the airport before you go through security, then when you arrive you pick it up on the baggage carousel.

    This costs £7 per bag, but if travelling in a group you can pay £16 for a “family bundle” of between three and six bags, which could mean it works out at as little as £2.67 per piece of luggage. Despite the name, any group travelling together can use a “family bundle” so long as all the passengers are on the same flight booking.

  • Check a larger suitcase into the hold – from £7 to £42.50 per bag, per flight. This works in the standard way for checking in luggage and allows you to put larger bags in the hold – you check your luggage in at airport departures, then collect it at the baggage carousel when you arrive. Prices vary depending on your route and when you book – it’s £6.99 to £35.49 for a bag up to 15kg, and £9.49 to £42.49 for a bag up to 23kg.
  • Pay for priority seating, which allows you to take a larger bag into the cabin – from £8 to £40 extra per seat, per flight. Selecting an Up Front (ie, first row) or Extra Legroom seat will cost you between £7.99 and £39.99 extra per seat, depending on your route and when you book. This allows you to take on a larger wheelie suitcase-sized bag measuring up to 56cm x 45cm x 25cm into the cabin with you to store in the overhead lockers, as well as a smaller bag which you can store under your seat. (You also get speedy boarding with these seats, and extra legroom.)

You can also take a larger bag into the cabin if you’re an Easyjet Plus cardholder or book a Flexi fare (which lets you make changes to your flight dates and gives other perks, such as hold luggage and speedy boarding). However, as Easyjet Plus membership costs £215 annually, and Flexi fares tend to be considerably more expensive – one Flexi fare we saw on a flight to Amsterdam was £85.99, compared to £22.99 for a standard ticket – these are unlikely to be worth it for the cabin baggage alone.