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uk luggage allowance explained

On this page I will explain the luggage/baggage allowance for each of the major airlines that operate in the UK. It would have been fantastic if this was standard across them all, but sadly that is not the case. The main airlines covered here are:

  • BMI
  • Easyjet
  • Flybe
  • Jet2
  • Monarch
  • Ryanair
  • Thomas Cook
  • Thomson Airways

QUICK GUIDE TO POPULAR AIRLINE BAGGAGE ALLOWANCES

  • RYANAIR – 55 x40 x 20 CM
  • EASYJET 56 x 45 x 25 CM
  • BRITISH AIRWAYS 56 x 45 x 25 CM

Easyjet Baggage Allowances

If you decide to fly with Easyjet, then I have explained their luggage allowances below. Please note they have no weight allowance with this, as long as the size is right, so pack in as much weight as you want.

Cabin baggage

All travellers are allowed to take ONE cabin bag up to the maximum size of 56 x 45 x 25 cm including handles and wheels. They do however have a qualifying statement which states the following:

(Overhead locker space is limited on board the aircraft and on busy flights your cabin bag may have to go in the hold.)

Normally they will ask this before boarding. If you agree to that, your hand luggage will go in the hold, but they will then allow you to board after priority customers, but before the normal paying passengers. That is good but not that useful if you have to get a bus out to the aircraft.

There are a number of upgrade options if you happen to be an easyJet Plus cardholder, FLEXI fare or Upfront or Extra Legroom customer.

If you fall into any of those categories then you can bring ONE additional small under seat bag (handbag/Laptop) with a maximum size of 45 x 36 x 20 cm.

Hold luggage

If you are going to check luggage into the hold then it has to be under a certain size and weight. Its total size has to be under 275 cm (to find this out simply add its length + width + height) and a standard weight of 20 Kg per bag, except for sporting and medical equipment.

If you need more weight than that you will have to pay. The maximum limit for any bag is 32 Kg, due to health and safety restrictions. Here is a short video from easyjet that explains their Hold Luggage charging policy

Easyjet FAQ

What happens if cabin storage is full? Do you have to put your bag in the hold?

There is a certain amount of room onboard their aircrafts in the overhead lockers. When people arrive and store their bags overhead this is done a first come first served basis. When they run out of room in these lockers then there is nowhere else to put it except in the hold.

Any remaining customers will be asked to put their cabin bags in the hold free of charge as long as their cabin bag does not exceed the maximum cabin bag size of 56 x 45 x 25cm. If their luggage is bigger than this then you will be charged.

Is there a weight restriction on cabin baggage?

No there is no weight restriction for cabin baggage. As long as you can manage to get the case in the overhead locker and get it out again without assistance, then the bag is ok.

Will your cabin bag be checked before you get on-board?

Yes, your cabin bag will be checked for its size. They normally use a baggage gauge (the orange bag size baskets or cages) at the Bag Drop desk and sometimes at the boarding gate.

If your cabin bag is larger than the maximum cabin bag size (56 x 45 x 25cm including handles and wheels) the Bag Drop desk will ask you to check the bag into the aircraft hold. You will be charged £30.00 if this happens.

If you go directly to the boarding gate and your cabin bag is larger than the maximum cabin bag size, then the bag will be checked into the aircraft hold and a charge of £45.00 will apply.

Ryanair Baggage Allowances

Cabin Baggage Allowance

Ryanair allow a single cabin bag weighing up to 10 kg with maximum dimensions of 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm, plus 1 small bag up to 35 x 20 x 20 cm may be carried per passenger.

Children aged under 2 have no cabin bag allowance but a baby bag up to 5 Kg may be carried by the accompanying adult in addition to their own cabin bag allowance

There is a limited amount of space on board Ryanair planes and it can only accommodate 90 large cabin bags. Once this space has been used up then any remaining will be carried free of charge in the aircraft hold.

Passengers who have purchased Priority Boarding will not be asked to place their cabin bag in the aircraft hold, unless necessary due to operational reasons.

Oversized cabin baggage will be refused at the boarding gate, or where available, placed in the hold of the aircraft for a fee of £50/€50.

Checked Baggage

Passengers can check in up to two checked bags upon payment of the applicable checked baggage fees. When making the booking there are two options which are either 15 kilos or 20 kilos. The checked baggage fees are charged per person/per one way flight.

How To Avoid Ryanair’s Extra Fees

Watch the fun video below to avoid any over weight charges if flying with Ryanair.

Jet 2 Baggage Allowances

Their current policy is as follows.

Hand Baggage Allowance

You may carry one piece of unchecked baggage free of charge as longs as it weighs under 10 Kg and is no bigger than 56 x 45 x 25 cm. You can also bring another item such as a handbag, a laptop bag or an airport purchase. Any luggage bigger than this or weighing more than 10 Kg MUST be checked in to the hold.

Checked In Baggage Allowance

You are allowed 22 Kg per bag.  Please note that for each Kg over 22 Kg up to a maximum of 32 Kg you are charged an excess fee per kilo. No single bag is allowed to weigh over 32 Kg.

You can book in up to 3 bags if you wish and are willing to pay for each bag. I can not give you the charges for this as the charge varies by the destination you are going to and also where you make your booking. You will need to check that when making your actual booking.

Jet 2 FAQ

Q – Can I take e-cigarettes in my luggage?

A – Yes but only in your hand luggage and they are not allowed in checked in luggage.

Q – What happens if I am told I have to check a bag into the hold when I get to the airport?

A – If you have not pre-booked then a fee will be charged which at the moment is £45 plus any potential excess weight charge if you are over 22 Kg.