The prices for hold luggage fees on low-cost airline’ web sites can certainly be confusing, and some might say a little misleading unless you love reading fine print.
Our tip: The only truly reliable way to confirm up to the minute luggage costs it to run through the whole booking process on an airline website, add the require piece of hold luggage with the kilo limit required, and wait to see the luggage costs that are proposed by the airline.
The baggage charges league table is provided in this post to help readers see how the baggage charges and luggage weight limits stack up. For the reasons stated above it isn’t possible to make an exact comparison between airlines, but we have done the closest thing possible using the following guidelines:
Data collected by Low Cost Airline Guide for June 2014 departures. Currency conversion where required by XE.com daily rate.
|1||Ryanair||London Stansted (STN) to Malaga (AGP)||FR8162||2h50m||20kg||£70|
|2||Jet2||Leeds Bradford (LBA) to Malaga (AGP)||LS185||3h00m||22kg||£41|
|3||Volotea||Venice (VCE) to Crete Heraklion (HER)||V7 1432||2h25m||20kg||£40.60|
|4||Wizzair||Warsaw (WAW) to Crete Heraklion (HER)||W6 1545||2h50m||32kg||£38.84|
|5||Easyjet||London Gatwick (LGW) to Malaga (AGP)||EZY8607||2h50m||20kg||£38|
|6||Flybe||Exeter (EXT) to Malaga (AGP)||BE1425||2h35m||20kg||£37.98|
|7||Vueling||Barcelona (BCN) to Crete Heraklion (HER)||VY2351||3h00m||23kg||£32.50|
|8||Transavia||Amsterdam (AMS) to Malaga (AGP)||HV 6117||3h00m||20kg||£32.50|
|9||Norwegian||Oslo (OSL) to Majorca (PMI)||DY1736||3h30m||20kg||£26|
|10||Smartwings||Prague (PRG) to Crete Heraklion (HER)||QS1106||2h50m||15kg||£0|
The clear winner was Smartwings, who offer all travellers 15kg of free hold luggage. For passengers flying out of Oslo on Norwegian Air, on your flight to Majorca can carry a 20 kilo piece of hold luggage for only £13 each way. Hats off to them. On the other end of the spectrum, Ryanair comes in pretty expensive. They do offer a discounted 15 kilo hold luggage option which can shave a few quid off. Many airlines offer around 20 kilos for approximately £20 just one-way. Paying forty pounds to get your suitcase to and from a holiday destination does seem a bit rich. Paying more seems like a scandal.
As a general rule, many airlines have a luggage limit of 20 kilos for stowed baggage and 10 kilos for a single carry-on. Airlines vary tremendously on the exact weight limits, so they need to be verified before making a booking and departing for the airport, but this gives a good starting point.
One of the best pieces of advice is to book your luggage requirements online rather than leaving it until checking in at the departure airport. Anyone doing the latter will be in for a nasty shock as the additional costs are quite considerable in many cases.