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Joe and I make little secret of our regular use of Ryanair. While they’re far from perfect, they provide a great option for connecting to ultra cheap long haul Business Class flights, or just taking advantage of a great value European getaway.
In recent years, and not least following customer and shareholder “feedback”, Ryanair appeared to be moving away from the “nasty Ryanair” tag. Genuinely, the service appeared to have improved and the relationship between passenger and company seemed to be becoming far less antagonistic.
However, Ryanair now appears to be slipping a little. First of all they started pulling all sorts of stunts with seating, leading to “Ryanair sympathiser” and InsideFlyer UK editor Joe Deeney labelling them “desperate” and “disingenuous”.
And I’m afraid things have arguably just got a touch worse…
One of Ryanair’s recent steps towards becoming much nicer was to allow a second small piece of hand luggage, such as a handbag. That, I’m afraid, is being ditched.
As a result of “abuse” of the extra free bag policy leading to delays (people are massively pushing the boundaries, apparently), Ryanair is removing this right from 1 November 2017. From this date, the position will be as follows:
- The check-in bag allowance will increase from 15kg to 20kg for all bags
- The standard check-in bag fee will be cut from €/£35 to €/£25 for this 20kg bag
- Only Priority Boarding customers (including Plus, Flexi Plus & Family Plus) will be allowed to bring two carry-on bags on the aircraft
- All other (i.e. non-priority) customers will only be allowed to bring one smaller carry-on bag on board the aircraft, while their second (bigger) wheelie bag must be placed in the hold (free of charge) at the boarding gate.
So your second free hand luggage will be permitted on the plane: you’ll just have to check it in (for free), unless you have priority boarding.
Despite me moaning slightly above, with priority boarding available at £5, this actually may be a net win for many people. You pay the extra £5, get your priority boarding, 2 x Ryanair hand luggage allowance (in the overhead compartments, not the hold!) and pay £10 less for a checked in bag.
Even as a worst case scenario for people without priority boarding, you can still take your second piece of “hand luggage”, you just need to check it in (for free). If you’re checking in other luggage, this basically makes little difference as you’d have to wait at the carousel anyway, and you’ll have paid £10 less to check in the 20kg luggage.
Funnily enough, the main person I know this will affect negatively is Joe “I travel with hand luggage only” Deeney. He will be gently seething over his cornflakes this morning…