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In a bid to provide customers with “more choice and flexibility”, easyJet is r̶i̶p̶p̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶o̶f̶f̶ ̶R̶y̶a̶n̶a̶i̶r̶ ̶c̶o̶m̶p̶l̶e̶t̶e̶l̶y̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ introducing a new 15kg hold bag option.
The new 15kg bag will be offered from a very reasonable-sounding £8.99, perfect for those shorter trips where hand luggage alone doesn’t quite cut it. At the other end of the scale, passengers who like a more regular change of clothes can now also take more in their hold bag than ever before, with easyJet extending the standard bag weight to 23kgs.
While you can debate the benefits of paying to check in a 15kg bag versus squeezing it all into your 10kg hand luggage (which you will of course retain in addition to the 15kgs), there’s no doubt that the rise of 3kg on standard baggage is generous. For whatever reason my bags on low cost carriers always stubbornly refuse to go below 21kg, so this upping of the allowance gives you that nice buffer. It’s certainly good news for souvenir addicts, too.
Andrew Middleton, Director at easyJet explained the changes as follows:
“In the last year almost half of our passengers’ hold bags contained 15kgs or less, whilst there were also millions of customers who required more weight than we previously allowed with the 20kg bag. Our new products better match those customers’ needs, ensuring we offer value for money choices for everyone, regardless of trip type or duration“.
The new 15kgs and 23kgs hold luggage options are available exclusively online as of now, and start from just £8.99 for 15kgs and £13.99 for 23kgs.
As before, customers are still able to pool their total weight allowance if they are travelling with family or friends on the same flight and booking. Note however that the new bag weight allowances will only apply to new bookings. Customers who have already purchased a 20kg for future flights will be limited to their existing allowance, but will still be able to add weight to their bags up to 32kg as per the prior policy.