Ryanair, easyJet, and British Airways checked luggage allowances explained

BRITS who struggle to pack lightly will need to make sure they aren’t stung by expensive luggage fees this summer.

Many airlines charge passengers to check in their suitcases, with only small bags permitted in the cabin.

 We reveal the sizes and prices of checking in suitcases


We reveal the sizes and prices of checking in suitcasesCredit: Alamy

We reveal the amount of checked luggage allowed for passengers on UK airlines including Ryanair, British Airways and easyJet – and how much they cost.


The airline currently allows a 20kg bag to be checked in, with a maximum of three bags per person and must not exceed 81cm x 119cm x 119cm.

Bags cost £25 each way if added during booking, or £40 afterwards, including at the airport or over the phone.

Ryanair passengers can also pool their bags together if checking in together – for example, instead of having two 20kg suitcases, passengers can have one that is 15kg and one that is 25kg.

 easyJet passengers can check in suitcases up to 23kg


easyJet passengers can check in suitcases up to 23kgCredit: Getty – Contributor

British Airways

British Airways passengers can check in up to ten bags, weighing no more than 32kg and measuring no more than 90cm x 75cm x 43cm.

Prices start from £20 for the first bag, and can go up to £60 per bag, depending on the destination and departing airport.


Passengers travelling with easyJet can check in suitcases up to 23kg on the flight, measuring no more than 275cm in combined dimensions.

Luggage weighing less than 15kg costs between £6.99 and £34.99, while 23kg luggage costs from £9.49 to £37.49 if bought online – this jumps to £40 at the bag drop desk or £50 at the boarding gate.

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TUI passengers travelling on a package holiday are allowed a 15kg suitcase for free to check in.

However, flight-only TUI passengers have to pay extra to check in a suitcase, ranging from £15 to £20 if buying online.

Passengers who leave it to the airport will have to pay £45 to check in a suitcase.


Travelling with Jet2, passengers can check in up to three suitcases weighing 22kg.

Prices range from £8 online, going up to £45 at the airport, although the amount depends on the destination.

 Most suitcases have limits up to 23kg when being checked in


Most suitcases have limits up to 23kg when being checked inCredit: EPA

Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook passengers can check in up to five bags weighing 30kg each when travelling.

Excess baggage ranges from £15 per 5kg to £45 per 5kg depending on the location, and dimensions must not exceed 158cm when combined.


Basic Flybe fares do not include check in luggage, with up to two pieces weighing 23kg each allowed to be added.

Prices range from £24 for one bag if booking online, to £84 for two bags while booking over the phone.

This is what happens to your luggage after you check it in at the airport


All fares excluding Economy light include at least one checked in bag, with suitcases measuring 90cm x 75cm x 43cm and weighing up to 23kg.

Economy light travellers have to buy additional baggage.

Up to seven bags can be checked in, with prices for the first bag starting from £45.

Additional bags cost £65 to £140.

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Brits travelling as a group should share suitcases in case one of them gets lost.

By putting clothes and toiletries in each others bags, it means neither person is left without if their suitcase goes missing.

Want to make sure your suitcase is off the plane first? Putting a fragile sticker on it can result in your suitcase being delivered first.



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