Ryanair have become notorious as the leaders in “extra charges” when booking your flights and charging to place luggage in the hold is one of them. If you can manage with their generous 10kg hand luggage then that’s the way to go. However, if you must place luggage in the hold then you’ll have to pay per bag (maximum 15kg) for each leg of your journey. Be sure to pay the bag fee when booking as it’s more expensive at check-in. And be sure to check in online (for which there’s another fee) as checking in at the airport is more expensive again.
And remember … When Ryanair states a limit of 15kg this doesn’t mean that when travelling as a couple one can carry 20kg and the other 10kg. “All baggage allowances are personal and cannot be combined”. This nonsense is being enforced to the extent that people are having to repack at the check-in desk so that each individual bag conforms to the weight limit (particularly a nightmare for families with young children).
The result is long waits at the check-in desks as people juggle the contents of their luggage between bags. Just what the airline claim they are trying to prevent! Strangely, having checked in online you still have to wait in the same queue to drop off any bags so online check-in is of no advantage if you have hold luggage (well that was certainly our experience at Bergamo airport in Italy recently).
One thing to remember in Ryanair’s favour is that if you travel light and book early you can get some incredible bargains. I’ve been critical of some of their policies over the years through this website but at the end of the day they usually offer the best deals so I find myself heading to their website before trying alternatives.
Paying with the Ryanair Cash Passport
Ryanair used to accept the Visa Electron card as a way to avoid fees but then moved on to accepting various MasterCard Prepaid Debit Cards. However, they again moved the goalposts by introducing their own “Ryanair Cash Passport” as the only way to avoid booking fees. From December 2012 this option was also dropped and now there is no way to avoid paying a £6 each way booking fee per passenger on each Ryanair flight. Don’t be too angry though as they still usually work out cheaper than their competitors!
Please take a look at the Ryanair website directly for an explanation of all their fees and luggage allowances as we cannot keep up with them here!
You can compare Ryanair flight prices for any departure date with other airlines at Skyscanner.