My latest gripe with Ryanair resulted from a flight out of Liverpool on which I found myself seated separately from my wife. I wasn’t aware of having made a mistake when booking but learned later that it seems I now need to pay extra for us to sit together. So paying for allocated seating is the latest annoyance added to the booking procedure.
Ryanair have long been the leaders in inventing ‘extra charges’ when booking flights. It doesn’t seem long ago that it was unthinkable that an airline would charge to place luggage in the hold yet that is fully accepted as the norm these days. If you can manage with their 10kg hand luggage allowance then that’s the way to go. However, if you must place luggage in the hold then you’re going to see a hefty increase in the price of your flight. Be sure to pay for any such 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.
Ryanair Hold Luggage
If you need to check baggage into the hold of your Ryanair flight you will need to pay a fee for each bag on each section of the flight according to its weight. At the time of writing this fee is £15 or €15 for a bag of up to 15kg. The fee for heavier bags weighing up to 25kg is £25 or €25.
Remember that this fee is each way so if you’re going on holiday this fee will be charged twice, once on the outgoing flight and again on the return leg. These fees must be paid at the time of making the booking and allow you to place one or two bags in the hold within the weight category you have paid for.
If you don’t book any bags during the initial booking procedure and decide that you want to take hold luggage at a later date you can still do so by accessing the ‘Manage Booking’ section of the Ryanair website.
Ryanair Hand Luggage
Ryanair are fairly generous with their hand luggage allowance allowing passengers to carry one cabin bag weighing up to 10kg per person. However, you must ensure that the physical size of this hand luggage is no larger than 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. In addition you can carry a small bag onto the flight provided its dimensions do not exceed 35cm x 20cm x 20cm.
Don’t make the mistake of trying to take oversize luggage onboard as you’ll end up having it taken off you as you board with an additional fee of £50 or ¢50 being charged to have it placed in the hold.
An additional annoyance is that Ryanair limit the number of regulation hand luggage items that are allowed on the aeroplane so even though you’ve complied with their regulations you might still have your cabin bag taken from you to be placed in the hold. Their website confirms that they don’t charge for such items (how generous) but this is a major inconvenience for passengers carrying valuable and/or fragile items in their hand luggage. The result is a mad rush to be at the front of the queue to ensure that your bag makes it on to the plane with you. Clearly this is a ploy to encourage passengers to pay for Priority Boarding as a way to prevent having their hand luggage placed in the hold.
Hand Luggage Allowance is Personal: When Ryanair states a limit of 10kg this doesn’t mean that when travelling as a couple one can carry 13kg and the other 7kg.
“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.
Bag Drop: At many airports it seems strange that having checked-in online you still have to wait in the same queue as everyone else to drop off any bags so online check-in is of no advantage if you have hold luggage.
Great Flight Deals Thanks to Ryanair
I’ve been critical of some of Ryanair’s policies through this website over the years (and continue to be so) but at the end of the day it’s important to remember that some of their prices are simply incredible. One thing to remember in their favour is that if you travel light and book early you can get some fabulous deals.