The complete guide to airline chargesPosted: July 4, 2013
We compare charges for items including checked luggage, sporting equipment, credit card use, and seat reservations, at 12 major airlines.
By Oliver Smith
In their efforts to keep headline fares down, airlines continue to increase their baggage charges and booking fees.
Last month Ryanair’s designated “peak period” began, meaning the cost to check in a 20kg suitcase rose from £25 to £35. Since last year Thomson’s checked baggage fee has increased from £15 to £22, and easyJet’s from £14.50 to £18.
Charges for carrying an item of overweight hand baggage have soared too, from £30 to £50 on Monarch, and from £30 to £40 on Flybe, while booking fees rose for those travelling with Ryanair, Aer Lingus and easyJet.
Ahead of the summer holidays, to help passengers compare charges for “extras” such as these, Telegraph Travel – with help from the Civil Aviation Authority – has produced the following tables, detailing fees at 12 major airlines operating short-haul flights from Britain.
Ryanair has outdone its rivals in the a number of categories, with the highest charges for checked luggage (up to £45 on selected routes) and excess baggage (£20 per kilo, although BA’s one-off fee of £40 could be costlier if you’re just a pound or two over). Its £17 per person admin fee to claim back government tax on a cancelled flight is also worth mentioning. Considering it only flies short-haul, the tax paid will never amount to more than £17.
Other notable charges include Thomson’s and Flybe’s hefty excess baggage charges (£13-18 and £15 per kilo, respectively), Thomas Cook’s industry leading charge for sports equipment (up to £70 for some items), and its charge of up to £70 for overweight hand luggage. Aer Lingus’s £8 security surcharge on flights to the US is novel, as is Norwegian’s staggering £160 name change fee on long-haul services (even more than Ryanair’s exorbitant £110 charge).
If you believe any of these charges are wrong or out-of-date, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will update the table.
|Hold luggage (per flight)||Excess||Sports/musical equipment||Hand luggage||Excess hand luggage||Other|
|Aer Lingus||£12-20 for 20kg||£6 per kg||£25||free, 55x40x24, 10kg||Hold luggage fee applies||Hand luggage allowance less on regional flights|
|Bmi Regional||Included, upto 20kg in economy||£10 per kg||As part of baggage allowance, or £30||free, 55x40x23||Hold luggage fee applies|
|British Airways||Included, upto 23kg in economy||£40 one-off charge (max 32kg)||As part of baggage allowance, or £20||free, 56x45x25||Hold luggage fee applies||Second item 45x36x20 may be carried on board|
|easyJet||£8-£18 for 20kg||£7-£11||£35 per flight||free, 56x45x25||£25-£40||Hand luggage larger than 50x40x20 may be put in the hold, at no extra charge|
|Flybe||£13.99-£14.99 (max 20kg)||£15 per kg||£30||free, 55x40x23, 10kg||£40||Checked baggage included on premium fares|
|Jet2.com||From £8 for 22kg||£12 per kg||£25||free, 56x45x25, 10kg||Hold luggage fee applies|
|Monarch||£9.99-£21.99 for 20kg||£10 up to 3kg; £10 per kg after||£25||free, 56x40x25, 10kg||£50|
|Norwegian||£15-42 for 20kg||£7 per kg||£20-40||free, 55x40x23, 10kg||Hold luggage fee applies||Checked baggage included on premium fares|
|Ryanair||£15-45 for 15-20kg||£20 per kg||£50||free, 55x40x20, 10kg||£60|
|Thomas Cook||£17-26 for 20kg||£8 per kg||£25-70||free, 55x40x20, 5kg||£50-70||Checked baggage included on package holidays|
|Thomson||£15-25 for 20kg||£13-18 per kg||Charged as excess baggage||free, 55x40x20, 5kg||Hold luggage fee applies||Checked baggage included on package holidays|
|Wizz Air||£13-30||£9 per kg||£34||free up to 42x32x25, 10kg, £8-17 up to 56x45x25, 10kg||Hold luggage fee applies|
|Admin fee||Credit card fee||Reserved seating (per flight)||Name change fee (per person, per flight)||Infant fee||Cancellation fee (per person, per flight)||Other|
|Aer Lingus||£7 per person per flight||n/a||£5-14||£80||£19||£13.50||Security surcharge of £8 on flights to US|
|Bmi regional||n/a||£4.50 per passenger||n/a||n/a||10% of adult fare||£25||Admin fee of £8 for telephone bookings|
|British Airways||n/a||£4.50 per passenger||£10-£25||free online||10% of adult fare||£15|
|easyJet||£10 per booking||2.5% of transaction||£3-£12||£40||£20||£30|
|Flybe||n/a||3% (minimum £5)||£6.50-£15||£40||12% of adult fare||£25|
|Jet2.com||£6 per person per flight (online); or £10 at airport||2.5%||£7||£35||£20||All flights non-refundable|
|Monarch||n/a||2% (minimum £5)||£3.99-£7.99||£100 name change; £35 flight change||£20||£35|
|Norwegian||n/a||£4||£5-25||£25 (£160 on long-haul flights)||10% of adult fare, plus taxes||£160||£11 per person per flight charge for telephone bookings|
|Ryanair||£7 admin + £7 check-in (both per person per flight)||2%||£10||£110 name change; £30-60 flight change||£30||All flights non-refundable, £17 per person admin fee to claim back tax||£70 per person boarding card re-issue fee|
|Thomson||n/a||2.5% (minimum £4.95)||£12 (£7 for children)||% of original fare, plus £50 for name change; £30 flight change||10% of adult fare||All flights non-refundable|
|Thomas Cook||n/a||2%||£5 (£3 for children)||£20, except for spelling errors spotting with 48 hours of booking||10% of adult fare||All flights non-refundable||£10 priority check-in|
|Wizz Air||£6 per person per flight||n/a||£3-14||£38 name change; £26 flight change||£21||£51||£9 airport check-in fee|