The complete guide to airline charges

We compare charges for items including checked luggage, sporting equipment, credit card use, and seat reservations, at 12 major airlines.

The complete guide to airline charges

Airlines continue to increase their baggage charges and booking fees

By Oliver Smith

The Telegraph

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If you believe any of these charges are wrong or out-of-date, please email travelviews@telegraph.co.uk, and we will update the table.

Luggage

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

Other charges

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
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