Flying budget? get a handle on luggage allowances

By Martin Lewis, July 16, 2009

So there you are, with your suitcases packed, ready to climb aboard an easyJet or Ryanair flight for your summer break.

You have been savvy, knowing in good old-fashioned Jewish tradition that you have got the kitchen sink in your luggage and booked a few extra bags in advance to keep the costs down.

But you have got it wrong.

Most budget airlines allow travellers a standard luggage weight of 15-20kg and, after that, mammoth excess luggage charges apply. Yet getting more bags does not change this — you just split your luggage between more bags. Your weight allowance still remains the same.

The only way you can take heavier luggage is by paying the big bucks — around £15 per additional kilo. So, always double-check your weight allowance before packing your bags.

You can find full details — as well as find super-cheap flights — at

This way there won’t be any nasty surprises when you get to the airport. And, maybe, dare I say it… leave the kitchen sink behind.

Last updated: 10:48am, July 16 2009