We will be flying on Easyjet from Athens to London Gatwick in July. From what we are reading on their website, we will be charged to check a bag in the hold area but not our carry-on. Is this true? Hopefully, we are misunderstanding their policy.
That's right -- you are charged if you check a bag. Each bag checked is 6GBP (about $12). If your bag or bags exceed the total weight allowance, you will also pay a per-kilo fee for the overweight.
I'm no expert, but I have been spending a lot of time looking for cheap short haul flights. It seems like the airlines charge next to nothing, in some cases nothing at all, for the initial ticket but everything is then charged separately. You'll pay per bag for checked bags (rates vary by airline), credit card handling fee, flight insurance (if you want it), for choosing your seat ahead of time (with Aerlingus, I don't know about the others), and airport taxes and fees. With Ryanair you didn't pay if you checked-in online with no checked baggage.
Hope that helps =)
You can only check-in online with Ryanair if you hold an EU passport. This is from the Ryanair website: "To qualify for Online Check-in each passenger must present either a valid passport or National Identity Card (Drivinglicences not accepted), issued by the government of an EU/ European Economic Area (EEA) country'.
Otherwise, you have to check in at the desk. Supposedly you can apply for a refund of the desk check-in fee, but I don't know anyone who has actually received the refund.
Charlene, we had an interesting encounter with Easy Jet recently flying from Blefast to Edinburgh, with what they interpret as 'carry on' baggage. My husband and I had one small carry on bag each, plus I was wearing my handbag across my chest, (or purse as you guys call them). This was deemed to be 'carry on' luggage. To comply with this strange rule, I had to stuff it into my carry on bag and take it out when I got on the plane. Go figure????!!!!
One item means ONE item, particularly to budget airlines. It wouldn't matter if you were wearing it across your chest or on your shoulder, it's still a second item. You have to be really careful to follow their rules exactly or things like that will happen. Some airlines allow one carryon and a "personal item" but the budgets don't.
Thanks for the note on Ryanair Nancy. I have a checked bag so I hadn't looked into the check-in online policies.
Are carry on policies different if the flight is a connection arranged by a larger airline? When I flew Aerlingus a couple years ago from Amsterdam to Dublin it was the connecting leg from a NW/KLM flight from Seattle and set up entirely by NW/KLM. I definitely had more than one carry-on item (rolling suitcase, laptop case, and purse) and didn't encounter any problems.
Your luggage limitations are determined by the first airline you fly on if you are changing to another en route. And since it was a couple of years ago, things have undoubtedly changed on both airlines.
Charelene, Easyjet also has a strict rule on what's a carry on. I thought my 19" duffel was a carry on, but to EasyJet it was to be checked in.
Check the web for the dimension if you plan on carrying on, or, just pay in advance and have it checked.