Easy Jet Luggage Policy

I am unclear about Easy Jet's Luggage Policy and hoping someone can clarify.
It appears one carry on item only is allowed within the cabin of the plane and up to 20kgs for a checked bag. What I need clarified is the checked bag is free up to 20kgs or do you have to pay to check the bag. I understand the additional cost re: weight limits, but it's unclear about whether the bag up to 20kgs is free to check or there is a fee. Thanks for your help.

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
10883 posts

Nothing is free. Pay to check a bag UNDER 20.

Posted by Steve
Gaston, Oregon, USA
869 posts

It looks like all of the lo-cost inter-EU airlines have decided to follow in the footsteps of the Majors, and charge for luggage. Dang.

Posted by Michael Schneider
New Paltz, NY
6839 posts

It's the other way around.....the low cost-airlines were the first to start charging extra. The big-boys were the last hold-outs.

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
7683 posts

Michael is right, the budget airlines were the first to charge for checked bags. That's part of their "budget" business plan - you only pay for what you use. As for their carryon policy, make sure you understand that ONE means ONE, not one plus a purse or computer bag or camera. Everything must be in the single bag.

Posted by DLB
Georgetown, TX, USA
31 posts

Thanks everyone for responding. Your comments have been helpful.

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8756 posts

It is cheapest to pay for the checked bag when you buy the tickets. For flight originating in the UK I think it was £28 for the one bag at purchase. It goes up if you get it at the airport, 100% I believe, and if it is force gate checked because it doesn't meet the requirements for carry-on it is another £20 or something on top of that. It is all very clearly explained on the Easyjet website and on the app if you use that. At each step of the process your choices are presented with plenty of information to make a considered decision. No free checked bags.

Posted by David
Florence, AL, USA
1972 posts

And when EasyJet says one carry on bag, they mean one bag. Backpacks, lap tops, purses, etc. are each counted as one. But their airfares are right, and they do a great job.

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
17780 posts

DLB, I routinely use EasyJet on trips to Europe, and have just booked another flight with them for this year. As the others have mentioned, there will be a charge for hold baggage, which you'll have to specify and pay for at the time of booking (if you do it at the gate, the costs will be significantly higher). Here's the details: "For a fee, you can put one bag in the hold weighing up to 20kg. The fee can be paid in one of three ways: > online (£8 - £18 per bag per flight, depending on the route and the season) > via call centre (£14 per bag per flight)
> or at the airport where the fee is £25 at the check-in and £40 at the gate. If you need to take more than 20kg per passenger per flight you will also be charged an excess weight fee of £11 per kg at each departing airport. You can however prebook excess weight online for £21 per every 3 kg of additional weight per flight." I always pre-pay for one additional weight level at the time of booking, just to provide a "cushion" in case my bag is slightly heavier than 20 kG. As also noted, their usual rule is ONE carry-on item per passenger of the approved size, and they almost always enforce that. If you plan accordingly, it's not a big problem. Cheers!

Posted by Agron
Wayne, New Jersey, USA
12 posts

Hi DLB, I'm also planning on using easy jet to fly from Venice to Nice on 7/14/13 & I'm also still a little confused about checked baggage. There are a total of 5 of us (2 adults, 3 children) with one - 27 inch suitcase I plan on checking in and two carry on that I plan on paying ahead of time just in case they do not allow me to carry them on. Here is the wording on easy jet's website that confuses me. "We allow 20kg of baggage per passenger. You can buy extra bags or weight now at a special rate, or at the airport at a more expensive rate." Does this mean because there are five of us, we each get to check in a 20kg suitcase for free of do I have to pay for the three pieces of luggage I plan on checking in? Thank you, Agron

Posted by Southam
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
912 posts

Agron: No. As Ken explained, you pay for all checked bags. The more you check, the more you pay. And if you pay at the airport, the rate goes up. If you haven't done so, read the policy at http://www.easyjet.com/en/planning/baggage
It's also important to note that, starting April 1, all easyJet passengers must check in ahead of time on-line, up to 30 days ahead. If you want priority boarding, buy that ahead of time too. The airport desk is becoming a luggage drop.

Posted by Agron
Wayne, New Jersey, USA
12 posts

Would it be a good idea to purchase our seats, for an additional 4 euro per seat, when booking the flight? Thank you, Agron

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
17780 posts

Agron, As there are five of you, it would probably be advisable to pre-purchase seating so that you can all sit together. If you don't choose seats, you could be randomly placed throughout the aircraft. Cheers!

Posted by Pam
SF Bay Area, CA, USA
77 posts

I'm in the same situation as Agron - 2 adults, 3 kids flying EasyJet from Rome to Basel on July 5th. Tickets already purchased with one bag purchased for check-in. I didn't realize the need or charge to book seats together. If I don't, will the airlines really separate the kids from me/hubby?

Posted by Southam
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
912 posts

Pam: Without priority seating, you will wait until general bording and take whatever seat is empty. To be clear, I mean no seat assignment unless you buy it ahead of time. This is fairly common with no-frills airlines.

Posted by Harold
New York, NY, USA
2852 posts

Pam, "I didn't realize the need or charge to book seats together. If I don't, will the airlines really separate the kids from me/hubby?" Yes. The most important thing to realize about budget airlines is, they play hardball whenever money is concerned. As they see it, if families could guarantee getting seated together without paying for seat reservations, the airline would lose money. You're probably still thinking the airlines will act as they did in the "olden days" - "No sensible airline would ever separate parents and children." But these aren't those days, or those airlines. So, in your shoes, I'd log into the reservation and book seats NOW, while you still have some choices. As Southam said, if you wait until boarding, you get what's left. If that's not acceptable to you, reserve now.

Posted by Pam
SF Bay Area, CA, USA
77 posts

Harold, thanks so much for that tip. I went ahead, for peace of mind, and reserved seats for my family. In the long run, $5 per seat reservation goes a long way to not have to worry about my 10 year old son sitting by himself someplace on the plane!

Posted by Linda
Bromley, Kent,, UK
1631 posts

"Without priority seating, you will wait until general bording and take whatever seat is empty. To be clear, I mean no seat assignment unless you buy it ahead of time. Easyjet now allocate seat numbers before boarding so no unseemly rush to get on board first needed. However, and as with other airlines, in order to get seats together advance seat number booking is advisable.