A recent study by The Co-operative Travel Company found that around 26% of passengers are taking hand luggage with them and nothing else. Taking a suitcase can set you back an extra £50 on some flights. In some cases this can be more than the flight itself!
As an example, if you plan on flying to Malta in the next couple of months and checks on Ryanair’s website, the total flight cost from London will cost just under £100 for a return trip. On the next page where the details need to be entered, they ask if they would like to take a suitcase to go on the hold. There are two options, either 15 kilos for £30 or 20 kilos for £50. This means just being able to take a 20 kilo suitcase will be 50% of their flight cost. So what was originally £100 is now £150!
The budget airlines make it hard not to take a suitcase because there are so many restricted items that aren’t allowed in your hand-luggage but as they are for safety reasons we can’t complain too much. You wouldn’t be able to take your shampoo, shower gel, makeup and even some deodorants so you would need to buy them when you get there and throw them away before you return home or just simply do without!
We don’t want to pick on just Ryanair so have also looked on Easyjet’s site.
Easyjet has offered the return flights from London to Malta for just under £120. To add a checked-in suitcase would cost another £30 and would allow up to 20 kilos. What was shocking was if the suitcase was to weigh 32 kilos they would charge another £168! If we stick to 20 kilos, Ryanair and Easyjet have offered the flight and checked-in luggage for the same price.
Although this blog may seem that we are not too fond of budget airlines, we are and we will use them. When you get a deal, they are normally much cheaper than other airlines even when you add the baggage on top!