A study by Travel Supermarket has revealed that airport charges are on the increase. Thomson showed the largest price increase in baggage allowance, rising from £15 per person to £22.... That's an increase of 47% since 2012! The second largest baggage allowance increase was from Easy Jet rising from £14.50 per person to £18... a 25% increase.
If you want to change your name on your airline ticket, the admin fees for this have also risen. The largest increases were from Thomas Cook from (from £20 per person to £30) and Monarch (from £27.50 to £35).
If you have any doubts, then ask questions while you are still at home (and can therefore prepare accordingly) rather than when you reach the airport and have no choice but to pay the extra.
If you're going to be using more than one airline, make you plan ahead and adhere to both sets of rules.
When buying your luggage, there are a few things to consider:
- Are the dimensions (including handle and wheels if applicable) within the luggage size limit?
- What is the weight of the luggage when empty? If it's rather heavy and bulky, you may want to consider an alternative option. Material also plays an important factor in weight.
- Save time and money by doing this online.
- If you start your trip with the maximum luggage allowance and don't give yourself a little leeway, you may be charged extra. It is always a good idea to leave a little unused luggage allowance so you can bring back those souvenirs. Check the rules regarding loose items that are too big to fit in your case including sports equipment. You may be charged extra for these too.
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