APH Compares Hand Luggage and Priority Boarding Policies on Low-Cost Airlines

is ‘priority’ boarding becoming meaningless?

Low-cost airline Ryanair has recently reduced the amount of baggage non-priority travellers can take on board to just one small personal bag*, promising a decrease in boarding delays but a £25 fee if passengers bring a second bag to the gate. Passengers can avoid this fee by paying £6 for the benefits of priority boarding, which also allows a second bag on board.

Priority Boarding

However, with priority boarders now accounting for more than half of the total passengers on board Ryanair flights**, many travellers may be left asking if ‘priority’ has now become the majority. To help savvy travellers to plan ahead and avoid unexpected baggage fees at the airport, we have put together a table comparing the priority passes and luggage allowance policies of 10 airlines.


EASYJET

NON-PRIORITY PASSENGERS

HAND LUGGAGE
• 1 cabin bag

SIZE
• 56cm x 45cm x 25cm

WEIGHT
• No weight limit

COST OF CHECK-IN BAG
15kg:
• £8.99 – £32.49 at time of booking
• Not available after booking

PRIORITY PASSENGERS

HAND LUGGAGE
• 1 cabin bag
• 1 small personal bag (under seat)

SIZE
• 56cm x 45cm x 25cm
• 45cm x 36cm x 20cm

WEIGHT
• No weight limit

COST OF PRIORITY BOARDING
• Available to easyJet Plus members (£199 annual fee) or with the purchase of allocated seats (£8.99 – £29.99)
• Not available after booking

BENEFITS OF PRIORITY PASS
• Inclusion of small personal bag on-board
• Priority boarding queue
• Separate bag-drop queue
• Seat selection


EUROWINGS

NON-PRIORITY PASSENGERS

HAND LUGGAGE
• 1 cabin bag
• 1 small personal bag (under seat)

SIZE
• 55cm x 40cm x 23cm
• 40cm x 30cm x 10cm

WEIGHT
• 8kg

COST OF CHECK-IN BAG
23kg:
• £13.00 at time of booking
• £26.00 after booking

PRIORITY PASSENGERS

HAND LUGGAGE
• 1 cabin bag
• 1 small personal bag (under seat)
• 1 23kg checked bag

SIZE
• 55cm x 40cm x 23cm
• 40cm x 30cm x 10cm

WEIGHT
• 8kg hand luggage
• 23kg checked luggage

COST OF PRIORITY BOARDING
• All fares include priority boarding at certain airports

BENEFITS OF PRIORITY PASS
• Includes checked baggage
• Priority boarding
• Preferred seating
• Lounge access at selected airports
• Priority check-in desk
• Fast-track security


FLYBE

NON-PRIORITY PASSENGERS

HAND LUGGAGE
• 1 cabin bag
• 1 small personal bag (under seat)

SIZE
• 55cm x 35cm x 20cm

WEIGHT
• 10kg

COST OF CHECK-IN BAG
15kg
• £19.00 at time of booking
• Not available after booking
23kg
• £24.00 at time of booking
• £40.00 after booking
46kg
• £48.00 at time of booking
• Not available after booking

PRIORITY PASSENGERS

HAND LUGGAGE
• 1 cabin bag
• 1 small personal bag (under seat)
• 1 23kg checked bag

SIZE
• 55cm x 35cm x 20cm
• 53cm x 55cm x 127cm checked bag

WEIGHT
• 10kg hand luggage
• 23kg checked luggage

COST OF PRIORITY BOARDING
• £90.00 at time of booking

BENEFITS OF PRIORITY PASS
• Get More ticket includes 23kg checked bag
• Reserved seating
• Priority boarding
• Free changes


JET2

NON-PRIORITY PASSENGERS

HAND LUGGAGE
• 1 cabin bag

SIZE
• 56cm x 45cm x 25cm

WEIGHT
• 10kg

COST OF CHECK-IN BAG
22kg:
• £7.99 – £28.00 at time of booking
• £45.00 after booking

PRIORITY PASSENGERS

Priority tickets not available with Jet2


NORWEGIAN AIR

NON-PRIORITY PASSENGERS

HAND LUGGAGE
• 1 cabin bag
• 1 small personal bag (under seat)

SIZE
• 55cm x 40cm x 23cm
• 25cm x 33cm x 20cm

WEIGHT
• 10kg

COST OF CHECK-IN BAG
20kg:
• £23.00 at time of booking
• £40.00 after booking

PRIORITY PASSENGERS

HAND LUGGAGE
• 1 cabin bag
• 1 small personal bag (under seat)

SIZE
• 55cm x 40cm x 23cm
• 25cm x 33cm x 20cm

WEIGHT
• 10kg

COST OF PRIORITY BOARDING
• £5.00 at time of booking
• £5.00 until 6 hours before flight, then not available

BENEFITS OF PRIORITY PASS
• Priority boarding
• Added extras available to be purchased individually or as packaged deals


RYANAIR

NON-PRIORITY PASSENGERS

HAND LUGGAGE
• 1 small personal bag (under seat)

SIZE
• 40cm x 20cm x 25cm

WEIGHT
• 10kg

COST OF CHECK-IN BAG
10kg
• £8.00 at time of booking
• £10.00 after booking
• £20.00 at bag-drop
• £25.00 at gate
23kg
• £12.99 – £36.99 at time of booking
• £40.00 at bag-drop
• £50.00 at gate

PRIORITY PASSENGERS

HAND LUGGAGE
• 1 cabin bag
• 1 small personal bag (under seat)

SIZE
• 55cm x 40cm x 20cm
• 40cm x 20cm x 25cm

WEIGHT
• 10kg

COST OF PRIORITY BOARDING
• £6.00 at time of booking
• £8.00 after booking

BENEFITS OF PRIORITY PASS
• Priority boarding
• Skip the baggage belt with inclusion of additional cabin bag


THOMAS COOK AIRLINES

NON-PRIORITY PASSENGERS

HAND LUGGAGE
• 1 cabin bag

SIZE
• 55cm x 40cm x 20cm

WEIGHT
• 6kg

COST OF CHECK-IN BAG
20kg:
• £23.00 at time of booking
• £45.00 after booking

PRIORITY PASSENGERS

HAND LUGGAGE
• 1 cabin bag

SIZE
• 55cm x 40cm x 20cm

WEIGHT
• 10kg

COST OF PRIORITY BOARDING
• £10.00 at time of booking
• Not available after booking

BENEFITS OF PRIORITY PASS
• Priority boarding
• Fast-track security
• Baggage unloaded first in the baggage claim area if checked baggage purchased
• Additional 4kg hand luggage


TUI AIRWAYS (FLIGHT ONLY BOOKINGS)

NON-PRIORITY PASSENGERS

HAND LUGGAGE
• 1 cabin bag

SIZE
• 55cm x 40cm x 20cm

WEIGHT
• 5kg

COST OF CHECK-IN BAG
• £18.00 at time of booking
• £120.00 after booking

PRIORITY PASSENGERS

HAND LUGGAGE
• 1 cabin bag
• 1 23kg checked bag

SIZE
• 55cm x 40cm x 20cm

WEIGHT
• 7kg cabin bag
• 23kg checked bag

COST OF PRIORITY BOARDING
• £249.00 at time of booking (Premium Club membership)
• Not available after booking

BENEFITS OF PRIORITY PASS
• Priority boarding
• Fast-track security
• Lounge access
• Extra leg room
• Free drinks during flight


VUELING

NON-PRIORITY PASSENGERS

HAND LUGGAGE
• 1 cabin bag
• 1 small personal bag (under seat)

SIZE
• 55cm x 40cm x 20cm
• 35cm x 20cm x 20cm

WEIGHT
• 10kg

COST OF CHECK-IN BAG
23kg
• £11.66 at time of booking
• £44.86 after booking
46kg
• £35.89 at time of booking
• £62.80 after booking
69kg
• £35.89 at time of booking
• £62.80 after booking

PRIORITY PASSENGERS

HAND LUGGAGE
• 1 cabin bag
• 1 small personal bag (under seat)

SIZE
• 55cm x 40cm x 20cm
• 35cm x 20cm x 20cm

WEIGHT
• 10kg

COST OF PRIORITY BOARDING
• £18.00 at time of booking
• Not available after booking

BENEFITS OF PRIORITY PASS
• Priority boarding
• Seat selection
• Instant boarding pass
• Unlimited date changes
• Fast-track security in major airports


WIZZ AIR

NON-PRIORITY PASSENGERS

HAND LUGGAGE
• 1 small personal bag (under seat)

SIZE
• 40cm x 30cm x 20cm

WEIGHT
• 10kg

COST OF CHECK-IN BAG
10kg
• £6.50 at time of booking
• £11.00 after booking
20kg
• £13.00 – £55.50 at time of booking
• £51.00 after booking
32kg
• £17.50 – £69.00 at time of booking
• £111.50 after booking

PRIORITY PASSENGERS

HAND LUGGAGE
• 1 cabin bag
• 1 trolley bag

SIZE
• 40cm x 30cm x 20cm
• 55cm x 40cm x 23cm

WEIGHT
• 10kg cabin bag
• Trolley bag no limit

COST OF PRIORITY BOARDING
• £4.50 – £14.00 at time of booking
• £22.50 after booking

BENEFITS OF PRIORITY PASS
• Priority boarding
• Skip the baggage belt with the additional on-board trolley bag


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