Ryanair Baggage Charges 2019
Hand Baggage Allowance Changes from November 1st 2018
In August 2018 Ryanair announced changes to their policy on hand/cabin baggage. These changes were due to come into effect on all flights from Thursday November 1st 2018.
- Customers who pay for priority boarding (now costing €6 to €10 instead of a flat rate €6) will be allowed to bring two free “carry-on” bags into the cabin (one 10kg bag and one small “hand”bag) . There will be a slight increase to the maximum size of the smaller bag to 40cm x 20cm x 25cm.
- Non-priority customers will only be able to bring one free, small handbag size bag on to the aircraft measuring 40cm x 20cm x 25cm or less – which must go under the seat in front of you.
- The main change is that from November 1st 2018 , there will be no more free bags put in the hold on Ryanair flights.
If non-priority customers want to put a 10kg bag into the hold they will need to pay a checked baggage fee of €10 to €12. (Up from €8 in November)
Non-priority customers who have not added a bag to their booking before they fly will have to pay €20 at the airport bag drop desk or €25 at the boarding gate for a 10kg bag .
(Size – 55cm x 40cm x 20cm)
Ryanair seem to have had a “grace” period since November – and they were not strictly applying the new charges whilst customers got used to the new arrangements. It seems this grace period is over and From January 8th 2019 , ‘Non-Priority’ customers who show up to the airport with an unbooked larger piece of hand luggage must pay €20 to check it at the airport bag drop desk, or pay a €25 fee to have it placed in the hold at the boarding gate.
Note: Sometime in January – Ryanair increased the prices on priority boarding Passengers now have to pay between £6 and £10 to get priority boarding, which is now the only way you can take a 10kg wheelie bag into the cabin – previously there was a flat fee of £6.
Also – checking your 10kg bag into the hold will now set you back between £10 and £12, up from £8.
Checked Baggage Charges:
Ryanair’s checked baggage allowance is still up to 3 bags per person, weighing up to 20kg each .
The Ryanair website says that charges for a 20kg checked bag range from €25 to €40 per leg of a journey . They also mention that at” peak times and on certain destinations a €10 supplement will be charged per flight” . But the baggage terms and conditions also say …. “Fees may vary from time to time but it is the rates in force at the time you book and/or pay for your checked baggage allowance which apply.”
We have checked – and it is possible to get 20kg checked bag for €15 per leg of a journey on the Ryanair website. It all depends on the time of year and the popularity of the flight.
On flights after November 1st 2018 – a checked bag weighing up to 10Kg will cost you €10 each way at the time of booking, or €12 at any point after booking. It will cost €20 at the airport bag drop desk or €25 at the boarding gate .
Tip: If a couple add two 10kg bags when booking the flight it will work out slightly cheaper than taking one 20kg bag.
Alternatives: A useful luggage delivery service is provided by Send My Bag . They will collect your bags from your house and deliver them to your destination overseas. (Door to Door) . This does mean you will have to send the bags a few days before you travel – but the prices are reasonable and it means you can travel light! It could also mean cheaper and easier transfers at the destination.
It’s also a very good idea for long distance ferry and train travellers – you will have no heavy bags to lug around. It can also sometimes work out cheaper and less hassle for larger items such as bikes , ski equipment or golfing gear.
Check out the prices for various destinations on the SendMyBag Website