If you’re planning a mini-break when we can safely travel again, you might want to take note of the new cabin bag rules that EasyJet will introduce on 10 February.
You’ll no longer be able to bring a small suitcase on board, with the size limit for most passengers reduced to a small backpack which can fit underneath the seat in front.
If you want to use the overhead lockers, you’ll have to pay up to £39.99 to book a specific seat.
Previously, you could bring a small suitcase measuring 56 x 45 x 25cm on board for free and store it in the overhead locker.
But in a few months, the new policy means you’ll only be able to bring a bag measuring 45 x 36 x 20cm for free.
Only those who have reserved ‘up front'(those in rows 2-6) and ‘extra legroom’ (around the exits, depending on the design on the plane) seats will be able to bring the larger sized bag on board and store it above them.
According to the EasyJet website, charges for ‘up front’ seats range from £12.99 to £39.99, while charges for ‘extra legroom’ seats start at £7.99 and go up to £34.99 each way. The fee varies depending on the route selected, flight and time of booking.
EasyJet Plus card holders, who pay £215 a year for membership, will also be allowed to bring both a small standard bag and a larger cabin bag on board.
Bags will be checked at the departure date and if your cabin bag is bigger than the maximum size or if you bring a large cabin bag to the departure gate without the correct seat selection, it will be checked in as hold luggage and you will have to pay up to £48 per item.
Customers can pay to go ‘hands free’ which means checking a 56 x 45 x 25cm bag in departures. This service will cost £7 and you will still be able to take another small bag on board, but you will have to wait on your baggage when you arrive, which may slow down your journey.
It can be purchased in advance of your flight or at the EasyJet Plus Bag Drop when you arrive at the airport.
Rival budget airline Ryanair cut cabin bag size allowance back in 2018, allowing customers a small bag for free but they can bring a larger cabin bag as well with priority boarding.
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