Ryanair has quietly raised its priority boarding and luggage fees – just months after introducing a brand new baggage policy

  • The cost of taking a 10kg bag or under to be placed in the hold is now £10 to £12 
  • The top end price for paying for priority boarding has increased from £8 to £10
  • Since November, the airline no longer allows small suitcases in the hold for free

Ryanair has quietly raised its fees for priority boarding and luggage just months after introducing a brand new baggage policy.

Since November 1, the no-frills airline has no longer allows passengers to take a small suitcase in the hold for free, forcing them to pay for any bag that won’t fit under the seat in front.

At that time, passengers could pay between £6 and £8 for priority boarding, which means they can take a second bigger bag into the cabin, or pay between £8 and £10 to check-in a bag up to 10kg, or £25 for a bag bigger than that.

Ryanair has quietly raised its fees for priority boarding and luggage just months after introducing a brand new baggage policy

However, it has now emerged that if passengers want to check in a bag up to 10kg, prices have gone up to between £10 and £12.

Similarly the top end price for priority boarding has increased from £8 to £10.

The price for checking in a bag larger than 10kg still remains at £25.

The updated prices have been reflected on Ryanair’s list of additional fees on its website but it is unclear when they were changed.

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When the new baggage policy came into force in November, some passengers spoke of their anger of being ‘ripped off’ by the airline.

For example, a children’s football team heading to Dublin faced charges of up to £400 they had not budgeted for due to the change when they arrived at Stansted Airport.

Mother, Selina McManus from Watford who was taking her son Dylan, 10, to Dublin on tour, said at the time: ‘It has cost me £40 and if you look in total it will cost the entire team £200 each way. I just feel like I have been ripped off, it doesn’t feel great.’

But Ryanair claimed that the new rules meant passengers were moving through security more quickly because the volume of carry-on bags had fallen – which in turn was improving punctuality.

The table on the Ryanair website, which shows the new fees for both priority boarding and luggage

Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said last year: ‘We’ve received lots of positive feedback from our customers and airports across Europe that our new bag policy has reduced airport security queues and improved the boarding gate experience, with 11 per cent better punctuality, as we eliminate free gate bags and related flight delays.

‘Ryanair customers have already saved millions of euro as they switch from our £25 x 20kg checked bag to our new lower cost £8 x 10kg checked bag option.

‘Up to 50 per cent of customers continue to bring two free carry-on bags as they choose our priority boarding service.’

MailOnline Travel has contacted Ryanair for comment.   

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