Excess baggage fees – we all hate them, but sooner or later many of us end up getting caught out by them. The amount charged differs from airline to airline, with most charging on a per-kilo basis, while others tack on a flat fee for any amount of excess baggage.
To make life easy, we’ve collected all the current fees from some of the most popular airlines flying from the UK in one place. Some airlines have more complicated rules than others – we’ve tried to keep them as simple as possible!
|Airline||Excess baggage charges|
|Easyjet||£10 per kg|
|British Airways||£65 for bags between 23kg and 32kg|
|TUI||£13 per kg for short haul flights
£15 per kg for mid haul flights
£18 per kg for long haul flights
|Flybe||£15 per kg|
|Jet2||£12 per kg|
|Virgin Atlantic||£65 for bags between 23kg and 32kg|
|Thomas Cook||£10 per kg for flights to the Balearics, Balkans, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Mainland Europe
£12 per kg for flights to Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Malta and Gambia
£16 per kg for flights to East Africa, Caribbean, Central & South America, Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean
£90 surcharge for dimensions exceeding 158cm
|BA Cityflyer||£65 for bags between 23kg and 32kg|
|BMI Regional||£15 per kg|
|Loganair||£10 for additional item up to 30kg|
|Aurigny||£12 per kg between Guernsey, the UK and Grenoble
Other services £4 per kg
|Eastern Airways||£6 per kg|
|Blue Islands||Rates available on request|
|Ryanair||£11 per kg|
|Aer Lingus||October to May:
£24 per kg between for UK internal flights and UK-Europe (inc Ireland)
June to September:
£29 per kg for UK internal flights and UK-Europe (inc Ireland)
|KLM||€35 per additional item of baggage on intra-Europe routes|
|Lufthansa||Baggage items over 32kg not accepted. Additional baggage charged at €55 per item|
Top tips for staying under weight
If you want to avoid being hit with extra fees at the at the airport, the best way is to check the weight restrictions of your airline and put your luggage on the scales before setting off. If you need to bring more, most airlines charge much lower fees for booking extra baggage in advance rather than springing it on them at the airport, so planning ahead can save some cash.
But there’s always so much preparation to do before a holiday that it’s understandable if you forget this sometimes. If you’ve discovered your baggage is a little too hefty for your airline, try these tips and you might just dodge the fees:
- Weigh up (ho ho) the costs. If you’ve packed cheap, disposable items that are weighing down your luggage, like big bottles of shower gel or sun cream, ask yourself whether the extra baggage fee outweighs the cost of just binning them and buying them anew at your destination.
- Wear more of your clothes. They might make the flight a bit warm and sweaty, but wearing bulky sweaters and coats on to the flight means they’re not adding to your baggage total. If you can find a way to wear two pairs of shoes at once, hats off to you (also, wear your hats).
- Invest in some lightweight luggage. Sometimes it’s your luggage itself that’s contributing those extra pounds. Strong, lightweight luggage is not only easier on your arms, it also helps you bring more of what you want with you on holiday.
- Spread the weight around. Unless you’re travelling alone, chances are you’ll have a friend or family member whose luggage is a little bit below the maximum weight. Ask nicely if you can stash some of your stuff in their luggage for the flight.
- Put things in your pockets. You can move some of your luggage to carry-on as long as the items are allowed (so don’t try this with big bottles of liquids, but laptops and tablets should be fine). Whether it’s in your bag or your pockets, it’s not adding towards your weight limit.