Airline Drops Bag Fees, World Cheers

Breaking news! Europe’s Ryanair – a notoriously fee-friendly airline – is cutting nearly all its checked-baggage fees effective immediately. Most bag fees are now 13% to 50% less.

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Airline Bag Fees Drop Up to 50%

Ryanair passengers pay one price for bags weighing up to 15kg (33 lbs.), another for bags up to 20kg (44 lbs) plus fees vary by the length of flight but the airline says the new checked bag fee cuts will benefit more than 90% of passengers. Example:

  • Domestic flights under two hours: 15kg bag fee drops from 30 to 15 euros (about $33 to $16)

This Ryanair chart shows changes for all bag fees.

Ryanair bag fee changes

Compare multiple carriers and get a higher level overview of excess baggage fees across borders with our Worldwide Baggage Fee Chart!

Ryanair’s Charm Offensive

If you’re wondering, what the heck’s going on – it’s simply part of what Fortune calls Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary’s ‘charm offensive’:

“Europe’s largest discount airline sought to change its ways about two years ago when it proclaimed the start of a customer service charm offensive called “Always Getting Better,” whose goal is, essentially, to be nicer to fliers. As O’Leary put it, Ryanair wants to “stop unnecessarily piss[ing] people off.” –Fortune, June 2, 2016

O’Leary has made a career out of unnecessarily angering customers; he’s the guy who once said he was seriously considering putting pay-toilets on planes, as well as introducing standing-room only flights. Neither materialized but generated lots of buzz (which was probably O’Leary’s goal all along).

Meanwhile, one can only hope other fee-happy airlines are paying attention to Ryanair’s latest move.

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Updated: June 9, 2016