Beginning Dec. 15, European low-cost carrier Ryanair will begin charging sharply higher checked-baggage fees for those passengers who book their tickets via phone or at the airport.
The baggage fees for tickets booked online, however, will remain the same.
New Fees for Checked-Baggage
Here is how the new “phone bag fee” prices break down:
- Off-peak season (October to May) – First checked-bag fee: $94
- Peak season (Summer, Christmas) – First checked-bag fee: $156
Prices are even steeper for a second checked-bag on tickets booked by phone or at the airport:
- Off-peak season – Second checked-bag fee: $164
- Peak season – Second checked-bag fee: $211
It should be noted that the above fees are one-way prices and must be doubled for roundtrip flights. Also, checked-bag fees for tickets booked online are not exactly a bargain: Prices for first checked-bags online range from $23 to $54, while a second bag can cost between $54 to $70.
Reason for the Fee Hike
A UK paper reports that Ryan says the changes were “designed to encourage passengers to bring as few bags as possible” – outside of the carryon baggage allowance of a mere 22 pounds. Travelers should remember that while a carryon is free, only one carryon is allowed which means that any extras such as a purse or a laptop or a shopping bag are forbidden – unless you pay extra for them.