Ryanair hand luggage
I’ve just received an email from Ryanair explaining their new rules on cabin bags. Take note, if you are travelling with this airline soon, you need to read the NEW Ryanair hand luggage rules. Please ensure you do not get caught out .
The new rules
Ryanair are shrinking the size of the the bag you can bring onboard without paying. The bag must now be 35cm x 20cm x 20cm and must be able to fit under the seat in front. Much as I could jump to the conclusion that this is just another one of Michael O’Leary’s mad ideas to increase revenue, this seems to make a lot of sense.
These days, budget flights are often held up because of issues with fitting bags into overhead lockers. Usually by the time I get on the flight, those lockers are overflowing. Cases which barely fit within the size parameters. dominate the hold. Unlike the days of old, when people simply brought a small bag on board, these days everyone has a case.
This change may encourage those people to either pay extra, or accept that their bags will be relegated to the hold. They will then have to join the hoards scrambling for their bags at the arrival destination.
A window of opportunity
The email goes on to say that ‘if you arrive at the gate, and you haven’t purchase Priority & 2 Cabin bags, your second bag will be put in the hold for free.’ This second bag must not exceed 10kg or 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, and must fit into the sizers at the gate. There, it will be tagged and put into the hold free of charge.
Failure to comply will result in a charge of £50 per item at the departure gate. In other words, risk trying to squeeze a slightly bigger case onboard and it could cost you. Priority & 2 Cabin bags costs £6 so it might be better to simply accept the cost.
Am I missing something here?
Isn’t this simply a great way to be able to get an extra bag onboard for free? Admittedly, some people carry hand luggage only because they want to avoid the wait for the luggage at the other end. However I suspect for most, it is more a question of avoiding the excessive additional charge for putting a bag in the hold. It shows how out of touch I am with Ryanair. I thought they had limited onboard bags to one already!
The bad news
Obviously, if you genuinely do want to avoid waiting around for your bags at your destination, then you have no option but to pay. This will add an extra £6 to the cost of your ticket.
The cost includes priority boarding as well as two cabin bags. This cost is duplicated for each leg. That £9.99 ticket you thought was such a bargain may not be quite the deal you thought.
As the cost for a hold bag is £20, this seems like a great way to save money. Why on earth would I pay for Priority boarding and two cabin bags, if I can can get my extra bag free?
Is there a catch?
Not that I can see but that will maybe come out in the wash as the impact of this change is felt.
What do you think?
So, what do you think? Good news or bad news?