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Short-haul flights of­ten ap­pear cheap – un­til you fac­tor in the ad­di­tional cost for your lug­gage. The fee for a checked-in bag can more than dou­ble the ba­sic fare. More­over, with air­lines im­pos­ing their own bag­gage re­stric­tions and al­lowances, it’s all too easy to fall foul of the rules and get pe­nalised for do­ing so.

So it’s def­i­nitely worth be­ing clear about lug­gage ar­range­ments and charges – not only be­fore you fly but also prior to book­ing your flight, par­tic­u­larly where you have a choice of air­lines fly­ing the route. Here are some key point­ers to con­sider. one 20kg bag as hold lug­gage can cost as much as £68 re­turn. But hand-lug­gage size and weight lim­its vary and are usu­ally strictly en­forced – air­lines make money from catch­ing pas­sen­gers out and charg­ing ex­tra to put over­sized or over­weight bags in the hold. Typ­i­cally, the weight al­lowance is 10kg, but easyJet imposes no limit, while with Tui Air­ways it’s nor­mally a miserly 5kg. Bri­tish Air­ways’ hand-lug­gage al­lowance of two bags (in­clud­ing a smaller hand­bag/lap­top case) is one of the most gen­er­ous for short-haul flights – and par­tic­u­larly worth know­ing about given that BA of­fers lower-priced hand-bag­ga­geonly fares. now lets you take only one small bag (such as a hand­bag/ lap­top case) into the cabin for free. To be able to take on a reg­u­lar-sized carry-on bag as well, you need to pay an ad­di­tional £10 re­turn for “Pri­or­ity & 2 Cabin Bags”, or buy a more ex­pen­sive Plus/ Flexi ticket. Other­wise, you have to hand over the larger bag at the gate for it to be put in the hold (free of charge, in this case). each way with

Note: given that checked-in bags are of­ten es­sen­tial when trav­el­ling with chil­dren, with Ryanair it can work out a bit cheaper to opt for its bag­gagein­clu­sive Fam­ily Plus fares.

WHAT A CARRY-ON Don’t be stung by last-minute bag­gage al­lowance fees

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