IF THERE’S one thing that fills us all with dread and confusion, it’s the baggage allowance rules airlines include in the small print of our flight tickets.
Here’s our guide to what you can bring on all of the most popular airlines, in one easy place.
What can you take on board as hand luggage?
When flying BA, you can bring one or two bags with you into the cabin – so long as they don’t weight more than 23kg each.
One should be a small handbag or laptop-sized bag, and no larger than 40x30x15cm.
The other bag can be a bit bigger, with a maximum size of 56x45x25cm.
As far as hold luggage is concerned, bags should be no bigger than 90x75x43cm, with a standard weight allowance of 23kg.
Flybe passengers can bring two cabin bags, one case or bag with a maximum size of 55x35x20cm and one additional handbag or laptop case.
The combined weights of both bags can’t exceed 10kg.
Meanwhile, hold luggage can be bought as an added extra, with baggage options ranging from 15kg to two bags for 46kg.
Easyjet only allows one piece of hand luggage, with a maximum size of 56x45x25cm, including handles and wheels.
You can pay extra for an additional cabin bag, provided it’s no bigger than 45x36x20cm, but you can take on brollies and a duty-free shopping bag for free.
Meanwhile, your hold luggage can’t weigh more than 20kg per bag, unless you pay for extra weight – bringing you right up to 32kg per bag.
With Easyjet, passengers pay to bring hold luggage, with a maximum of three bags per passenger.
Thomas Cook hand luggage includes one bag as standard, with a maximum size of 55x40x20cm and a maximum weight of 6kg.
As far as hold luggage is concerned, the standard flight package comes with an allowance of 15kg, but you can buy an extra 10kg if you need it.
Long-haul passengers get 20kg of hold luggage included, whilst flight-only tickets don’t come with any hold luggage allowance.
Jet2 tickets include one piece of hand-luggage, with a maximum 10kg weight and a size limit of 56x45x25cm.
Provided it’s something you can carry on board, you’re also allowed to bring a small handbag, laptop bag or any duty-free purchases into the cabin.
If you need hold luggage, you can book up to three bags per person, with no bag allowed to weigh more than 32kg.
Lufthansa flights allow you to bring one piece of 8kg carry-on baggage.
This bag can’t exceed 55x40x23cm, although you are also allowed to bring on a second, smaller laptop bag or handbag with a maximum size of 30x40x10cm.
Economy tickets also include one hold bag, with a maximum weight of 23kg.
Monarch passengers can bring one or two cabin bags with them, provided their combined size is no bigger than 56x40x25cm.
The combined weight of these bags can’t exceed 10kgs, although you are also allowed an additional bag of duty-free goods from the airport.
Hold baggage has a standard allowance of 20kg, but you also have the option to pay for an extra 3kg or 6kg if you need it.
Passengers flying with Virgin can bring one piece of hand luggage with them, provided it’s no heavier than 10kg and no bigger than 23x36x56cm.
Virgin flights along most routes allow passengers to bring one piece of hold luggage on board, with a 23kg weight limit and a size limit of 90x75x43cm.
On flights from the UK to India and Lagos, passengers can bring two bags with these dimensions.
Virgin will also carry one piece of sports equipment as part of your standard baggage allowance.
The budget airline said its overhead cabin space is getting too crowded – and announced new restrictions.
Now only priority-boarding customers – who pay an extra £5 to £6 – will be allowed two bags: one normal size (55cm x 40cm x 20cm) and one smaller bag (35cm x 20cm x 20cm).
Everyone else will just be allowed to carry a smaller bag, while wheelie-style suitcases will now be placed in the hold at the boarding gate for free.
Customers who refuse to put their second bag in the hold will not be allowed to travel or entitled to a refund.
The new rules will apply to all flights after November 1, regardless of when you booked.
Ryanair is also increasing its check-in bag allowance from 15kg to 20kg, while standard check-in bag fees will be cut from £35 to £25 for a 20kg bag.
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