What if I’ve already booked?
According to the Ryanair website, the new bag policy will apply to all travel on/after 1 November – regardless of when you booked.
The new rules will be made clear on bookings from Saturday 1 September. If you book flights before that date for travel from 1 November onwards, you will have the option to pay £8 for priority boarding or pay £10 to check a 10kg bag into the hold. You can also cancel your booking and receive a full refund.
‘The change will make it almost impossible to compare flights’
MoneySavingExpert.com consumer expert Megan French said: “Ryanair says this is not a sneaky or hidden charge but rather a way to simplify its baggage policy – the change, however, will make it almost impossible for travellers to accurately compare flight prices.
“While many flight comparison sites will let you filter by hold luggage, they don’t account for discrepancies within hand luggage rules and so customers could end up paying extra if they do want to take the usual cabin-sized small suitcase on board.
“Customers who want to fly Ryanair must remember before they book that they will have to pay at least £6 to take an extra 10kg cabin bag on board, or accept a very small luggage allowance.”
What does Ryanair say?
Ryanair’s chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said: “This new policy will speed up the boarding and cut flight delays.
“60% of customers will be unaffected by these changes and we expect that the other 40% will either choose to buy priority boarding or a 10kg check bag, or will choose to travel with only one (free) small bag as 30% already do so today.”