How to beat easyJet’s new hand luggage charges

Easyjet's hand luggage rules are designed to bump up the price you pay for your flight above the headline grabbing initial fare. Savvy travellers can still avoid paying extra fees though - read on to find out more.

What has changed?

•    All passengers are now only permitted to bring a 45x36x20cm bag on board with them without incurring additional charges.

•    Those who wish to bring a larger cabin bag on board with them (up to 56x45x20cm) must now pay additional charges.

•    Passengers can either buy the larger cabin bag allowance by itself or as part of a bundle that also includes specific seats and priority boarding.

  • Buying the larger cabin bag allowance by itself costs £5.99 to £32.99 per flight. Passengers who pay for easyJet’s Up Front and Extra Legroom bundles (£7.99-£39.99 per flight) can also take a large cabin bag on board as part of those respective packages.

•    Those who have not paid for the larger cabin bag allowance and show up to the airport with a bag that is bigger than 45x36x20cm will be charged £48 for the bag to be placed in the aircraft hold.

How much will the extra charges cost?

EasyJet states that the extra fees vary by flight, but it is safe to say that finding a flight where the additional charges are at the lower end of their price spectrum is difficult. We’ve researched a range of domestic and international flights and found the charges to generally range from £22 upwards per flight.

For example, on return flights from London Gatwick to Berlin, easyJet asked £24.99 per flight to take a larger cabin bag on board. A passenger with a traditionally sized cabin bag could expect to pay at least £49.98 in extra fees over a round trip in order to take this bag on board.

On a 45 minute flight from Liverpool to Belfast, easyJet asked £14.99 per flight to take a larger cabin bag on board, ensuring a traveller with traditionally sized hand luggage would need to pay almost £30 extra over a return trip.

Often these extra charges outweigh the cost of the initial flight itself, but they can be avoided entirely if you choose the right bag.

How to avoid these extra charges

Cabin Max has several hand luggage bags that are perfectly sized to comply with easyJet’s new 45x36x20cm ‘free’ hand luggage allowance and ensure you can avoid these excessive extra fees. These bags are designed to offer you the maximum amount of space without being subject to easyJet’s extra fees. They fit easyJet’s luggage sizers like a glove and stow away safely underneath the seat in front of you when you’re on the flight.

Worried that you won't be able to pack enough? Check out our packing packing videos and you'll see that our 30L bags may be all you ever need:

Metz 30L Cabin Backpack

The Classic Metz 30L backpack measures 45x36x20cm, making it perfectly sized to for easyJet’s new ‘free’ underseat bag rules. Available in a range of fashionable colours and designs, including models made from recycled plastic bottles, the Metz’s large unimpeded main compartment offers a huge 30L of packing space – more than enough for several days away. Tickets and travel documents are easily accommodated in the front organiser compartment whilst the Metz 30L is comfortable to carry thanks to air-mesh back padding.

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Anode 30L Under Seat Cabin Case

Want a hard-shelled rolling case that avoids easyJet’s fees? The Anode 30L is the perfect choice. Super-lightweight at just 2.2kg, this 4 wheeled Cabin Case lets you glide through the airport and beyond. The deceptively spacious interior features a zipped divider and netted pocket so you can expertly organise your packing. Hardwearing wheels, zips and handles ensure the Anode is built to last, whilst there’s a range of different colours and designs to suit everyone.

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Manhattan Stowaway 30L Under Seat Bag

The Manhattan Stowaway 20L has been helping travellers avoid extra fees on Ryanair for years - The new 30L version is now ready to do the same for passengers on easyJet too!  Featuring a large, unimpeded 30L main compartment, a water bottle holder and laptop storage, the spacious Manhattan Stowaway could be all the cabin bag you ever need. You can specify your Manhattan in either a fashionable Twill external shell, or a discrete Black RPET material that is made from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles!

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Travel Hack Under Seat Tote Bag

Ideally sized to fit underneath the seat in front and avoid expensive extra fees on easyJet, the Travel Hack Tote is perfect for both the journey and the destination.

The large main compartment offers lots of space for clothes as well as specific pockets for a 13" laptop, iPad and kindle. The interior also features a range of netted pockets as well as a pocket specifically designed for your travel straighteners too.

The lightweight design is constructed from robust and showerproof 600D PU material and features faux leather and rose gold detailing. So whether you are looking for a stylish carry on that avoids extra airline fees or a sophisticated bag to explore your destination with, the Travel Hack Tote is truly the best of both worlds.

Find out more here.

Manhattan Hybrid 30L Under Seat Bag

It turns out you can have your cake and eat it! The Manhattan 30L Hybrid offers the best of both worlds; The ease and style of a trolley case combined with the agility and versatility of a backpack. We love this case because it is ability to adapt to any situation. As well as a large internal packing area, the Manhattan 30L Hybrid features a padded tech pocket for devices up to 13”, an organiser compartment, netted pockets and packing straps. Converting the case from trolley to backpack takes seconds and the Manhattan is comfortable and easy to wear thanks to air-mesh padding and an adjustable chest strap too. Could it be your choice to avoid easyJet’s fees?

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30L Under Seat Bear Bag

Kids love travelling too (as do their favourite cuddly toys) so we have sized our new Bear Bag to comply with easyJet’s ‘free’ under seat bag allowance. With a lightweight and easy to pull design, kids will love zipping through the airport with their favourite teddy or doll in tow. As well as the spacious main case, your child can keep their teddy and travel essentials close to hand thanks to the detachable clutch bag, too.
Easily pulled by the extendable handle or worn by the slip-away backpack straps, the Under Seat Bear Bag also features a side water bottle pocket, padded carry handles and a large internal netted pocket too which is great for colouring pens or cables.

Find out more here.

January 25, 2022 — Martin Barwise