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How to travel on European low cost airlines

How to travel on European low cost airlines - updated with the latest fees for fliers to make travel cheaper and easierEuropean low cost airlines have become increasingly popular with travellers looking for cut-price flights. However, they come with many regulations, fees and penalties – perhaps more so than scheduled or charter airlines.

Updated With Latest Fees

These are often extremely complex and with every airline having different regulations – travel with European low cost airlines can be just a little taxing. The size of hand luggage, the cost of  extra legroom and even the price of a cup of coffee vary depending on which of the European low cost airlines you chose to fly with.

Being aware of the extra fees and charges you may face before you fly is extremely important. It can prevent you from having to pay large sums at the airport.

Did you know that the penalty for overweight baggage can vary between £7.50 and £45 per kilo?

Even using a credit card can lead to extra charges with some airlines adding up to £15 per booking in administration fees. Don’t get caught out by restrictions on European low cost airlines restrictions. Instead follow this handy guide so you’re well armed on the rules for flying with each.

Also don’t miss our guides to travelling on low cost airlines in North America and Asia.

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Travel on European low cost airlines doesn’t have to be basic. Want to upgrade your low cost travels? Take a look at our guide to upgrading the service you receive on low cost flights.

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Travel rules with European low cost airlines

AirlineBooking, Admin and Card FeesHand LuggageHold LuggageBaggage ExtrasBaggage Fees and PenaltiesExtras on BoardFees and PenaltiesOther Charges
Air BerlinCard Fee: There is a charge of €5-€20 per person on payments made by Paypal and Direct Debit.Weight: 8kg
Dimensions: 55cm x 40cm x 23cm

May take an additional handbag or laptop case weighing no more than 2kg: Dimensions: 40 cm x 30 cm x 10 cm
Weight: up to 23kg in Economy and 32kg in Business Class

Cost of Hold Baggage: €15 - €120
Check in Additional Bag: €13 - €175

Check in additional overweight bag:
€50 - €275
Overweight Baggage: €15 per kgAllocated Seating: €16 - €99

Extra Legroom: €20 - €99

Name Change: €60 - €240

Flight Change: €60 - €240

Paper ticket charge: €25

Cancellation Fee: €180 - €240
Check-in at desk: €15 per person

Pets in the cabin:
€40 - €105

Pets in hold:
€75 - €250

Infants under 2 charge: 10% of adult fare
bmi RegionalCard Fee: Bookings made by credit card will incur a charge of 2.75% per booking.

Admin Fee: Bookings made via the airport or call centre will incur an £8 per person charge.

A refund administration charge of £35 applies to non refundable tickets, and tax will also be refunded.
Weight: 12kg
Dimensions:
55cm x 40cm x 23cm.

Make take an additional handbag or laptop case.
Weight: 23kg

Cost of Hold Baggage: Included in price of flight
Check in Additional Bag: £40. Non-refundable, can be added to booking up to 4 hours in advance of flight.Overweight Baggage: £10 per kg Allocated Seating: £8-£15

Name Change: Not permitted

Ticket Change: £50 + difference in fare for Classic fares, £100 for ClassicPlus fares and no fee for Executive fares. Not available on Sale fares.
Supervision fee for young passengers travelling alone: £80

Sports Equipment: £45

Infant charge: 10% of adult fare
EasyjetAdmin Fee: £15

Group Booking Fee: £10

Bookings made by Visa Credit Card will incur an additional fee of 1% of the total transaction.
Weight: No Restrictions
Dimensions: 45cm x 36cm x 20cm
Weight: 20kg

Cost of Hold Baggage: £13-£45 per bag
Additional Hold Baggage:
£13-£45 per extra bag up to 20kg
Overweight Baggage: £10 per kg
Allocated Seating: from £1.99

Extra Legroom: from £8.49
Name Change: Online - £15-£50

Flight Change:
£15-£50 + fare difference

Cancellation Fee: £25-30
Sports Equipment:
Prepaid - £35-£50

Infant Charge: £22
FlybeBooking Fee: Call Centre - £8

Payments made by credit card will incur a fee of 3% of the total transaction fee with a minimum charge of £5
Weight: 10kg
Dimensions:
55cm x 35cm x 20cm.

Make take an additional handbag or laptop case - both items must have a combined weight of 10kg.
Weight: 15kg to 40kg
(dependent upon weight purchased)
Extra Weight (booked online):

Small bag (15kg) - £18.50
Standard bag (20kg): £19
Extra Kilos bag (23kg): £24

2 bags/1 bag and golf bag (40kg) - £49
Overweight Baggage: £15 per kg Allocated Seating:
Online - £6.50

Call Centre/Airport - £8

Extra Legroom/Exit Seat:
Online – £15
Call Centre/Airport - £16
Name Change: £50

Date and Time Change:
Online - £40
Call Centre/Airport - £45

Cancellation Fee: All flights are non-refundable
Supervision fee for young passengers travelling alone: £39

Infant Charge: 12% of adult net fare

Sports Equipment: £30

Musical Instruments: £30
German WingsCard Fee: Payments made by Credit Card or PayPal will incur a surcharge of £9.

Admin fee per booking for debits refused: £11
Weight: 8kg
Dimensions:
55cm x 40cm x 20cm
Weight: up to 23kg

Cost of Hold Baggage:
Online/Call Centre - £11
Airport - £23
Check in Additional Bag: £681st Item of Overweight Baggage: £45 (up to 9kg of excess weight)

Additional overweight baggage per item: £45
(up to 9kg of excess weight)
Allocated Seating: £9

Extra Legroom: £18

Extra Seat: Same price as existing ticket if bought on same day before midnight
Surcharge for making changes to booking: £18

Name Change: £54

Flight Change: £54

Cancellation Fee: £23
Supervision for unaccompanied minors:
Shorthaul - €40
Longhaul - €80

Transport of skiing equipment: no fee

Transport of sports weapons per item: £45 (including ammunition)

Transport of bicycle per item: £45

Transport of pets: £36
Jet2Booking Fees: There are no longer any booking fees on Jet2.com

Weight: 10kg
Dimensions:
56cm x 45cm x 25cm.

Make take an additional handbag or laptop case.
Weight: 22kg per bag

Cost of Hold Baggage:
1 bag (22kg) - £15
2 bags (44kg) – £30
3 bags (66kg) – £45

Extra Weight: £12 per kg

Check-in (per one way flight):
Online check-in (no bags) – £0
Online check-in (1 or more bags) - £6

Airport check-in (no bags) - £9
Airport check-in (1 or more bags) - £10
Overweight Baggage:
£12 per kg
Seat Selection:
Check with airline, prices vary by flight.
Name Change: £27.50

Flight Change:
£27.50 plus change in fares, taxes, fees or charges

Print Boarding Card: 17.50
Infant Charge: £20

Meals (per one way flight):
In-flight meal - £9
Infant/Youth in-flight meal – £5

Champagne and Chocolates (per one way flight): Champagne - £25
Chocolates - £5

Sports Equipment: £25
MonarchBooking Fees: Online - There are no longer any booking fees on MonarchWeight: 10kg
Dimensions:
56cm x 40cm x 25cm
Weight: 20kg
10kg for infants

Cost of Hold Baggage:
Online – £15-£36
Contact Centre - Same rate as online + £5
Airport - £36
Extra Weight:
£10 per kg
Shorthaul Overweight Baggage:
Online - £7.50 per kg
Airport - £10 per kg

Longhaul Overweight Baggage: £12 per kg
Allocated Seating:
from £3.99

Extra Legroom: £4.99 - £34.99

Priority Boarding: Available when seated in the premium cabin
Name Change:
Online - £100
Contact Centre - £120

Flight Change:
Online - £40
Contact Centre/Airport - £45

Replacement of lost tickets: £40

Cancellation Fee:
Flight numbers starting with ZB are non-refundable. For all other flights, contact your travel agent.
Infant Charge: £20

Sports equipment: From £25 per passenger, each way
RyanAirReservations made via Ryanair.com: £7
Reservations made at airport and call centre booking fee: £20

Government Tax refund administration fee: £17

Credit Card payments will incur a fee of 2% of the total transaction.
Weight: 10kg
Dimensions:
55cm x 40cm x 20cm

Make take an additional handbag or laptop case which must not exceed 35cm x 20cm x 20cm.
Weight: 15-20kg
(dependent upon weight purchased)

Cost of Hold Baggage: £10 - £50
(dependent upon season and flights)
Check in Additional Bag: £10 - £50
(dependent upon season and flights)
Overweight Baggage:
£10 per kilo
Reserved Seating:
£2-£3
Priority Boarding:
£11
Name Change:
Online - £110
Airport - £160

Flight Change: £30 - £90 (dependent upon season and booking online/at airport)

Reprint Boarding Card: £15

Missed Departure Fee:£100
Infant Charge: £20

Infant Equipment:
Online - £10 per item, one way
Airport - £20 per item, one way

Sports Equipment:
Online - £30 per item, one way
Airport - £35 per item, one way

Oxygen Reservation: £50
VuelingAdmin charges: €5

Payments made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard and PayPal) will incur a charge of €12.50

Payments made by credit card (Amex and Diners) will incur a charge of 2% of the total transaction.

Weight: 10kg
Dimensions:
55cm x 40cm x 20cm.

Make take an additional handbag or laptop case which must not exceed 35cm x 20cm x 20cm.
Weight: 23kg
Cost of luggage check-in: from €10-€29 (dependent upon destination)
Check in Additional Bag: €25-€90 Overweight Baggage: €12 per kilo each way

Hand luggage: €35
Allocated Seating:
XL Seat: €12.99
Seat in back rows: €2.99
Seat in front rows: €6.99
Name Change: €50 + price difference

Flight Change: €50 + price difference

Special luggage: from €35

Pet on board:
Domestic - €25
International - €40

Infant Fee (under 2 years old): €5-€40 + fees

Supervision for young passengers travelling alone:
Domestic - €45
International - €55
Wizz AirAdmin Fee, per flight per passenger: €8

Call centre fee (per passenger, per flight): €15

Airport Booking Fee: €10-€30
Weight: 10kg
Dimensions:
42cm x 32cm x 25cm

Large Cabin Bag: €10-€20
(dependent upon season and flight time)

Large cabin bag fee at check-in/gate: €35
Dimensions:
56cm x 45cm x 25cm
Weight: 23-32kg
Dimensions: 149cm x 119cm x 171cm

Cost of Hold Baggage: €16-€65
(dependent upon weight, season and flight time)

Cost of Hold Baggage at check-in/gate: €55
€20 surcharge for bags weighing 23-32kg
Check in Additional Bag:
€16-€65
(dependent upon weight, season and flight time)

Cost of Hold Baggage at check-in/gate: €55
€20 surcharge for bags weighing 23-32kg
Baggage Fee at check-in: See hold luggage fees + €20 surcharge for bags weighing 23-32kg

Reserved Seating:
Online/Call Centre: €1-€31

Priority Boarding:
Online/Call Centre - €5
Airport - €25
Name Change:
Online - €45

Flight Change: €40 + fare difference
Cancellation Fee: €60
Infant fee: €8-€27 each way

Airport check-in fee:
Online - €10
Airport - €30

Sports Equipment:
Online/Call Centre - €30
Airport - €60

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