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How to travel on European low cost airlines

How to travel on European low cost airlinesEuropean 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.

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 of money at the airport.

Did you know that the penalty for carrying overweight baggage can vary between £7 and £38 per kilo?

Even using a credit card can lead to extra charges with some airlines adding up to £9 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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Upgrade your flights

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 €9.50 per person on payments made by credit card. Weight: 8kg or 10kg with laptop
Dimensions: 55cm x 40cm x 20cm
Weight: up to 23kg
Cost of Hold Baggage: €15 - €120
Check in Additional Bag: €70 - €150
Check in additional overweight bag:
€120 - €250
Overweight Baggage: €15 per kgAllocated Seating: €11.99 - €16.99
Extra Legroom: €20 - €60

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:
€30 - €100
Pets in hold:
€75 - €150
Infants under 2 charge: 10% of adult fare
bmi RegionalCard Fee: Bookings made by credit card will incur a charge of £4.50 per passenger per booking.
Admin Fee: Bookings made via the airport or call centre will incur an £8 per person charge.
A refund administration charge of £25 applies to all tickets.
Weight: No Restrictions
Dimensions:
55cm x 45cm x 23cm
Weight: 20kg
Cost of Hold Baggage: Included in price of flight
Check in Additional Bag: £15Overweight Baggage: £10 per kg Allocated Seating: Seats are assigned at check-in

Name Change: £30
Ticket Change: £30 + difference in fare
Supervision fee for young passengers travelling alone: £35
Sports Equipment: £30
Infant charge: 10% of adult fare
EasyjetAdmin Fee: £10
Group Booking Fee: £4.50
Bookings made by Visa Credit Card will incur an additional fee of 2.5% of the total transaction.
Weight: No Restrictions
Dimensions: 56 x 45 x 25
Weight: 20kg
Cost of Hold Baggage: £31
Additional Hold Baggage:
£31 per extra bag
Extra Weight:
(£31 + additional)
3kg = £42
6kg = £84
9kg = £126
12kg = £168
Overweight Baggage:
Online - £7 per kg
Airport - £11 per kg
Allocated Seating: from £3
Extra Legroom: £12
Exit Seat: £12
Speedy Boarding: Available when purchasing a Flexi Fare
Name Change: Online - £35
Airport - £40
Flight Change:
Online - £35
Airport - £40
Cancellation Fee: £30
Sports Equipment:
Prepaid - £27
At Airport - £35
Infant Charge: £20
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 40cm x 23cm
Weight: 15kg to 40kg
(dependent upon weight purchased)
Extra Weight (booked online):
Small bag (15kg) - £13.99
Standard bag (20kg): £14.99
Extra Kilos bag (23kg): £19.98
2 bags/1 bag and golf bag (40kg) - £44.99
Overweight Baggage: £15 per kg Allocated Seating:
Online - £6.50
Call Centre/Airport - £8
Extra Legroom/Exit Seat:
Online – £15
Call Centre - £16
Airport - £22
Name Change: £40
Date and Time Change:
Online - £35
Call Centre/Airport - £40
Cancellation Fee: All flights are non-refundable
Infant Charge: 12.5% 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: Online - There are no longer any booking fees on Jet2.com
Airport - Bookings made at the Jet2 sales desk will incur an additional charge of £6 per person, per sector.
Card Fees: For transactions made by credit card will incur a fee of 2.5% per transaction.
Weight: 10kg
Dimensions:
56cm x 45cm x 25cm
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:
£10 per kg
Seat Selection:
Standard Seat – prices from £5
Extra legroom seat - £10
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
MonarchPassenger Service Charge: £12.56 per person
Late booking fee: £18 per person
Credit Card payments will incur a booking fee of 2.5% or £5 per booking.
Weight: 5kg
Dimensions:
56cm x 40cm x 25cm
Weight: 20kg
10kg for infants
Cost of Hold Baggage:
Online – £9.99 - £21.99
Contact Centre - £25
Airport - £25
Scheduled Flights
Extra Weight:
First 3kg - £10 then £7.50 per kg
Charter Flights
Extra Weight:
Short Haul - £37.50 per kg
Longhaul – £50 per 5kg
Shorthaul Overweight Baggage:
Online - £7.50 per kg
Airport - £10 per kg
Longhaul Overweight Baggage: £12 per kg
Allocated Seating:
£2.99 to £7.99
Extra Legroom: £6.99 - £29.99
Priority Boarding: Available when seated in the premium cabin
Name Change:
Online - £100
Contact Centre - £120
Flight Change:
Online - £35
Contact Centre - £40
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:
Golf Clubs - £25
Skis & Snowboards – £25
Scuba Equipment - £25
Sports Guns - £25
Bicycles – £25
Hang Gliders, Windsurf Boards, Canoes and Kayaks - £35 (up to 32kg)
RyanAirReservations made via Ryanair.com: £7
Reservations made at airport and call centre booking fee: £17
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
Weight: 15-20kg
(dependent upon weight purchased)
Cost of Hold Baggage: £15 - £80
(dependent upon season and flights)
Check in Additional Bag: £40 - £160
(dependent upon season and flights)
Overweight Baggage:
£20 per kilo
Reserved Seating:
Online - £7
Airport - £10
Priority Boarding:
Online - £7
Airport - £10
Name Change: £110
Flight Change: £30 - £60 (dependent upon season)
Reprint Boarding Card: £70
Missed Departure Fee:£110
Infant Charge: £30
Infant Equipment:
Online - £10 per item, one way
Airport - £20 per item, one way
Sports Equipment:
Online - £50 per item, one way
Airport - £60 per item, one way
Oxygen Reservation: £110
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 €14.50
Payments made by debit card will incur a charge of €9
Weight: 10kg
Dimensions:
55cm x 40cm x 20cm
Weight:
Cost of luggage check-in: €13-€35 (dependent upon destination)
Check in Additional Bag: €35 each wayOverweight Baggage: €12 per kg
Excess hand luggage: €35
Allocated Seating:
XL Seat: €12-€30
Seat in back rows: €4-€5
Seat in front rows: €6-€7
Name Change: €50
Flight Change: €45

Special luggage: €45
Pet on board:
Domestic - €25
International - €40
Infant Fee (under 2 years old): €30
Supervision for young passengers travelling alone:
Domestic - €35
International - €55
Wizz AirAdmin Fee, per flight per passenger: £6
Call centre fee (per passenger, per flight): £9
Airport Booking Fee: £4
Weight: 10kg
Dimensions:
42cm x 32cm x 25cm

Large Cabin Bag: £9-£18
(dependent upon season and flight time)
Large cabin bag fee at check-in: £18
Large cabin bag at gate: £27
Dimensions:
56cm x 45cm x 25cm
Cost of Hold Baggage: £13 - £30
(dependent upon season and flight time)
Check in Additional Bag: £38 - £51Baggage Fee at check-in: £38
Baggage Fee at Gate: £51

Reserved Seating:
Online/Call Centre: £5-£10
Airport: £10
Extra Legroom:
Online/Call Centre - £6-£14
Airport - £14
Priority Boarding:
Online/Call Centre - £3
Airport - £6
Name Change:
Online - £38
Call Centre - £51
Flight Change:
Online - £26
Call Centre – £38
Cancellation Fee: £51
Infant fee: £21
Airport check-in fee:
Online - £9
Airport - £17
Sports Equipment:
Online/Call Centre - £34
Airport - £51

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