I have nothing against EasyJet or RyanAir or any other budget airline. I have used both several times as they are my go-to airline for low airfares when I travel in Europe. However, you may have read my post on my ordeal in Rome with an EasyJet boarding pass. Well, a colleague just finished telling me about her encounter with EasyJet so I want to make sure to pass on this information with you so you won’t be caught unaware and have to pay these fees.
EasyJet has wonderfully inexpensive flights all over Europe. But they do have restrictions that you must adhere to or else you may be charged an exorbitant amount in fees. My friend was flying to Prague from Paris, she found two tickets for less than $150 total so she was very happy about that.
When they got to Paris they had to check their bags for the trip to Prague. Thankfully, they were able to check the first bag for free (Here is some luggage for you to choose from). However, as they were traveling for 2 weeks she and her husband had more than one checked bag each (clearly, she didn’t read my post on packing when I went to Ecuador). In the end, they had to check three extra bags. Each bag was 30 euro each, that’s 90 euro (which is about 120.00 dollars). But this is the painful part: EasyJet charges you BY THE KILO for each pound your bags are overweight. Each kilo cost them 14euro (almost 19 dollars). They had 32 extra kilos. 32 x 19=608.00 euro. That is $813.00. Ouch.
So how can you avoid this if you are traveling with EasyJet?
Read all emails that you are sent from EasyJet. They do tell you what their fees are, but it’s in that fine print that no one seems to take the time to read.
Don’t pack so much stuff. You really do not need three of four bags when you travel, I just don’t think it’s necessary as having so much stuff just slows you down and can cause problems when you try to fly. If you are driving or taking a train, take as many bags as you want to deal with. But when you fly, try and streamline your clothes so you won’t have too much stuff.
And what would I have done had I gotten to the gate and was told I had to pay $813? I would have given clothes away or thrown them out. Seriously. I would NEVER pay that much money to check a bag (want some more choices? Here you go!). I would have taken those things out that I really like and let everything else go. Thankfully my friend and her husband weren’t too upset about having to pay this fee and they still have a wonderful vacation.
I hope this information helps you. Have you flown on EasyJet? Have you ever gotten hit with fees you weren’t expecting? By the way, when you fly do you carry a passport holder? I have at least 5! Here is one I like.
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