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EasyJet Was Certainly Cheap... But Watch Out For Those Extra Fees.
cwo3ward @ 10/ 21/ 2009

The low-cost airline, easyJet, can save you some money.  That is, if you play by their rules.  This is true of all the low-cost European airlines.  They have strict requirements for luggage weight as well as size.  For example, if you want to check a bag, you are allowed up to 20 kilograms (44 lbs.). If you go over that weight, they charge you 12 Euros (currently about $18.00 US) for each additional kilogram (2.2 lbs).  An extra 10 pounds of weight will cost you about $80.00.  OUCH!  Watch those weight limits!


We checked in at the easyJet counter at Milan's Malpensa airport.  I had been sweating the weight limits and my wife's bag weighed in at 19 kg.  Mine was about 15.5 kg.  The carry-on bags we had were heavy and were just about the right size to fit into the carry-on checker.  I saw one guy trying to force his bag into the small gauge and he was getting increasingly angry that it wouldn't fit.  I'll bet they made him check it.  That costs extra at the airport (more than when you do it online).  Here is the carry-on baggage info from the easyJet website:


Save where the limits set locally are more restrictive, passengers are permitted one standard piece of hand baggage to a volume limit of 55x40x20cm (including wheels and pockets) (“Standard Hand Baggage”). It must fit without force into the gauges provided at check-in or departure gates. No weight restriction applies within reasonable limits — i.e. a passenger must be able to place the piece of luggage safely in the overhead storage bins without assistance. In addition to the “Standard Hand Baggage” you may also carry: (a) one of the following: An overcoat; an umbrella, or a shawl; and (b) one standard size carrier bag of goods purchased from the departure airport.


We managed to avoid any extra charges by being acutely aware of the rules.  I'm sure there are many people who don't pay attention and get whacked for some serious extra charges.  Their website offers a number of "extras" for additional cost:

Speedy Boarding - 13.25 Euros/passenger

Sports Equipment - 25.00 Euros per piece

Travel Insurance - 9.50 Euros/passenger

Carbon Offsetting - 1.85 Euros/passenger


The plane we boarded was an Airbus A319.  It was new and quite well maintained.  The attendants were pleasant and the flight lasted about 2 hours (to Athens).  We were offered various things for sale and we purchased coffee.  There was a charge for just about everything.  Being a no-frills airline, they charge for anything you get.  This was expected.  Our flight for two people from Milan, Italy to Athens, Greece was only 90.48 Euros (About $130.00 US since I bought the tickets 1 month in advance and the exchange rate was slightly better).  All-in-all, our experience with easyJet was good and I wouldn't hesitate to book with them again, now that I know what to expect.



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