I was wondering whether you have to pay for your checked baggage or does every airline give it for free unless over the weight limit? I believe British airways does... Can you tell me the process and what you do? Do I pay online beforehand if that is the case? Will the site I book my holiday on mention it? Like baggage fees etc

I don't understand why airlines would charge you for bringing a suitcase, you need clothes after all.

Can you tell me what you do for EasyJet and other airlines if one has to pay for checked baggage?

Side note: I plan on booking a holiday through Expedia. Will they bring up checked baggage and so forth? Is this something I shouldn't really worry about?

  • As your question itself implies ("I believe British airways do"), practice varies from one airline to the next. It also depends on the class of ticket you've bought. – phoog Sep 13 '17 at 22:24
  • I have answered the titular question, but most of your other questions are either way way too broad (we cant list the baggage policies of every single airline) or suitable for a second question all on their own. – Moo Sep 13 '17 at 22:25
  • "I don't understand why airlines would charge you for bringing a suitcase, you need clothes after all." - Not all trips are holidays. E.g. if you're just going for a business meeting and returning the same day, you'll probably not need any clothes besides the ones you're wearing. For short holidays you might be able to pack all the clothes you need in your carry-on luggage (my brother planned to do that for the conferences he was going on at the beginning of this week. – Henrik supports the community Sep 14 '17 at 6:04

No, not all airlines give you a checked baggage allowance built into the ticket, the obvious example being Ryan Air:

What is my checked baggage allowance?

Each passenger can purchase up to 3 checked bags of 20 kilos.

Emphasis mine.

Side note: plan on booking holiday through expedia will they bring up checked baggage and so forth is this something i shouldn't really worry about?

Yes, Expedia will show the airlines baggage policies:

Baggage policy for Air Canada flight on Expedia

They also provide a detailed information page from the summary page:

Baggage policy link from summary page

Detailed baggage policy

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The technical name for this is “unbundling”. Traditionally, air fares would include the transportation itself but also food and drinks, luggage, etc. Low-cost carriers separate the different components and charge for them separately. One obvious benefit is that, everything else being equal, the headline fare will be lower and make the airline much more attractive.

What to do if you need to take more with you is simple: Pay the extra charge. If you get over the annoyance and the feeling that it is expensive for what it is, you will probably find that the base fare + extra charge is still a better deal than any other reasonable alternative (legacy airline, other means of transportation…). Same thing for on-board food: €5 or so for a snack is not cheap but it's usually cheaper than at the airport or than the difference with a legacy airlines fare.

Personally, I fly with EasyJet perhaps 5 to 10 times a year and usually don't take any hold luggage. As a matter of fact, I also fly legacy airlines for business and even when hold luggage is included in the fare, I will often avoid checking in anything because it's a hassle.

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