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Ryanair cuts baggage costs

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Jetting off on holidays this summer? You may be interested to hear that Ryanair has cut checked-in bag fees for the majority of its customers as of June 2nd.

Travellers on domestic flights under two hours will see their baggage fees drop by 50%, with up to 17% savings on all other flights under three hours. For example, taking a 15kg bag on a domestic flight (under the two hour mark) will now cost €15 (reduced from €30), or €25 (reduced from €40) for a 20kg bag. Travelling with a 20kg bag on a flight of under three hours will now cost €35 (reduced from €40).

Bad news if you’re taking a flight that lasts over three hours – no baggage fee changes will be applied.

“We’re pleased to cut bag fees for 92% of customers as part of our ‘Always Getting Better’ programme with a streamlined range of just six bag fee options, as we continue to listen to our customers and improve the Ryanair experience for the 116m people we’ll carry this year. Over 92% of our customers will enjoy reduced bag fees and will pay the same price for checking-in a bag whether bought at the time of the initial booking or added to the booking, regardless of seasonality. Furthermore, customers will also be able to add bags to their bookings via the Ryanair app up to three hours before their scheduled time of departure,” said Ryanair Chief Marketing Officer, Kenny Jacobs.

“These bag changes are in addition to our best-in-class cabin bag allowance, offering two free carry-on bags, and we’ll continue to offer the biggest and best choice of destinations, with the most on-time flights and a fantastic onboard experience, as we grow our fleet, traffic and routes – and all on the lowest fares.”

Nothing is without a catch, however, and the Irish Independent points out that savings will be made on peak season prices only, and the new charges actually represent an increase on previous off-season fees.

When not writing about all things personal finance, You & Your Money's editor Conor Forrest enjoys reading, football and getting lost in an ocean of Wikipedia articles.