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Check In Baggage Fees Increasing For British Holidaymakers

British holidaymakers can expect to pay almost double in check in baggage fees now than they would have paid in 2011, figures released today by Case Luggage reveal1. Five years ago passengers paid an average of £9.36 per bag when checking in their baggage, whereas today’s figure is £18.60, representing almost an 100% increase.

 

 

Luxury luggage retailer, Case Luggage, looked at nine major airlines2 operating in Britain and analysed the cost of their check in baggage fees year on year3. In checked in baggage fee increases, British Airways showed the greatest increase in price, rising from £0 in 2011 to a weighty £27.

 

 

In addition to these findings, Case also uncovered some supporting statistics from a report published by IdeaWorks and Car Trawler, which found that ‘Ancillary Revenue’ of European airlines grew by 19% between 2013 and 2014. Ancillary Revenue is the industry term used to describe income from extras not included within the ticket price, like la carte services, commissions and frequent flier programmes. Baggage fees also make up a significant percentage of airline’s Ancillary Revenue. Out of these airlines, low-cost Spanish airline Vueling, more than doubled its Ancillary Revenue in this period. Second was Turkish airline, Pegasus, which saw a 58% increase in this type of earnings.

 

 

The findings show passengers have been paying more for their check in baggage fees while airlines have been feeling the financial benefits. With this in mind, Case Luggage have created an online tool which aims to help travellers reduce fees where possible. The tool, called Case2Fit, aims to help travellers avoid unwanted fees which some carriers charge when the size limit for cabin cases is exceeded. It also allows travellers to make an informed decision before purchasing a new cabin case or travelling.

 

About Case2Fit

 

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When a traveller visits the home screen they will be presented with two options: Discover and Find Out.

Discover: I need a new cabin case: Allows travellers to find a new cabin case that will fit on upcoming flights. Clicking on Choose this option allows users to select up to five airlines - users are then invited to click What Will Fit. This reveals which luggage brands / brand ranges fit within the selected airline’s cabin case restrictions. Clicking on the drop-down arrows on the right-hand side lets the user see the cabin case allowance information and check-in allowance information for the selected airlines.

Users may wish to filter the list of results by: carry-on suitcases, holdalls and backpacks. Should they then wish to learn more about the item they can click on view which will direct them to the product’s page.


Find out: I have a cabin case: This accommodates travellers who wish to check whether their existing cabin cases will fit within an airline’s cabin case restrictions. In this section users are invited to click on choose this option - from there they will be asked to enter in their existing case’s dimensions (to which guidance is given on how to measure). Users are asked to select the airline(s) on which they intend to travel. Clicking on what will fit will reveal in the right-hand pane whether or not the case is suitable to take on board the airline as carry-on luggage. The drop down arrows in the same pane reveal the airlines’ full restrictions.

 


1Data taken from official airline websites over 5 years and adjusted for inflation.

2The airlines included in the research were Lufthansa, Ryanair, British Airways, EasyJet, Iberia, Flybe, Monarch, Turkish Airlines, and Aer Lingus.

3As baggage fees vary according to season and destination, a normalised measure was taken for the analysis: using the price for a checked-in bag (20-23 kg) on a flight from a British airport to a destination in continental Western Europe, during high season.

 

 

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