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Ryanair raises fee charges for check in bags and sports equipment

RYanair has just announced that it is to raise the fees it charges to check in bags and sports equipment. From 1 October, checking in a bag will rise from £10 to £15 if booked in advance online and from £20 to £30 at the airport. But the bigger news is that passengers can now take a second bag weighing up to 15kg if they pay an additional fee. The second bag will be charged at £35 if booked online or £70 at the airport. Sports equipment fees also go up, rising from £30 to £40 if booked on the internet and £50 if paid at the airport. This will be an unwelcome hike for skiers and snowboarders in particular.

Virgin Atlantic is changing its baggage allowance policy on 23 September. The carrier will be changing their checked-in baggage policy and moving to a 'Piece Policy' for the whole of the network. This is rather than their current mixture of weight and piece allowances according to different routes. The airline believes that, in the majority of cases, passengers who wish to fly with excess baggage in addition to their free allowances will pay less on these routes than they do now. British Airways is bringing in its own changes on 7 October. Sports equipment will now be included as part of the free checked baggage allowance. But if the number of bags exceeds the free allowance passengers will be charged the excess baggage rate for each extra bag. Sports equipment will be only be accepted if they are packed correctly within the maximum weight and reduced maximum dimensions of 190cm x 75cm x 65cm. The changes to BA’s sporting equipment policy will apply to bookings made from 31 July 2009, for customers travelling from 7 October 2009.

Where possible, the solution must be to keep your one piece of luggage with you at all times and put it in the overhead locker when onboard. But what are the current allowances, the correct dimensions of your bag and the permitted weight allowance across the major airlines? As featured in the Times Online Travel section on Friday 4 September, travel search engine nowfly.co.uk has developed an easy guide to complicated baggage allowances.