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One of the pioneers of budget air travel, easyJet has grown over the years to become one of Europe’s largest airlines. easyJet stands out amongst its low cost competitors by offering convenience, for example flying to primary airports and allowing passengers to make free of charge changes under the “flexi fare” scheme. easyJet’s popularity among business and leisure travellers has led to it becoming the UK’s top airline in terms of passengers carried. Flying with easyJet and want to travel with hand luggage only? Here are 7 ways to beat easyJet's cabin bag restrictions and avoid paying baggage fees.

How to Check-in

easyJet no longer have airport check in desks, although it’s still possible to check in for free at the bag drop desks. Passengers are encouraged to check in online and print out their own boarding cards to save time at the airport. You can check in online from 30 days before your flight if you’re feeling very organised, or up to two hours before if you’re in a hurry. You can check in for the outbound and return journey at the same time, as long as the flights are both leaving within 30 days. This will save you the stress of trying to find an internet café with a printer in your holiday resort. If you check in online, bring your hold luggage to the bag drop desk. These desks close 40 minutes before the flight’s scheduled departure unless you’re flying from Egypt, Jordan, Israel or Morocco where they close an hour before the flight departs. Remember to leave yourself plenty of time to get through security.

Baggage Allowances and Fees

Each passenger is allowed to bring one piece of luggage into the cabin with them. This should measure up to 56cm x 45cm x 25cm. Your bag may have to be placed in the hold if the flight is busy and there’s no space in the overhead lockers, so easyJet advise you arrive at the gate early. Smaller bags (measuring 50 x40 x 20cm) are guaranteed not to be put in the hold. There’s an extra charge for hold luggage, at a rate of £25 per person if bought online or £40 if bought at the bag drop desk. There are currently two hold options for customers to purchase, a small hold bag with a weight allowance of 15kg and a larger hold bag with a 23kg allowance. The two bags both have the same dimensions allowance with a maximum total size (length+width+height) totaling to under 275cm. Extra weight allowance can also be purchased in 3kg segments. The maximum weight allowance for a piece of hold luggage is 32kg.

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