Pack lightly: Aer Lingus latest carrier to get rid of free carry-on bag policy

Jun 22, 2021

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Another airline has cut back on free carry-on bags on flights to the U.K. and across Europe.

Aer Lingus has joined several other carriers in amending its carry-on policy so most travellers no longer can bring a bag larger than a small personal item (a handbag or laptop bag) onto the plane for free. The previous rules allowed for one free carry-on 10kg bag, as long as it fit the proper dimensions.

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Now, travellers will have to pay €5.99 to bring the carry-on bag on the aircraft. That does come with priority boarding and you can store the luggage in the overhead compartment. Passengers buying more expensive tickets or those with elite frequent flyer status — Silver, Platinum and Concierge AerClub members — will still get a free carry-on bag with their ticket.

The new baggage fee also does not apply to parents travelling with an infant, or for travellers connecting to or from an Aer Lingus transatlantic flight. All passengers with a carry-on bag with priority boarding are required to check-in online or through the Aer Lingus app.

A free, less convenient option for your 10kg bag remains. You can check it upon arrival at the airport and once you arrive at your destination, pick it up at baggage claim. These new fees put Aer Lingus in the same company as Europe’s low-cost airlines that charge for carry-on bags, such as EasyJet, Ryanair and Wizz Air. However, Aer Lingus’ fees aren’t as steep as you can expect from other low-cost carriers.

In announcing the change in policy, Aer Lingus said in a statement: “These changes are being introduced to ensure faster boarding and deplaning, therefore improving overall customer experience.”

Aer Lingus, like British Airways, is owned by IAG. A BA spokesperson said no changes to its carry-on bag policies were imminent.

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