Everything you need to know about flying with EasyJet as a family

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Travelling on a low-cost carrier is a reality for most families in the U.K. With EasyJet increasing its flights to 150 destinations from the U.K. to mostly Europe and North Africa, your family will likely end up booking a trip with the carrier at some stage.

If you and your family are considering flying EasyJet, it’s important to know its policies so that you avoid being caught out by the low-cost carrier.

Passengers on an easyJet aircraft bound for Naples, Italy. Photo by Lori Zaino for The Points Guy UK.
Passengers on an EasyJet aircraft bound for Naples, Italy. (Photo by Lori Zaino/The Points Guy)

When to book tickets as a family

EasyJet releases tickets approximately quarterly. EasyJet announces the exact date a few days prior via its email list, website and social media. Be sure to be on the lookout if you’re aiming to grab one of the first tickets available.

The critical release date for most families comes in mid-September when EasyJet releases tickets for the following year’s Easter and summer holidays. In 2019, EasyJet released tickets on 19 September for flights between 29 March and 3 August 2020.

On 7 November 2019, EasyJet released tickets to travel from 31 August to 24 October 2020. The next release should be in April 2020, for travel from 25 October 2020 to end of March 2021.

Ticket costs for children

EasyJet charges a flat fee of £25 for infants (under 2s) bookable directly on the website. If your child turns 2 during your trip, you will need to call to book a return seat for him or her, unlike British Airways. If you find an EasyJet fare for less than £25, you can book your infant his or her own full price (yet cheaper) seat. EasyJet charges children older than 2 the same rate as adults for a ticket.

(Photo by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen/The Points Guy)

Hand luggage for families

EasyJet hand luggage famously does not have a weight limit. You can use this strategically when packing for the low-cost carrier by putting more substantial items in your carry-on bag. EasyJet allows one piece of hand luggage with a maximum size of 56x45x25 centimeters. Travellers who purchase an extra-legroom seat, FLEXI fare or hold an EasyJet Plus card can bring an added personal item (45x36x20cm). If flying with an infant, you are allowed the personal item for free as a “baby changing bag” in addition to your adult allowance. Children have the same hand luggage allowance as adults.

Carseats, pram and hold luggage

EasyJet is known for allowing car seats and collapsable prams on board. For each child travelling, you can place two additional child items in the hold for free over and above your luggage allowance. EasyJet’s website lists these as “a travel cot, pushchair, double pushchair, buggy, car seat, collapsible or non-collapsible pram, booster seat and/or baby back carrier”.

Hold luggage purchased online ranges from £6.99 to £34.99 for bags weighing up to 15 kilograms and from £9.49 to £37.49 for those weighing more than 15 kilograms up to 23 kilograms. For full details on standard hold luggage allowance, read our comprehensive guide to flying with EasyJet.

Your child items such as a collapsable pram are free in the hold or onboard on EasyJet. (Photo by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen/The Points Guy)

Hands Free

The EasyJet £16 Hands Free bundle allows up to six people on the same reservation to check their carry-on bag at the EasyJet Plus bag drop and bring their personal item on board. Most families with young children already need to check either car seats or other child items, so you have to queue anyway. However, this could save you time with older children before heading straight to your favourite Priority Pass lounge.

Pregnancy and new babies

Pregnant women can travel up to the end of the 35th week for single pregnancies and end of 32nd week for multiples. Although the EasyJet website does not state a requirement for pregnant women to travel with a GP or midwife letter, it is always best practice to do so. Once the baby comes, infants can fly on EasyJet from 14 days old. EasyJet has also stated officially that it is a breastfeeding-friendly airline.

Image by Orbon Alija / Getty Images
(Photo by Orbon Alija/Getty Images)

Boarding

Families who travel with children younger than 5 can board early. With children older than 5, you’ll need to have Speedy boarding. Speedy boarding isn’t available as a standalone purchase, however. Travellers need to have an EasyJet Plus card, FLEXI ticket or an up-front or extra-legroom seat to obtain Speedy boarding.

(Photo by Kathleen Porter Kristiansen/The Points Guy)

Family seat allocations

You can choose your seats on EasyJet for a fee to ensure your family sits together. If you wish to save on the charges, another tactic is to check-in when the window opens — a full 30 days before your flight. Your family will be assigned seats then. As EasyJet tries to seat families together, you will likely end up together. If not, you can purchase seats at that time.

Bottom line

EasyJet offers a lot of value for families who travel during school holidays and beyond. But keeping all the rules straight for your family can be complicated, so make sure you read all the fine print.

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Featured photo by Alberto Riva/The Points Guy.

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