How to Avoid Baggage Fees on easyJet

February 29, 2016 in BLOG, Travel Tips - 22 Comments
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When you fly on low-cost airlines like RyanAir and easyJet, you can only bring one cabin bag or carry-on bag. Unless you pay extra. But there’s a secret travel hack that can save you money and let you bring several cabin bags without paying extra baggage fees.

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Secret Travel Hack: How to Avoid Baggage Fees on easyJet

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Need to bring another bag when flying easyJet? But don’t want to have to pay the 35 British pounds (abut $45) that easyJet will charge for a second cabin bag? Here’s what you need to do to avoid paying baggage fees on easyJet.

Go shopping at the duty free shop.

Shopping at the Duty Free Shop

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Shopping at the airport can save you money

You’re thinking, “What? Shopping?” Here’s why shopping at the duty free shop means you won’t have to pay baggage fees.

When you fly on Easyjet you’re allowed to bring one cabin bag (aka carry-on bag) for free.

You can bring an extra bag such as a purse or laptop. As long as it’s no bigger than 45 x 36 x 20cm (17 x 14 x 7) and fits under the seat if you:

  • Are an easyJet Plus member (annual fee of 170 British pound or $236)
  • Bought a FLEXI fare
  • Paid for Upfront
  • Purchased Extra Legroom

And if you want to bring an additional bag or one that’s larger than a laptop such as a backpack, you have to pay an extra bag fee of 32 British pounds (about $45).

But, if you have a duty free bag, you will not be charged the extra baggage fee.

So visit the duty free shop before you get to your gate and buy a souvenir or some candy. Ask politely for the largest bag. Put your backpack or extra bag inside the duty free bag.

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No extra baggage fees if you put your backpack or extra bags in duty free bags

And viola, you can bring everything in that duty free bag on your Easyjet flight without being charged a baggage fee.


If you’re flying on a budget airline like easyJet, make sure you know the one secret travel hack that will save you from paying baggage fees and let you bring an unlimited amount of cabin bags (or carry-on) bags.

Buy something from the duty free store. Then place your additional bag into the duty free bag. You can bring as many duty free bags on your easyJet flight without paying baggage fees.

Would you pay 4 British pounds (about $6)  to buy a small trinket or candy to avoid paying 35 British pounds (about $45) for each extra bag?

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  • Penny Sadler March 5, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Great tip! I’ve not yet flown Easyjet but the low costs make it tempting.

    • Debra Schroeder March 5, 2016 at 8:53 am

      Hi Penny Sadler,

      Thanks. Glad you liked the post. EasyJet’s cheap fares are enticing but all those extra fees add up.

      This was my first experience flying easyJet. And the trick worked great!

  • Tami March 5, 2016 at 9:20 am

    This is a great tip!! I haven’t flown on Easy Jet yet, but I was aware of all the extra fees they charge. This is a very smart way to get around some of them — thanks for sharing!

    • Debra Schroeder March 6, 2016 at 6:28 am

      Hi Tami,

      Thanks! The trick also works with other airlines. 🙂

  • Francesca @onegrloneworld March 5, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    I’ve always wondered if that worked! I wanted to try to put some stuff in a duty free bag, but chickened out because I thought it would have been a waste of money buying something only to be charged extra for my bag! I’ll have to try it next time!

    • Debra Schroeder March 6, 2016 at 6:30 am

      Hi Francesca @onegrloneworld,

      Yeah, I wasn’t 100% sure myself so was pretty nervous. But the duty free bag did the trick. 🙂

  • Erica March 5, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    I haven’t flown with Easy Jet but I have a feeling it’s the same concept as most budget airlines. They’re pretty sneaky with hidden charges but sometimes, the deals are too good to pass up on!

    • Debra Schroeder March 6, 2016 at 6:31 am

      Hi Erica,

      Yep, the trick will work on the other airlines (budget and traditional). You just have to be flying internationally.

  • Rosemary March 5, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Nice tips. Never thought of taking less and shopping at duty free. Great idea!

  • Arzo Travels March 6, 2016 at 3:18 am

    Cool idea. However, I am wondering if they won’t check th elastic bag if it is too obvious? 🙂

    • Debra Schroeder March 6, 2016 at 6:32 am

      Hi Arzo Travels,

      Thanks. Nope, they didn’t look inside my bag. Nor could care less.

      On one of my flights a man had 8 duty free bags.

  • melody pittman March 6, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Nice suggestions though I am not familiar with Easyjet at all. Ouch, those extra baggage fees are steep!

    • Debra Schroeder March 6, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      Hi melody pittman,

      Thanks. 🙂

      Yep, with the extra baggage fees, that cheap ticket ends up costing more than booking on a non low-budget airline.

  • Megan March 6, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    That’s a great tip! Thanks for sharing. Budget airlines are starting to pop up all over the US lately. Wonder if this works for them too.

    • Debra Schroeder March 6, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      Hi Megan,

      You’re welcome. It should work for internationally flights because of the duty free aspect. But won’t work for domestic flights.

  • Vicky and Buddy March 6, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    This is a great tip! Especially with so many airlines now charging for additional bags. I haven’t flown on Easyjet, but there are many similar airlines in the US.

  • Jennifer Melroy March 6, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    This is brilliant. I have never thought about doing this but it is so simple and yet brilliant.

  • Lindsay Nieminen March 7, 2016 at 8:56 am

    This is an awesome tip! i am going to try this on our next budget airline trip! But the one problem that i have come up with in terminals where there are domestic and international flights in the same area is that you do not get your duty free items until you BOARD the plane, and they are also sealed shut! (example in Hawaii). But for any terminals that do not have domestic and international travel, this is a great idea!

    • Debra Schroeder March 7, 2016 at 8:59 am

      Hi Lindsay Nieminen,

      Glad you enjoyed the tip. Have you seen them hold all duty free purchases? I’ve only seen them hold and seal shut duty free alcohol purchases.

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