How to Avoid ALL Ryanair’s Extra Fees

Ryanair has become notorious for offering cheap flights to travellers but charging through the nose for almost everything else, including many things that other airlines offer free of charge.

To minimise your spending once you get to the airport, here’s how to avoid some of the most popular Ryanair extra charges.

Extra Baggage/Priority Boarding Charge

From November 2018, the Ryanair baggage policy is changing. Previously passengers were able to bring one small bag into the cabin, and another larger bag to go in the hold, all free of charge.

But in order to “improve punctuality and reduce boarding gate delays” the policy is changing for the second time this year.

Here’s how the extra bag policy works.

Up to 31st October 2018:

Everyone is entitled to take on one small item of hand luggage for free. According to Ryanair, the cabin bag size is 35cm x 20cm x 20cm — which is about the same as a regular rucksack. You can bring a second large bag free-of-charge (55cm x 40cm x 20cm, maximum weight 10kg), but this will be put in the hold, meaning you’ll have to wait at the baggage carousel at the other end even if you’re only taking hand luggage.

If you exceed the Ryanair luggage dimensions, you could be charged another £50 at the gate.

If you purchase a “Priority & 2 cabin bags” or a “Plus/Flexi” ticket, you can take two bags onboard with you as usual. These tickets cost £5 if purchased at the same time as your flight, or £6 via the Ryanair app on the day of your flight. However, be aware that Ryanair’s terms and conditions state: “Passengers who have purchased Priority Boarding will not be asked to place their cabin bag in the aircraft hold, unless necessary due to operational reasons.” So although it’s unlikely, you could be asked to place your bag in the hold anyway.

From 1st November 2018:

You will be able to take one “small personal bag” into the cabin, as long as it fits under the seat in front. Ryanair defines a small personal bag as 40cm x 20cm x 25cm — slightly larger than the current definition.

If you pay for priority booking (£6 at the time of your booking or £8 as an add-on), you’re also permitted to bring an additional 10kg bag (55cm x 40cm x 20cm) into the cabin for no extra cost. However, be aware that priority booking is capped at 95 out of 189 passengers per flight for space reasons.

The alternative is to pay £8 at the time of booking or £10 after booking to have this extra 10kg bag checked in to the hold.

Larger checked-in luggage will still cost £25 per bag.

There are a few exceptions to the policy, both before and after 1st November. These include:

  • Duty Free purchases, which can be brought into the cabin along with your hand luggage.
  • A baby changing bag up to 5kg.
  • Medical items, providing you’ve contacted Ryanair’s special assistance line in advance.
  • If you have reduced mobility and have pre-booked airport special assistance, you will be able to carry both pieces of your cabin baggage into the cabin with you.

If you’re concerned about bags which adhere to Ryanair’s new policy, take a look at our four favourite Ryanair

How to Avoid the Extra Bag Charges:

Make sure everything you’ll need in the air will fit into a bag sized 35cm x 20cm x 20cm, opt not to bring a second bag if possible and make Ryanair aware in advance if you need special assistance/medical equipment.

Check-In Charge

As of 13th June 2018, you can no longer check in for free four days before your flight.

Instead, the check-in time has gone down to between 48 hours and 2 hours before departure.

If you don’t check in within this reduced window, you’ll be charged £55 per person! And Ryanair don’t allow you to check-in at the airport normally, so if you happen to forget to check in before you arrive, expect to pay an extra £220 for a family of four!

Of course, you can purchase one of Ryanair’s infamous add-ons to avoid this. A seat reservation will set you back between £4 and £15 and will allow you to check-in up to 60 days before departure.

A Ryanair spokesperson said: “This is more than double the 24-hour check-in period operated by British Airways, Lufthansa, Norwegian and Iberia. This will give reserve seat customers more time to select their preferred seats prior to departure.”

What they don’t mention is that all of those airlines enable you to check in when you get to the airport for free.

How to Avoid to the Check-In Charge

Set a reminder in your calendar or phone for two days before your flight and make sure you check-in there and then.

Boarding Card Re-Issue Fee

As well as having to check in online, you’re also required to either print out your boarding card, or use the Ryanair app to check-in.

If you opt to print out your boarding card and then forget it, the page is damaged, the print-out is of poor quality, or part of the page is missing (including the advert), you’ll be forced to pay a £20 boarding card re-issue fee.

How to Avoid to the Re-Issue Fee

The easiest way is to check-in using the Ryanair app.

Name Change Fee

If you spell your name in any way other than how it appears on your passport, or if you want to transfer the ticket over to someone else, you’re looking at paying Ryanair’s most expensive charge by far.

If you realise before getting to the airport, you can make the change online for £110. But if you get all the way to the airport and then have to change a name, you’re looking at a whopping £160!

How to Avoid to the Name Change Fee

Check and double check everything before you make your Ryanair booking. If you do need to change it later, it might even be cheaper to book an entirely new flight.

Allocated Seating Charges

If you wish, you can select your preferred seat online up to two hours before you fly.

There are three different fees depending on what kind of seat you want:

  • Standard Seats from £4.00
  • Front Seats from £13.01
  • Extra Legroom Seats from £15.00

If you’re happy to sit anywhere, you can check-in as normal and a seat will be selected for you. However, if you want to guarantee you’re sat with whoever you’re travelling with, you’ll have to pay £4 per person to do this.

Parents flying with children under 12 are required to pay for allocated seating.

How to Avoid Allocated Seating Charges

If you don’t mind being separated from your group, you can be randomly allocated a seat but will most likely be sat with strangers.

Fees For Children

If you’re travelling with a child that’s less than 2-years-old, they are permitted to sit on your lap for the flight and you’ll be provided with an infant seat belt. This will cost you £25.
However, if your child turns 2 while you’re away, they’ll be subject to the usual adult fare, taxes, fees and charges for the return flight.

You are able to bring two items of baby equipment for each child free of charge. This includes one pushchair and a car seat, booster seat or travel cot.

Any further pieces of infant equipment will cost you £15 per item.

How to Avoid Fees for Children & Equipment

Try to avoid going away during your child’s second birthday and ensure you only need to bring a pushchair and a seat or cot aboard.


  1. I am 80 yrs old and have been travelling with Ryanair for many years. I don’t mind booking priority seat but have great difficulty getting my luggage on board and putting it in the overhead locker. If I book priority do I have to bring my bag on board. I also have booked trips for Jan, and Feb. How does this affect my having luggage as I have already played for my bookings

  2. Have searched now for about an hour. Where do I buy this 40 x 20 x 25 cm bag?
    Seems not to be available on the Ryanair homepage at the moment.

  3. Quote…
    However only 95 out of 189 passengers per flight will be permitted to bring their bag aboard for space reasons. (FOR FREE FOR PRIORITY PAID PASSENGERS EVEN IF IN HOLD?)

    The alternative (AS A PRIORITY PAYING PASSENGER?) is to pay £8 (IN ADDITION TO £6 PRIORITY?)at the time of booking or £10 after booking to have this extra 10kg bag checked in to the hold.


    Sorry not at all clear.

  4. Hi Maureen, as far as we’re aware from November onwards you can bring one bag for the cabin and one for the hold. So if you can fit everything into your larger hold bag, it would eliminate you needed to bring any bags on board. However, it might be worth contacting Ryanair to see what kind of special assistance they can offer you in terms of help bringing your bags aboard.

    Ryanair has stated that the new policy will apply to all flights from 1st November onwards, regardless of when they were booked, unfortunately.

  5. Hi Gabriel, sorry if the wording is a bit confusing, I’ll try to clarify a bit here and in the article itself.

    Passengers who have paid for priority booking will be able to bring a second bag into the cabin for free. However, priority booking is capped at 90 passengers.

    Non-priority customers can opt to pay extra to have their second bag put in the hold. This is £8 at the time of booking or £10 after booking.

    Hope that’s cleared up the confusion!

  6. Hi Wendy, as far as we’re aware priority booking entitles you to bring your bag into the cabin. If you wish to place a bag in the hold you will be required to pay the charge for this.

  7. I made Reservation MU3CVC (Frankfurt to Corfu) on 9/8/2018 using the “Flexi Plus” option given I was connecting from overseas with a long haul flight with plenty of luggage. At the time of the purchase the relevant information page was indicating that the 20Kg baggage was indeed included. When I tried to check in at Frankfurt airport on 11/09/210 I was extremely surprised that I was asked to pay 50 Euros for the 20Kg allowance – Your employees were referring to an ambiguous police change – which I cannot locate on your website. What I was able to find is that you removed the 20Kg allowance from the “Flexi Plus” however you still provide it for the “Plus”. However, at the time of my booking “Flexi Plus” was also eligible for 20Kg !

  8. What is the further pieces of infant equipment? According to the buggage policy, it can be up to 20kg and will cost less than a normal 20kg baggage.

  9. From Ryanair’s website:

    “You can bring any infant equipment you need. You can carry 2 items of baby equipment free of charge per child – 1 pushchair plus one of the following items: car seat or booster seat or travelcot.

    “On arrival at the airport the 2 free items of baby equipment can be tagged for travel at a Bag Drop Desk, which close 40 minutes before the scheduled flight departure time


Children’s pushchairs can be used up to the aircraft steps and after landing the pushchair will be available at the aircraft steps (provided local conditions permit this).

    “There are baby changing facilities onboard located at the rear of the aircraft. Cabin crew can warm baby bottles if required.

    “Other items of baby equipment in addition to the 2 free items can be checked-in upon payment of an Infant/Child Equipment Fee (maximum weight 20 kgs).

    “There is no cabin baggage allowance for infants sitting on an adult’s lap or infants aged 8 days to 23 months who are seated in an extra comfort seat. However a baby bag up to 5kg can be carried by the accompanying adult in addition to their own cabin bag.

    “Infants over the age of 1 who are sitting in their own seat have a FREE 10kg baggage allowance as well as a small second bag, they also get the option to purchase a checked-in bag.”

  10. I’m booked non priority for flights 25th September my small suitcase won’t fit under the seat in front and I wasn’t planning to bring a second smaller bag anyway but if my ‘suitcase’ now has to go into the hold does this mean in flights before November 1st still get them free or do I have to pay? If that the case then I may as well bring a second bag small enough to fit under the seat in front as this is the only one free?
    If I have to pay for my tiny suitcase to go into the hold I would prefer to pay before I leave.

  11. Hi EM,

    Since you’re flying before 1st November, you’re able to take one small item of hand luggage (35cm x 20cm x 20cm) into the cabin for free, and another larger case (55cm x 40cm x 20cm, maximum weight 10kg) into the hold, also for free.