EasyJet will be adjusting its carry-on policy as of February 10, 2021, and it’s bad news for passengers. In many ways the airline has had one of the most generous baggage policies for a low cost carrier, but that will be changing. For that matter, I’ve found flying EasyJet within Europe to actually be quite pleasant.
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EasyJet’s new carry-on policy
EasyJet will be adjusting its carry-on policy for flights starting in a couple of months.
As of February 10, 2021:
- All customers will be able to take onboard a small under seat cabin bag, with maximum dimensions 45x36x20cm
- Customers who book an Up Front or Extra Legroom seat, as well as EasyJet Plus cardholders and FLEXI fare customers, will be able to bring onboard an additional large cabin bag, with maximum dimensions 56x45x25cm
- In both cases there continues to be no weight limit for the bags
For context, here’s EasyJet’s policy prior to February 10, 2021:
- All customers are able to bring onboard a large cabin bag, with maximum dimensions 56x45x25cm
- Customers who book an Up Front or Extra Legroom seat, as well as EasyJet Plus cardholders and FLEXI fare customers, can bring onboard a small under seat cabin bag, with maximum dimensions 45x36x20cm
In other words, in some ways the carry-on policy is being reversed:
- Currently all customers get a big bag and only select customers got a second small bag
- In the future all customers get a small bag and only select customers get a big bag
EasyJet has between 42 and 63 Up Front and Extra Legroom seats per plane, and that’s not factoring in those who are EasyJet Plus cardholders or those who booked FLEXI fares, who are also allows two carry-ons.
EasyJet planes have up to 63 “premium” seats
Why is EasyJet making this change?
The logic seems pretty obvious to me — EasyJet is making this change because this is a way to generate more revenue. The airline hopes that this policy will cause people to buy-up to higher fares, or to pay for checked bags.
As you’d expect, the airline attempts to provide a more selfless explanation. As Robert Carey, EasyJet’s Chief Commercial & Customer Officer, describes this change:
“Punctuality is important to our customers and we know that if they have their bags placed into the hold at the gate due to the limited space onboard this can cause flight delays, and it can be frustrating for them too. Our new policy will improve boarding and punctuality for everyone, as well as give our customers certainty of what they will have with them onboard.”
So yeah, the claim is that this is to avoid delays on departure due to having too many carry-on bags. I kind of get it, and this isn’t nearly as bad as when Lufthansa claimed it’s introducing buy on board in economy due to customer feedback.
EasyJet claims this change is to ensure punctual departures
What happens to previously booked tickets?
This new policy applies for flights booked as of today (December 1, 2020) and for travel as of February 10, 2021.
What happens if you already booked an EasyJet ticket for travel on February 10, 2021, or later?
- You’ll be able to take on a small carry-on free of charge, per the new policy
- You’ll also be able to check one large bag for free, using EasyJet’s Hands Free product
While those with previous bookings won’t be allowed to bring a large carry-on with them onboard, they will ultimately have a bigger baggage allowance, as they’ll be allowed a small carry-on (onboard) and a larger bag (to be checked).
Those who previously booked tickets will be allowed a free checked bag
EasyJet is scaling back its previously very generous carry-on policy. Going forward, all customers will be able to bring on a small carry-on, and only select customers will be able to bring on a large carry-on (while previously all customers could bring on a large carry-on, and only select customers could bring on a small carry-on).
While EasyJet claims that this policy change is to ensure on-time departures and to avoid frustration, it seems pretty clear that this is an attempt to get people to buy-up to more expensive fares or pay for checked bags, which I suppose I can’t blame the airline for at this point.
What do you make of EasyJet’s new baggage policy?