Ryanair luggage: Secret loophole could see you paying lower baggage fees

Ryanair luggage: Secret loophole could see you paying lower baggage fees

Budget airline Ryanair offers astonishingly low-cost air travel with flights often selling for as little as £4.99 However, the airline managed to make up the cost in other ways. One of these areas is charging passengers who want to travel with more than just hand luggage.

Not only does the Irish air-carrier charge passengers who want to take more than one cabin bag, but it also instils a charge for checked luggage too.

While many experienced travellers are eliminating the need for checked luggage, boasting helpful tips and tricks for packing strategically, sometimes checked luggage is necessary.

One frequent flier has revealed an inside secret that could see passengers saving on the cost of additional baggage.

Irish travel blogger Tara, who shares her adventures on WhereIsTara.com, regularly jets off with Ryanair and has discovered one nifty trick that can cut costs.

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Dynamic pricing is a method used by multiple airlines and sees prices increase and decrease on a supply and demand basis.

Basically, the more seats sold on a particular route or flight, the higher the cost of tickets, and apparently additional extras, increases.

Express.co.uk has contacted Ryanair for comment on this theory.

Although it has not been confirmed, travellers on TripAdvisor say they have experienced changing luggage rates.

“I am pretty certain from my own experience that Ryanair have had dynamic luggage pricing for over a year at least,” said one traveller.

“Last April I booked a flight from Birmingham UK to Lanzarote for May 2016 and initially booked hand luggage only, when I saw the price of the hold baggage.

“Nearer the date, I toyed with the idea of having a case in the hold so logged in to consider adding it to my booking – and noticed the price had gone up even more!”

Another added: “I booked back in November for a trip this July I paid £130 for one suitcase for a round trip last week I checked to take another case it changed to £60 and this week its £90.”

Tara also mentions “clearing your cookies”, which is another theory popular with booking online travel and holidays.

According to a report by The House of Lords EU Committee, some sites use cookies to charge holidaymakers more.

Finance experts at ThinkMoney explain how this works. They explain: “When you visit any website for the first time, a small file called a cookie is downloaded onto your computer.

“Sites have to ask you about this and you’ll usually click a button to accept cookies. The next time you visit the site again, your computer checks to see if it has a relevant cookie and sends the information in that cookie back to the site.

“The site then recognises that you’ve visited before and can tailor what’s shown on the website to the information it has on you. Some believe that airlines use this information – such as the fact that you’ve visited before – to bump up the price of airline fares.”

In theory, clearing your cookies before returning to the travel website can eliminate this risk.

However, there is no evidence that Ryanair does use cookies to bump up prices.

Furthermore, most airlines and travel websites do not specify how they use cookies.

Published at Wed, 15 Jan 2020 07:30:00 +0000