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Aer Lingus and Ryanair have changed how much it costs to check a bag

We’re into the high season now.

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CHECKING LUGGAGE ON Aer Lingus flights got more expensive yesterday as summer season kicks in.

The airline operates a low and high season charging structure, which kicked in yesterday and ends on 30 September.

On Aer Lingus, that means that the cost of checking a 15kg bag has gone from €15 to €25.

For a 20kg bag, it will cost €35, a 25kg bag will cost €40 and a 40kg bag will climb to €65.

A spokesperson for the airline said that their baggage fees haven’t changed since 2013.

“We also operate a generous luggage allowance policy on long-haul flights permitting each passenger to check in one piece of luggage free of charge weighing up to 23kg.

We also offer customers a number of fare options including flexi fares whereby checked baggage is included in the fare package. We encourage our customers to add their baggage online, saving up to 50% off airport baggage charges.

Ryanair, however, has announced it is cutting baggage fees for all flights under three hours, which is around 92% of their passenger load.

The airline has halved the price of a 15kg bag on flights less than two hours to €15.  A 20kg bag has gone from €40 to €25.

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On flights over two hours but less than three, the 15kg and 20kg bags will cost €25 and €35, respectively.

Ryanair Chief Marketing Officer Kenny Jacobs says customers will be able to decide late in the day to check bags.

“Customers will also be able to add bags to their bookings via the Ryanair app up to three hours before their scheduled time of departure.”

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