Irish holidaymakers shell out €28m in excess baggage fees

IRISH holidaymakers paid out €28 million last year in excess baggage charges.

A survey has found that more than 15% of Irish people paid out for exceeding their baggage allowance in the last year, with the average extra fee coming in at €55 per person.

Managing director of lastminute.com, which carried out the survey, Mark Maddock said: “We might all be on the look out for cheap holiday deals but it seems we’re not being quite so cost conscious when it comes to packing.

“Gone are the days when it was possible to take the kitchen sink on holiday. Today’s holidaymakers need to keep it lean and pack light in order to avoid extra charges.”

Lastminute.com has said that holidaymakers should allocate a budget to buy new lightweight luggage.

They said older bags are made of heavy materials, whereas the newer models use more lightweight materials and weigh half that of their older counterparts.

They also said that people could triple the space in their case with vacuum packing bags to allow more space for bulkier items.

Also they advise people to use travel bottles for their toiletries or buy them at the destination.

The survey was carried out in Ireland by research company iReach among 1,000 people.

Another survey from lastminute.com recently found that people are packing lighter, with smaller bags, or just hand luggage to avoid the baggage fees.

The same survey also found that more than half of people are confused by baggage allowances on airlines. Ryanair charge €20 for a checked-in 15kg bag at peak times while Aer Lingus charge between €15 to €20 for a 20kg bag.


Lifestyle

As the junior TV talent show returns for a new series, Georgia Humphreys chats to Will.i.am and the other mentorsWill.i.am and other mentors back for new series of The Voice Kids

This week, my wife and I need to get a room, writes Pat FitzpatrickLearner Dad: We have this irrational fear of games consoles, as if buying one automatically makes you a bad parent

More From The Irish Examiner