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Ryanair onboard bag policy changed

Givesome

Cape Hiker
Camino(s) past & future
CF 27 March 2017
#1
The Ryanair flights from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid are a popular low cost option for pilgrims heading home after the Camino.

On Jan 15th 2018 Ryanair changed its on board bag policy. If you buy the standard ticket you are only allowed one bag with a size of 35x20x20cm. This is the size of a handbag or laptop bag.
If you want to take your carry-on size (55x40x20cm) backpack on boar without checking it you need to buy the additional option: "Priority & 2 Cabin Bags". Ryanair will check your backpack if you don't have this option or it will cost you extra on the airport to buy it. It seems that the Ryanair carry-on size is also smaller than other airlines. Raynair - 55 x 40 x 20cm, Iberia and most other airlines - 56 x 45 x 25 cm.

Please see the new bag policy here: https://www.ryanair.com/gb/en/plan-trip/flying-with-us/baggage-policy
 

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#3
Hi Givesome
I think it's worth expanding on exactly what a checked bag means in this situation:
If you go non-priority and don't pay the extra for a checked bag, then you are allowed to take into the cabin one bag measuring 35x20x20cm. You are also allowed a 55x40x20 bag, but this will be taken from you at the boarding gate and will then be stowed in the hold.
It strikes me that the key point here is that you don't have to arrive at the airport extra early and queue to check in your bag, but you have the minor incovenience of waiting a few minutes at the other end for your bag to appear on the carousel. For UK folks flying to a little airport like Biarritz this usually less than 5 minutes.
If you have a camino backpack of around 35-40 litres you just need to check that the frame (and objects inside) compresses to 55cm. My Osprey 44L Talon compresses to exactly 55cm. If your items mean your backpack is deeper than 20cm, then take some out and use your drybag for the 35x20x20cm small bag allowance.
This seems to me to be a not very onerous change and might mean quicker take-offs with less time spent in the frenzy of so many folks trying to cram too many oversized bags into the overhead lockers. Si?
Cheers, tom
 
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2035 km of the way to Saint James in Galicia done.
#4
I think it's worth expanding on exactly what a checked bag means in this situation:
Thank you for this additional explanation! So you arrive at the gate (without having purchased Priority & 2 Cabin Bags together with your ticket), with your normal sized backpack, and you either pay £50 and take your backpack into the cabin OR you hand over your backpack to the staff to be put into the hold and pay nothing, right? Somehow the latter option seems to be too good to be true ...
 

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#6
Hi Givesome
I think it's worth expanding on exactly what a checked bag means in this situation:
If you go non-priority and don't pay the extra for a checked bag, then you are allowed to take into the cabin one bag measuring 35x20x20cm. You are also allowed a 55x40x20 bag, but this will be taken from you at the boarding gate and will then be stowed in the hold.
It strikes me that the key point here is that you don't have to arrive at the airport extra early and queue to check in your bag, but you have the minor incovenience of waiting a few minutes at the other end for your bag to appear on the carousel. For UK folks flying to a little airport like Biarritz this usually less than 5 minutes.
If you have a camino backpack of around 35-40 litres you just need to check that the frame (and objects inside) compresses to 55cm. My Osprey 44L Talon compresses to exactly 55cm. If your items mean your backpack is deeper than 20cm, then take some out and use your drybag for the 35x20x20cm small bag allowance.
This seems to me to be a not very onerous change and might mean quicker take-offs with less time spent in the frenzy of so many folks trying to cram too many oversized bags into the overhead lockers. Si?
Cheers, tom
This post explains to me why I am too inept to travel on Ryan Air. All of these details are way too much for my brain. Kudos to those of you who have figured it out
 
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese (2014,2016),Primitivo (2015), San Salvador (2017), Norte (2018), Ingles (2018)
#7
I shall add a little more confusion having just bought some Ryanair tickets. When you select your flight you're given 3 options (pricing a bit approximate):
Basic flight €50
With 20kg checked bag €100
Super premium €150
Don't be fooled into paying €100 for a hold bag. It appears at this stage you cannot buy priority with a 10kg cabin bag.
Select basic (cheapest option), only then do they give you the priority boarding option for €10 extra so you can take your backpack on board.
Sneaky.
 
Camino(s) past & future
March 2018
#9
i like that they take the bag and I don't have to drag it onto the plane.

Aerlingus also offer to put your cabin bag into the hold free of charge and will take it at the bag drop desk. This means that I can get around the 100ml liquid limit (I want to bring a 125ml cream) and won't need to worry about security stopping me with my foldable pole. Still need to keep within the weight limit.
 

Stivandrer

Perambulating & Curious
Camino(s) past & future
I´ve got Camino plans until 2042,
- or till I fall flat on my face, whichever comes first !!
#10
I choose not to fly with this company, due to their outlook on freighting cattle, sorry passengers.
I will not accept being held hostage to their marketing & shenanigans...
Looking forward to their apparent opening toward negotiating with Danish labour unions in Copenhagen, for starters, where massive strikes were once mounted against the company, but I am not holding my breath......
Hope this does not go against the polite conversation we are trying to uphold in this forum...
 
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walked Camino Frances 23 April- 23 May (2018), Camino Portuguese 2018/19
#12
Thank you for this additional explanation! So you arrive at the gate (without having purchased Priority & 2 Cabin Bags together with your ticket), with your normal sized backpack, and you either pay £50 and take your backpack into the cabin OR you hand over your backpack to the staff to be put into the hold and pay nothing, right? Somehow the latter option seems to be too good to be true ...
To clarify, you can't take 'normal' sized luggage to the gate. You must pay and check in Ryanair luggage that is over 10kilos and/or over the size of 55,40,20. Don't bring anything obviously larger to the gate, otherwise ground crew can fine you for not following your booking conditions but most importantly, it delays the flights. Read the airline rules for each airline you use. For example easyJet have different rules to Ryanair. easyJet do not allow 2 carry-on bags so any small handbag has to go inside their 56x45x25 one bag only policy, but no weight restrictions . No walking poles was specifically added to the dangerous items rules last year too, in small print. It's a safety policy rather than airlines, due to poles sharp points. Just check your airline rules and all will be fine.
 

mralisn

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
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#13
Hello friends. Thank you all for this input.

I came across this new information earlier this week as I plan my flight from Dublin to Manchester (UK) as I'm walking Wainwright's Way this summer. It was confusing via Ryan Air, yet as I did a trial booking (I go through all the motions and then back out before purchase to get better idea of cost), I found the same that Phil71 does. There is a 10euro option to bring on bag. I think I'll be good just paying the minimum with my 32L bag even if have to put in hold since it is free.

Besides this, might anyone have any suggestions on getting from Dublin to the start of Wainwright's Way (also known as The Coast to Coast)? It looks like only only Ryan Air and Aer Lingus are options to fly to Manchester, and then I'll bus(?) to St. Bees.

Keep a smile,
Simeon
 

m108

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2011-2016
#14
The Ryanair flights from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid are a popular low cost option for pilgrims heading home after the Camino.

On Jan 15th 2018 Ryanair changed its on board bag policy. If you buy the standard ticket you are only allowed one bag with a size of 35x20x20cm. This is the size of a handbag or laptop bag.
If you want to take your carry-on size (55x40x20cm) backpack on boar without checking it you need to buy the additional option: "Priority & 2 Cabin Bags". Ryanair will check your backpack if you don't have this option or it will cost you extra on the airport to buy it. It seems that the Ryanair carry-on size is also smaller than other airlines. Raynair - 55 x 40 x 20cm, Iberia and most other airlines - 56 x 45 x 25 cm.

Please see the new bag policy here: https://www.ryanair.com/gb/en/plan-trip/flying-with-us/baggage-policy
thank you @Givesome
 

Lucy Keenan

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Northern Route - 2016
Santiago to Finestiere and Muxia - 2017
Frances Route - May 2018
Camino Ingles
#15
Hi Givesome
I think it's worth expanding on exactly what a checked bag means in this situation:
If you go non-priority and don't pay the extra for a checked bag, then you are allowed to take into the cabin one bag measuring 35x20x20cm. You are also allowed a 55x40x20 bag, but this will be taken from you at the boarding gate and will then be stowed in the hold.
It strikes me that the key point here is that you don't have to arrive at the airport extra early and queue to check in your bag, but you have the minor incovenience of waiting a few minutes at the other end for your bag to appear on the carousel. For UK folks flying to a little airport like Biarritz this usually less than 5 minutes.
If you have a camino backpack of around 35-40 litres you just need to check that the frame (and objects inside) compresses to 55cm. My Osprey 44L Talon compresses to exactly 55cm. If your items mean your backpack is deeper than 20cm, then take some out and use your drybag for the 35x20x20cm small bag allowance.
This seems to me to be a not very onerous change and might mean quicker take-offs with less time spent in the frenzy of so many folks trying to cram too many oversized bags into the overhead lockers. Si?
Cheers, tom
Yup. Cheers for that.
 

Tom Smith

Tom Smith at KM 0 in Madrid
Camino(s) past & future
2017
#16
The Ryanair flights from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid are a popular low cost option for pilgrims heading home after the Camino.

On Jan 15th 2018 Ryanair changed its on board bag policy. If you buy the standard ticket you are only allowed one bag with a size of 35x20x20cm. This is the size of a handbag or laptop bag.
If you want to take your carry-on size (55x40x20cm) backpack on boar without checking it you need to buy the additional option: "Priority & 2 Cabin Bags". Ryanair will check your backpack if you don't have this option or it will cost you extra on the airport to buy it. It seems that the Ryanair carry-on size is also smaller than other airlines. Raynair - 55 x 40 x 20cm, Iberia and most other airlines - 56 x 45 x 25 cm.

Please see the new bag policy here: https://www.ryanair.com/gb/en/plan-trip/flying-with-us/baggage-policy
I mean seriously....the Iberia flight costs 49 Euros (Including taxes)...is this really an issue?
 

mralisn

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP-SdC (2005), Camino Norte-Fisterra (2010), SJPdP-Muxia-Fisterra (2012), Camino Norte w/Primitivo-Muxia-Fisterra (2014), Camino Portuguese (2016)
#17
I mean seriously....the Iberia flight costs 49 Euros (Including taxes)...is this really an issue?
True. Perhaps still good to share information for those flying out of airports which Iberia doesn't serve.
 

mralisn

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP-SdC (2005), Camino Norte-Fisterra (2010), SJPdP-Muxia-Fisterra (2012), Camino Norte w/Primitivo-Muxia-Fisterra (2014), Camino Portuguese (2016)
#19
What airports in Spain does Iberia not serve? They serve 26 airports in Spain!
My apologies if it seems I've responded out of context. I was thinking more of flying Ryan Air outside of the realm of the Camino (like me Dublin to Manchester) or even from Boston to Madrid if need be. Wherever we may be, it is good to understand the new baggage policy.
 

SafariGirl

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés, Vía de la Plata, Primitivo, Norte, Lebaniego & Vadiniense,
Aragonés
#20
Hi Givesome
I think it's worth expanding on exactly what a checked bag means in this situation:
If you go non-priority and don't pay the extra for a checked bag, then you are allowed to take into the cabin one bag measuring 35x20x20cm. You are also allowed a 55x40x20 bag, but this will be taken from you at the boarding gate and will then be stowed in the hold.
It strikes me that the key point here is that you don't have to arrive at the airport extra early and queue to check in your bag, but you have the minor incovenience of waiting a few minutes at the other end for your bag to appear on the carousel. For UK folks flying to a little airport like Biarritz this usually less than 5 minutes.
If you have a camino backpack of around 35-40 litres you just need to check that the frame (and objects inside) compresses to 55cm. My Osprey 44L Talon compresses to exactly 55cm. If your items mean your backpack is deeper than 20cm, then take some out and use your drybag for the 35x20x20cm small bag allowance.
This seems to me to be a not very onerous change and might mean quicker take-offs with less time spent in the frenzy of so many folks trying to cram too many oversized bags into the overhead lockers. Si?
Cheers, tom
Thanks Tom, very helpful.
 

SafariGirl

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés, Vía de la Plata, Primitivo, Norte, Lebaniego & Vadiniense,
Aragonés
#21
i like that they take the bag and I don't have to drag it onto the plane.

Aerlingus also offer to put your cabin bag into the hold free of charge and will take it at the bag drop desk. This means that I can get around the 100ml liquid limit (I want to bring a 125ml cream) and won't need to worry about security stopping me with my foldable pole. Still need to keep within the weight limit.
If I’m reading the Ryanair guidance correctly I don’t think I’ll be able to pack my poles into my backpack (unfortunately) as they say the pack will be ‘taken at the gate’, which still means having to pass through Security with it.
 

Glenshiro

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy - Burgos, Camino Frances (2012 - 2018)
#22
This topic (poles) has come up many times. I have had no problem taking mine into the cabin at a number of European airports if they are unscrewed into their component parts (3 in my case) and strapped together.
 

SafariGirl

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés, Vía de la Plata, Primitivo, Norte, Lebaniego & Vadiniense,
Aragonés
#23
This topic (poles) has come up many times. I have had no problem taking mine into the cabin at a number of European airports if they are unscrewed into their component parts (3 in my case) and strapped together.
Thanks Glenshiro, I think it’s the luck of the draw. I had a pair confiscated by Security at Stansted Airport, so that’s why I’m wary of carrying them through Security now.
 

Birdbass

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Plan to walk September/ October 2018
#25
Hi Givesome
I think it's worth expanding on exactly what a checked bag means in this situation:
If you go non-priority and don't pay the extra for a checked bag, then you are allowed to take into the cabin one bag measuring 35x20x20cm. You are also allowed a 55x40x20 bag, but this will be taken from you at the boarding gate and will then be stowed in the hold.
It strikes me that the key point here is that you don't have to arrive at the airport extra early and queue to check in your bag, but you have the minor incovenience of waiting a few minutes at the other end for your bag to appear on the carousel. For UK folks flying to a little airport like Biarritz this usually less than 5 minutes.
If you have a camino backpack of around 35-40 litres you just need to check that the frame (and objects inside) compresses to 55cm. My Osprey 44L Talon compresses to exactly 55cm. If your items mean your backpack is deeper than 20cm, then take some out and use your drybag for the 35x20x20cm small bag allowance.
This seems to me to be a not very onerous change and might mean quicker take-offs with less time spent in the frenzy of so many folks trying to cram too many oversized bags into the overhead lockers. Si?
Cheers, tom
Many thanks Tom...very concise, and clear. Peter Ellis.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese (2014,2016),Primitivo (2015), San Salvador (2017), Norte (2018), Ingles (2018)
#26
Hello friends. Thank you all for this input.

I came across this new information earlier this week as I plan my flight from Dublin to Manchester (UK) as I'm walking Wainwright's Way this summer. It was confusing via Ryan Air, yet as I did a trial booking (I go through all the motions and then back out before purchase to get better idea of cost), I found the same that Phil71 does. There is a 10euro option to bring on bag. I think I'll be good just paying the minimum with my 32L bag even if have to put in hold since it is free.

Besides this, might anyone have any suggestions on getting from Dublin to the start of Wainwright's Way (also known as The Coast to Coast)? It looks like only only Ryan Air and Aer Lingus are options to fly to Manchester, and then I'll bus(?) to St. Bees.

Keep a smile,
Simeon
Hi Simeon. How long is the bus to st bees? It doesn't look a good journey. I would try the train (airport - manchester picadilly - Carlisle - st bees). That's still over 3 hours but more pleasant than the bus I would think?
Phil.
 

mralisn

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
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#27
Hello Phil,

Thank you very much for the suggestion. Now I will look into the train schedule and go that way. I enjoy the train more than bus as well especially if more efficient. I appreciate your insight here.

Have a great day,
Simeon
 

JulieJH

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
West Highland Way (2014)
Via Francigena 2015
Offa's Dyke Path 2016
Portugues fall 2018
#28
Hello friends. Thank you all for this input.

I came across this new information earlier this week as I plan my flight from Dublin to Manchester (UK) as I'm walking Wainwright's Way this summer. It was confusing via Ryan Air, yet as I did a trial booking (I go through all the motions and then back out before purchase to get better idea of cost), I found the same that Phil71 does. There is a 10euro option to bring on bag. I think I'll be good just paying the minimum with my 32L bag even if have to put in hold since it is free.

Besides this, might anyone have any suggestions on getting from Dublin to the start of Wainwright's Way (also known as The Coast to Coast)? It looks like only only Ryan Air and Aer Lingus are options to fly to Manchester, and then I'll bus(?) to St. Bees.

Keep a smile,
Simeon
Hi - You can take a ferry from Dublin to Liverpool and then a train or bus to St. Bees from there.
- Julie
 

mralisn

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP-SdC (2005), Camino Norte-Fisterra (2010), SJPdP-Muxia-Fisterra (2012), Camino Norte w/Primitivo-Muxia-Fisterra (2014), Camino Portuguese (2016)
#29
Hi - You can take a ferry from Dublin to Liverpool and then a train or bus to St. Bees from there.
- Julie
Ohh...I had never thought of that. Thank you Julie! Would you say this is quicker than flying to Manchester and taking train to St. Bees?
 

Athena Atterdag

time&space traveller
Camino(s) past & future
Via Francigena (2017, 2018)
Via Turonensis (2018)
#30
I and my friend flew from Turin to Brindisi with Ryanair several days ago, with non-priority tickets. We had handbags and 35-liter backpacks, and were prepared to surrender the backpacks at the gate, but the ladies there just glanced at them and told us to go straight to the aircraft!
 
#31
Hi Givesome
I think it's worth expanding on exactly what a checked bag means in this situation:
If you go non-priority and don't pay the extra for a checked bag, then you are allowed to take into the cabin one bag measuring 35x20x20cm. You are also allowed a 55x40x20 bag, but this will be taken from you at the boarding gate and will then be stowed in the hold.
It strikes me that the key point here is that you don't have to arrive at the airport extra early and queue to check in your bag, but you have the minor incovenience of waiting a few minutes at the other end for your bag to appear on the carousel. For UK folks flying to a little airport like Biarritz this usually less than 5 minutes.
If you have a camino backpack of around 35-40 litres you just need to check that the frame (and objects inside) compresses to 55cm. My Osprey 44L Talon compresses to exactly 55cm. If your items mean your backpack is deeper than 20cm, then take some out and use your drybag for the 35x20x20cm small bag allowance.
This seems to me to be a not very onerous change and might mean quicker take-offs with less time spent in the frenzy of so many folks trying to cram too many oversized bags into the overhead lockers. Si?
Cheers, tom
Hi Tom,

I wonder if you could possibly let me know the size of your OSPREY Talon 44L? as a tall person with a long torso, I am wondering if a M/L still packs down to the requisite 55cm.

Thanks,

Ben
 

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