Ryanair has once again raised baggage fees, in some cases adding 120 to the price of a return trip per person.

In extreme cases, this could mean a family of four paying 480 more. while some passengers will have to pay over 100 per bag, per flight.

The move will primarily mean massive extra costs for those who forget to pay online for bags to be stored in the hold, while even those who pay on the web may see hikes.

The baggage fee rises come into force for bookings made from 15 December.

Fee hike for baggage paid-for at airport/call centre

  • For peak season flights (June, July, August, September and Christmas 2012), a 15kg bag will cost 100 instead of 40 per flight, a 60 hike per flight (120 return). Off-peak, it'll rise from 35 to 60 per flight.
  • For peak season flights, a 20kg bag cost will rise from 50 to 105. Off-peak, it will rise from 45 to 75
  • For off-peak season flights, a second 15kg bag cost will rise from 70 to 105.

Fee hike for baggage paid-for online during peak times

  • A 15kg bag will cost 25 per flight instead of 20
  • A 20kg bag will cost 35 per flight instead of 30.
  • A second 15kg bag will cost 45 instead of 40.

There is no increase is online baggage fees for off-peak travel.

Another hike sees the 'boarding card reissue penalty' per flight raised from 40 to 60 from 15 January. This is avoidable by printing a boarding card online.

For flights departing from a non-UK airport the euro charge will be the same figure as the sterling amount, so a 15 charge will be 15.

Stephen McNamara, from Ryanair, says: "Ryanair continues to incentivise passengers to travel light especially during peak periods by raising our online checked-in baggage fees.

"As always, baggage fees are avoidable. Over 70% of Ryanair passengers will be unaffected by these changes as they already travel with no checked-in bags and instead use Ryanair's free of charge 10kg carry-on allowance."

Last month, the airline extended the scope of its 6 per flight fee (12 return) for the privilege of paying.

Previously, anyone who booked with any pre-paid Mastercard avoided the charge. Now, only those with a Ryanair pre-paid Mastercard will avoid it.

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