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Easyjet hikes infant fares and late baggage check-in fees

Budget airline Easyjet has hiked its infant fares by more than 13% and increased some fees if you have to check your bag in at the airport.

It increased the cost of three of its fees in early October and confirmed the changes to MoneySavingExpert.com today. Here are how the fees are changing:

  • The infant fare. This is charged for kids under two-years-old to sit on an adult's lap, and has increased from £22 to £25.
  • If you have to check in a bag at the desk. If your cabin bag is too big or you forget to pre-book hold luggage, and you have to check a bag in at the desk the charge has gone up from £37 to £40.
  • If you have to check in a bag at the gate. If your cabin bag is too big and you have to check it in at the boarding gate, you'll now pay £50 instead of £47.

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What are the Easyjet hand luggage rules?

Typically, customers can take ONE cabin bag per person on board for free. The maximum size is 56 x 45 x 25cm, including handles and wheels.

Flexi, Upfront, Extra Legroom customers and Easyjet Plus cardholders can bring an additional under seat bag such as a laptop bag or handbag – the maximum size is 45 x 36 x 20cm.

There's no weight limit on bags, but if they're over the maximum allowed size you will be charged to put them in the hold.

What does Easyjet say?

An Easyjet spokesperson said: "The infant fare is a fixed price to keep it simple and provide value for money.

"Whilst our cheapest fares can be similar to the infant fee, this simply demonstrates that our lowest fares help families keep down the cost of their flights. The infant fee covers a luggage allowance for parents of two items of hold luggage like a push chair, travel cot or car seat and covers the airport charges levied on Easyjet.

"Easyjet has a range of options available for passengers wishing to check bags in. We always recommend adding bags at the time of booking or prior to arrival at the airport and make it clear that fees for adding baggage at the airport are higher. Our low fares also include one cabin bag free of charge with no weight restriction as long as the bag satisfies the size requirements."