15 Easyjet tricks

How to manipulate the budget airline & avoid extra fees

Easyjet is one of the UK's biggest airlines – and if you know what you're doing, there's a host of clever tricks to help you lower your costs. But always compare against the best alternatives using our Cheap flights guide, and see our 20 Ryanair tips for more budget-flight cost-cutting.

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  1. You can now pay to bring a second larger bag on board

    Easyjet cut its baggage allowance in 2021, which means if you've booked a standard seat you can only bring a small bag into the cabin, measuring up to 45cm x 36cm x 20cm – roughly the size of a rucksack. 

    Those with standard seats can pay to take a second larger bag (56cm x 45cm x 25cm) on board from £5.99. It no longer gives the maximum cost, but the price has gone up to £33 in the past. You'll also get 'speedy boarding' included, so you can be one of the first to board.

  2. Boost your hand luggage allowance using a carrier bag

    Photo of a paper carrier bag that's red with 'Duty free' on the side in white letters.

    Unless you pay extra, Easyjet has a strict hand luggage limit of just one item – so you can only take one rucksack, handbag or laptop bag, for example.

    However, there is a loophole to get a second bag on for free, and it lies in post-security shopping. In addition to your standard hand luggage allowance, Easyjet allows you to take one shopping bag on board (see the 'Accessories' section of its hold baggage help).

    It's worth noting that Easyjet says this must be "one standard bag of goods bought at the airport" – and of course, we're not suggesting you purchase unnecessarily.

    But if you do have a carrier bag from duty-free or similar, it'll give you some room for manoeuvre when you walk through the departure gate. Some passengers report they've been able to stuff the odd item which won't fit in their hand luggage into it, or even a handbag – others say they've successfully boarded with a carrier bag they brought with them specially.

  3. Take squishable hand luggage – it can defy size limit restrictions

    Easyjet cabin bag size testing frame , with 'CABING BAG GUARANTEE' written on it.

    Like most airlines, Easyjet has specific hand luggage size restrictions – but while size matters, the type of bag you take can make a big difference too.

    Holdalls can carry all you need, and are likely to fit into the overhead lockers even when they're mostly full of hard-sided wheelie cases. Plus you're more likely to be able to cram one into the bins all hand luggage must fit into if asked to prove it's the right size.

    It's also possible that staff may let a holdall through even if it's slightly bigger than the rules for cabin luggage allow.

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  4. Be ready to pounce when Easyjet launches its seats

    Easyjet follows a dynamic demand pricing model – in other words, when there's lots of demand for seats, you pay more; when there's less demand, you pay less. Usually it can be tricky to predict, and prices are fluid.

    However, there's one point when demand is almost always low... the very second seats are released. This happens in several tranches throughout the year:

    Confirmed. Seats for spring 2025 to be released on 21 May 2024

    The next batch of seats will be released on Easyjet's website early on Tuesday 21 May, for travel between 3 March 2025 and 15 June 2025.

    We asked Easyjet how many seats will become available, but it hasn't told us yet. The last release in March saw about 18 million seats go sale, 10 million of them on flights from/to the UK.

    What time will the seats be released?

    Good question. Easyjet told us "early tomorrow morning". If previous releases are anything to go by, around 6am is a good time to set your alarm for.

    Seats are unlikely to be uploaded instantaneously in one go, so the smart thing to do is get up nice and early to have a look, and if what want isn't there, go back and check again every 10 minutes or so.

    In the past, these seats have shot up in price 2-3 hours after being made available, so being online bright and early is the key to bagging a bargain. If you need some motivation to be up with the birds, check out this seat release success from March.

    Watch: Martin Lewis explains the Easyjet seat release trick

    Ahead of the March seat release day, Martin explained how to make the most it to try to bag a bargain. His video explainer may help you be ready for the next one on Tuesday 21 May:

    Martin gives a briefing on the Easyjet seat release event.
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    MoneySavers' successes from the March seat release

    MoneySavers reported finding cheap seats from as early as 5am on the last seat release day in March, with some noting that the prices climbed almost immediately.

    If you manage to bag (or miss) a bargain this time round, let us know about it on the MSE Forum or let Martin know on X (formerly Twitter).

    For inspiration, here's a success we saw last time from before 6.30am:

    And here's an example of how quickly some fares increased:

    Will you definitely get the cheapest tickets as soon as they're released?

    An Easyjet spokesperson told us: "We encourage customers to book early to get the best fares. Fares are demand-driven so they start low and rise as more seats on the aircraft are booked."

    Here's more from Martin:

    Headshot of Martin Lewis.

    This has been a very successful technique for many people, and indeed if you want certainty of a cheap price it's worth doing. Do benchmark what a good price on that route is beforehand, just so you can check if it's worth it. Though of course, if later on a particular flight is very substantially under-booked, you could get seats even cheaper then – that's just far more difficult to predict.

    Use common sense when you see the price. Only book if it feels right and always do a flight comparison to see if other airlines can beat it.

    How can you make sure you don't miss future seat releases?

    We try to include them in the famous weekly Money Tips email so you don't miss out – if for some crackers reason you haven't already, here's where to sign up for it. And if you're really keen, it's worth keeping an eye on the Easyjet seat-release schedule.

    For similar info on booking early with other airlines, see our guide to Flight ticket release dates.

  5. Easyjet's axed its free refund trick for most – but Easyjet scheme members can still use it

    Easyjet's price promise guarantees that if you do find the same flight for less after booking, you'll get the difference back as a credit voucher, which you have to use within six months. You'll need to have booked direct though, and you won't get the difference back if the lower price you've found is a sale price.

    Until 2017, this refund trick was open to all, and it's been a favourite of MoneySavers over the past few years. But Easyjet now only offers this if you're a member of – or join – Easyjet Plus or Flight Club.

    With Easyjet Plus, only individual members are covered by the price promise – with Flight Club, everyone on the booking is eligible. You can also do the trick if you join Easyjet Plus or Flight Club AFTER booking your flight.

    See the Easyjet axing free refund trick MSE News story for more info.

    Quick questions

    • What are Easyjet Plus and Flight Club?

      Easyjet Plus membership costs £215 a year per person and gives you allocated seating, speedy boarding, an additional small cabin bag and dedicated bag-drop desks, as well as the price promise. Easyjet's Flight Club is an invite-only scheme aimed at frequent flyers who take about 20 flights a year – its members get fee-free flight changes.
       

    • How to check if the price has dropped and make a claim

      If you're a member of one of the schemes above, here's how to claim:

       

      • Step 1: Check if the price has dropped. Compare the price Easyjet's website lists with what you paid. If it's cheaper, and there isn't a sale on, you should be able to claim the difference. Don't forget the final price you paid may include extras such as baggage and seat selection, so factor those in.
      • Step 2: Call to claim your voucher. Have your booking reference and flight details to hand, then call Easyjet customer service on 0330 551 5151 (as it's an 03 number, the call will be part of your minutes allowance or cost no more than a standard number). You have to call – you can't claim by email or letter.

      • Step 3: Use your credit voucher within six months, by phone only. The difference in price will be emailed to you as an Easyjet credit voucher, usually immediately. If you don't get it, check your spam folder. You'll then have six months to use it on any Easyjet flight – you'll have to call when booking but Easyjet says you'll always pay the price it quotes online. Flight Club goes one step further – it also applies to equivalent flights you find cheaper with another airline. It'll refund the difference in price and give you an Easyjet voucher worth 10% of that difference.

    • Does this trick work with other airlines?

      Unfortunately it seems to be limited to Easyjet – we checked other popular airlines (British Airways, Jet2, Ryanair, Tui and Virgin) and couldn't find any that offer the same.

      However, British Airways, Ryanair and Virgin will refund the difference if you find the same flight cheaper with another firm – for example, a travel agent – as long as you booked direct in the first place.
       

  6. Check in 30 days in advance for a better seat on your flight – at NO extra cost

    Speech bubble reading "30 days".

    Unlike other airlines, Easyjet lets you check in and allocates you a seat 30 days before you fly, free. You'll have to pay if you want a specific seat, but the earlier you check in, the more likely it is that you get allocated a better seat.

    If you don't want to take the risk and would prefer to reserve a seat when you book, Easyjet charges "from 99p" for a basic seat on a short flight. We've seen it cost up to £39.99 to stretch out in the front row on a longer trip (for a list of costs, see Easyjet's fees and charges).

    Whether you pay or just check-in for free 30 days ahead, don't leave it until the last minute. Many seats will already have been snapped up and there's a greater chance you'll be sat away from your family, partner or friends.

    The best bet is to check in online (and secure your seats) as early as possible.

    Travelling with kids? You DON'T have to pay extra to sit near them

    In the past it was common for some airlines to charge a 'family tax', whereby parents had to fork out extra for seat allocations simply to guarantee they could sit next to their children. We campaigned for this to change back in 2015 – see the MSE calls for airlines to scrap 'family tax' MSE News story. Today, most (but not all) airlines guarantee that children will be sat beside at least one adult in their party, without a fee or early check-in.

    Easyjet doesn't charge parents any extra. It says it will always try to seat parents next to children where possible, even if they don't pay to reserve a seat, although it recommends you check in as early as possible, as seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis. There's no such guarantee for other passengers travelling in groups.

    For other airlines' policies, and more tips on how to beat the seat allocation charge rip-off, see our Airline seating guide.

  7. Board earlier to ensure you and your luggage stick together

    Yes, it really can be worth getting in the queue as soon as you can.

    As with most airlines – and those that fly short-haul in particular – storage space in Easyjet cabins is at a premium. If you board late, there is a chance the overhead lockers near you may be full, meaning you may be forced to put your bag at the other end of the plane.

    So to avoid negotiating the scrum to collect it once you've landed, or annoying other passengers if you need something from it during the flight, get to the gate and queue early.

  8. Pay the right way for extra protection

    The safest way to pay for a flight over £100 is on a credit card (fully repaid so there's no interest) – then you get Section 75 protection. This means the card company's jointly liable if anything goes wrong. But with a return journey, it's not quite as straightforward as this.

    If you book two flights each costing £50, even though the total is £100, you're not covered as each flight counts as a transaction. Each individual single flight would need to be £100 or more to get the extra protection. 

    Since all card charges were banned in January 2018, there's no extra cost to pay by credit card.

    • Debit card payments get some protection too

      If you're paying by debit card, there's also some protection that means you may be able to get your money back if something goes wrong – though it's not as powerful as Section 75.

      It's called 'chargeback', and applies to most debit and charge cards, as well as Visa, Mastercard and Amex credit cards – though it isn't a legal requirement. See our Chargeback guide for more info.

  9. Avoid expensive Easyjet extras such as car hire, hotels and travel insurance – always check prices independently

    Once you've chosen your flight, Easyjet will try to bombard you with extras such as hotels, car hire and travel insurance.

    While all can be useful or important, don't fall for the flashy graphics, and always check prices elsewhere before booking.

    Get travel insurance ASAB (as soon as you book) - it's one of Martin's major travel warnings. Be aware that buying it via airlines or holiday agents/brokers is usually far costlier than doing a comparison and finding your own policy (see travel insurance for full help finding one).

    When we looked, Easyjet was offering single-trip insurance on a trip to Berlin from £24 per person – for single-trip bought separately, prices start at about £9 for an individual Europe policy.

    For our top tips to cutting costs, check our Cheap travel insuranceCheap hotels and Cheap car hire guides.

  10. Pack right, and you might be able to take more than you think

    Like other budget airlines, Easyjet is pretty strict with its hand luggage policy in terms of the size of your bag – the size limit is now just 45 x 36 x 20cm for free bags, and no more than 56 x 45 x 25cm if you pay to take a second larger bag.

    Be aware those dimensions include the whole bag – wheels, handles and so on. If it exceeds the limit, you risk having to pay to put it in the hold.

    Easyjet also now has a weight limit of 15kg for each bag. But you may be able to squeeze in more than you think. Here are some general packing tips – if you've got more you'd like to share, let us know in the forum.

    • Stick to carry-on rules

      You must carry liquids and gels in individual, 100ml-maximum containers. All containers must be in one transparent, 20cm x 20cm, resealable bag.

      You're allowed to carry more than one 100ml container, so you could, say, decant sunscreen into two 100ml bottles. See the Government's full regulations.

    • Don't buy posh travel-size toiletries

      Travel-size lotions and potions can be hugely pricey. So grab small empty bottles, wash and dry them carefully, and fill 'em up from your everyday toiletries. Complimentary mini toiletry bottles from previous hotel stays are perfect.

    • Buy cheap, lightweight cases

      Don't be fancy – you can get cheap ones for around £10 and it's more than likely to fall within Easyjet's size restrictions (most are built to cover budget airlines these days).

    • Take a soft case

      You can usually stuff more into these than hard cases, as they have a little more give. They're also lighter to begin with even before you've packed, so can be easy to get in and out of the cabin lockers.

    • Take travel laundry wash

      This means you'll be able to take a small capsule wardrobe and wash as you go. Plus you won't have to pay for a laundry service.

    • Leave space for your return

      Many people jet home from a holiday with more than they took. If that's you, ensure you leave space in your luggage for some miniature clogs or an "I heart Rome" mug.

    Watch ex-MSE Rose packing like a pro

    To really push hand luggage packing to the max, watch this top packing tips video from former MSE team member Rose, who went to study for a PhD (though we don't think it's in luggage packing). She has tons of experience flying on budget airlines and there's nothing like a visual demonstration to help you master the art too.

    Our top tips for flying hand-luggage-only.
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  11. Always decide how much luggage you'll need and book checked bags in advance

    To keep costs down, hand luggage is obviously best. But if the thought of limiting your holiday luggage to a small case leaves you feeling cold, always pay in advance to check luggage in, otherwise you could be charged as much as £100 per return flight (see Budget flight fee-fighting for other airlines' policies).

    Easyjet's baggage policy

    These are your options for checked baggage:

    • 'Up to 15kg' bag – from £6.99 per flight (booked online). You can't buy this size at the airport. Easyjet no longer gives a price range, but in the past the cost went up to £35.49.

    • 'Up to 23kg' bag – from £9.49 per flight (booked online). Easyjet no longer gives a price range, but in the past it went up to £42.49. It's £40 a flight if you wait to pay at the airport check-in desk.

    For both options, you can increase your weight limit:

    • Online – £15 per 3kg. Up to a max of 27kg if you've booked a 15kg bag and 32kg if you've booked a 23kg bag

    • At the airport – £12 a kg. This is what you'll be charged at the airport if you go over your pre-booked limit – so ensure you weigh before you go.

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  12. Don't carry your luggage – wear it

    Unless you've paid for an Easyjet Flexi fare, which includes a second, small item of hand luggage (in other words, a hand or laptop bag), you're restricted to one item of hand luggage only (plus duty-free shopping – see above for how to make the most of this).

    And if you've already experienced the boarding gate of an Easyjet flight, there's usually a fair few trying to cram or rearrange luggage in order to fit handbags.

    Don't let that be you. Make use of a very valuable asset that you have no choice but to take everywhere with you – your person. The more you carry on you, the less you need to squeeze everything into your cabin bag.

    Think large, deep pocketed coats and jackets. Examples include the likes of a 22-pocket Scottevest, a special US survivalist jacket that Martin tested for an ITV show. It was heavy but somehow managed to fit a laptop, two books, a towel, passports, a T-shirt, socks, magazines and much more.

    A less extreme version, popular with MSE Forumites, is the Rufus Roo – we haven't seen it available for a while, but in the past it's been £29.99 on Amazon. We've also seen some pre-owned for about £18 on eBay.

    Alternatively, try wearing any heavy coats, big boots or chunky jumpers you're taking with you. They all take up valuable space in a case. Stow items under the seat in front of you if it gets too stuffy on the plane.

  13. Avoid sky-high food prices – pack a mile-high picnic instead

    Mid-air picnics are perfectly within the rules – it's only liquids over 100ml that are banned for security reasons.

    Protect your pennies and plan ahead – stocking up on snacks could save a fortune compared to flight prices, and even prices in the shops after security. For instance, when we checked, an Easyjet meal deal (sandwich, soft drink and snack) cost £8.50. Even at inflated airport prices, a Boots meal deal is around £5.

    Bringing your own food may mean you win on taste as well as price. Easyjet may call its in-flight food a 'bistro' to make it sound fancy, but according to those at MSE Towers who've sampled it... well, let's just say it isn't going to win Masterchef

    And the food doesn't have to be boring, either. Why not make it part of the holiday and theme it around where you're going – chorizo and olives for Spain, cold pizza for Italy, sausages and sauerkraut for Germany? Check out the forum's packed lunch thread for a host of ideas – plus if you've a good one, join the discussion and add your own.

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  14. Don't assume Easyjet is cheapest – always compare

    Easyjet may have the reputation of being a low-cost carrier, but while it can be possible to nab a dirt-cheap flight, you may find a better deal elsewhere.

    So after using these tricks always compare the final price you're quoted to the best alternative, using our Cheap flights guide. Plus see our Budget flight fee-fighting guide for loads more hints and tips.

  15. Flight delayed in the last six years? You could be owed £100s in compensation

    No one wants their flight to be delayed, but you could at least get some money back for your time.

    If you're delayed more than three hours, or your Easyjet flight is cancelled, you could be entitled to about £100 to £500 in compensation.

    Whether you can claim depends on factors such as where your plane took off from, when it arrived and what caused the delay. To see if you could be owed compensation see our Flight delay compensation guide.

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