With airlines today driving down the price of their chairs with stripped back tickets, they attempt to recoup some of their losses with discretionary add-ons like seat choice, in-flight dining as well as the actual money earner, checked bag. But which carrier charges the most for luggage, and which offers the best value should you need to travel heavy? Ditching your bag is 1 way of escaping charges Credit: Sergey – Fotolia The worst culprit for excess baggage charges – surprisingly, perhaps, given that its frequently rated one of the world’s greatest airlines – was Emirates, which asks for #117 for every 5kgs in addition to your allowance. Meanwhile, Spirit Airlines needs #28.90 for any carry-on bag larger than a purse (forget to book beforehand and it’ll cost you #78). But let us start with Irish airline, Aer Lingus, which has only bumped up a number of its own fees, to ensure a 25kg bag on which it describes as a “Far” flight, like from Dublin to Naples, will now cost $60 (#50) every way. Unless specified the fares used are the cheapest available. Some airlines provide a lot of geographical variations to add in one article, so flights to/from Europe or UK are utilized when possible. Unless otherwise stated, bags over 32kg are often refused and have to be sent as cargo. At a glance | Aer Lingus bags fees Hold luggage $25-$55, up to 20kg, based on short, medium or long haul on Saver Fares; $35-$65 at luggage drop desk. Excess baggage $10 per kg in the airport from 23kg to 32kg. $75 for all bags over 23kg, up to 32kg, for long haul flights. [Picture: Episode 1: Stress-free check-in] 01:52 At a glance Ryanair baggage fees Hold luggage Bags bought at the airport or by telephone: $25-$50 per person for 15kg bag; $10 additional for 20kg bag Excess baggage Easyjet baggage fees Hold luggage #13-#30 for a 20kg bag purchased online; #35 at luggage fall desk; #45 in the boarding gate Excess baggage #10 per kg in the airport. At a glance British Airways baggage fees Hold luggage If travelling on a hand baggage-only fare, you’ll have to pay for additional baggage at the airport speed. Excess baggage #65 per obese bag. If your hand luggage is over the weight limit, you’ll have to examine it in and it’ll count towards your checked luggage allowance. British Airways baggage fees Monarch baggage fees Hold luggage #15-#36 when booked online; #36 when paid in the airport. Excess baggage Lufthansa baggage fees Hold luggage If travelling on a “Light” hand bag (8kg) just fare, you can reserve 1 piece of baggage up to 23kg for $15 online; $30 at the airport and $45 at the gate. Excess baggage Bags heavier than the allowance of 23kg and up to 32kg will be billed at $50. Bag wars | Which airline is worst for placing cabin luggage in the hold? In a glance | Flybe baggage fees Hold luggage #18.50 for a bag around 15kg booked online; #19 for 20kg. #40 for 20kg bag at airport. 1 bag around 23kg booked online prices #24 online. Excess baggage #15 per kg in the airport. In a glance | BMI baggage fees Hold luggage 1 piece of checked luggage up to 23kg is free of charge. Extra luggage costs #40 per tote around 23kg four hours before traveling or #80 in the airport. Excess baggage Revealed: The worlds greatest airlines In a glance | Jet2 baggage fees Hold luggage #20 for a bag around 22kg booked on line, “more than 50 percent cheaper” than in the airport, the airline says. Excess baggage In a glance | Jet2.com baggage fees In a glance | Thomas Cook bags fees Hold luggage Standard allowance of 15kgs is free (20kgs long haul and 23kgs into the US). Excess baggage Additional luggage prices #8 per 5kgs on shorthaul, #10 moderate, #20 longhaul and #50 per 9kgs into the United States. In a glance | Thomson baggage fees Hold luggage A 20kg bag is #19 online as a 25kg bag is #26. Excess baggage In a glance | Virgin Atlantic bags fees Hold luggage 1 bag around 23kg is free; on flights to India and Lagos two bags are permitted. Excess baggage In a glance | Virgin Atlantic bags fees United Airlines baggage fees Hold luggage A 23kg tote is liberated while a second costs $100, on international flights. Additional bags billed at $150-$200 for a third bag. Excess baggage Bags above 23kg but under 32kg will be billed $100 additional; bags over 33kg but under 46kgs will be billed $200. 20 contentious and surprising things you didnt know about United Airlines Delta Airlines baggage fees Hold luggage Excess baggage $100 for luggage weighing over 23kg and under 31.75kg, and $200 for luggage above 32kg and under 45.36kg. American Airlines baggage fees Hold luggage On transatlantic flights, a bag up to 23kg is free of charge, while the second prices #65. Excess baggage Bags above 23kg will be billed #65. Spirit Airlines baggage fees Hold luggage For bags larger than a handbag or notebook, the fee is $37 for a carry-on bag reserved on line, $47 booked during checked in, $57 in the airport and $100 in the gate. Excess baggage Charge of $30 levied on luggage 18-23kg, $55 23-32kg and $100 32-45kg. In a glance | Emirates baggage fees Hold luggage A 30kg bag is also included. On some paths two bags are permitted. Excess baggage #26 per kg in the airport. [Picture: Top tips for finding a cheap flight] Best tips for finding a cheap flight 01:50 In a glance | Etihad baggage fees Hold luggage A 23kg bag is also included. Excess baggage Etihad sets its prices into areas. By way of instance, flying from the UK to Dubai, the extra fees are $100 in the airport to improve your 23kg tote to 32kg. Another 23kg bag costs $160. In a glance | Norwegian baggage fees Hold luggage A 20kg bag prices #20 for domestic flights booked in the airport and #40 for international. To calculate cheaper online costs, use the airline’s City Pair list. Excess baggage In a glance | Wowair baggage fees Hold luggage A carry-on tote on flights shorter than four hours costs #15.99 online, #37.04 at # and check-in74.09 in the gate. A 20kg hold tote prices #30.99 online, #51.86 at # and check-in74.09 in the gate. On flights longer than four hours, a carry on luggage is #30.99/#37.03/#74.09, though a hold bag of 20kg is #37.99/#51.86. #74.09. Excess baggage In a glance | Wizzair baggage fees Hold luggage A checked-in bag of 23kg prices $26 on the internet, $29 after the booking and $55 at the airport; a bag of 32kg prices $36/$39/$75. Excess baggage Bags weighing over 23kg are entitled to a $20 charge.