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Andrea Romano
January 16, 2018

You might be pleasantly surprised the next time you book a Ryanair flight.

The airline’s new checked bag policy, which went into effect on Monday, includes a lower fee for checked bags, of £25 (about $34 USD) down from £35 (about $48 USD) per item, and an increased check-in allowance of 20kg (44 lbs), up from 15kg (33 lbs.).

The airline, which is notorious for its fees, is hoping the lower fees will compel more fliers to check their bags. That would cut down on delays during the boarding process.

“These bag policy changes will cost Ryanair over 50 million euros (about $61 million USD) per annum in reduced checked bag fees,” Ryanair Chief Marketing Officer Kenny Jacobs, told the BBC. “However, we believe offering bigger bags at reduced fees will encourage more customers to consider checking-in a bag, which will reduce the high volume of customers we have with two carry-on bags at the boarding gates."

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Ryanair has also tweaked its carry-on bag policy recently. While customers may continue to bring two carry-on bags, only priority boarding members will be able to store them in the cabin.

All non-priority fliers will be able to put the larger of the two carry-on bags into the plane’s hold, free of charge.

While these changes may mean more waiting at baggage claim, at least it comes at less of an expense to the flier.

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