We have had some quite interesting feedback to our blog about why to courier your suitcase rather than fly with it . If you are only going to take hand luggage, how much are you allowed?
My wife recently travelled Ryanair from Malaga which is in the old Terminal 2 instead of the spanking new Terminal 3. From check-in in the old terminal you need to walk around 1/2 km to security in the new terminal and then 1/2 km back to departures in the old before being allowed to walk the 1/2 km to the actual departure gate. She has rebelled at carrying her smart leather hold-all and now insists I buy her a bag with wheels that is (a) the lightest possible and (b) the largest that can be carried on-board. Well, here’s the comparison chart, graded by weight allowance first and then external volume allowed for your suitcase:-
So, if she ever wants to travel FlyBe she needs a miserly 40 litre case (not much chance of going over the weight limit there). The top four on the list, with weight limits of 5 or 6 kg are ridiculous – are you really going to put your SLR camera and iPod in your hold baggage? I think not! The average wheeled carry-on suitcase weighs around 2.5 kg leaving you an actual allowance of 2.5 kg, I have hard-back books (to read on the flight) that weigh over 1kg and my notebook computer weighs more than 2.5kg. It is just not possible for us to travel on the first five airlines on this list.
Incidentally, the lightest carry-on wheeled suitcase we have yet found is just 1.2 kg on eBay.co.uk, called the 21 inch Frenzy it is small enough to fit on all airlines except FlyBe but its interior capacity is only 29 litres.
So, which airlines give you a decent carry-on luggage allowance? Bearing in mind that one of the features of the recently launched Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft is the much larger overhead lockers, who is going to let you fill them?
Well, Easyjet give you a whole 63 litres of luggage space on-board with as much weight as you can carry and stow yourself (say 20kg for the average person) but, to my mind, BMI Baby top that, although with a smaller allowable case (51 litres) and again unlimited weight but the ability to bring on a second bag such as a laptop or a handbag, brings the civility of business-class travel to the budget priced flights.