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Unique Essential Travel Hand-Luggage Policy

Unique hand-luggage only policy created by in response to 233% increase in Brits travelling light to save money.

Leading travel add-on provider,, will now be offering a 10% discount to passengers opting to travel with hand-luggage only. spokesperson Stuart Bensusan explains:"The average claim cost for hand-luggage is lower than for a hold bag so we can offer a lower priced policy."

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Increasingly our customers are recognising travelling with hand-luggage not only saves time and avoids the concern of lost baggage, it can also save pounds on checking-in luggage, making holidays even better value.

A family of four holidaying with just hand-baggage, rather than a suitcase each, could save up to £340 on baggage charges from their outbound and return flights.

Bensusan concludes:"The increasing costs of travelling with hold luggage is forcing travellers to travel smart. Our policy will hopefully ease the load and save families some extra money for those willing and able to travel lighter.
It's a niche product and won't necessarily suit everyone, but almost 60% of our customers surveyed indicated that this product would be of interest so we're hoping it proves successful."

Bensusan advises anyone opting for the new hand luggage only policy to "Pack carefully and only take the essentials. Make sure liquids are under 100ml, take e-readers instead of heavy books and use compression bags to squeeze clothes in to a tight organised space. Also worth noting that those looking to travel on Wizz Air won't benefit from our policy as they recently introduced an ancillary fee for hand-luggage."

Table 1: Hand luggage allowances by airline (cost and kg) on short haul flights

Airline Hold Baggage Cost Hand-Luggage Allowance Saving per family of four one-way
Aer Lingus £12 10kg - One single piece of cabin baggage not exceeding 55cm x 40cm x 24cm.
7kg - regional flights, size limits are 48cm x 33cm x 20cm.
BMIBaby £14.99 per one way flight for 22kg
or £20 if calling via call centre
10kg - One standard bag
(55cm x 40cm x 23cm).
£60 or £80
British Airways One 23kg included as part of ticket cost 23kg - One standard bag (56cm x 45cm x 25cm)
and an additional laptop bag/ hand bag.
No saving
but cost of flight will likely be more expensive
easyJet From £9 to £16
(varies by flight) for 20kg
No weight restrictions
(you must be able to lift the baggage into the overhead locker).
One piece of hand luggage (56cm x 45cm x 25cm).
£36 or £64
Flybe 15kg - £11.99
20kg - £12.99
23kg - £30.99
40kg - £42.99
10kg - One standard bag (50cm x 35cm x 23cm)
and an additional laptop bag. /hand bag.
Monarch Airlines £15.99 per bag per flight short-haul
£18.99 per bag per flight mid-haul
5kg - One item of hand luggage not exceeding 56cm x 45cm x 25cm. £63.96
Ryanair 15kg - £15 - £30 per flight
20kg - £25 - £40 per flight
10kg - One piece of hand luggage
(55cm x 40cm x 20cm).
£60 - £120
£100 - £160

A recent study by The Co-operative Travel in to 68,000 flight bookings showed a 233% increase in the number of people carrying hand luggage only.

About Essential Travel

Established in 2001, Essential Travel is one of the UK's leading online travel essentials companies. Since 2002, we've protected over 5 million holidaymakers with our fully-comprehensive, competitively-priced travel insurance, as well as providing priority access to the most sought after car parks, hotels and lounges at all major airports across the UK.

Essential Travel is now part of Holiday Extras.