Budget airline? It's cheaper to send baggage by courier
If you're taking a budget airline flight and planning to go with more than hand luggage, it is cheaper to have your bags delivered by courier.
According to Which? Travel, it is better to pay for a courier to take your bags than pay hefty charges imposed by airlines such as Ryanair which charge to check in luggage.
The consumer watchdog looked at sending a 20kg case to Rome or Malaga from the UK.
They found Ryanair in peak season charges customers £35 each way for a suitcase.
With SendMyBag, the cost would be £29 one way, saving a couple £12.
Couriers such as Direct Baggage were also cheaper than Flybe, Jet2 and Monarch for a 30kg golf bag. Ryanair charges £250, and Flybe £167.99. FetchMy was the cheapest courier at £69.38.
Using a courier company also cuts out the strain of carrying suitcases to the hotel from the airport.
Which? Travel said: “The downside of a courier company is that you need to be more organised, as the standard delivery is likely to take a minimum of three working days to be there on arrival.
“You also have to check your hotel is happy to receive it.”
Ryanair said the study used an “inflated 35kg weight” which “skewed” fees.
It added: “All our passengers enjoy a free 10kg hand baggage allowance, with less than 20% checking in a bag – and they don’t have to wait for their bag, or golf clubs, to arrive by courier when they reach their destination.”