NEW – How to handle Wizz Air’s revised hand luggage regulations
It may not be a household name yet, but Wizz Air has quietly been expanding throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. At the time of writing it flies to 143 destinations in 44 countries, making it a significant player in the budget airline market. From November 1st Wizz Air’s hand luggage allowance is changing – here’s a summary of everything you need to know.
What has changed?
All Wizz Air passengers were previously allowed to bring one 55x40x23cm cabin bag or case weighing less than 10kg in to the aircraft cabin, with those who purchased Wizz Priority Boarding allowed an additional 40x30x18cm underseat bag.
From November 1st 2018, only a 40x30x20cm underseat bag will be allowed in to the aircraft cabin free of charge. Passengers who wish to take a larger 55x40x23cm case in to the cabin will have to pay extra for Priority Boarding. This ranges from £4-10 if booked online or £22 if added at the airport shortly before your flight.
What else should I know?
Unlike some airlines, Wizz Air will not be allowing non priority passengers who bring a larger 55x40x23 10kg cabin case to the airport the option to put it into the aircraft hold for free (those who do this may be charged excess bag fees). Those wishing to take a larger cabin case but avoid paying for Priority Boarding could take advantage of Wizz Air’s new 10kg hold bag allowance, bookable in advance via the Wizz Air website. At £7 this could sometimes be cheaper than adding Priority Boarding (£4-10 if booked in advance) but will mean that passengers will have to wait for their bag on the baggage carousel upon arrival rather than enjoying a swift exit from the airport, as well as other Priority Boarding benefits.
Those travelling with a laptop or electronic device powered by Lithium Ion batteries should look to book a priority boarding ticket if the device is too big for the new free 40x30x20cm underseat bag allowance. This is because Wizz Air (like most airlines) has stringent rules regarding the transport of Lithium Ion batteries in the aircraft hold – this rules out the aforementioned new 10kg hold baggage allowance and means that those travellers with larger laptops will need to take them in a 55x40x23cm larger cabin bag under the Priority Boarding scheme in order to travel with the device.
I don’t want to pay extra – which bags fit Wizz Air’s new 40x30x20cm free size?
The Cabin Max Budapest is the perfect fit for Wizz Air’s new free allowance. Featuring 24 litres of interior space, a comfortable shoulder strap, capacious front and internal pockets, the Budapest is a great choice for those looking for a lightweight weekend bag.
Cabin Max’s range of Stowaway underseat bags all fit within Wizz Air’s free allowance. Choose from the functional Arezzo, stylish Oxford Stowaway or feature-packed new Manhattan Stowaway. A larger 20L version of the Manhattan Stowaway will also be available later in 2018 and offers a closer fit to Wizz Air’s free size as well as being perfect for Ryanair’s incoming new free bag rules.
The super-lightweight Cabin Max Dublin is very close to Wizz Air’s new 40x30x20cm free bag rules and features a padded laptop compartment too. If packed sensibly, it should be able to squeeze in to the new Wizz Air sizer.