British Airways has started charging customers who check in bags higher fares than those who travel with hand luggage only.
The airline has introduced the price difference on five routes from Gatwick airport and plans to extend it to all short-haul Gatwick flights.
BA luggage charges
It said the hand luggage only ‘discounts’ had been introduced to give customers choice as many chose to fly from Gatwick without checking in hold luggage.
But the change means that if you check in bags on the five routes (Amsterdam, Dubrovnik, Jersey, Tunis and Turin), and ultimately all Gatwick short-haul flights, you will pay up to £15 more for a one-way flight than if you travelled with hand luggage only.
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BA hand luggage rules
Under BA’s new system, if you book a hand luggage only ticket, but then add a bag before you fly it will cost £20 one-way.
The move is a major change for British Airways, which previously gave passengers at least one hold bag free on all its flights, unlike many other airlines.
It also allows passengers to carry on one piece of hand baggage plus a laptop or handbag for free, unlike many other airlines that have a one-bag only rule.