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LTenEleven
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Wizz Air stops charging for hand luggage!

Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:50 pm

In a an unexpected move, Wizz Air have announced they will remove the charge for an industry standard (50cmx40cmx23cm) piece of luggage for flight bookings from 29 October:

https://wizzair.com/en-gb/information-a ... 19072017#/

The charge was pretty expensive and could price out at €8-20+, depending on the route and season.

That must be what completion from Ryanair in your main markets does. The big question is how the airline will compensate for the loss in ancillary revenue.
 
AWACSooner
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Re: Wizz Air stops charging for hand luggage!

Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:57 pm

About effing time...now maybe that'll spread to the US and this stupidity will finally stop.

NAH!
 
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Re: Wizz Air stops charging for hand luggage!

Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:04 pm

I am not surprised, they go more and more head to head with Ryanair and FR is very generous with luggage now. In addition, VFR traffic that uses Wizzair on a regular basis might know about the luggage fees.

However many people uses W6 once for a city break to Eastern Europe, they think "it is like Ryanair" to arrive at the airport and be fined for their carry on luggage. I have seen this in my Facebook before and a few months ago a work colleague that come from a long weekend and the first thing was to tell the whole office how shitty "that Wizzair is" and that next time = Ryanair. Not really good publicity specially with Ryanair and their "friendly skies".

AWACSooner wrote:
About effing time...now maybe that'll spread to the US and this stupidity will finally stop.

NAH!


It is obviously all about Ryanair.
 
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Re: Wizz Air stops charging for hand luggage!

Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:05 pm

AWACSooner wrote:
About effing time...now maybe that'll spread to the US and this stupidity will finally stop.

NAH!


Doubt it. The American ULCCs pretty much lead the world when it comes to ancillary revenue. Ryanair's changes were built around attempting to attract more corporate travel since in some markets they have the timings and frequencies to actually compete for intra European business travel.

Spirit, Allegiant and Frontier are never going to get a piece of that traffic so they might as well stick to maximizing ancillary revenue.
 
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Re: Wizz Air stops charging for hand luggage!

Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:13 pm

This is good news! I guess it was unsustainable since Wizzair was almost the only airline in Europe charging for hand luggage (WOW Air being the other one).

I've considered Wizzair a couple of times in the past, but the charges for hand luggage mostly held me back. In fact, I've only flown them once. Now that those charges are gone I'll be flying them more often. I don't need checked luggage, but large hand luggage is indispensable.
 
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Re: Wizz Air stops charging for hand luggage!

Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:38 pm

Great news! I wish they had done it earlier. I am flying them twice this summer.

In their defense I would like to point out that the fees and rules are listed quite clearly so I would not trust the surprised travellers.
Not only is this incomprehensible but the ink is ugly and the paper is from the wrong kind of tree
 
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Re: Wizz Air stops charging for hand luggage!

Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:03 pm

An excellent resolution to a problem that shouldn't have existed in the first place.
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Re: Wizz Air stops charging for hand luggage!

Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:55 pm

coolian2 wrote:
An excellent resolution to a problem that shouldn't have existed in the first place.

We need a "like" option for posts here!
 
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Re: Wizz Air stops charging for hand luggage!

Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:51 pm

AWACSooner wrote:
coolian2 wrote:
An excellent resolution to a problem that shouldn't have existed in the first place.

We need a "like" option for posts here!


Totally agree!
 
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Re: Wizz Air stops charging for hand luggage!

Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:16 am

LTenEleven wrote:
The big question is how the airline will compensate for the loss in ancillary revenue.


...and how it will keep ground times. As WizzAir passengers tend to bring anything along (even kitchen sinks). So, like FR & U2 WizzAir needs to start offloading hand-luggage at the gate - which will eat ground time.
 
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Re: Wizz Air stops charging for hand luggage!

Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:07 pm

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