A 40% increase each way if you're bound for the Canaries...
Aer Lingus has announced a new three-tier pricing system for checked bags that will see some charges jump by 40% per flight.
The rates of charges are now divided by 'Near', 'Mid' and 'Far destinations, with the flat fees priced by weight and static year-round, as opposed to "peak" and "off-peak".
While 'Near' charges for 15kg bags on flights to the UK, Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels will actually fall from peak rates of €25 to €15 each-way, if you're flying slightly farther afield, it will hurt your pocket.
A holiday to 'Mid' destinations such as Spain gets more expensive, for example.
Charges for 15kg bags on these flights are jumping from peak rates of €25 to a standard €35.
Meanwhile, 15kg checked bags on 'Far' routes – including popular holiday destinations such as Corfu and the Canary Islands – will climb by over 40% from 35 to €50 per flight.
Transatlantic baggage costs are unchanged.
Here's a breakdown of the new system:
Table: Aer Lingus
An Aer Lingus spokesperson stated:
"While guests travelling to 'mid' and 'far' destinations incur higher baggage fees, guests travelling to 'near' destinations in fact are paying 40% less when compared to baggage fees at the same time last year.
"Irish travellers benefit from some of the most competitive air fares across Europe...
"On short-haul we are focused on providing the lowest priced seat, and thereafter customers may choose from a menu of additional extras."
The new fees came into effect for bookings made after last Tuesday.