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ADAC comparison: How additional costs make holiday flights more expensive

The most popular destinations for the classic beach holiday on the Mediterranean are in Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey. Most resorts can be easily reached by plane. As a result, ADAC has examined the additional costs of 12 airlines and identified large price differences.

"None of the airlines had high or low incidental costs, and for four out of twelve airlines, the next higher tariff, with more included services, was even cheaper than the cheapest fare plus additional charges," the initial conclusion is.

Cost factor case

For a vacation flight, the price of a checked baggage item is significant. Easyjet charges € 34.77 for a 20-kilogram suitcase and € 7 for Pegasus Airlines. On the other hand, a checked-in piece of luggage flies free of charge with Sun Express.

As a particularly expensive transporter, the Condor turned out. The holiday flyer requires 29.99 euros for a suitcase. It gets really expensive for air travelers who want to give up bulky luggage: For example, Pegasus and Sunexpress cost 40 euros for a surfboard less than two meters long, and 80 euros for Lufthansa. The costs refer to one route each. For the outward and return flight is therefore twice the amount due.

Curious hand luggage rules

For hand luggage, the situation is even more opaque. Because here vary especially the sizes of luggage that may be taken for free in the cabin. Ryanair and Laudamotion should not be bigger than a shoebox.

"At Vueling and Condor, on the other hand, the trolley weighed even 10 kilograms, for all other airlines between 6 and 8 kilograms Easyjet had no weight limit", write the testers of the ADAC.

Cost factor seat reservation

Even with the costs for seat reservation, which were mostly free years ago, the comparison showed great differences. Favorably the costs were with Vueling and Ryanair with 4 euro. Condor turned out to be the leader with € 12.99 – three times more than the cheapest supplier.

As a tip, the ADAC recommends to avoid unpleasant surprises when booking to check whether the next higher tariff is cheaper than the cheapest plus individual positions. Also, the baggage should be booked online. Later, when checking in at the airport counter, it is guaranteed to be more expensive.

source: ADAC

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