Airline with the most hidden fees revealed – and it isn't Ryanair | The Sun

THE airline popular with Brits that has the most hidden fees has been revealed.

And surprisingly, it's isn't Ryanair.

Budget airlines are known for adding on extra costs after booking what appears to be a cheap flight, with the practise first starting back in 2008.

This can include seat reservations, extra luggage and even meals.

This can quickly add up – and the airline which is the worst offender has been revealed.

Research conducted by NetVoucherCodes found that Wizz Air had the highest cost of hidden fees, working out to £93.56.

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The study looked at add ons such a 20kg check in bag, hand luggage, fast track, seat selection, onboard WiFi and insurance.

Wizz Air's priciest hidden fee was checked in baggage, costing £42.75, followed by carry on baggage (£34.29) and seat selection (£11.15)

A Wizz Air spokesperson told Sun Online Travel that the add ons are "optional" and offer flexibility for passengers:

They added: "Ticket prices and costs for optional extras are clearly outlined on our website and app.

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"We are an ultra-low-cost carrier and to keep our fares low, we offer optional add-ons at an additional charge, such as checked luggage or preferential seating.

"This means that Wizz Air unbundles its products so that customers only need to pay for what they need, which enables us to offer the most affordable and exciting travel opportunities. 

"Wizz Air informs its passengers who booked directly with the airline about check-in and other useful information several times ahead of their flight."

While Ryanair didn't have the highest overall extra fees, they came out on top when in comparison to their flight prices.

The study found that the extra fees were a whopping 344 per cent increase on a standard base fare of £18.39.

The airline on the list with the lowest hidden fees was British Airways, who charged just £31.99 for add-ons.

Airlines with the worst hidden costs

  • Ryanair – £63.28
  • Wizz Air – £93.56
  • EasyJet – £62.84
  • Air Europa – £44.00
  • Vueling – £63.60
  • –  £71.00
  • Finnair – £50.63
  • Norwegian – £59.91
  • British Airways – £31.99
  • Lufthansa – £40.32

Rebecca Bebbington, a money travel expert at NetVoucherCodes said offered her own advice on how to avoid paying extra.

She said: "While airlines tend to charge hidden fees that customers don’t expect until they go through the booking process, there are a couple of strategies you can use to help ensure your airfare stays cheap."

“To avoid baggage fees, try fitting all your belongings into a carry-on bag. These tend to be free with budget airlines but be sure to pack strategically to avoid overweight baggage fees.

"Consider skipping seat selection during booking and try selecting seats for free during online check-in, within the 24-hour window.

"If you’re travelling in a group, book tickets together to increase the chances of being seated together without paying extra for seat selection.

“If you’re flying long-haul, research meal options beforehand to see what’s included and avoid being stung with on-flight prices.

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