Is easyJet Plus worth the money? (and save 10% if it is)

(EDIT: For November 2014, code EJPLUS4 gives £10 off.)

easyJet Plus is the nearest thing that easyJet has to a loyalty scheme – ie not very near at all!

The scheme has been around for a while, and offers a number of benefits:

Free seat selection – this is a genuine cash saving given the usual fees of up to £14.99 per flight.  This ONLY applies to the member and NOT to other people travelling on the same booking.

Speedy boarding – a cash saving, although less important if you have a seat selected

Fast track security – whilst not a stated benefit this appears to work at certain airports as the comments show

Access to ‘fast bag drop’ desks

There is one extra benefit – a bigger luggage allowance.

With easyJet Plus, it is ‘a bigger luggage allowance’ with a twist.  You don’t get any flexibility on weight but you are allowed a physically larger bag!

Since July 2013, easyJet is no longer guaranteeing to accept bags exceeding 50cm x 40cm x 20cm as cabin baggage. The easyJet cabin baggage limit is actually 56cm x 45cm x 25cm, but bags of this size will now be specially tagged and will be removed from the cabin on full flights. Passengers will need to collect them from the luggage belt as usual on arrival.

This rule will not apply to easyJet Plus members, who can continue to bring on bags of 56 x 45 x 25 with no fear of them being popped into the hold at the last minute! The rest of us will need to bring smaller cases if we want to be certain of keeping them with us.

easyJet Plus

The fee to join easyJet Plus is £149 per year, so for the regular easyJet traveller who wants seat selection it is a simple matter of working out if £149 saves you money or not.

There is currently a 10% discount code available.  If you enter the code SEPLUS@10% in the promotional code box on the easyJet Plus site you will save £14.90.

Full details on easyJet Plus can be found on their website here.

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Comments

  1. SingingDwarf says:

    Be aware that if you have an infant travelling with you who does not have speedy boarding, but you do, easyJet will not allow you to use your speedy boarding.

    • That is just plain wrong IMO

      • Singing Dwarf says:

        Especially as I had paid cash at the airport for speedy boarding – and the clerk had seen on the booking that I was travelling with an infant, but did not explain that I needed to purchase two!

        • Rather pointless paying for speedy boarding when you have an infant with you. Might as well save the money. You just need to get noticed as carrying an infant or simply ask to go to your seats straight after speedy boarding: it’s EJ’s policy to endeavour to allow this. So in pretty much all circumstances there’ll be plenty of luggage room left as you’ll be number 20 on or some such; and all seats are allocated so nothing to gain there.

          Nothing but praise from me for EJ for superb service @ the gate over seemingly countless years trekking out with under 5s; plus, (now they’re a bit older), one child has a disability and if he’s being difficult and I mention that, we always get told to go in SA line.

  2. IME it was worth it the one year where I was flying EJ regularly with luggage.
    The fast bag drop saved a lot of aggravation.
    On busy routes, EJ checkin desk queues tend to be on an epic scale…
    But if you mostly fly other airlines, it’s cheaper to pay for Plus on a per ticket basis.

  3. Actually, the idea behind the bigger bag limit is that EasyPlus card holders are allowed to board first, hence they have first dibs at the overhead baggage cabinets. If you are one of the last to board on a full flight, they may still take away your bag at the gate even if you are a Plus cardholder.

    The other benefit of the card is that you are pretty much allowed to change your seat once onboard if one of the premium seats has been assigned to a no-show. I have done that a number of times.

  4. Yeah, the carry-on with Sleazyjet…in AMS they force you to pay for it at gate once flight is full, even if the bag is within the carry-on limits, else they offload you. My OH had the bitter experience of being booted from that flight, and denied sale on the following flights for that day because she refused it.

    • Lady London says:

      outrageous. I gave up flying Easyjet years ago because of this sort of nonsense.

      They never reached the heights of nastiness that Ryanair did though.

    • Sorry but that’s nonsense – if they were requiring it to go in hold luggage *and* be paid for then it was outwith the carry-on size limits.

      The policy on this is clear:
      http://support.easyjet.com/case-6020

    • erico 1875 says:

      I dont believe thats the full story.
      Either the bag was oversize or she had another handbag. They may insist it goes in the hold but if it meets the t&cs they wouldnt charge for it.

    • Yep that’s an oversize bag all right ;-)

  5. I was pondering the “is it worth it” question on my easyjet flight back from Munich on Friday night as they were pushing the plus card on board.

    I don’t travel with hold luggage on easyjet but I always buy a row 10 or 12 seat which includes speedy boarding- and if I ever did travel with hold luggage it includes use of the plus lane to drop it off.

    So to me, plus isn’t worth the money – unless they added in some recognition of loyalty through points then I would reconsider.

  6. Promo code ‘October’ is also a valid code

  7. I used to pay for it but since they moved to allocated seats i always delay boarding and make sure i am virtually last to board. The flights i’m on are normally quiet so i normally take any empty or semi empty row. I have never been asked to move to the correct seat. However, i do always avoid the first 3 or 4 rows are they are more fussy about these

  8. O/T interesting one here: http://www.britishairways.com/travel/low-price-finder/public/en_gb?region=EUK

    Go to Barcelona. You can get £35 BA flights in March.

    You can also get BA flights in March to Sydney, Australia for not far north of £400 each way.

    Q: can you book both, save on taxes, upgrade to Club for 100K EW and bag yerself a £2000 saving? ;-)

  9. David Butcher says:

    I would purchase two if they could just add a few more perks to tempt me. At the moment I can’t justify it.

  10. One other benefit which can be a big time save at busy times is fast track access through a number of airports. The list is

    Aberdeen, Athens, Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, Belfast, Budapest, Brussels, Cagliari, Cologne/Bonn, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, Faro, Geneva, Glasgow, Hamburg, Lisbon, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Southend, London Stansted, Madeira, Manchester, Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate, Moscow Domodedovo, Munich, Naples, Newcastle, Nice, Olbia, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly, Porto, Prague, Rome Fiumicino, Tallinn and Venice Marco Polo.

  11. Does anyone know if the “fast track security” at Gatwick is the same lane used by BA premium cabins / status passengers?

    Assuming your EasyJet flight is from the North Terminal, and if this is the case, this would be a pretty good benefit, as the fast security channel at the N Terminal (the one they put a silver sticker on your BP to grant you access) is the best and fastest security experience I’ve ever had in the UK (mind you this was quite a while ago when I last flew to RAK in CE with BA, anything might have changed since then..)