easyJet has recently started to roll out a loyalty scheme, Flight Club, to selected flyers, but it is strictly ‘invite only’ at the moment which is why I haven’t focussed on it. If you meet the following criteria:
- You have booked and flown on 20 easyJet flights or more in the past 12 months, or
- You have booked and flown on 10 flights or more, and spent £1500 or other currency equivalent in the past 12 months, or
- You have booked and flown on an average 10 flights or more for 10 years, with at least one flight every year
then an invitation will eventually make its way to you. easyJet Plus is the nearest thing that easyJet has to a loyalty scheme for the rest of us.
The scheme has been around for a few years now and clearly seems to be working. It offers a number of benefits:
Free seat selection – this is a genuine cash saving given the usual fees of up to £15.99 per flight. This ONLY applies to the member and NOT to other people travelling on the same booking. It appears to include premium seats, ie the front and exit rows.
Free speedy boarding – although this is less important if you have a seat selected
Fast track security at selected airports
Access to ‘fast bag drop’ desks at selected airports
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.
The fee to join easyJet Plus is now £170 per year – it has been increasing substantially above inflation in recent years – so for the regular easyJet traveller who wants the main benefit of free seat selection it is a simple matter of working out if £170 saves you money or not.
Additional cards for adults ordered at the same time are £149. Cards for children are £99.
There is currently a 10% discount code available. If you enter the code CF6SPROMO in the promotional code box on the easyJet Plus site you will save £17.