- 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
A free second item of cabin baggage (maximum 45cm x 36cm x 20cm) which must go under the seat in front of you
These benefits can all be purchased separately for one-off easyJet flights, so easyJet Plus only makes sense if you are a regular traveller.
easyJet seems to be treating easyJet Plus as a cash cow. Either that, or they are trying to minimise the number of members in order to protect the benefits offered.
The fee to join easyJet Plus is going up to £199 per year, up from £170, from 1st April.
Additional cards for partners are going to up £169 (was £149) and £119 (was £99) for children.
Two new benefits are being introduced, but in reality they already existed:
The key one is the ability to ask for a fare refund if the price of your flight is reduced. This was a benefit for everyone. Going forward, it is only available to easyJet Plus members. Importantly, only the card holder is covered – other family members on the same booking are not covered.
The second benefit is take an earlier flight for free. This allows you to switch your return flight to an earlier one on the same day at no cost. This benefit is available to everyone, not just easyJet Plus cardholders – but if you are not a member you must pay a £20 administration fee.
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