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Is easyJet Plus worth the annual membership fee?

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This is our review of easyJet Plus.  Is it worth the membership fee?

easyJet has a loyalty scheme, Flight Club, although they like to keep it low key and it is strictly ‘invite only’.  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 £1,500 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.  For the rest of us who don’t qualify for Flight Club,  easyJet Plus is the nearest thing that easyJet has to a loyalty scheme.

Is easyJet plus worth the membership fee

easyJet Plus has been around for a few years now and clearly seems to be working, despite the £215 membership fee.  It offers a number of benefits:

Free seat selection – this is a genuine cash saving given the usual fees of up to £39.99 (yes, easyJet seating fees now reach £40 at times) per one-way flight.  This only applies to the member and NOT to other people travelling on the same booking.  It includes 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 large cabin baggage item (maximum 56cm x 45cm x 25cm) – remember that easyJet usually only allows you to bring a small under-seat piece of cabin baggage onto the aircraft 

Free switch to an earlier flight home, subject to availability and only bookable from three hours before departure

10% off bistro items, plus discounts on lounges and airport parking

These benefits can all be purchased separately for one-off easyJet flights (switching to an earlier flight home is usually £49, for example) so easyJet Plus only makes sense if you are a regular traveller.

There is one extra benefit which is now exclusive to easyJet Plus customers:

Price Promise – if your flight drops in price after you’ve booked, you can request a refund of the difference.  This will be in the form of an easyJet credit voucher.  It only applies to your seat and not any family members travelling with you.

Is easyJet plus worth the membership fee

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 membership fee has crept up in recent years – in 2013 it was just £149, so that is almost a 50% increase in eight years.

Additional cards for partners are £185 or £135 for children.

Does easyJet Plus make sense?

Potentially, yes, especially if you are taking 5+ flights per year and are likely to pay for priority seating such as the front or exit row.

That said, you need to look at the small print.  If you pay for a front row, ‘up front’ or exit row seat on easyJet, for example, you get a free large piece of cabin baggage, priority boarding and ‘fast bag drop’ priority access included anyway.

If you didn’t value the other benefits of Plus membership, this pushes up break-even to around 10 segments per year and even that figure assumes that you would pay for a front row or exit row seat all the time.

The other snag is that the benefits only apply to you.  If you have a British Airways status card, the benefits generally apply to everyone travelling with you and not just yourself (BA lounge access is just one guest).  With easyJet Plus, whilst my own seat selection would be free I would still need to pay for other family members travelling with me.

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

Comments (7)

  • Dave says:

    You can get 15% off an annual easyJet Plus subscription using code EJMC001 – code is valid until 31 December 2022.

  • Travel Strong says:

    Has never worked out for me for 3 reasons:

    1) for business travel, company covers the cost of seat/speedy boarding/cabin bag via an up front seat booking

    2) no way of ‘paying’ for it indirectly when travelling on business (e.g. via loyalty like the comparatively useless flight club) and not easily expensed.

    3) when NOT travelling on business, I need benefits to apply to me +1 other.

    • apbj says:

      Agree with all of the above … and would add that there are a lot of airports where Speedy Boarding is either ignored or not well-enforced.

      I would pay a little more for better benefits such as Star Alliance-style theoretical adjacent seat block.

      Also, easyJet Plus isn’t a loyalty scheme at all, just a discount scheme such as Wizzair’s Discount Club or Wizz Priority (but less attractive).

  • Jenny says:

    I actually found it pretty valuable when traveling regularly for work. We are not allowed to expense seat reservation fees so I either had to accept any old seat or pay up. Flying twice a week, the value was clear – being first off the plane makes a significant psychological difference when returning at 11 pm and you just want to get home. However, given no travel in almost 2 years, no idea when I’ll be renewing it. One perk of Flight Club was the benefits applied to others traveling with you – I appreciated the flexibility to change dates or route for leisure travel without penalty.

  • pigeon says:

    I’ve got it – essentially BA gold but without lounge access. Depending on your booking patterns, the card could pay for itself via the price promise, too.

    • Lady London says:

      I expensed it as a professional membership. It was easily justified by time saved (getting on and off plane first) and avoiding ancillary fees. The cost worked out to £2.50 or so per flight but I was flying a lot and the cost was slightly lower.

  • Odd says:

    I found it useful, flying twice a week, between Geneva and London, as it meant I could arrive an hour before a flight, coast through the fast track security, head to the gate and get onto the plane before the people that had been standing for at least 30 minutes in a queue to board, get my hand luggage in an overhead bin in the second row, and sit in the first row, and be the first one off the plane. The price promise benefit seems to be new, as I moved from Geneva to the UK in late 2018, and ended the membership.
    The only real benefit to Flight Club I found was when flights were cancelled and hoards of people were trying to rebook themselves on easyjet flights, and I could access a separate Flight Club phone number, and got rebooked in less than 5 minutes. The free name change aspect is good, but have never ended up having to use it.

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