Find out what options are available if you want to save money on food and drink when you fly with Easyjet.
One of the reasons Easyjet flights are so cheap is because nothing onboard is free. Then – as you’d expect – everything you can buy inflight on the plane is marked up.
Take the prices of some of the prices on its Bistro menu for example:
- £1.80 for a 40g (small) tub of Pringles
- £1.20 for a 50g (standard size) Twix
- £1.80 for a 330ml can of Sprite
- £4.50 for a hot bacon baguette
- £2.50 for a croissant with jam
OK. Maybe the cost of food and drink on Easyjet isn’t that high.
But it soon mounts up, especially when you’re buying food for the whole family. Before you know it, you’re 20 or 30 quid down and you’ve spent the money you saved in the first place by booking with a budget airline.
The solution then is to take your own food and drink onboard. But can take your own food on an Easyjet flight? Or any flight for that matter?
Yes! As with train travel, you are allowed to take your own food and non-alcoholic drink on an Easyjet flight in your hand luggage.
However, taking your own food and drink and negotiating Easyjet’s food policy takes a bit of planning, especially if you’re bringing food and drink from home.
Here are four alternatives to buying full-price food and drink on an Easyjet flight, including taking your own food from home or the airport shops. They are:
- Bringing food from home
- Buying food and drink at the airport
- Buying Easyjet gift vouchers in advance of your flight
- Preordering meal deals
1. Bringing food from home
If you want to bring food from home, you first need to consider what you can bring through security in your hand luggage.
Most drinks and semi-liquid foods like soup are a no-no unless you can put them in a container that holds no more than 100ml. And then you’ll need to get the containers in a single, transparent bag that’s no larger than 20x20cm.
Although considered a liquid, baby food is allowed as long as the baby is with you. The same goes for milk (cow and soya) and sterilised water for a baby. Breast milk is allowed as long as it’s not frozen.
Other solid foods are OK to take through airport security. So there’s nothing stopping you making a packed lunch or buying some picnic items to bring on the flight. But bear in mind that airport security consider soft cheese a liquid.
Some airports have water fountains airside. So it’s worth taking an empty water bottle with to to fill up once you’re through security. A reusable water bottle is best so security staff can check it’s completely empty.
2. Buying food and drink at the airport
Another option is to buy food and drink to take on the plane at the airport after you’ve gone through security.
However, that’s not much better price-wise – with a captive audience in the airport, expect to pay much more than you would do on the high street.
That said, at least buying food from the airport gives you a better choice. The quality of perishable items like sandwiches and baked goods is also likely to be better than buying on the plane.
The only restrictions with airport-bought food and drink is your drinks need to be in a container with a secure lid and you cannot drink alcohol you’ve brought onto the plane once onboard.
Otherwise, you’re free to take whatever airport-bought food and drink you like onto your Easyjet flight.
3. Buying food and drink onboard using Easyjet gift vouchers
You can save 20% on food and drink onboard with Easyjet bistro gift vouchers. These cost £4 each and give you £5 of credit to spend on food and drink onboard.
This reduces the price of onboard food and drink slightly, although it’s probably not as good value as buying food and drink at the airport and definitely not as good value as bring food from home.
These gift vouchers have some restrictions that could be annoying. For example, you won’t get change so you have to use the full amount and a voucher is only available on the flight you select so you can’t save them for another trip.
4. Preordering food and drink
You can also save £1 on an Easyjet’s inflight Bistro menu “meal deal” by preordering your meal.
Meal deal options include light sandwiches such as a rocket and feta sandwich or a salmon and cream cheese bagel along with a snack and a drink.
Usually these cost £7. You pay £6 when you preorder. A small saving, but maybe not worth the faff.
Over to you
What option is best for you? Will you take your own food and drink on your next Easyjet flight?
Do you have any other tips for saving money on food and drink when you fly with Easyjet?