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Avoid baggage excess luggage Cost

Opting for extra luggage allowance will cost you
If you're off on holiday abroad and want to take large or heavy baggage with you - golf clubs to the Spain or your bike to the Italy - how do you go about it?
And what if you've found a rug in a Istanbul or picked up a Taj Mahal statue in a Bombay bazaar - how will you get them home? The most straightforward way is to put everything in the hold, but for anything heavy you'll be paying excess baggage charges. And sports and other specialist equipment has a separate charging scheme.
Consider a service such as BaggageFirst (www.Baggagefirst.co.uk) who pick your luggage up from your door and take it all the way to your hotel. Skis and boots from the UK to France.

 

Avoid baggage excess costs Airlines compared

SH= Short Haul

LH= Long Haul Flights

Extra baggage allowance rates ex London

     

Airline

Economy class
hold allowance

Excess Baggage charges

British Airways (BA)

Weight allowance: 23kg

LH Varies, eg Moscow £5.50/kg, Singapore £34.50/kg

Piece allowance:
International 2 pieces.
Domestic1 piece

Varies, eg New York £60 per piece, Rio £140 per piece

Easy jet

20kg

SH £5/kg (max 40kg)

Emirates

Weight allowance: 23kg

LH 1%-1.5% of highest economy fare/kg. varying between £25 to £35per Kg

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Minimum 25 Kilo

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Etihad Airways

Weight allowance: 23kg

LH  1%-1.5% of highest economy fare/kg

Egypt air

Weight allowance: 23kg

LH  1%-1.5% of highest economy fare/kg

First Choice Airways

20kg

SH £5/kg; LH £8/kg

Gulf Air

20kg

SH £5/kg; LH £8/kg

Jet Airways

Weight allowance: 23kg

LH  1%-1.5% of highest economy fare/kg £24.00/kg

Malaysian Airlines

Weight allowance: 20kg

LH  1%-1.5% of highest economy fare/kg

Monarch Airlines

20kg

SH £5/kg; LH £7/kg

MyTravel Airways

20kg (15kg if on Package)

SH £4/kg; LH £6/kg

Qatar Airways

Weight allowance: 23kg

LH  1%-1.5% of highest economy fare/kg

Qantas

Weight allowance: 23kg

LH  1%-1.5% of highest economy fare/kg. e.g £23.00 per kg

Ryan air

20kg: £5 per item (£2.50 if pre-booked)

SH £5.50/kg

Singapore Airlines

Weight allowance: 23kg

LH  1%-1.5% of highest economy fare/kg e.g £34.00 per kg

Saudi Arabian Airlines

Weight allowance: 23kg

LH  1%-1.5% of highest economy fare/kg

Thomas Cook Airlines

15kg on flight-only; 20kg with a package

SH £5/kg; LH £8/kg

Thomson fly

20kg

SH £5/kg;
LH £8/kg OR pre-book
SH £24.50 per 10kg;
LH £49.50 per 10kg

Virgin Atlantic

Weight allowance: 23kg

LH  1%-1.5% of highest economy fare/kg

Piece allowance: 2 pieces max 23kg per piece

Varies
£60-£110 per piece

 

Excess baggage tips

Carrying a large load? Before you travel, be aware of the following:

  • You can usually pool your baggage allowances among members of your group, but a few airlines - such as Ryanair - don't allow this.
  • Ryanair and Flybe even charge for your basic allowance (twice as much if you don't pre-book it).
  • Children who have their own seat usually get the full adult allowance, but infants without a seat don't. Some airlines (including BA and Virgin) give a baggage allowance, plus a buggy for babies.
  • Not all airlines let you book excess baggage and items, such as skis and bikes, in advance, but if they do, pre booking is advisable. If you are able to pre-book (a few airlines such as Thomsonfly offer discounts for this), still check in as early as possible. And even airlines who do let you pre-book can't always guarantee there will be room for the extra baggage.
  • Skis, golf bags and bikes are often carried on a 'limited release' basis. This means that the airline is willing to take them, but won't accept responsibility for any damage which might occur. You may be able to challenge this, based on the fact that the Montreal Convention entitles you to compensation of up to £800 or so for damaged luggage.
  • Bikes must be packed: boxed-up with pedals and front wheel removed and handlebars turned sideways.
  • Collapsible, non-powered or insulated, dry-cell battery-powered wheelchairs are accepted free of charge. Dialysis machines are generally accepted, while assistance dogs are only permitted on certain airlines and routes. Always speak to your airline in advance.
  • Baggage allowances and charges may differ between airlines which codeshare. These depend on who you fly with - not who you book with.
  • If you don't want to check a fragile item - such as a musical instrument - into the hold, you may be able to book an extra seat for it.