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11. Posted by Demian (Full Member 117 posts) 10y

It's got nothing to do with weight regarding how much the aircraft can carry, and more to do with how much freight handlers can carry. Extra weight means more time and attention.

No, it DOES have something to do with the weight a aircraft can carry. (The max of two bags and max 32 kg's a piece is about the freight handlers). The reason you have to pay extra for extra weight is because extra weight means extra fuel. That is why the previous point of 'why doe I have to pay, and that 20kg heavier person not' a good one. And as we speak, some airlines are considering an extra fee for heavy people (which can be fought on a discriminational base...)

But I don't see a problem in a maximum 'traveller plus his/her lugagge' weight.

12. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 10y

Quoting Demian

That is why the previous point of 'why doe I have to pay, and that 20kg heavier person not' a good one. And as we speak, some airlines are considering an extra fee for heavy people (which can be fought on a discriminational base...)

But I don't see a problem in a maximum 'traveller plus his/her lugagge' weight.

It's not a good point? Not sure if I'm understanding this correctly. Bigger people weigh more and thus consume more fuel, as do heavy bags, however the bigger people wont get a surcharge (yet..), but you would with a heavy bag. It just doesn't seem fair to me, and no doubt I'll end up in some heated debate at one point on my RTW trip.;)

13. Posted by drixo (Full Member 48 posts) 10y

I've been over the weight limit a few times - sometimes not been charged, but sometimes I have been. I think it depends on various factors: how friendly the checkin staff are, how friendly you are, what the airline is, how full that particular flight is etc.

To avoid it, try and wear your heaviest clothes, and put any small heavy items into your hand luggage - hand luggage is usually measured in volume rather than weight.

Talking of people that weigh more, some of the rural air services in Malaysia not only weigh the bags you check in, but then weigh your hand luggage and you - there is some total weight limit for all of it, so I assume that overweight people get to carry less luggage.

14. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 10y

Quoting angela_

Aren't the rules x kg per person? Therefore the two bags thing wouldn't work.. You would still have the same weight.
I just pay the overweight fee...

I'm not sure how it is in every country, but in the U.S. it is two bags per person, and 50 pounds per bag. As dumb as it sounds you can't have 100 pounds in one, but you can have 50 pounds in two! and the charge is 75 dollars for ANYTHING over the 50 pounds...could be 50 pounds over could be 2 pounds over. :(

15. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

I get extra luggage allowance with Star Alliance carriers cos lm gold status as l ALWAYS over pack its handy!! My other half usually under packs so we check in together and usually we balance each other out! I dont know how l will cope with packing for a months trip to Australia!

16. Posted by MerB (Full Member 147 posts) 10y

If you are going for a long time (several months or semi-permanently) you can inquire about the 'excess luggage' option at your airline. It only gets there a week later but very cheap. Buy it with your flight ticket.

17. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 10y

Quoting MerB

If you are going for a long time (several months or semi-permanently) you can inquire about the 'excess luggage' option at your airline. It only gets there a week later but very cheap. Buy it with your flight ticket.

Never heard of doing that before! Thanks for the tip!

18. Posted by MerB (Full Member 147 posts) 10y

You're welcome ;)

19. Posted by sinmkp (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Hi Guys...

Just for your info. The airlines impose excess baggage due the additional fuel usage and also by taking your excess bag (commercial passenger and belonging comes first), they will need to offload cargo shipment from the flight. This is due to the aircraft weight and balance otherwise known as aircraft trimming.

Travellers heading to or begin from North and South America, are entitled to 2 pieces of check-in bags; each bag must not weigh more than 32kg (can you pity the bagggage handler if your bag weighs a whopping 50kg each?) and of certain dimension.

However if you begin your journey from europe/asia or to europe/asia, you are entitled to only 20kg with (subject to airlines) additional 5kgs. Anything more, you pay.

It is good to go to the airport early and ask passenger who does not any check-in bag to allow you to use his baggage entitlement.

20. Posted by jennah (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

I flew in February with my bag 6kg over the limit. When I saw the wieght, I immediately came out with an, oh no (though a bit stronger than that!), but my friend who had taken me to the airport nudged me and told me to shut up... after she said that her method is to act innocent, and say ´what weight limit!´ I didn´t get charged, though - I was told with that airline (Iberia), you can have up to 5kg over before they start to charge you, and the woman checking me in said she wasn´t going to bother charging me for 1kg over.

I´m currently on an Erasmus placement, and am flying home after nearly 7 months away next week. Dreading to think how much I´m going to have to pay then! I have no way of weighing my bags beforehand, to minimise the shock!