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21. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

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.

Funnily, I'm flying THY Germany-Iran in Aug wich is Europe-Asia and my ticket gives me 2 x 32 kgs (64 kgs) baggage allowance. Might be because I'm flying one-way...

I have no way of weighing my bags beforehand, to minimise the shock!

What ever happened to those nifty "check your weight!" machines in airports and trainstations? Just weigh yourself twice, once with your bag and once without it.

22. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

There is no way of answering this question sensibly... all airlines have different policies on different hauls, some have it even depend on the fact whether you fly into or out of your country of citizenship, plus it depends to a great extent on how packed the flight is.

As a very general rule of thumb, try to remain under 20kg per person; makes your travelling a lot easier, too. The other rule is that airlines will NEVER weigh you as a passenger, so putting on as much clothes as possible works fine as a last resort.

Niels (Amsterdam)

[ Edit: Edited at Jun 16, 2006 9:41 AM by bentivogli ]

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

[quote=t_maiaFunnily, I'm flying THY Germany-Iran in Aug wich is Europe-Asia and my ticket gives me 2 x 32 kgs (64 kgs) baggage allowance. Might be because I'm flying one-way...[/quote]

Uhm...are you sure that this is what you're allowed to take? Sounds more like the ultimate max. you can take, with paying for everything above the first 20-24 kg's (depending on the airline).

And I wouldn't know why they would allow more luggage on a one-way flight. Shouldn't make a difference, should it?

Or are you one of those 'I fly so much that they gave me a regular-customer-card'-type of persons? ;) In that case: please let us know in advance from where to where you fly, so we all can take advantage of your outrageous baggage allowance!

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

The other rule is that airlines will NEVER weigh you as a passenger, so putting on as much clothes as possible works fine as a last resort

I tried this flying from Brussels to Madrid in February. Nearly fainted in Brussels Zaventem as I was wearing 2 sweaters and a big think coat! Not to mention the fact that although it was very cold in Brussels that day, Madrid was quite warm...

I had an email from a friend yesterday who managed to get away with 39kg of bags - almost double the weight limit!

25. Posted by Signposts (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

The day I travel without the threat of excess baggage hanging over my head will be a real joy! As a pro photog, a fully-equipped trip is usually 65-70 kg, so the potential cost is huge. On some trips, eg from Sydney to Singapore/Hong Kong it has been worth my while to buy two tickets, because the rates are so crazy!

I have found that it is always possible to do a deal that is cheaper than the "official" rate if you act sympathetically. If it's still too expensive, ask to see the check-in manager and request her to help you. Whatever happens, don't lose your temper or you'll be dead in the water.

As a pro, you can never risk turning up at your destination with no gear (ie lost or stolen) so I have been known to carry a camera bag over my shoulder weighing over 16 kg with my essential cameras etc in it. This can cause problems as there is a weight limit on hand-carries for safety reasons. To get round this, I once requested a plastic shopping bag and put half my gear in that (Hasselblads!) so that I could get onto the plane, where of course I put it all back in my camera bag.

But the best way to avoid this problem is to simply load as much of the heavier, smaller stuff as possible into the various pockets of your clothes (a good reason to wear a shooting jacket). You may look dumb, but provided you try to look normal as you walk in you'll be fine. It sort of falls into a grey area.

All international airlines that I know of allow the check-in operators to automatically allow up to 5 kg extra without question, and I have frequently managed to get away with a lot more than that by simply behaving in a civilised manner, smiling guiltily when admonished for being overweight and sort of apologizing. Works for me! ;)

HTH,

Tony Page

[ Edit: sorry, no promos in the forum please. ]

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

I flew home form Spain a month ago, as I'd said in some of my previous posts. I ended up with 45kgs of baggage, which was more than I'd thought it would be. I did get charged - 130 euros, which again is far more than I'd expected. They only charged me for hte last 12 kgs I was pover which was lucky, as teyy charged me over 10 euros a kg!

Annoyingly, a friend flew home a week alter with only 1,5kgs less, but she only got charged 60 euros

27. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

Quoting Demian

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Quoting t_maia

Funnily, I'm flying THY Germany-Iran in Aug wich is Europe-Asia and my ticket gives me 2 x 32 kgs (64 kgs) baggage allowance. Might be because I'm flying one-way...

And I wouldn't know why they would allow more luggage on a one-way flight. Shouldn't make a difference, should it?...

Actually, for a route like Germany-Iran and Germany-Turkey it does. Imagine being told by the German government that after all these long years in Germany you are no longer wanted and that you have to leave the country forever, only taking the things with you that go with you on the plane. Wouldn't you prefer an airline that gives you 2 x 32kgs luggage allowance on your one-way flight over one that gives you 1 x 25 kgs?

[ Edit: Edited at Jul 28, 2006 1:47 PM by t_maia ]

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