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1. Posted by bex76 (Moderator, 3596 posts) 12 Nov '07 12:37

Does anyone know roughly what the charges are by airlines for excess baggage, per kilo? I'm moving to New Zealand next year and am considering the options - i'm thinking it might be better to pay some excess baggage charges than pay to send stuff via airmail, as I am not going to have that much extra stuff. (I know i can use sea freight but it's so slow.) I'm flying with cathay pacific and have looked on their website but can't see anything about specific charges.
Thanks

2. Posted by Isadora (Moderator, 13924 posts) 12 Nov '07 13:29

I haven't used Cathay Pacific but most of the airlines I have used do have their charges listed online. As an example, American Airlines' charges are here (scroll down about a quarter of the way and there is fee chart). Looking at Cathay Pacific's website (via their site map), they don't want to tell you the charges but rather have you contact them for further information. I do know (from personal experience) that airlines do differ in the amount they charge for "overweight" baggage. United Airlines charged us $25 for being about 2kg over the 22.75kg (50lb) limit. American Airlines states they charge $50 for anything over the 50lb limit.

If you have a rough idea about how heavy your baggage will be, call Cathay or contact them via their e-mail for more info. Each airline (at least here in the US) is able to set their own charges for overweight luggage.

3. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member, 1342 posts) 12 Nov '07 14:37

Have thankfully not been asked to pay for excess baggage yet. My luggage was quite a few kg over the weight limit at Schiphol, but the staff just waved me off.

I don't think Cathay will be too finicky, but as Isa suggested, you might just want to call and ask in advance.

4. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member, 418 posts) 13 Nov '07 03:32

When I flew KLM intra-Europe it was 20euros per extra kilo

5. Posted by BlueSand93 (Budding Member, 23 posts) 15 Nov '07 13:14

I flew from Australia to NZ on JetStar and had to pay $50 for being 5-10 kilos over the weight allowance; I believe it was 5 kilos over the weight limit and therefore $10 per extra kilo

6. Posted by sunset1999 (Full Member, 108 posts) 15 Nov '07 14:04

I flew from Honolulu to NZ and I rang Air NZ about the excess baggage because they didn't have what I wanted online and it was something like $90 US per extra bag or something similar. But this was probably only for the US. So you may want to call your airline and check.

7. Posted by goodyboo (Budding Member, 6 posts) 18 Nov '07 13:35

Quoting bex76

Does anyone know roughly what the charges are by airlines for excess baggage, per kilo? I'm moving to New Zealand next year and am considering the options - i'm thinking it might be better to pay some excess baggage charges than pay to send stuff via airmail, as I am not going to have that much extra stuff. (I know i can use sea freight but it's so slow.) I'm flying with cathay pacific and have looked on their website but can't see anything about specific charges.
Thanks

Call them and ask them. Might be cheaper to ship via mail or something.

8. Posted by chemgal (Full Member, 149 posts) 18 Nov '07 18:17

If at all possible fly from the UK to NZ via the USA. You get 2 pieces of luggage at 23kg per piece if you fly via the US and only 20kg if you fly via Asia.

9. Posted by goodyboo (Budding Member, 6 posts) 18 Nov '07 21:38

From China to USA (round trip), Northwest allowed 75lb (30kg?) luggage per piece, two pieces total per person. This was in October 2007.

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