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11. Posted by outdooren (Full Member 86 posts) 8y

If you are bringing an average size suitcase/backapck as your extra piece of luggage, expect to pay between 200-300$CA. As you're going to NZ, that is a long trek, maybe it'll be more.

12. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Quoting chemgal

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.

I've used this before to my advantage! If you are taking a longer trip that involves heading down under (or up north from down under) try flying via the US even though it's a little longer. 46 kilos versus 20 is just plain nuts! If I'm not mistaken, the only reason this is the case is because Americans traditionally travel with much more stuff so they kind of 'had' to make the exception...

13. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

my bf once needed to bring his kite stuff to australia and he got an additional "sports equipment" allowance of about 20kgs... i also spoke to an airline, singapore or malasian i cant remember, and they told me that on my way HOME from europe to australia that if i showed them proof that ive beena way from home living somewhere (if you show them your visa etc) and arranged it beforehand then i could get an extra 20kg... but there were a few conditions, you cant take a stopover anywhere (to change planes or refuel yes but not for a few dyas).

might be worth checking out... but everyone says call them, and thats how I found out about these things, soooo call em!

14. Posted by mikowest (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

JUST experienced a horror story with extra baggage charges. I flew Malaysian airlines to London on my way to the USA. They allowed me to check in two bags without question on the out bound flight--but on my return, politely REFUSED to allow me to check in until I paid over $1000.00 for one of my bags that weighted 19 kilos. I refused and ended up having to use a shipping company at Heathrow airport. It was a shock and I will never fly Malaysian again.

15. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y

Excess baggage charges vary wildly from airline to airline, and are also discretionary - quite often they'll let you off if you're a few grams over, sometimes they'll charge you hugely. Definitely the best plan is to call the airline in advance to check.

16. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3711 posts) 8y

Thanks for all the advice guys :) I have now arrived in Auckland and did not have to pay excess baggage charges, in spite of having 26KG. My boyfriend was also over, so between us we had 53KG and Cathay Pacific were fine about it!
Just thought I'd let post what happened in case it might be useful for anyone.

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