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1. Posted by DanUK2009 (Budding Member 35 posts) 5y

Has anyone flew with Emirates into Australia? I have my flight middle of April flying from Manchester to Brisbane, with one stop, in Dubai on the way. I am confused about the baggage allowance. I checked on the website and used the Online Baggage Allowance Calculator and even emailed them aswell but i keep hearing different stories from them and other people and the website.

They stated that i am allowed one suitcase at 20kgs and one hand luggage at 7kg. Other people have said that i am able to "pay" extra for an additional suitcase. 20 kgs is not enough for me as i have a year long visa. Anyone got any info on what options there are, especially for me who is going for a year?

Also regarding hang luggage, i plan on taking my laptop in a laptop bag so will that count as my one hand luggage at 7kg or can i have a hang luggage bag at 7kg aswell as my laptop?

I have researched on the internet and loads of people say they don't mind, others say that you get asked to put the laptop into your hang luggage bag. I emailed Emirates and they said they its just the one case whereas where i have bought the flights from said i could have the laptop separate aswell.

All Confusing

2. Posted by miket.rtw (Budding Member 32 posts) 5y

Australia isnt a third world country, they have washing machines, shops it may be cheaper to buy clothes in oz:)

As for the laptop i bought a backpack that has a laptop compartment and a backpack in one it avoids the laptop bag/seperate backpack issue and its probably less of an advertisement that you are carrying around a laptop..

According to the emirates website you get one checked bag of 20kg included (but you can go max 32kg for a single bag) anything over 20kg is charged at £35 per kg so £420 extra for an extra 12kg

It seems that a second bag is charged at the same rate of £35 per kg.. so an extra 20kg bag will cost £700 on emirates..

the calcualtor seems to be pretty clear http://http://www.emirates.com/english/plan_book/essential_information/baggage_allowances/baggage_calculator.aspx

Basically dont bother and buy clothes in oz!!

3. Posted by DanUK2009 (Budding Member 35 posts) 5y

Thanks

It was just that i heard different stories from all over the place and Emirates themselves.

Guess i will just have to really reduce my luggage :S!

4. Posted by emmgee (Budding Member 26 posts) 5y

Hi Dan,

I think the reason it's gets so confusing is because the airlines have their rules and then different airports have other rules. I find baggage allowance one of the most difficult things to work out when organising a holiday. Anyhow, you will find loads of cheap clothing shops in Brisbane (all the basic ones e.g. K-mart, Target, etc.), so you might want to save all the extra money on extra baggage allowance and use it if you need to buy some clothes / supplies here. Even if you're over here for a year, you will find you wear the same comfortable clothing mostly anyway. Maybe plan to buy heavier stuff here like jumpers / raincoat?

Just double check the carry-on stuff again as other airlines that fly in Australia allow a carry-on bag and a lap-top bag - whether this is total of 7kgs seems to be ambiguous and might depend on the staff at the check-in gates.

Good luck!

5. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 5y

I'm considering flying with Emirates from Birmingham to Sydney and back from Melbourne in January - yes, I now it's a long time off. As all the flights involve transiting through Dubai, do you have to go through immigration if you have a direct connection?

When I transited through Hong Kong en route to Auckland a couple of years go, I didn't have to pass through immigration, just through security with my hand luggage and then back into the departure lounge. At no time did I officially enter Hong Kong.

6. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 5y

Like one of the other people have said Australia isn't a 3rd world country so it's not like you can't buy clothes or other stuff once you get here at a reasonable price. You should definitely cut your baggage down a lot. I travelled for 7 months having to cover for months in Asia, Europe, South America, a bit in Central America and North America and taking stuff for weather that was as low as -10C to 50C India weather and for normal walking, climbing, going in the snow and going out on the town and when I first started out my baggage weighed 14kg and by the time I got back it was 19kg. You can pack things such as shorts which can double as bathers meaning you pack less.

You do not want to go over the baggage allowance because if you do get charged excess baggage rates on any airline domestic or international you are up for big money. If you feel you will be close to the limit do things like put your digital camera on your belt, wear your heavier clothes and pack the heavier items that are not going to get confiscated at security in your carry on bag (hiding it or wearing it on your back at checkin so as not to have it weighed). Sometimes you will encounter situations where they are rediculously strict with the weight of carry on and yet other times they couldn't care less as long as you don't take a huge bag (sometimes you even see people taking medium sized suitcases as carryon which can not possibly be under the 7kg or fit in the size requirements).