Vladimir1000 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2006, 2 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2207 times:
I am going to fly KLM soon.
The ticket (non-refundable) was already booked when I realised, that my baggage weighs essentially more than 20 kg (as I am planning to be away for about a year). And I was told that KLM does not accept any excessive laggage above 20 kg under any circumstances.
Advice is needed.
What do I do? What are my options?
Outlier From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2197 times:
Well, the website says
"For baggage that exceeds your standard allowance, you have two choices. You can pay an excess baggage fee at check-in and take it with you on your flight, or you may arrange in advance to ship it as cargo.If you wish to take with you more than 50 kilos of extra baggage or if the dimensions of your baggage are disproportionate, you must always ask for this service at reservation. This policy applies to all KLM passengers."
I used to ship cargo all the time, but not luggage (I use FedEx)
Shouldn't be a problem though, more a question of timing than anything.
You'd want to ask them about packaging. Coolers work good, pretty durable. Actually make good suitcases too and then you have the cooler on the beach!
Call KLM and ask them what the excess charges will be though. Might as well get an idea.
Leskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2183 times:
On most airlines, the standard formula for excess baggage is 1.5% of the applicable oneway fare per kilo... keep in mind that the applicable oneway fare can, and often will, be much higher than what you paid for your return...
For example, the cheapest LH return from FRA to NYC for 1 September is currently listed as €329 (excl. taxes), the cheapest oneway is €2432 - so the price per kilo would be €36.48! In other words, just 11 kilos of excess luggage would cost roughly the same as an extra ticket!
Admittedly, this example is a bit off - because LH uses a different set of rules for the calculation of these charges... not sure how KLM handles this.
Excess baggage can be extremely expensive - find out how much more you'll be taking and call KLM and ask them how much the charge will be, so that you won't be too surprised at the airport.