Aerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 8322 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6714 times:
Good. Nobody needs to travel with 64kg anyway. It's good they are cutting down on allowances like everyone elseto keep things consistent. Personally I would prefer when we all have the 1 piece at 23kg allowance.
Nimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3395 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6576 times:
Quoting Aerorobnz (Reply 4): Nobody needs to travel with 64kg anyway. It's good they are cutting down on allowances like everyone elseto keep things consistent. Personally I would prefer when we all have the 1 piece at 23kg allowance.
Hardly true. I'd like to see you manage with 1 23KG bag when you have to travel for a 3 month assignment to another country. You need a full set of clothes, shoes, jackets etc., besides anything specific like eatables. On the way back, hopefully you have some shopping as well.
Your point is valid for a 2 day business trip from NYC-SFO return (same country/culture etc.). But not when travelling for a longer assignment across borders.
Come on! looking at your country flag i doubted to see this answer. West/east africa lfights are full with bags, especially those from Dubai, USA and Europe.
if u have 2 empty suitcases that about 10kilos on their own
Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
Copper1 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 439 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6330 times:
I agree with airlines clamping down but agree more with VASU and eagarly await the airlines clamping down on carry on luggage. With airline restrictions on checked baggage increasing, I suspect bigger and more dangerously, heavier carry ons as people try to avoid too much/heavy checked bags. Very little about flying upsets me more than that "special" traveller who thinks the carry on rules should be applied to everyone but themselves and they cry bloody murder as they try to carry on bags bigger than most 5 year old kids.
AerorobNZ From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 8322 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6209 times:
Quoting Nimish (Reply 5): I'd like to see you manage with 1 23KG bag when you have to travel for a 3 month assignment to another country.
I have. I survived comfortably coming back from a year in England with that allowance, and and it is very easy to survive on 14-15kg for a month - have done that on 3 other continents so far. I just don't travel with all the unnecessary stuff. It's not hard, people just take that much because they can.
Quoting Nimish (Reply 5): You need a full set of clothes, shoes, jackets etc., besides anything specific like eatables. On the way back, hopefully you have some shopping as well.
Why would I take food with me??I just buy what I need when I need it at my destination - same with clothes. If I can't afford to buy clothes then I stick to a core set of clothes. Backpacking is the best way to learn to pack lightly, cos then you reap the benefits by not having a heavy bag on your back.
Quoting Nimish (Reply 9): (I'm talking about hardback suitcases here - the mid-priced ones).
The same ones that are always warped by the mechanical arm on the luggage belts you mean?? Hard cases do nothing except restrict how much you can take inside. Time and again I see the hard samsonites getting destroyed after one use.
Quoting Copper1 (Reply 10): Very little about flying upsets me more than that "special" traveller who thinks the carry on rules should be applied to everyone but themselves and they cry bloody murder as they try to carry on bags bigger than most 5 year old kids.
agreed. That's why I love stopping people at the gate and telling them they'll have to gatecheck or relenquish it.
Kappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5919 times:
Quoting AerorobNZ (Reply 11): Time and again I see the hard samsonites getting destroyed after one use.
I've had mine for over ten years, still perfect. However I do agree that the newer ones seem to be less durable. And they do protect your stuff much better. Unless you only pack clothes of course, but when on holiday i also do some shopping, and not only for clothes.
Cainanuk From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5842 times:
Quoting Ammunition (Reply 3): slightly off topic, but why is the transatlantic baggage allowance usually higher than the for example, uk-asia?
Basically, the world has been divided into two areas, A and B, by IATA. Picture a flattened map of the world. North and South America is Area A and the rest of the world is area B. Baggage allowance From B to A is 2 pieces up to 32 kilos (maximum) or 23 kilos (minimum) each. Carriers can be generous (like BD) and allow the full monty or can go as low as the minimum. So either transatlantic or trans pacific, you follow the pieces concept. Flights within an area (ie A to A or B to B - or UK-Asia as you asked) follow the weight rule which is as follows (max set up by IATA) F class 40kg, C 30kg and Y 20kg. The amount of bags that it takes to get up to your allowed weight is irrelevant, just the weight limits apply.
So for example, Area A to B flights such as LHR-ORD, or B to A such as BKK-SFO equals pieces. LHR-SYD, even though much further in distance, is still all within Area B so the weight rule applies.
I know this because I am going through my CSA course with BD at the moment and we spent 2 days last week on this subject alone. Hope that helps.
LHR777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5529 times:
Quoting Cainanuk (Reply 13): Baggage allowance From B to A is 2 pieces up to 32 kilos (maximum) or 23 kilos (minimum) each. Carriers can be generous (like BD) and allow the full monty or can go as low as the minimum.
23 kilos minimum? So I have to take at least 23kg of crap with me when I fly on BD? That's nuts!
Also, the Area A, Area B thing doesn't always apply. I know BD don't fly there, but LHR to LOS/ABV/PHC is all area B, but the 2-piece allowance applies.
FYI, BA is also switching to 23kg max per piece across the board sometime during the summer. This includes First Class and Club World.
Behramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 5356 posts, RR: 47
Reply 17, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5326 times:
Virgin Atlantic shouldnt have implemented this policy until BA did so because as a result of this they will suffer big time on key "baggage oriented routes" such as from North America via LHR to Nigeria and India especially.
Nigerians and Indians travel with bulky heavy suitcases and they will not appreciate this 18KG of less weight i.e. 32-23 : 9 less KG per suitcase.
If BA offers good fares then passengers will gladly hop on board BAs flights from these 2 regions and not pay excess baggage fines.
BA and Air India should take full advantage of their baggage allowance policies by marketing it to the masses thus resulting in them getting more pax on their North America-India bound flights compared to LH-AF-KL-OS-AC-EK-VS who all offer 23KG allowance per suitcase only.
Kdm From New Zealand, joined Feb 2006, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5277 times:
I flew to NZ by myself with 15kg's and returned by myself but carrying my wife's extra baggage that she did not need whilst she stayed in NZ for a bit longer and had 48kg!
Luckily the airline did not charge me extra due to my FF status but the woman checking in next to me was in the process of being charged $1000NZ for her 1 large suitcase and 1 quite full back pack. She was not happy, but then the ticket does say 20kg. Don't know what the outcome was but their was a bit of shouting going on.
Rdwootty From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 910 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5206 times:
It always amazes me that the US has such a grand allowance. The general allowance is 20kgs for Y pax and I have never understood why the US/Carib should be different.You US people should try some airlines that allow 15kgs or even charge per bag an ecess on all baggage checked in.. I do agree aout the carry on in the US it should be stopped and only 5 kgs allowed that would shake you all up!
Ikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 22177 posts, RR: 59
Reply 21, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5206 times:
Quoting AerorobNZ (Reply 11): I have. I survived comfortably coming back from a year in England with that allowance, and and it is very easy to survive on 14-15kg for a month - have done that on 3 other continents so far. I just don't travel with all the unnecessary stuff. It's not hard, people just take that much because they can.
Sorry, but you are full of crap.
First, if you happen to be tall and/or traveling to a cold place, your clothes will be much heavier than a short person going to the caribbean.
But beyond that, you assume nobody needs to bring ANYTHING but clothes with them on trips. Business people often need to bring documents, samples, equipment/cables etc. that take up space and weight.
I would like to see the allowances for econ be EITHER:
2 x 23kg
1 x 32kg
Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
Simong From Canada, joined Jan 2005, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5155 times:
One point that seems to be missed here is that many of the airlines are cutting back on the allowances to decrease the amount of employee injuries.
32 KGS is just too much for staff to haul around ! With new security measures bags are handled by far more people through far more channels. I can't count how many times I have seen passengers completely unable to lift their own bags onto the check in counter scale ..... but expect the agents to jump out and do it for them and complain if we don't !
N1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 29393 posts, RR: 73
Reply 23, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5111 times:
Quoting AerorobNZ (Reply 11): Backpacking is the best way to learn to pack lightly, cos then you reap the benefits by not having a heavy bag on your back.
There comes a point in life were you have to get over backpacking. Sure, I have survived (pre-9/11) in Europe for a month on 2 carry-ons before, that doesn't mean I would do that now. Also, if you ever had to travel with suits, sweaters, shoes for different things (I am not going to wear desert boots to the gym and I am not going to wear sneakers when in a suit), jeans (they are not light, etc. you know that the weight is going to add up really quickly. All this doesn't even factor in the fact that the bag itself is already eating up some of your allowance.
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SevenHeavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1193 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5065 times:
Quoting Behramjee (Reply 17): Virgin Atlantic shouldnt have implemented this policy until BA did so because as a result of this they will suffer big time on key "baggage oriented routes" such as from North America via LHR to Nigeria and India especially.
The "baggage orientated routes" are actually the routes to HKG, PVG, NRT, JNB, CPT. These routes are actually getting a slight increase in allowance. Routes to North America rarely cause any issue. LOS could certainly be classed as "baggage orientated", however the difference here is that the Nigerians rarely have any trouble paying for their excess if required, as the cost is relatively low compared to far eastern destonations.
Quoting N754PR (Reply 19): VS are famous for being very tight about their luggage and not letting you get away with ANYTHING over the limit. This along with their crap Y class seats is a reason I will not fly them.
Fair enough. However it never ceases to amaze me how, despite having an easy to read limit noted on your ticket, as well as information given by reservations and on the internet, airline staff are always treated incredulously (and quite often abusively) when informing passengers that they have over their baggage allowance. In almost every case it is always everyone elses fault but the passenger who has the excess!
The bottom line is that if you turn up with excess luggage then you should be prepared to pay for it, instead of blaming the airline for being strict. The airline industry seems to be a prime target for the "something for nothing" brigade who don't actually want to pay extra for anything and then blame the airline when they don't get it for free. Its like booking a single room at a hotel, turning up with 10 family members and telling the hotel you need an extra three rooms for free to accomodate them!. (an extreme example I know, but the principle is the same).
p.s. I agree about the VS economy seats but the new ones just fitted to G-VWIN are superb. They allow an extra 2 inches of legroom and have lumbar support and a superb adjustable headreast.
So long 701, it was nice knowing you.
: The VS checked bag rules are not entirely awful, or even out of the norm these days, but I do have a serious issue with their carry on rules. 6 kilos
: While I agree 70 lbs is heavy, if it's so detrimental, why don't they bad 51+ pound bags altogether, rather than allowing 50-70lbs for F, J and Y+ an
: This has nothing to do with the VS rules. Even with worldwide 20K rule, maximum bag weight is usually 32kg, whether you pay for the access, travel in
: Nice idea, unfortunately it makes no sense for BA to do this, when we're reducing our baggage allowance in 2 months time. What's the point of marketi
: If that's the case, I stand corrected. But within the past 6 months or so I recall reading various press realeases about reduced baggage allowance wi
: Again, I don't know about VS, but BA is reducing the max bag weight to 23kg. We'll probably have a 2kg 'discretion', up to a total of 25kg. The UK He
: Just to clarify this for those who don't seem to understand.. There are 2 systems... the "Piece" system and the "Weight" system. The Piece system allo
: That's how I have always understood it but according to LHR777, BA is changing that to 23kg max.
: Agreed, but then you're not the average passenger. Let your company pay the excess. Then that's freight/cargo, and if it means going over your allowa
: BA would be one of the odd ones out then. I've seen passengers repacking 40kg bags!! Its funny because they can't lift them by themselves so I don't
: When I went on VS a while ago (with a 60lb. checked suitcase), the agent noticed that I collected stickers from old trips on my bag (which I do). She
: That's right, but if you learn it in the beginning you don't forget it in later life when packing suitcases. Well I did anyway. Quite. Biz Travellers
: LHR777, not sure if you are aware or what your views are on this matter, but this issue is still on-going and from what I have heard, both cabin crew
: Again, whether using a backpack or using a suitcase, packing that lightly is still the same. 6 kilos is less than 1 stone (6 kilos = 13 pounds). That
: This whole thread hada me interested, so I packed up what I would consider the minimum 3 month amount of clothing for a non-topical destination like,
: Remind me never to travel BA if that is the case. Imagine 300 23 kg's "hand bags" flying through the cabin in turbulence! Good for her!
: Quoting Simong (Reply 22): One point that seems to be missed here is that many of the airlines are cutting back on the allowances to decrease the amou
: It is indeed a health and safety issue. Think of repeatedly trying to help passengers lift bags that often weigh more than they should under current