mrniji
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Rates For Excess Baggage

Fri Apr 08, 2005 9:51 pm

Is there a standardized rate for excess baggage with all international carriers for international travel? Or is the rate flexible on carrier/sector/booking class etc? How do airlines calculate the amount, and do they calculate the whole amount (i.e. often airlines are liberal, but if someone has excess luggage, will every singly Kilo be calculated, or is there some more liberal regime).

Is it possible to receive a waiver if Airlines are contacted well in advance..

In this particular case, a friend of mine is tavelling GF DEL-LHR and wants to know the rate he would have to pay at the airport for his excess luggage.. any information on this is highly appreciated!

Many thanks!
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JGPH1A
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RE: Rates For Excess Baggage

Fri Apr 08, 2005 10:03 pm

Normally, the standard rate is 1% of the full First Class one-way fare on the route in question, per kilogram of excess luggage. I think some carriers that use the piece concept (principally to/from North America) charge a fixed rate per piece.
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ahlfors
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RE: Rates For Excess Baggage

Fri Apr 08, 2005 10:33 pm

The 1% of full First Class is about standard when the weight concept is applied. Makes me wonder how US carriers can make money with first giving passangers twice the allowance of the worldwide standard 20-23kg total (in US you get 2x23kg), and then only charging $25 for another 9kg, or $50 for another 18kg (if you fit this inside two pieces that is).
 
mrniji
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RE: Rates For Excess Baggage

Sat Apr 09, 2005 12:03 am

Thanks guys..

and what happens if the carrier does not offer F Class sevice on the sector??
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ltbewr
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RE: Rates For Excess Baggage

Sat Apr 09, 2005 12:27 am

Your best bet it to go to the specific airline's website and those sections on excess luggage.
There may be differences as to domestic/regional flights vs. intercontential flights. There can be restrictions at certain times of the year, like around Christmas, Easter or hot summer months at certain locations.
There may also be limits on certain flights/routes due to high load factors, limited a/c capacity and high demand for extra luggage. This last factor is true with some flights between the USA and some Carribbean islands (like the Dominican Republic), where there is high demand for excess luggage, different rules, and where some airlines either don't allow any excess luggage or (with AA with the Dominican Republic fights) make a lot of profit on excess baggage and mainly use A-300's due to their large cargo space.