I think it's really important to make the differentiation here, that BA
's new policy is mainly going to affect people travelling to destinations where the weight concept applies.
|Quoting LGW (Reply 35):|
This isn't new, VS already operate the same policy
For VS economy class :-
Two pieces of luggage per passenger, each weighing up to 23kg (51lbs). When added together, the three dimensions of any piece of luggage must not exceed 158cm (62in).
VS charge less than BA, granted but simply because this is BA is gets a huge amount of media attention, also expect many others to follow suit.
Not strictly true there, the VS
policy is NOT exactly the same..... The above you quote from VS
website is for passengers travelling to destinations where the piece concept applies, and where the passenger is travelling in Y class. If a Y class passenger wishes to check in 3 bags on this route then they would be charged per bag (regardless of weight) at the following rates
- £60 per bag
- £70 per bag
- £90 per bag
- £110 per bag
Caribbean - £75 per bag
If a passenger is checking in 2 bags, either or both of which weigh over 23kg, then a £20 charge per bag is made.
W and J class pax can check 2 and 3 bags respectively weighing 32kg each.
Under the weight concept, pax travelling in Y and W class can check in a total of 23kg (regardless of number of bags), Upper Class are entitled to 30kg.
This is where BA
are likely to have the most impact. If a pax turns up for a flight from LHR
with 2 bags, 1 weighing 16 kg and 1 weighing 7kg, they will be charged £120 each way. If this pasenger was flying with VS
or any number of another carriers, they would be charged nothing.
However, on the other had, if the same passenger had 2 bags, 1weighing 23kg, and the other 10kg, they would pay BA
£120 each way. If the pax was travelling VS
they would be paying £199 each way. So this is very much swings and round abouts.
Summary - If you're travelling on BA
long haul to a weight concept destination you now need to stuff your 23kg into one bag. If you're used to paying excess baggage on these routes, you could very well save alot of money.
I'm not the greatest BA
fan in the world, but I really dont think this is as serious as some people are making out. Who really needs to travel with more than 1 bag?? I've never travelled anywhere with more than 1 suitcase, and I did a 3 week round the world trip, to 3 very different climates. I think BA
is onto something here, and as some people have joked in earlier posts, if they are processing less bags, they have less to "lose" or "misplace".. (they have done this to me on more than one occassion)