Avoid Excess Baggage – Know The Baggage Allowance Fees from Some of the Biggest Airlines Around the World

February 06, 2015
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What were once considered as slack procedures to make traveling easier and keep the customer satisfied are now very strict as airlines and everyday flyers see the worth of unbundled tickets. ‘Baggage Allowance’ are two words denoting airline luggage guidelines that differ dramatically between different carriers as steady industry standards are dead.

While there is stern implementation of luggage allowances, in both weight and dimensions, it has been common practice in Europe for the past few years, and the beginning of similar practices are now becoming a routine in other parts of the world.

Based on the Bureau of Transportation, domestic airlines within the U.S. alone raked $3.35 billion in baggage fees last year, snowballing by an assessed 89% in the last three years according to a reliable source. These fees lead to big money for the airlines’ outcome and it looks like they will keep on increasing.

Now, it is time to take a look at the different routines from some of the biggest airlines around the world:

Qantas
Checked Baggage: (standard economy fare): Two items, 50 lbs limit
Rate for excess baggage: $175 per extra piece, $75 heavy charge
Carry-on luggage: One item, 15 lbs
Sporting gear: No charge if within acceptable baggage allowance otherwise standard excess charges apply
Music equipment: Not disclosed online

Lufthansa
Checked Baggage: (standard economy fare): One item, 50 lbs limit
Rate for excess baggage: Between $150 and $450
Carry-on luggage: One item, 15 lbs limit
Sporting equipment: No charge if within allowed baggage allowance or else standard excess charges apply
Music gear: Not disclosed online

American Airlines
Checked Baggage: (standard economy fare): Charges may work depending on endpoint
Fee for excess baggage: Weighty baggage $100 per piece, large baggage $200 per piece
Carry-on luggage: One bag and one personal item
Sporting equipment: Extra charges depending on the item
Music equipment: No charge if within allowed baggage allowance otherwise standard excess charges apply

British Airways
Checked Baggage: (standard economy fare): One item, 50 lbs limit
Fee for excess baggage: Between $150 and $450
Carry-on luggage: One bag and one personal item, 51 lbs limit
Sporting equipment: Between $150 and $300
Music equipment: “Special price” not disclosed online

Delta
Checked Baggage: (standard economy fare): One item, 50 lbs limit, between $0 and $25
Fee for excess baggage: Second bag, between $0 and $100, third bag, between $100 and $285, plus special handling and extra fees for bags that do not meet size and weight limits
Carry-on luggage: One bag and one personal item
Sporting equipment: Between $0 and $150 depending on the item
Music equipment: No charge if within acceptable baggage allowance or else standard excess charges apply

Emirates
Checked Baggage: (standard economy fare): Two items, 50 lbs each
Fee for excess baggage: between $123 and $175 per additional piece
Carry-on luggage: One piece, 15 lbs limit
Sporting gear: Not disclosed online
Music equipment: Not disclosed online

Air Canada
Checked Baggage: (standard economy fare): One item, 50 lbs limit
Rate for excess baggage: Between $20 and $100
Carry-on luggage: One bag, 22 lbs limit and one personal item, 22 lbs limit
Sporting equipment: Depends on the item. Some have handling fees.
Music equipment: Can be checked if it meets size and weight restrictions

Air New Zealand
Checked Baggage: (standard economy fare): two pieces, 50 lbs per piece
Fee for excess baggage: $150 and above
Carry-on luggage: One item, 15 lbs
Sporting equipment: No charge if within allowed baggage allowance otherwise standard excess charges apply
Music equipment: No charge if within permitted baggage allowance or else standard excess charges apply. This is subject to oversize / overweight charge if applicable

Japan Airlines
Checked Baggage: (standard economy fare): Two items, 50 lbs each
Rate for excess baggage: between $60 and $450
Carry-on luggage: One piece, 22 lbs limit
Sporting tool: between $100 and $150
Music equipment: Not disclosed online

To ensure you will not incur any excess baggage fees, we strongly suggest you get yourself a digital luggage scale to make sure your luggage is following your airline’s baggage weight regulations.

 

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