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Suitcase weights       started by Ruth on 15 Sep 2004   (2320)
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From Ruth

15 Sep 2004 4:38 PM
(8555)
Someone told us that airlines have bought in that no more than 20 kg can be packed in any one suitcase. Although we have the extra allowance of 40 kg when we fly, aparently we can not put the 40 kg in one large case on wheels as planned, it has to be spread between two cases or more, has anyone else also heard this? Thanks Ruth & Jez
From MARK99

To Ruth

15 Sep 2004 6:09 PM
(8556)
Different airlines have different restrictions and I think the heaviest I've seen is about 28 kilos (??) per case. I think there are health and safety guidelines they have to adhere to and 40 kilos in one case would perhaps be too heavy for the ground staff to handle. We had the 40 kilos per person allowance and had 6 suitcases between 4 of us (plus the golf clubs !). We exceeded the maximum of 160 by 20 kilos but didn't have to pay surcharge - probably because the plane was half empty. We also had 4 large items of hand luggage. We flew with Singapore if that's any use to you and they were brilliant. Good luck with the packing ! We've still got a suitcase full of clothes 5 months down the line ! Catherine
From sarahc

To Ruth

15 Sep 2004 6:26 PM
(8557)
Yes- we fell foul of this one - I can't remember the weight allowance per case but we had 2 huge cases that were over the limit - so we were there at the check-in desk pulling heavy items out of the cases & putting them into our already quite full hand luggage - somehow we mananged to juggle it all (ending up with boots, odd shoes and a drum machine in hand luggage!) Its worth checking with the airline. I would recommend taking 3 or 4 smaller cases rather than 2 huge ones if possible! Sarah.
From Ruth

To sarahc

15 Sep 2004 8:11 PM
(8563)
Thanks for your help with the suitcases. Yes we are flying with Singapore and have done so before, we have nothing but praise for them, so far. Ruth
From Maggie

To Ruth

16 Sep 2004 12:42 AM
(8573)
I think Qantas quote 32 kilos as the maximum weight. Best check with the airline what their rule is - it's quite a weight for them to be throwing around and damaging! I sat in a seat on a flight to Amsterdam where I could see the loading of the lugage onto the plane and it was a very educational experience. Those people have no respect for our belongings. The guitar we saw being thrown on (mind you, who would put a guitar in the hold?) was on the conveyor belt with the same broken neck flopping around........... Our luggage was fine when we got here - Cathay Pacific. Good luck, Maggie
From steveandclare

To Maggie

04 Oct 2004 1:43 AM
(8977)
do you get extra baggage allowance if you are emigrating or do you have to pay more?
From Dave_Trace

To steveandclare

04 Oct 2004 9:54 AM
(8981)
Hi again We flew with Singapore Airlines and it is their Company policy to allow 40kg per person if you are emigrating. Be warned though, I have heard that if you try to spread the weight between lot's of suitcases i.e 50kg in one and 30kg in another etc they can get a bit funny. Don't know why, you're still getting your allowance.Give them a call and check it out. We enquired about flying with Malaysian airlines and they do not give the extra baggage allowance as standard. You have to apply once you've booked and hope they write back giving you premission.We didn't fancy taking the risk as we knew we'd be over th 20kg basic limit. We are a family of 4 and we brought 5 suitcases, loads of hand luggage, car seat, pushchair, cat box (the sniffer dog at the airport had great fun with that one!) and we were under the limit. One thing I do wish I'd bought in my luggage...my iron! I now have two as we had to buy another as soon as we got here.
From Collette_Adrian

To steveandclare

04 Oct 2004 10:43 AM
(8982)
Hi There Trace and Dave are right, Singapore do allow 40kg per person if you are entering on your visa for the first time. If you are planning on validating and then emigrating at a later date, then the 40kg only applies when validating, as when we booked our flights they asked for a copy of the passport page with the visa in, which unfortunately showed that we had already validated, so we only got the standard 20kg. Some airlines, I believe, no longer offer the extra baggage for either. Collette and Adrian
From Maggie

To Collette_Adrian

04 Oct 2004 11:06 PM
(8986)
I've just had a very interesting experience flying with Qantas. In August our eldest returned to UK in preparation for university. Her suitcase weighed 24kg and she was told it was 'just right', despite the blurb saying she had a 20 kg allowance. I flew out last month with her heavy winter clothes. My husband had to leave me at the airport so that we could be sure he would be in time to collect the very tearful 6 year old from school. My suitcase weighed in at 27 kg (20 kg allowance) but all I got was a very heavy warning ticket attached to the bag. On my return to Aus this weekend I knew my suitcase was well overweight. All of my family have sent out the Christmas presents for our 4 kids, and I had 5kg of books to bring back from child number 2 finishing boarding school. The case weighed in at 31 kg. I was convinced and accepted that I would have to pay the excess baggage but as it would have cost 55 pounds to post the books I figured it was worth it. All I got again was the excess weight tag. I have found that if I approach the check in desk with some humility and saying that we probably are probably overweight (because of returning for Uni., taking child's clothes home for Uni., or bringing back schoolbooks) we have been treated with great latitude. I have to say I am surprised we have not had to pay excess at some stage, particularly as both my outward and return flights were packed solid. However, I have been treated exceptionally well on every contact with Qantas / BA. This is no guarantee on how you will be treated but an account of my experiences. Maggie
From HeatherandGraham

To Maggie

05 Oct 2004 5:57 AM
(8991)
Hi all On the old suitcase weight thing. I have just booked our flights with BA/Qantas and was told by dial-a-flight that my luggage allowance was 32 KG. So maybe you were not overweight after all Maggie! We chose them so we could fly out via california and take the kids to disney en route as once on aussie salary that will not be an option. House is getting packed up and shipped next week, any last minute advice from anyone of things I need to keep back and take in the luggage (someone mentioned taking the iron in the luggage) opinions/advice gratefully recieved. Regards Heather x
From MARK99

To HeatherandGraham

05 Oct 2004 5:50 PM
(9009)
Hi there, The bit about the iron was from me ! I also brought our kettle and a CD clock radio in the handluggage. Its definitely worth bringing your cutlery bubble wrapped in a suitcase as well. Catherine