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  • T5
    T5
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jan 2000
    • 6822

    Excess Baggage Charges

    What is the average charge per kilo for excess baggage?

    My family are currently on their way to Heathrow with Qatar Airways on flight QR001. They came from Bangkok and had a quick stop-over in Doha, Qatar.

    This isn't the first time they've used Qatar and certainly not the first time they've been very slightly overweight on their baggage, but the airline has just charged them 96 to carry the extra.

    If you were paying 96, how much extra baggage would you expect. Unfortunately, at the moment, I don't know how much extra baggage they had. They left with practically full suitcases so not much else could have been added to them!
    Michael
  • andrewm
    Rank 2 Registered User
    • Jan 2000
    • 4456

    #2
    When using bmi and easyJet both have been 5.00 per kilo for European Routes. Unsure of Longhaul would expect it to be larger.
    Regards, Andrew

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    • wozza
      Chelsea Fan
      • Sep 2005
      • 1089

      #3
      Most airlines publish it in their FAQ section of their website

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      • SHAMROCK321
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Jan 2004
        • 2544

        #4
        Well as someone who loves to charge excess baggage while checking in I can tell you some prices although in . Most airlines chare about 6 per kilo but it varies. For example Malev charge about 9 per KG and if you are transferring onto a connecting flight it goes up as your bags are carried on more than one flight.

        One example again is Malev who can charge up to 18 per KG if you transfer onto specific flights.

        And what happens if you cant pay the charge well your bags get left behind as Ive now seen on many occasions.

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        • LBARULES
          Pointless flightaholic!
          • May 2003
          • 9820

          #5
          You would love charging more wouldnt you Andrew, lol .

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          • Skymonster
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Jul 2004
            • 1986

            #6
            IATA regulations for flights where baggage allowances are based on weight (as opposed to pieces) are usually 1.5% of the HIGHEST one way economy fare, per kilo in excess of the allowance. There are however exceptions where its only 1% or 1.25% of the highest one way economy fare.

            The following page may be informative for those really interested:

            http://www.frequentflyer.oag.com/tra...es/baggage.asp

            Andy
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            • wawkrk
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Apr 2004
              • 170

              #7
              I would like to thank those beautiful ladies at LOT. Everytime I have excess baggage (at least 20 times per year).Usually up to 10kg too much.When they look at me with that knowing smile and I say,I am only a poor old Eglish guy and not very heavy,they always smile and say ok,but in future not too much.
              Problem is,they are starting to recognise me.

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              • T5
                T5
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Jan 2000
                • 6822

                #8
                In Bangkok where they boarded their flight to Doha, excess baggage was charged at 1,100THB per kilo (a whopping 16). There was just 6 kilos of excess baggage.

                I was under the impression they had paid it. They hadn't. Instead, they were allowed to pack the excess into their hand baggage (making that overweight) and then be issued with their boarding cards.

                So when I met them from Heathrow, they had a fat suitcase each and at least three items of hand baggage each. I'd rather that the extra weight be beneath me rather than above me. If the worst should happen, its less to fall on me when the aircraft hits the ground!

                So, in my opinion, this isn't the 5* service you might expect from a 5* airline (as rated by SkyTrax). What always seems to happen is that you get caught, yet either side of you at check-in, people quite easily check in their overweight bags without any fuss. It seems that the staff in Bangkok (whether working for Qatar Airways or a handling agent, I do not know) didn't care about what any other passengers were up to.
                Michael

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                • murph
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Jan 2005
                  • 552

                  #9
                  You'd be surprised how a little bit of encouragement gets staff to ignore the excess baggage.

                  Try 30+ air cadets and 8 or so staff. We're all carrying uniforms along with civvies for the week, about half of us were over the limit for the big orange flying machine. With some gentle pursuasion they let us off with it

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                  • Selsport69
                    The Captain
                    • Jan 2000
                    • 366

                    #10
                    When I moved over here in Feb we Flew BMI from Edi to LHR and SAA to Jnb.
                    We were at least 25kilos over weight. The BMI check ins taff asked us why we were taking so much on holiday untill I told them we were emigrating. She just smiled. Put some heavy tags on the luggage and wished us all the best for the future. Couldnt have been nicer. Mind you I was very nervous at the other end when the customs guys were giving us the twice over with loaded trollys etc.
                    Thanks
                    Kev

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