Flight Centre Urges Travellers To Research About Baggage Allowances To Avoid Charges

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Flight Centre is urging holiday-makers not to get caught out this Christmas with excess baggage charges and penalty rates that can potentially add hundreds of dollars to the cost of air travel.

Across all airlines, the amount of baggage you can check in or carry on for your flight varies depending on your itinerary, cabin class and any memberships you may have.

Head of Flight Centre Brand Australia Tom Walley says double checking your baggage allowances can save you hundreds of dollars in overweight or excess baggage charges on check-in.

“Airlines, particularly low cost carriers, can be very strict when it comes to luggage and some airlines overseas even charge for carry-on luggage so we’re urging travellers to respect the guidelines.

“Don’t assume that rules airlines applied five years ago are still in place today," Mr Walley said.

Allowances and policies vary widely and if you don’t comply the extra costs can be significant, particularly if you don’t pre-purchase.

“If you wait until you get to the airport, an extra 5kgs of luggage to check in on a domestic flight will end up costing you $30 with Qantas, $75 with Jetstar and up to $125 with Tiger.

“It’s important to double check your itinerary before departing so you know exactly what your baggage allowance is. Packing smart or pre-paying for additional baggage if you need it will save you quite significant money,” Mr Walley said.

For those who get an bigger-than-expected Christmas gift to transport home, the Flight Centre team suggests pre-paying for excess baggage on the way home.

“Airline staff are very accommodating with delicate items, they’ll help you check them in and clearly mark the item as ‘fragile’ for gentle handling in the cargo area,” Mr Walley said.

For more information call Flight Centre on 1300 939 414.

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