suitcase allocation through US

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  1. parsonstrish

    parsonstrish Active Member

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    A friendly tip. I was advised by Qantas I was allowed 2 suitcases with limit of 32kgs. each on rtw trip I took late last year. The allowance was due to travelling back through the US. Be careful, I was nearly charged excess in Paris. In New York I was blessed with a lovely counter person, otherwise it would have been excess. The allowance with AA is two bags but limit of 55 pounds each, I think. I ended up buying another suitcase in DFW that overcame the excess problem.
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  2. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    The baggage limit on AA is 50Lb/23Kg per piece

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  3. cowombat

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    I got hit with a USD$25 excess baggage fee in Key West earlier this month on AA.... first time I can recall happening. But the checkin clerk was grumpy with me for arriving less than 40 mins from departure and wanted to punish me a bit. My bag was 29 kg... same as coming down from MIA 3 days prior. But on the inbound trip to Key West I had checked ithe bags through way way back in Mumbai on BA, via LHR and MIA. So it does depend where you check in.......
     
  4. Skyring

    Skyring Established Member

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    Perhaps as the passengers pile on and they have a clearer notion of the weight a particular plane will be carrying, the checkin staff might get more concerned about the total?
     
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    danielh Member

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    Well on my RTW trip 10 years ago the 32kg x 2 limit was allowed throughout my RTW trip as all my flights were booked on the same ticket.

    I would double check this now but if your RTW trip is all under the same large multi-page booking then you should be fine.

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  6. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    If booked after 1st October 2005 when AA changed their allowances, then any AA sectors will be limited to AAs new baggage allowance of 2x23Kg and will be liable to excess baggage charges on bags >23Kg

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  7. NM

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    on a RTW ticket, you can take check two peiced of luggage for each sector. The tricket states 2PC in the baggage allowance field. However, most airlines permit this as 2 x 32kg pieced. But AA changed their baggage policy last year and now limit all baggage pieces, whether on RTW ticket or not) to no more than 50lb (or about 23kg) or an additional fee of US$25 per piece is charged (up to 70lb).

    AA is notorious for charging everyone the additional fee for bags between 50lb and 70lb. Even their most frequent fliers get charged this extra fee (its a fixed amount between 50lb and 70lb per piece).

    Their excuse for introducing this limit was occupational health and safety for baggage handlers, but it is well recognised as another revenue opportunity since the same people will be lifting the bag even if it is 70lb with the fee paid by the passenger.

    There are some exceptions, such as if your bags were checked-in on a non-AA flights (such as QF departing Australia) and are tagged through for a connection on AA, then you still need to collect the bags at LAX, clear customs etc and then place the bags for re-screening at the arrival point. As you are not checking-in the bags at that point, they are no re-weighed and no fe is charged.

    But when you go to check-in at an AA desk for the next departure, you will be charged the fee.
     
  8. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    Notorious or consistent? I go with the latter

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  9. NM

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    Notorious: adj. well known, esp. unfavourably.

    I think that is the meaning I was implying for the word. Its well known to those who fly regularly with AA, and to those who fly irregularly and have checked bags between 50lb and 70lb in weight.

    Consistent also describes the situation. So I will accept both terms as being reflective of the situation.
     
  10. vaccav

    vaccav Junior Member

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    quick question

    Guys - a quick one:

    Tomorrow I am going to North America and am allowed the (standard) 2 x 32kg on my qantas flights to LA. I stay one night in LA then go Air Canada to Vancouver, then after two weeks go Air Canada to Vegas. My question is:

    - My Air Canada (electronic) ticket says my max weight is 23kg per bag (but I'm still allowed two bags)
    - Can you let me know the likelihood of AC enforcing the 23kg limit per bag ?
    - If they do enforce it, what's the likely cost extra ?
    - Note: I won't exceed a total of 46kg under any circumstances: it's just that I have one large suitcase (about 30 - 32 kg fully loaded) and I may take a smaller bag.
    - If it's only $25 or so, I'll be very happy.

    My options are:
    - if the cost is low or minimal (say $25) then I might travel with only the one suitcase
    - If not then I might take along a smaller wheely bag to spread the load so that i comply with the 23kg limit.


    Any thoughts on the likelihood of air canada charging and the likely cost ?

    Many thanks,

    Vaccav
     
  11. NM

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    I do not know AC's policy on overweight baggage. Do not assume it to be the same AA's - i.e. a flat $25/piece between 50-70lb.

    I would be packing the light things into the large bag and theheavy things into the smaller bag and ensuring they are both under 23kg/50lb.
     
  12. Kiwi Flyer

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    AC is likely to charge, except maybe if you are in business class or *Gold.

    Per AC website the cost is US$25 or US$50 ex-LAX and CA$35 or CA$70 ex-Canada depending on size of bag. You'll get charged each way.
     
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