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Topic # 58121 8-Mar-2010 21:23
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I bought a ticket to travel to my country.And on the ticket they said that baggage allowance is 20kg and  an extra 7kg to carry on board.Some of my friends travel before and they told me I can do 25kg for the baggage.My question is what's is exactly baggage allowance for a person when they travel oversea from NZ?

Anyone do travel alot please advice.Thanks

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  Reply # 305530 8-Mar-2010 21:27
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It depends on the policy of the particular airline, which would normally be published on their web site.

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  Reply # 305531 8-Mar-2010 21:33
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The ticket says 20kg, so the allowance is 20kg. You may be able to get away with packing a bit more.

Whether or not you'll be successful in going over the limit and not having to pay excess charges etc depends on the policy of the airline and the particular agents you get on the day. If it was Air NZ, I would be inclined to risk it. Someone handled by Menzies (many foreign carriers) - it's not as likely to be successful.

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  Reply # 305545 8-Mar-2010 22:21
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The limit has nothing to do with the destination, it's what your ticket says. Normally most international flights are 20kg for an economy ticket unless you are travelling to, from or via North America where you may be allowed more.



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  Reply # 305554 8-Mar-2010 22:46
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Thanks all,I'm not sure how my friends got waived 5kg over the 20kg limit.And they told me that their ticket also advised that only 20kg is allowed.

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  Reply # 305568 8-Mar-2010 23:27
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Perhaps they are high tier frequent fliers? In which case, airlines and agents are more likely to be lenient with the rules etc. Or maybe they just got an agent who was happy to just "let it slide".

Either way, good luck with your travels.

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  Reply # 305572 8-Mar-2010 23:46
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Yes you can take up to max 25Kg. I have done it several times and never have been stopped and so have many of my friends and relatives.

Baggage is 25Kg. It stops strictly at 25Kg. All my travel tickets have always said 20Kg as well but they allow extra 5Kg for main luggage.

Hand Luggage is strictly and I mean strictly 7Kg.

You can also carry an laptop in it's case which will not count towards extra hand luggage.




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  Reply # 305579 9-Mar-2010 00:08
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billgates: Yes you can take up to max 25Kg. I have done it several times and never have been stopped and so have many of my friends and relatives.

Baggage is 25Kg. It stops strictly at 25Kg. All my travel tickets have always said 20Kg as well but they allow extra 5Kg for main luggage.

Hand Luggage is strictly and I mean strictly 7Kg.

You can also carry an laptop in it's case which will not count towards extra hand luggage.


Thanks for that.I feel much better now

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  Reply # 305584 9-Mar-2010 02:22
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billgates:

Hand Luggage is strictly and I mean strictly 7Kg.

You can also carry an laptop in it's case which will not count towards extra hand luggage.


I took 12KG of hand luggage on my flight from Auckland to London via Singapore in 2008 flying Thai Airways.

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  Reply # 305587 9-Mar-2010 03:37
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depends on

1) the ?airline? policy - if airNZ no hope in hell of getting over 20kg
2) the person on the day - good mood = max 25kg. bad mood = max 20kg
3) how much hand luggage they see you carrying - HIDE HIDE HIDE! when you arrive at the plane with too much they will check it in without any problems (they just want to take off asap!)

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  Reply # 305592 9-Mar-2010 07:06
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I doubt post 9/11 you could do this now, but when flying to Samoa someone with us had around 15kgs of builders tools. It was declared at not a problem, but due to what was in the bag it had to be kept at the front of the plane. Although we were not allowed to carry it on, two air-hostesses could not carry it between them :D, we ended up carring it onto the plane and keeping it with us.

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  Reply # 305596 9-Mar-2010 07:45
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billgates: Yes you can take up to max 25Kg. I have done it several times and never have been stopped and so have many of my friends and relatives.

Baggage is 25Kg. It stops strictly at 25Kg. All my travel tickets have always said 20Kg as well but they allow extra 5Kg for main luggage.

Hand Luggage is strictly and I mean strictly 7Kg.

You can also carry an laptop in it's case which will not count towards extra hand luggage.


Wow.. hang on there.

Air NZ domestic is 25kg and because there is nobody to actually weight it now you can get away with more.

International is a whole different story, the limit for virtually all destinations and airlines ex NZ if you're flying Economy is a single piece no more than 20kg unless you're flying to the USA where you get 23kg and typically 2 pieces.

If you've got a 20kg baggage limit and get away with more then it's nothing more that luck or fidinging a ticketing agent who's having a good day. I've done enough flying to know that this is the exception rather than the norm and particularly in tough financial times for airlines ticketing people who are even a couple of kg over is a great way to make money.

There is certainly no 25kg blanket allowance of rule that you'll get 5kg extra without any charge. If you attempt to fly with more than 20kg on a 25kg ticket be prepared for a ticket agent to tell you to attemtpt to repack stuff in your carry on bag (if this weights less than your allowance) or be prepared to pay.



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  Reply # 305598 9-Mar-2010 07:48
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Fraktul:
billgates:

Hand Luggage is strictly and I mean strictly 7Kg.

You can also carry an laptop in it's case which will not count towards extra hand luggage.


I took 12KG of hand luggage on my flight from Auckland to London via Singapore in 2008 flying Thai Airways.


Try getting a 12kg out of Heathrow though! Most Airlines use Menzies Aviation for checkin and I'd swear they must pay them a cut of all overweight fees they collect! If your bag looks bulky they'll typically want to weight it.

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  Reply # 305601 9-Mar-2010 08:05
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sbiddle:
billgates: Yes you can take up to max 25Kg. I have done it several times and never have been stopped and so have many of my friends and relatives.

Baggage is 25Kg. It stops strictly at 25Kg. All my travel tickets have always said 20Kg as well but they allow extra 5Kg for main luggage.

Hand Luggage is strictly and I mean strictly 7Kg.

You can also carry an laptop in it's case which will not count towards extra hand luggage.


Wow.. hang on there.

Air NZ domestic is 25kg and because there is nobody to actually weight it now you can get away with more.

International is a whole different story, the limit for virtually all destinations and airlines ex NZ if you're flying Economy is a single piece no more than 20kg unless you're flying to the USA where you get 23kg and typically 2 pieces.

If you've got a 20kg baggage limit and get away with more then it's nothing more that luck or fidinging a ticketing agent who's having a good day. I've done enough flying to know that this is the exception rather than the norm and particularly in tough financial times for airlines ticketing people who are even a couple of kg over is a great way to make money.

There is certainly no 25kg blanket allowance of rule that you'll get 5kg extra without any charge. If you attempt to fly with more than 20kg on a 25kg ticket be prepared for a ticket agent to tell you to attemtpt to repack stuff in your carry on bag (if this weights less than your allowance) or be prepared to pay.




I have to second this! Sorry, nothing personal billgates but that's poor advice. My wife is an international flight atttendant for Air NZ and before that she worked at check-in so I know what I'm talking about here. If the limit is 20kg, then pack 20kg! There are many factors involved that MAY allow you to get away with a couple extra kilos, which include things like: the number of total passengers, the number of business class passengers (who are allowed extra), the amount of cargo being carried, the weather at the destination, if extra fuel has to be carried because of the weather, however as sbiddle said it's the exception rather than the norm to be allowed more than the stated amount.

Your call in the end, just make sure you have enough money to pay the horrendous excess baggage fees if you can't pack stuff into your hand luggage, or that someone stays at the airport with you in case you need to leave things behind!

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  Reply # 305605 9-Mar-2010 08:28
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sbiddle: The limit has nothing to do with the destination, it's what your ticket says. Normally most international flights are 20kg for an economy ticket unless you are travelling to, from or via North America where you may be allowed more.


Yes if you travel through the US, you are usually allowed  more, 24 Kgs I think. Also arrive really early for the flight and they might allow more weight, It's worked for me a couple of times. It does help to smile and flirt with the check-in girls Wink




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  Reply # 305612 9-Mar-2010 09:35
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wmoore:
sbiddle: The limit has nothing to do with the destination, it's what your ticket says. Normally most international flights are 20kg for an economy ticket unless you are travelling to, from or via North America where you may be allowed more.


Yes if you travel through the US, you are usually allowed  more, 24 Kgs I think. Also arrive really early for the flight and they might allow more weight, It's worked for me a couple of times. It does help to smile and flirt with the check-in girls Wink


Up until a few years ago all travel within North America and via North America (ie Air NZ to London if you were stopping over) was 2 x 32kg bags. This has now been reduced to 2 x 23kg bags in most cases.

One thing I'd really love to know the history behind is why baggage allowances there are so much higher than the rest of the world!

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