Cheaper Excess Baggage Shipping
Shipping Excess baggage does not have to be expensive. Extra luggage delivery charges offered by most airlines are very expensive and one can accept them as long as you are only a few kg over the limit.
However if you want to ship a few extra suitcases, a guitar, ski, snowboard, golf clubs or other sport equipment you are going to pay a fortune for your excess baggage if using an airline courier.
Instead you can use international movers and get your excess baggage shipped much cheaper.
For extra baggage shipping costs please contact our office. We will be happy to help.
However if you think you can reduce your baggage please check the article blow concerning how to avoid excess baggage charges at the airport.
Avoiding Extra Charges for Excess Baggage at the Airport
One of the ways through which most airlines make money from travellers is through Excess baggage charge. Each airline puts limits on the volume or weight of luggage travellers are allowed to carry without having to pay for them. If your luggage's weight or volume exceeds this limit, then you will be charged for excess baggage. If you are budget conscious or if you do not want to pay any extra fee on your luggage, you can always avoid that. Unfortunately having even a few kilograms over the carry-on hand cabin luggage allowance will cost you a lot as the excess baggage shipping costs imposed by the airlines are very high. There are some tips that you can apply in order to avoid paying a dime on your luggage if you are traveling. Here are some steps to apply to avoid extra charges for excess baggage at the airport.
Check airline rules, terms and conditions for baggage shipping
Take time to read the terms and conditions as well as the regulations of the airline you want to use their service. As it has been said above, each airline has its unique rules, terms and conditions for luggage delivery within the flight ticket price and for excess baggage shipping.. Some airlines may even charge you for the normal weight luggage which other airlines do not charge.
You will not be able to know how you are charged if you don't take time to go through the terms and conditions associated with the type of ticket you want to buy. You might have heard or listened to many rumours about the airline luggage delivery services you want to use. However, you should not swallow the rumours like that. It is advisable that you carry out your own research about an airline that you will like to use their services. After a thorough research, you discover the truth for yourself. You may even find out that most of the things or rumours you heard about a particular excess baggage companies may turn out to be false. So, there is a need for you to carry out your own research.
As you are doing your research, one thing that you should bear in mind is that most airlines have different rules for international and domestic flights. So, you should do your research according to whether you are traveling internationally or domestically. The excess baggage charges will be different depending on whether you are shipping to Canada or organizing removals to France.
Another point to remember is that it is not all airlines that charge for checked-in cargo luggage. There are some that accept them for free depending on their weight. When you are going through the terms and conditions of the ticket you want to buy, if you have any doubts or a need for clarification, don't hesitate to ask question. It is better to clear your doubts earlier than to be caught unawares.
Overweight and oversize luggage
Bear in mind that there is a difference between overweight and oversize luggage. Some airlines charge for both oversize and overweight luggage. This means that if you have just one large bag and you over stuff it with items to the extent that the allowed weight per luggage is exceeded, you will be charged for that and also charged for having oversize luggage. So, two penalties applied in your total charge. In this case, it is better to use two small or medium size bags to pack your items so that you will not be charged for oversize luggage. If your load does not exceed the required weight, it means that you will not be paying any dime for the two bags. Don't buy bags that are heavy in themselves. The weight of your bag is also included in the total weight of your luggage. So, if your luggage weighs heavily, it will increase the total weight of your luggage.
Load your baggage with essential items only
Ensure that you put only the necessary items in your carry-on luggage or hand luggage. Some airlines charge oversize and heavy cabin luggage as such carry-ons are larger than the overhead lockers or space provided under the seat. Nowadays, airline attendants that file travellers unto the plane pay much attention to hand luggage. So, you should ensure that you have a light carry-on or that it does not exceed the maximum weight or size allowed. The only way to find out the rules that are applied to carry-on is to read the terms and conditions in your tickets.
Traveling light is indeed a veritable means of avoiding extra charges on your luggage. If you want to travel light, you have to take time to prepare your luggage whether checked-in luggage and carry-ons. As a rule of the thumb, you should only travel with items that you need or that you cannot do without. For example, if you are staying in a hotel that provides beddings and towels, it is of no use bring an extra towel or bedding. It will only add to your load. If it is an overnight stay travel, you will only need to travel with your pyjamas or night gown for the night. Travel with only light clothes and shoes to reduce the amount you will pay. It is of no use to travel with items that you can buy at affordable prices in your destination. It is better to buy them there.
When you have packed your items at home, weigh it before going to the airport. If it exceeds the limit, then you have to reduce your load until it is within the limit unless you want to pay excess baggage charges. The best means of achieving that is to travel only with the essential items. Check your items very well; there is always one that you must not travel with. Remove the items. You may not need any items that you don't use on daily basis in your home. Leave them at home. Think always of substitute or items that have dual functionality. For example, if you have a good mobile phone or iPad that captures image very well, you may decide to travel with it to take pictures and then leave your camera at home. The mobile phone can serve as a mobile phone and at the same time a camera, thus helping you to conserve space. The same thing is applicable to other things.
Learn how to pack your baggage
The way you pack your items also matters a lot. If you just put everything in without taking time to fold them, your bag will get filled up easily and you will require an extra suitcase and this may cause you to pay more money. For tips and advice on on packing excess baggage please check our How to pack for moving page.
Look for discount tickets
Some airlines may be giving discounts on their tickets. So, you have to look for discount or an airline that is doing one form of promo or the other. You may be lucky to get a one that will not take any charge for your luggage.
Be polite and friendly
The manner you behave when you are being checked by an airline attendant also determines the way he or she will treat you. If you are very humorous and jovial, the check-in period is the time to use your talent. You can politely and friendly charm your way through or win the emotion of the attendant. He or she may allow you to go in without charging you or you may be offered a extra luggage shipping discount.
Budget for extra fees
Sometimes, having extra baggage can become inevitable. Though, it is good to pack light and travel with only the required items, this does not mean that you should leave out the essential items at home. You have to pay a higher price for leaving out important items at home.
Therefore, when it has become so important that you should travel with a large luggage, then you have to do it. So, if you make budget for excess baggage, you will not be taken unawares.
With the above tips, you will be able to avoid paying for extra fees for your excess baggage.