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Are they charging luggage fees on international flights now?

Are they charging luggage fees on international flights now?

Sep 25th, 2009, 12:05 PM
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Are they charging luggage fees on international flights now?

Are airlines charging luggage fees on international flights now? Seems like I remember they weren't when that trend started domestically.
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Sep 25th, 2009, 12:15 PM
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Just flew on Air France---no luggage fees.
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Sep 25th, 2009, 12:16 PM
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It depends on how much you have, kilos and numbers of bags. Check with your airline's website.
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Sep 25th, 2009, 12:16 PM
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I'm not aware of any of the major airlines charging for the first checked bag on international flights, but be sure to check on the specific airline you have booked or are considering booking. Some allow 2 bags still, some only allow 1 bag.

I know American, British Airlines and Air France do not charge for the first checked bag from the US to Europe at this time.
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Sep 25th, 2009, 12:16 PM
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It sort of depends on what kind of ticket you bought (business class, full-fare coach, discounted coach) and when you bought it. Generally the answer is no, for the first 1 or 2 bags, if they weigh less than 50 lbs each. You should check the website of your airline for the exact details.
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Sep 25th, 2009, 12:22 PM
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You mean a fee even for your first bag? I don't think they'd ever do that internationally, but it really is just a comparison of the bottom line of your ticket with any such fees. But I jut flew Air France and they allow you two bags checked free, not just one. They have weight limits, though, 23 kg (or about 50 pounds) each or they charge a fee if its too heavy, even the first bag.
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Sep 25th, 2009, 12:27 PM
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Since the number of items worth bringing from the US to Europe have been reduced dramatically due to economic problems, let them charge the fee!

It was nice as long as it lasted, however one "free" bag would still be nice.
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Sep 25th, 2009, 01:30 PM
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It depends on teh airline - the US airlines are charging for a second bag, NWA/Delta charge a whopping $60 for a second checked bag. Some European ones are doing this too, (Aer Lingus for instance) some are not yet. Air France/KLM don't charge for two bags.
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Sep 25th, 2009, 03:18 PM
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Great. I'm on Air France.
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Sep 25th, 2009, 03:25 PM
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Just came back from Prague on Delta. First bag was free, second bag $50, but I needed the extra bag for things I bought, so I just added it as another expense to a great trip!
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Sep 25th, 2009, 03:34 PM
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For any plane travel it is a good idea to check what that specific airline will allow as each can be different. In agreement with above comments, it also depends on the type of 'seat' that you purchased as to how many bags and their weight restrictions and don't forget they restrict the size and quantity of your carry-on luggage.. Also check if the airline substitutes at all with another carrier, i.e. AirTransit and ThomasCook as one carrier might be slightly different from the other (happened to us). Also ensure that you have confirmation of your seat numbers if you have done a prebook, especially if you have paid a fee for wider seats or specific seats. When they change carriers on you, they do not transfer this information and it is very annoying to fight with them at the desk.
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Sep 25th, 2009, 06:19 PM
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But sometimes even when your bag is overweight, the person handling it still does not charge when they could. Sometimes if the person is particuarly busy or something, they just put the overweight tag on it but move on and don't bother you for the fee. It alway pays to be nice (but not patronizing) to the desk person.
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Sep 25th, 2009, 06:33 PM
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I think if you bought the Delta ticket (to Europe) before May 23, the second bag is still free; I'm planning on not paying next month b/c I bought earlier in May.
And the fee will be $50 according to the website; that is pretty high, IMO.
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Sep 25th, 2009, 06:43 PM
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Continental recently started charging $50 if you check a second bag.
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Sep 25th, 2009, 07:02 PM
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"especially if you have paid a fee for wider seats or specific seats."

I didn't realize it was possible to do that. My trip to Rome in May 2010 will be my first trip overseas. Do most/all airlines with transatlantic routes offer this service? Being a bigger guy (football player build), I'm very interested in finding a wider seat, if possible. Can I do this without upgrading to the next class? I haven't booked yet, but so far it looks like it'll be SwissAir.

Does anyone know where on the plane, wider seats might be located - the middle row? near the exit door? Thanks, Greg
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