Luggage et al
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If you go Business Class to a country and have to take a small plane while in that country, you are subject to that airline's rules which might not be 70 lbs.Good info Sheila, but one small clarification.
Travelers are exempt from the luggage guidelines for a foreign airline's limits if it's part of a connecting flight. IOW, if you fly from the US to Europe and have to change planes in Europe to a foreign carrier, you are not bound by that 2nd airline's guidelines. Of course, if you book it as a separate flight within Europe, then you do.
We have the most problems when we travel on a land tour. We got to Hong Kong in 2004 after traveling Business Class where we were allowed 70 lbs., but when we had to take some smaller airplanes to get to Hanoi, Cambodia and Thailand, we had weight restrictions. So we have been traveling with smaller bags (26 inch) and not taking as much clothes as we did in the past. Yes, checking with the airline you are taking is really important.
Another tip which is important is NOT to have your home address on your luggage tags. We give the office address so that a thief won't know your home is empty.
luggage tags. But with computers could probably google our names and State or nearby hometown. And we have good neighbors and an everyday kitty sitter.
I emailed Tauck Tours, who books about 80 people a week on that flight and forwarded a copy to Air New Zealand, suggesting that Tauck switch the flight to Quantas, who has one leaving at a similar time. I was shocked that I never received a reply from Tauck, but got one from Air New Zealand saying that they were refunding the penalty they charged us.
We have taken over 11 Tauck Tours and are booked on two more for 2007. If you left with Tauck's group from Christchurch to Auckland, you should have been weighed in with the "group weighin". We found out that some people have less weight and some have more, so it usually evens out and they look the other way for Tauck. Glad you got your money back from the Airlines, but I would write a letter to Robin Tauck. She always answers!! Don't leave it to the person who reads the emails.
Normally, the maximum baggage allowance is as follows:
Checked Baggage: 2 pieces per passenger. Each piece must weigh less than 50lbs., and the total dimensions (length, width and depth) be less than 62".
Carry On Baggage: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) allows passengers to carry onboard their flight one small piece of luggage plus one small personal item, such as a purse, briefcase, laptop or small daypack. This program is called "one plus one."
Usually, the "small" piece of luggage must have total dimensions (length, width and depth) of less than 50", and weigh 25lbs or less.
Remember, too, that this is on a "space available" basis, and you might have to check your carry-on if no space is available (due to space being used up or type of aircraft)
1. First Class passengers often have an increased weight limit of 70lbs versus 50lbs.
2. Elite members of the airline Frequent Flyer Program (or its alliances)often have either an increased weight limit of 70lbs or may check a third 50lb bag.
3. Some routes (e.g. US-Japan) may have increased limits (70lb vs 50lb)
4. Carry-on limitations tend to be more restrictive in Europe.
5. Internal flights in foreign countries might have more restricitve limits. This is particularly true when those flights are not part of an outbound or inbound (to the US) leg.
Bottom-line - You should be safe with (2) 50lb bags and a carry-on. However, check with your specific carrier for your specific flights, given your specific status and your specific destination.
I think you have covered it all very well!! Irwin says I can't go if I can't fit it into one 50 lb. bag.
Regards to your wife,
Just thought I'd outline the whole baggage deal once and for all!!
BTW. does Irwin need the other three suitcases for himself?
Kathy says Hi!!