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£1,000 to check in baggage?!

by LaurettaCWright

Baggage fees, charges to pick your seat, paying to get on or off the plane first…these pocket picking tactics are now commonplace with low-cost airlines. 

However, it’s not just budget airlines that are making a killing from fees according to Send My Bag, with many long-haul flight operators now raking in the cash at the expense of passengers who need to check a second bag.

Unless you are forking out for business or first-class tickets, you will typically receive an allowance of one checked bag weighing between 20kg and 23kg with most airlines.

But, if you are going on a long-haul flight, chances are you might be staying for longer or relocating and therefore need more clothes. And in these cases, one bag just isn’t enough.

Your options

You can purchase a second bag to help transport your belongings. But, the cost of that second bag can be alarmingly high. As the table below shows, the cost of pre-booking a second checked bag can run to over £1,000!

Emirates and Cathay Pacific top the list of the five highest second-bag charges. If booking a flight on their most basic fare, you could pay up to £1,193 and £1,058, respectively, in order to pre-book a second 23kg bag.

Qatar Airways and Qantas do little better, charging £966 and £810 for an additional 23kg, while Etihad ‘only’ charges £92 for an extra 23kg.




Fee for a second 23kg bag

1. Emirates

A number of routes including;

London – Melbourne

£1,193 for 25 kg (baggage only available in certain increments)
2. Cathay Pacific  

A number of routes including;

London – Dubai


£1,058 for 23 kg (£46* per additional kg)
3. Qatar Airways  

A number of routes including;

London – Tokyo


£966 for 23 kg (£42** per additional kg)
4. Qantas  

A number of routes including;

London – Melbourne


£810 for 25 kg (£162*** per additional 5 kg)



Jane Willis 17th August 2017 - 5:54 am

A couple of years ago when I needed to book a flight to Europe from the UK and knew that I would need to take two bags of hold luggage, I found it was considerably cheaper to travel business class where I was entitled to two hold bags than to pay for an extra bag in economy class. Crazy!

LaurettaCWright 17th August 2017 - 6:46 am

Crikey! That is crazy! They don’t make it easy do they?!


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