We spoke to Coral Cranwell at flythomascook, our cheap airline tickets site, for some advice on how to avoid additional luggage charges, such as knowing the correct baggage allowance for your flight and pre-booking excess baggage:
- Passengers can pre-book excess baggage before travelling as long as they have not checked-in online. This can be done on the flythomascook.com website, outside of six hours before the flight departs. Also sport equipment should be booked as sport equipment before travel. Some passengers assume they can take as normal baggage but this is not the case.
- The same rules apply on your return. Excess baggage can be pre-booked outside of 6 hours before the flight departs if they have not already checked-in online. Passengers should also pre-book sports equipment – not take it on as normal baggage.
- When it comes to comparing the excess baggage fees to an upgrade with the airline then it’s useful to remember that Premium Cabin is only available on certain routes/aircrafts. If you’re only looking to upgrade because of the higher baggage allowance, pre-booking excess baggage on its own would be cheaper 99% of the time. There is the odd occasion where it might be around the same price – perhaps if a long haul aircraft is travelling on a medium haul route.
- Sometimes passengers assume that some sport equipment is lighter than the weight allowance we offer. For example: Golf Club allowance is 15kg – some passengers say this is not enough for the set of clubs they have so always weigh your sporting equipment before you leave the house and check online to see how much your allowance is.
- Avoid bringing heavyweight items with you. We see many travellers so concerned about what they’ll be eating abroad that they’ve packed items such as jars of Marmite and peanut butter, tins of sardines and not only tea bags – but kettles too!