Nothing quite dampens the excitement of jetting off on holiday like arriving at the airport and having to cough up excess baggage fees at the check-in desk. It’s a frustrating experience like no other, as if travelling isn’t stressful enough in and of itself. However, the good news is that as long as you take a few extra precautions before setting off on your trip, you can easily avoid those pesky excess charges, which can substantially increase the overall cost of your holiday. In this post, we’re talking through how to do it.

1. Read your airline’s baggage policy thoroughly.

It really goes without saying, but if you want to avoid paying out for excess baggage at all costs, it is imperative that you read your airline’s baggage policy thoroughly. Each and every airline has a different policy, so don’t make the mistake of assuming all are the same if you’re booking with an airline for the first time. Your baggage allowance is typically determined by a number of factors, including your flight destination and class of service. That said, most commercial airlines charge excess weight per kilo at the airport.

2. Pack smarter.

Sometimes, packing light just isn’t an option. You might be off on a two week holiday, or you might even be travelling for an extended period of time. If that’s the case, it’s only natural to want to bring as many pieces of clothing and personal belongings with you as possible. What you can do, however, is pack smarter. Invest in a lightweight suitcase, which can help you to spare a few extra kilos for your luggage, instead of the heavy frame of your suitcase. Wear your bulkier clothing when travelling to make room for the essentials. And of course, don’t forget to consider what might be better to buy when you actually arrive, instead of wasting precious kilos to carry it with you on your flight.

3. Pay for additional baggage weight online.

Due to the fact that the majority of commercial airlines charge any excess baggage per kilo at the airport, it therefore doesn’t take much for costs to quickly mount up, especially when these charges average at around £10-£12 per kilo. If you’re concerned that your baggage might exceed the allowed limit, pay for additional luggage weight online in advance of your trip. Sure, it’s an extra cost, but it’s always much cheaper to pay for it online than at the airport. This will help you to sail through check-in and avoid the stress.

4. Ship your luggage with My Baggage.

My Baggage provides an affordable, welcomed alternative to transporting luggage to your overseas destination. You won’t have to worry about carrying it with you on your flight, therefore no unexpected excess baggage charges. Whether you’re travelling for leisure, for work, or otherwise, you can effortlessly ship your luggage ahead and it can meet you upon arrival at your accommodation. Not only will our service help you to save your pennies, but it will also allow you to travel without luggage weighing you down.

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