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Short answer: No, you will not get such a discount. Longer answer: For any significantly-sized airliner, the commodity they have to sell you is floor space in the cabin, not weight. If you're occupying one seat of the same size, you're costing the airline almost exactly the same as someone who weighs twice what you do. Let's consider some numbers: ...


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I'd call the airline directly to ensure that you're interpreting their terms correctly and whether they require any additional information or preparation. And be prepared for a very, very thorough customs inspection. The value of your luggage will obviously be above the monetary limit for customes-free imports, and the amount will suggest commercial ...


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Samoa Air does, but the demographics make the reason for that obvious. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10127347/Samoa-Air-introduces-XL-class-for-larger-passengers.html Also an individual passenger's weight is not that important until we are on very small planes.


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Books are heavier, period. Your typical cheap-ass perfect-bound B&W 300-page airport paperback detective/romance novel weighs around 441 grams. A nice hardback or a big chunky guidebook will be more: Lonely Planet India is over 1 kg, and a 500-page ream of A4 printing paper is well over 2 kg! A T-shirt occupies roughly the same volume as that ...


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Absolutely. Just on Monday there I arrived at London Gatwick in heavy rain. Took them 50 mins to offload plane and load bag onto carousel (strangely mine was the first on the carousel). Bag was soaked through, top compartment (containing best suit I was due to wear to job interview), was soaked through (was in suit carrier, inside bag zipped compartment). ...


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A big reason airlines want to keep baggage weight down isn't because the weight of the baggage (or passengers) directly increases fuel consumption (or other direct costs) but because baggage carriers have to move those bags. If everybody has bags that are unwieldy from weight or size then it will take a lot longer for the throwers to move the bags to/from ...


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They will get wet, twice. Luggage are almost always transported in small chains of relatively flat carts pulled by a motor vehicle. Then, a conveyor belt loads them into the plane as works move each piece from the carts to the belt. As some comments say, the carts sometimes are covered, which I have seen but it was not complete coverage, so water will still ...


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I checked the NS site and the rules are easy to find, in Dutch. The best I can find in English is this, a link to a PDF file in which I can not find the needed information. Zorg dat uw bagage andere reizigers niet hindert. Plaats bagage in de daarvoor bestemde rekken of onder uw stoel. In de Intercity direct kunt u kosteloos 3 stuks handbagage ...


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Get a big coat, with lots of pockets. No-one on a regular airline is going to give you a discount for being slim. You still occupy a whole seat, don't you? If you are so overweight that you need two seats, that's another story. They'll rightly charge you double. A while ago Ryanair charged triple for people who need two seats due to obesity or other reasons ...


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I often buy multiple books on trips and carry them home. For the outward bound trip, the suitcase is 10-15 lbs (4.5–7 kg) or more below the maximum weight limit. That way I know I have some room for souvenirs and books. I've also taken older clothes that I'm willing to toss out at the end of a trip. If I think there's a chance that a bag is overweight, I ...


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Sections 5.4 and 5.5 of NS's General Terms & Conditions for Travellers ("Algemene Voorwaarden Reizigers" - Dutch document) contains the rules for transporting bikes and luggage. This is what they say: Folding Bikes (and rollators, mobility scooters and wheelchairs) Count as 'luggage' and are always allowed on the train for free, regardless of travel ...


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To Peak or Not to Peak? Having done it a bunch of times, I would never advise taking the RER B from the city centre with that much luggage. Especially if you are leaving during peak hours, times at which the RER becomes as packed as the Japanese metro. There's usually no space for people, let alone heavy luggage that's hard to move around. I would therefore ...


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I'm not sure there's a good solution here, it'll depend if you want to maximize time or minimize money. Heathrow is off in the wrong direction, leaving the bags there is going to burn between 90 minutes and a few hours collecting them so I doubt it's worth it. Honestly, I'd consider a cheap hotel/B&B in the Euston or Paddington area. You could even ...


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From experience, if it doesn't fit WITHIN their measuring boxes, they won't allow it. This means that if it doesn't fit with/depth, or if it sticks out the top (as you're saying with the laptop), they'll deem it too large. If your case is soft and can be folded up, I'd suggest considering having the case in your pocket, so that the laptop still fits in the ...


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They aren't charging you for your weight, they are charging you for the seat you are taking up. It doesn't matter if you weight 120kg, 70kg or 30kg, you are still going to take up one seat. So, except on rare occasion (like Somoa Air), they will never give you a discount for weighing less.


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The train part of this question hinges on the question whether a bicycle packed in a box should be considered as a bicycle or as large luggage. You can argue a lot about this (https://forum.ns.nl/overige-producten-6/meenemen-fiets-doos-de-spits-vanaf-schiphol-8640), but I think it will depend on the opinion of the conductor you meet on the day. If it's ...


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Yes, you need to collect and re-check. I've done this many times at Auckland. The reason is immigration and customs is only at the Auckland international terminal. NZ has strict controls on luggage - and will xray and scan them for food, wood, and many other restricted items. You need to be with your luggage when this happens. If they checked it through ...


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Sure the risk is increased (doubled, perhaps, but I imagine some connections are worse than others). Probably less risk if all your flights are with the same airline. If there's a large variation in connection risk then two may be almost the same as one, statistically. The right decision depends on a bunch of factors. If (say) your first stop is in city X ...


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This is obviously too late for the OP, but it may be useful to others: On Acela, there is room in the café car for a double bass to stand upright since the Acela café car has no overhead storage and compact, bar-stool-style seating. You'll have to board early if you want one of those bar stools, though, since there are only 7 available; otherwise you may ...


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The bottom line, the airline has rules AND the airline can enforce those rules. So the question really is, do you want to risk having to pay over-sized bag fees? Just because Joe B and Mary S got away with it, doesn't mean you will get lucky. Because of my work I travel with bags that surpass the limit by a little bit. On my favorite airline I get away ...


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Your luggage will be checked in all the way. You don't need to collect it as you will be in transit, and your luggage will be in a secured area. You will (of course) have to carry your carry-on luggage with you to the next plane.


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Partial answer: I would store your luggage in central London, if you store it at the airport you'll spend a large proportion of your day going back and forth to Heathrow. There is a left luggage storage company at Euston, though it's expensive at £10 per item.


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The answer given by reirab is a very good one. I'd like to add the aircraft operations perspective. For airlines, having passengers pay based on their weight is non-trivial to implement. Before a flight, the airline must determine the total weight of the aircraft. This includes the weight of all people on board. The aircraft may be full of very skinny ...


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ANA and United are partner airlines in the Star Alliance. You should be able to check your baggage all the way through from Taipei to Houston. If you have one booking/ticket they will do it automatically. If you have two separate bookings, then you will need to show your second ticket so they can enter the necessary baggage tracking details. If by some ...


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Here's your checklist for this task: Via Ship Estimated Cost of lcl load if sent via ship container - For cost comparison Timelines and terms of pick up - From Door to Door or port to port transport Figure out if the cost & longer time is worth when compared to the Air option Via Air Things to check with.. Consulate / Immigration & Legal ...


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Indeed, there is a risk and it does double. The shorter the connection, the more risk the bag has to miss the connection. I've had this happen and they sent the bag on the next flight which can be a hassle if you are not close to the airport at your destination, although twice they courried the bag so that I did not have to return to the airport. It depends ...


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The limit for the large cabin baggage is 10 kg: Visit site for further details.


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I don't think it's going to be a problem. I've flown with norwegian a few times (short flights within Europe though) and most of the time I have 2 pieces of carry on luggage. Normally they make an announcement at the gate stating that the flight is quite full and that anyone with large carry on or an extra bag should contatc them so they can check it in. ...


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Check out https://www.between9and5.com/en/c1591803/day_rooms_London/ A day room accommodates bags and showers in one swipe, you get to pick the location (to some extent), the kids can take a nap and its pretty convenient. It may be a little more expensive than a locker + public-shower option but probably not by much and the convenience should be ...


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Since you are already in a cab when getting to Gare du Nord, the easiest way would be to have the cab drop you at the airport. The only exception to this would be if the train drops you in a favorable location within the airport so that you don't have to travel much with your luggage.



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