I am flying on Air Asia from Singapore to Langkawi this coming Friday. I am only bringing one carry-on luggage with me.
My luggage is within the weight limit of 7Kg. However, as for the size, the limit is 56cmx36cmx23cm. My carry-on is a tad bit bigger than the size limit. The height is around 58cm while the other dimensions are within the limit.
Is Air Asia strict on the size limit? Anyone has any experience with travelling with Air Asia.
AirAsia rarely enforce strict size and weight restrictions from KL (out of over 20 flights, I have never had my bag measured or weighed at checkin, or at the gate).
I have also never had my bag measured, so 2cm is more than likely to go undetected.
Reminds me of wearing 10 sets of clothing at once at VTE airport, which was the only time they weighed my bag and realised it was 15kg instead of 7 ;-)
Last flight I had with Air Asia from KL they enforced weight very much - was over the limit just by 1kg, and they wanted to have me pay for it (hand luggage, it is) - of course I could take something off, wear it, than later stuff it back in, but they do enforce the weight on the very kilogramm.
Size, I never saw them checking. So you should be fine.
I have noticed that too, Air Asia let me fly even though my backpack was rather bulgy and somewhat over the limit... just try not to show it off too much around check in and you should be OK.
I've flown Kuala Lumpur Langkawi and Penang Kuala Lumpur and no problems on either one of those segments.... from Penang I even went stand-by as I got to the airport early, and was very pleasantly surprised with Air Asia.
How strict is Air Asia for carryon items on flights out of BKK and PNH?
Also, what are their charges for excess carryon baggage? Can Priority Pass members access their lounges before traveling on Air Asia flights out of BKK? or does Air Asia leave from a low-cost terminal?
Beware, in my last few flights with them in the past week, they have been cracking down on cabin bag sizes and weights, and don't budge at all - 7.1kg means something has to leave. They seem to be targetting the small suitcases more than backpacks.
I'm not quite sure after looking at their web site what the limits are on Air Asia for both 1. Carry ons and 2. Checked luggage....
Also, does a carry on include everything or does it exclude like a backpack or personal item? I assume one can take a backpack under 7.1 kg and then pay the "checked supersize" charge for a suitcase...and one is charge based on weight..
Can someone help me with this? I"ll be flying from BKK to Bali...
There are many ways to reduce weight in your carry-on if they weigh it at the counter. For example:
- Load heavier items like iPod, phone, camera into all your pockets
- Wear any clothing that you have in your carry-on
- If travelling with someone else, check in separately and have them look after a few of your heavy items eg. laptop and then swap when they check in
- In smaller airports I have even taken my laptop out of the bag, put it under a seat by the check-in desk and then checked in without it in my bag
- At a rural airport I also left some items hidden in the bushes outside!
- If you drive a car to the airport, leave your laptop/heavy items in the car and then go back to collect them afterwards
- If you have lounge access (for AirAsia this would be the small landside lounge at KUL LCCT) you can check into the lounge and leave your bag with the attendant for a few moments while checking in
- Charm the check-in person. If you know there's no other way to remove the weight you can admit you think it's too heavy before they weigh it and usually they'll be nicer about it
I have to agree with earlier posters that the airline is very strict with carry-on...Overhead bins are EMPTY, and there should be little concern for safety since many bags can and do fit underneath a seat. Bags can become heavy with books, paperwork, electronic equipment, and computers (although the airline is more lenient with the latter). Anyway, agents do have some leniency as to how many kilos over they charge you (they will often reduce it if you show a concerted effort to be nice and follow their requests), but you will still have to pay.
At least a dozen pax showed up at the gate with more than 7 kilos (very easy if you have a few books, camera, and laptop), and they were hilariously asked to unpack in front of everyone (where they stuffed items into their pockets and then put them back into carryons before boarding). As much as people grumble, 7kgs is too small of a carry-on restriction.
Air Asia's fares are low enough that this type of greedy upselling is tolerable, but budget travelers should beware.
What's ridiculous is that they seem fine with you putting heavy items in your pockets to reduce the weight! They must know youre simply going to move them back to the bag later.
FYI-Some airports allow laptops and electronic equipment to be removed before calculating weight and others do not.
While Air Asia is certainly the cheapest airline in terms of price (which is why so many people fly with them), I never once had a problem-free checkin experience with them on the past ten flights I flew with them this past month whether it was nonexistent checkin counters or agents who were meticulous to the last pound. I soon learned the ropes and they still found some way to create a snag!
I will find it hard to fly with them again unless I have the opportunity to leave carryon luggage behind at a hotel.