In what appears to be a move contrary to the current trend of devaluations, “enhancements” and increased restrictions to passengers by commercial airlines in general, passengers flying on aircraft operated by Qatar Airways worldwide will enjoy increased baggage weight allowances per person — effective as of September 1, 2013.
The baggage weight allowance increases are as follows:
|Class of Service
||Current Baggage Weight Allowance
||Baggage Weight Allowance as of September 1, 2013
|Business||30 kilograms||40 kilograms|
|First||40 kilograms||50 kilograms|
The number of bags allowed per passenger remains the same, depending on the type of ticket purchased. The increased baggage weight allowance does not apply when traveling to destinations which are regulated by the per-piece allowance.
“Revising our standard baggage allowance comes at a time whereby the number of destinations we fly is increasing and our global reach is broadening,” said Akbar Al Baker, who is the chief executive officer of Qatar Airways. “The number of customers we see travelling for longer periods of time, whether for business or on holiday, reflects the necessity for increased baggage allowance no matter their destination.”
This is great news, right? Well — not so fast: if you plan to travel on Qatar Airways with excess baggage and you are not an elite member of Privilege Club, be prepared to pay more, as rates for excess baggage will increase as well as of September 1, 2013. Those new rates are not yet known at this time.
That policy is fine by me. I believe that is a fair compromise.
FlyerTalk members react — with some confusion — pertaining to the new increase in passenger baggage weight allowances…