extra baggage Sydney to India

Old Feb 23, 19, 6:39 pm
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extra baggage Sydney to India

How do I get more than 35 kg (=77 lb) while flying from Sydney (Australia) to Ahmedabad (AMD), India? Not worried about luggage limit in the return trip.

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I live in USA, will be visiting India via Sydney in July 2019. Two separate tickets: USA-SYD-USA and SYD-AMD-SYD. I have silver status on United, which allows 2 bags of 70 lb each (about 32 kg), so total 140 lb, which I plan on using due to need to bring with me some personal items that are irreplaceable.

The logical options would be buying SYD-AMD-SYD ticket on Air India, Qantas, Singapore Air, and/or Jet Airways. I did not realize that these 4 airlines (and others) follow "weight concept" instead of "piece concept' they have for flights connecting to USA. That means only *30 kg total* (as opposed to 32 kg x 2 = 64 kg allowed for India-USA or USA-Australia flights). Business class bumps it up to 40 kg (=88 lb) total.

https://www.qantas.com/us/en/travel-...tional-flights


I am willing to pay extra for the extra baggage, but paying$700 extra for extra 1 bag of 70 lb is ridiculous. Ditto prices for Singapore Air, Air India etc. too, even after pre-purchase discount for buying it online as opposed to on the airport.


Wondering what could be my options - send extra baggage from Sydney to Ahmedabad through a courier service? Is there any airline that would allow me 2 bags for 70 lb each with extra US$200 or so?

Thanks!

Baggage Allowance Concepts:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baggag...ndard_concepts
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Old Feb 23, 19, 7:23 pm
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Originally Posted by nachiketajoshi View Post
I live in USA, will be visiting India via Sydney in July 2019. Two separate tickets: USA-SYD-USA and SYD-AMD-SYD. I have silver status on United, which allows 2 bags of 70 lb each (about 32 kg), so total 140 lb, which I plan on using due to need to bring with me some personal items that are irreplaceable.

The logical options would be buying SYD-AMD-SYD ticket on Air India, Qantas, Singapore Air, and/or Jet Airways. I did not realize that these 4 airlines (and others) follow "weight concept" instead of "piece concept' they have for flights connecting to USA. That means only *30 kg total* (as opposed to 32 kg x 2 = 64 kg allowed for India-USA or USA-Australia flights). Business class bumps it up to 40 kg (=88 lb) total.

https://www.qantas.com/us/en/travel-...tional-flights

I am willing to pay extra for the extra baggage, but paying$700 extra for extra 1 bag of 70 lb is ridiculous. Ditto prices for Singapore Air, Air India etc. too, even after pre-purchase discount for buying it online as opposed to on the airport.

Wondering what could be my options - send extra baggage from Sydney to Ahmedabad through a courier service? Is there any airline that would allow me 2 bags for 70 lb each with extra US$200 or so? [/url]
Do you really need that much luggage?
Is USA-SYD-USA and SYD-AMD-SYD the best way/best price?
USA-SYD-USA & USA-AMD-USA is another option. With airfares distance & cost are only loosely related.
Or get USA-SYD-AMD-xxx-USA as 1 ticket. Visit a real live walking breathing travel agent. Not an OTA.

Keep looking at other airlines:- EK, EY QR, Chinese airlines or ??
Look at which airlines serve both cities
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Airport
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sardar...tional_Airport
http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=LAX-SYD...D&MS=wls&DU=mi

Note Australia is very strict on importing food items.
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Old Feb 23, 19, 9:21 pm
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Just ship the stuff. Insured.
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Old Feb 24, 19, 12:20 am
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on a separate ticket i don't think you have any good options....even a courier service would charge by weight & would not be cheap....
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Old Feb 24, 19, 7:59 am
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Do you really need that much luggage?

Normally, no. This time - yes (long story).

Is USA-SYD-USA and SYD-AMD-SYD the best way/best price?

USA-SYD-USA is already a done deal a few weeks back as visiting friends there is long due. Best price was not the only criterion. Incidentally, two separate tickets still add up to lower than a single USA-AMD-USA ticket as of now.

USA-SYD-USA & USA-AMD-USA is another option. With airfares distance & cost are only loosely related.
Or get USA-SYD-AMD-xxx-USA as 1 ticket. Visit a real live walking breathing travel agent. Not an OTA.

Keep looking at other airlines:- EK, EY QR, Chinese airlines or ??
Look at which airlines serve both cities
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Airport
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sardar...tional_Airport
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Note Australia is very strict on importing food items.
Do you really need that much luggage?

Normally, no. This time - yes (long story).

Is USA-SYD-USA and SYD-AMD-SYD the best way/best price?

USA-SYD-USA is already a done deal a few weeks back as visiting friends there is long due. Best price was not the only criterion. Incidentally, two separate tickets still add up to lower than a single USA-AMD-USA ticket as of now.

Thanks or all your advice! Will probably bring only 30 kg for the entire trip as a viable solution. I guess I was thrown off by the huge disparity in allowed luggage by the same airline for two different international routes...
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Old Feb 24, 19, 8:01 am
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Originally Posted by Exec_Plat View Post
Just ship the stuff. Insured.
Yes, that or just travel with only 30 kg, and bring the heirloom stuff back in the next trip. Will explore both options.

Originally Posted by Keyser View Post
on a separate ticket i don't think you have any good options....even a courier service would charge by weight & would not be cheap....
As I mentioned in earlier response, I did not know there could be such disparity in allowed luggage by the same airline. I thought there has to be some reasonable solution. Oh well! Thanks for your advice!

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Old Feb 25, 19, 1:44 am
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FF status does allow extra, for example I get 50kg allowance on QF not 30kg. You don't show any status on your profile, so that benefit is out. You can buy a lounge membership from QF which does give extra 12kg baggage allowance and may cost less than the 12kg excess baggage charge. In general unaccompanied baggage shipping to India is both expensive and takes a long time to clear customs plus some chance of being charged thousands of dollars in duty to release your shipment. Cheaper to pay for accompanied baggage, or just buy what you need upon arrival.
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