Getting Past the 3 Bag Limit

Old Oct 9, 19, 4:35 am
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Getting Past the 3 Bag Limit

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I am in the process of planning my flight to SYD (from LHR) in January (on UA obviously) and went to the UA baggage calculator to see how many bags I can safely check in. Per the baggage calculator the max I can check in as a Premier Gold is 3 bags @ 32 kg each. However, that might not be sufficient for my needs (I'm moving there).

This limit does not increase even if I'm flying in Polaris J:



My question is whether there is any way to get around the limit, or if the baggage calculator is simply wrong here (seems light given the itinerary)?

N.B. no, I don't plan on joining the Canadian Forces to get the coveted 5 bag limit

Safe Travels,

James
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Old Oct 9, 19, 4:40 am
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Old Oct 9, 19, 4:47 am
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If you were willing to fly in Polaris, why not just pay the $200?
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Old Oct 9, 19, 5:04 am
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for $25 you can take a 50lb tuba case, with a tuba in it of course
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Old Oct 9, 19, 5:13 am
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Originally Posted by Jimmie Jet View Post
for $25 you can take a 50lb tuba case, with a tuba in it of course
I don't exactly follow what you're saying. Are you saying that I can check in a "musical instrument" at a discounted rate of $25 for the fourth and subsequent bands (I've got a band you know? )

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Old Oct 9, 19, 5:22 am
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You could stop people close to the UA check-in counters and ask them if they'd be willing to check in your extra bags and give them back to you after they pass through SYD security.




(No, not really. That was a joke. That bag limit has been like that for quite some time, and is pretty generous really.. That's 210 lbs of luggage, and sufficient for most folks' travel needs.)
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Old Oct 9, 19, 5:28 am
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Joking aside, if UA can't do more than 3 checked bags for their Premier Golds, are there other *A airlines that fly to SYD who provide a fair baggage allowance to such destinations? Again, I do find it bizarre to say the least that flying Polaris J as a Premier Gold to SYD from LHR, my limit is still 3 bags. Meanwhile a kettle flying steerage to SYD can check 2 bags in no qualms.

The other option I was thinking of was investing in slightly larger baggage and maxing out all 3 bags at the 32 kg limit (although some of the stuff I'm shipping are more fragile like monitors and desktop).

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Old Oct 9, 19, 5:44 am
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Originally Posted by j2simpso View Post
...are there other *A airlines that fly to SYD who provide a fair baggage allowance to such destinations?
I'm still perplexed: what do you consider a "fair" allowance?
It appears this may be only an issue because of it being a move to Australia, as opposed to a visit there.
United, compared to many other airlines, is actually quite generous with their allowance.
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3 x 32 kg is very generous. You could always pay for more.
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Old Oct 9, 19, 5:50 am
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Is the question can you take more than 3 bags, or can you take more than 3 bags for free?

If the latter, as Miles Ahead suggested, just pay the extra bag fee of whatever it is these days?

Mrs Limey isn't known to travel light and if i remember correctly would check 4 bags on trips to South America, in economy, with 3 free and 1 paid as a UA *G.

I don't think they changed the rules so that it is only possible to check 3 bags in total.. but there may be capacity constraints on some routes at some times such that extra baggage is not permitted, but I'm sure someone will correct me if I am wrong. :-)
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Get a friend to go with you, fly Economy. 3 free bags for everyone.
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Old Oct 9, 19, 6:15 am
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OP is using a false premise. There is no three bag limit.

As a GS in Polaris (J), he is entitled to three bags at 32 kg. each included in the price of his ticket. He may also check additional bags at $200 (for 23 kg) and $400 (for 32 kg).

UA's allowance is significantly above most other carriers, although OP is free to tinker around with other routings to see if he can do better.

OP should also remember that he will need high-quality insurance. His maximum coverage for however many bags he has is US$1,650 in fair market value.

Other considerations here include freighting the less important items and letting them take their time to arrive. Much, much cheaper and less of a hassle to organize at both ends.
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Old Oct 9, 19, 6:22 am
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Originally Posted by Often1 View Post
OP is using a false premise. There is no three bag limit.
Some posting to this thread were presuming [maybe erroneously] that OP was referring to FREE 3 bag @70lbs/ea limit.
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Old Oct 9, 19, 6:31 am
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Originally Posted by narvik View Post
Some posting to this thread were presuming [maybe erroneously] that OP was referring to FREE 3 bag @70lbs/ea limit.
I certainly did not presume that based on a willingness to fly paid J and use checked luggage as a means of moving one's household. In any event, bags are not "free" they are merely included.
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check out air freight, and ship it with your flight.
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