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hydro
11-07-2011, 09:16 PM
Allow me to say one thing…. You are flying a very long distance, on a rather expensive trip (even if you plan to stay “economy”). The worst thing that can happen if you miscalculate your luggage situation are few payments amounting to no more than 200 USD, maybe 300 USD.

At the same time, sounds like you’ve spent many hours on the telephone to figure out how to hypothetically avoid paying extra few hundred dollars. Why not use the time you spent researching the luggage fee to perhaps work over-time or extra time/day and make maybe 2x or 3x more money than the amount you’d save in extra luggage fees?

Consider the time it will take you to figure out how to “save money”, compare it to how you can use it to work more or do something to “make money”. In some cases the 2nd choice gives you more returns and not just in actual dollar amount.

Even if Vash did work overtime, why should she give her hard-earned money to the Airlines over something so trivial and useless?

Maybe she wants to spend the day at the spa or have a wonderful meal with friends or sip lattes all day long at an Internet cafe with that hard-earned money instead of just handing it over to some airline with bad customer service.

Your suggestion is ridiculous.

Vash01
11-07-2011, 09:22 PM
LH
http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Lufthansa/baggage.php

Continental
http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Continental_Airlines/baggage.php

United
http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/United_Airlines/baggage.php

This has carry on info and more.

If you have any questions after you read all the details, let me know. I’ll check this email later on this evening.

Allow me to say one thing…. You are flying a very long distance, on a rather expensive trip (even if you plan to stay “economy”). The worst thing that can happen if you miscalculate your luggage situation are few payments amounting to no more than 200 USD, maybe 300 USD.

At the same time, sounds like you’ve spent many hours on the telephone to figure out how to hypothetically avoid paying extra few hundred dollars. Why not use the time you spent researching the luggage fee to perhaps work over-time or extra time/day and make maybe 2x or 3x more money than the amount you’d save in extra luggage fees?

Consider the time it will take you to figure out how to “save money”, compare it to how you can use it to work more or do something to “make money”. In some cases the 2nd choice gives you more returns and not just in actual dollar amount.

You are kidding, right? I work for a salary. I don't get paid by the hour- there is no OT pay. I would get paid the same whether I work 40 hours or 400 hours in a week. I don't believe in wasting money either. At least I try to manage my money well. If an airline is going to charge me around $15 for every extra kg, that could add up to a lot....$200-$300 is a lot of money to me. May be it's pocket change for you.

As I mentioned in my OP, I had already spent time on their websites, AND did not find the information for my specific situation. I have spent time on the phone, but I was multitasking. I was working on my computer while I was kept on hold (at one time it was a 50 minute wait time!- that's United airlines; the European airlines were relatively easy to reach, and I already know their baggage allowances. Perhaps you should read my post again. The doubt is really about the point of origination, which means Continental and United.

I like to anticipate problems and have solutions ready, just in case. That's why asked those who had experience with similar situations & these airlines. May be if I had disposable income, I would not do that, but it is what it is.

Erin
11-07-2011, 10:15 PM
Has anyone's carry-on ever been weighed?

I've seen Delta weigh other passengers' bags, although the only place I've ever seen them doing it is at the check-in counter. Anyone who would have checked in on-line could have gotten away with it though.

Fridge_Break
11-07-2011, 10:16 PM
Vash,

I work at a travel agency and was just able to use my special :sekret: Magical Travel Agent Sekret Phone Numbers :sekret: and Continental said the carry-on limit is 40lbs for both US domestic and international flights.

I was going to look into this earlier when I posted, but ended up getting a bit swamped.

marbri
11-07-2011, 10:22 PM
http://thetravelinsider.info/travelaccessories/internationalcarryonluggageallowances.htm

See if that helps you.

What I would tell you is if you go outside the guidelines just be prepared to pay extra and if you get away with it just consider yourself lucky. You have no way of knowing at this stage how full your flights are, how much luggage will be checked, all the things that determine how strict or lax they will be about baggage.

Personally I find 40lbs VERY generous for carryon. If the flights I took allowed everyone to bring that much carry-on they would run out of room for all the passengers carry-on. That's more a first class/business class allowance on the flights I take.

Vash01
11-07-2011, 11:14 PM
http://thetravelinsider.info/travelaccessories/internationalcarryonluggageallowances.htm

See if that helps you.

What I would tell you is if you go outside the guidelines just be prepared to pay extra and if you get away with it just consider yourself lucky. You have no way of knowing at this stage how full your flights are, how much luggage will be checked, all the things that determine how strict or lax they will be about baggage.

Personally I find 40lbs VERY generous for carryon. If the flights I took allowed everyone to bring that much carry-on they would run out of room for all the passengers carry-on. That's more a first class/business class allowance on the flights I take.

Nice info! I like the table. However, I am going to ask Lufthansa (just to be sure) if they would apply the rules of the originating flight (Continental/United) or their own, on my flight from here. According to the website, it would apply the Continental rules.

The size restrictions seem pretty uniform throughout, but the weight seems to vary a lot. I never pack 40 lbs in a carry on. If I can't lift it, I don't pack it. That's my self imposed rule. I can lift 20 lbs, and I hope to get away with it. On the way back though I am going to stay just below 18 lbs. I am also planning on wearing a sweater and a jacket, and carry the camera in my purse. They have not yet thought of weighing womens purses.......I should not put ideas in their heads.:lol:

HisWeirness
11-08-2011, 01:03 AM
I recently flew on Lufthansa domestically within Germany and my carryon was not weighed. I did not observe any weighing of carry-ons. German colleagues of my husband also told him that they have never had their carry-ons weighed by Lufthansa. Hope this helps.

BittyBug
11-08-2011, 02:20 AM
I have always been under the impression that the applicable rules are those of the actual carrier, not the airline that sold you the ticket. In this case, Continental and United have merged, so one would hope that they have standardized their policies by now, but if the flight is operated by United, then I'm pretty sure it's United's rules that apply, not Continental's.

Anita18
11-08-2011, 02:29 AM
You are kidding, right? I work for a salary. I don't get paid by the hour- there is no OT pay. I would get paid the same whether I work 40 hours or 400 hours in a week. I don't believe in wasting money either. At least I try to manage my money well. If an airline is going to charge me around $15 for every extra kg, that could add up to a lot....$200-$300 is a lot of money to me. May be it's pocket change for you.

As I mentioned in my OP, I had already spent time on their websites, AND did not find the information for my specific situation. I have spent time on the phone, but I was multitasking. I was working on my computer while I was kept on hold (at one time it was a 50 minute wait time!- that's United airlines; the European airlines were relatively easy to reach, and I already know their baggage allowances. Perhaps you should read my post again. The doubt is really about the point of origination, which means Continental and United.

I like to anticipate problems and have solutions ready, just in case. That's why asked those who had experience with similar situations & these airlines. May be if I had disposable income, I would not do that, but it is what it is.
If it was $15 total, that would be research overkill, but $200-$300 is a lot of money just to move some suitcases around! :lol:

And it really shouldn't be that much work to find information. It should be on the airlines to make such information easier to find. :P [/aspiring graphic designer]

Otherwise I got nothing else useful, other than the amusing anecdote about my aunt always going over her luggage limit. Always. Never fails. :lol: Luckily she has money to burn so the extra $50 charge here and there isn't a huge burden...

Really
11-08-2011, 03:42 AM
I just flew from Edmonton to Orlando the other day, and I couldn't believe the size of the bags people bring into the cabin. The flight from Chicago to Orlando was full (they asked for volunteers to take a later flight in return for travel vouchers) and they were also asking for volunteers to check their carryon -- free of charge. I had my backpack and purse, and both fit under the seat in front of me, along with my pant-length wool winter coat. Yeah, I paid the $30 or whatever it was United charges for checked luggage, but neither the checked nor the carryon was weighed. I did weigh my checked bag the night before and it was well under the 50 lb maximum.

It just kinda bugs me the way people bring on the little rolly bags. But I guess if the airlines allow it...then again, if people keep pushing, the airlines will start disallowing the rolling small suitcases too.

milanessa
11-08-2011, 03:48 AM
Apologies on behalf of Florida, Really. You hit us during a cool snap.

Really
11-08-2011, 04:00 AM
I'm not complaining! :)

ballettmaus
11-08-2011, 04:12 AM
Depending on the size of the plane and how full it is, European airlines can get rather picky about the dimensions. When they suspect a carry-on is too big, they make you put it into those metal things the carry-on needs to fit in to. If it doesn't, you're screwed ;) This has happened more often than the carry-on being weighed. Usually it's weighed at the check-on counter, in my experience.
British Airways has been the pickiest so far (apart from all those cheap airlines like EasyJet etc) Can't remember the last time I flew Lufthansa but if you don't need to check in with Lufthansa and your carry-on isn't suspiciously large then you'll most certainly be fine.
On the way back, however, you seem to be stuck with needing to check in with Austrian Airlines, right? So, I'd definitely not have a carry-on that would arise suspicion of being too heavy by being overly big or stuffed. Many airline employees go by seeing the carry-on, eying it and estimating its weight. After all, weighing it and having to check it means extra work for them so they probably try to avoid it especially when there are a lot of people. We've never had any problems since our carry-on isn't overly big anymore. The weight issue is a different matter but American Airlines has never caused any trouble at all.

As far as I know all airlines allow one personal item as in one handbag or laptop bag in addition to the carry-on, so you don't get stuck with the extra weight of the laptop for your carry-on.

Tinami Amori
11-08-2011, 05:47 AM
May be if I had disposable income, I would not do that, but it is what it is.

I was not trying to suggest that USD 200-300 is "little money" for you to spend. My comments were not intended to offend. I did not know that your job does not offer OT or what your financial situation is. I am sorry my suggestions offended you. Part of my travel approach, which works for me, is to always consider how many hours to spend on seeking savings and good deals vs. spending the same amount of hours to produce or to earn or to secure another contract or client. This was only a travel planning suggestions, at least as far as I am concerned. :)

Anita18
11-08-2011, 06:35 AM
I was not trying to suggest that USD 200-300 is "little money" for you to spend. My comments were not intended to offend. I did not know that your job does not offer OT or what your financial situation is. I am sorry my suggestions offended you. Part of my travel approach, which works for me, is to always consider how many hours to spend on seeking savings and good deals vs. spending the same amount of hours to produce or to earn or to secure another contract or client. This was only a travel planning suggestions, at least as far as I am concerned. :)
Oh don't worry, my bf does that too, especially when it comes to people's obsession over finding the cheapest gas stations. How much time and energy must people be spending to go to the station that sells their gas for 5 cents a gallon less than the closer place? :lol: It's kind of the same freakout over increasing postage stamp prices. Paying an extra 20 cents for a pack of stamps never hurt anyone. ;)

But he doesn't suggest shelling out $200-$300 to save on a couple hours of research when he knows that's how much I earn after two full days of work. :P