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      Lightbulb The big move - which airline has the most hold/hand luggage allowances that will suit us?

      So we've set a move date for Sydney - Monday 18th September! :D

      Now I'm looking at the respective baggage allowances for the various airlines, trying to figure out which will be the best option for us.

      We would each like to take:

      • Three items of hold luggage, each one will be no more than about 20kg and will be "sensibly" sized (bags we've previously taken on Emirates flights with no problems)
      • One small wheeled suitcase as hand luggage, maybe as heavy as 10kg (bags we've previously taken as hand luggage on EasyJet with no problems)


      We can fly from Heathrow or Gatwick, want no more than one stop on the way, and will need to land in Sydney. We'll most likely be flying economy.

      I'm about to start checking airline websites and compiling an almighty spreadsheet with luggage size/weight/price details, but thought I'd ask if anyone had any specific airlines that they would recommend (or any that they would suggest avoiding).

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      Etihad (if they do your route?) In economy you get 2 cases each at 23kgs. You can upgrade each bag to 32kgs for 77usd and also purchase extra bags (23kgs) at 240usd. I am sure we were offered this cheaper once we had booked too, though we didn't need it in the end as 2 x 32 kgs each was enough. We found this to be far cheaper than the others who charged per kg. The hand luggage was 7kgs each I think.

      ps, good luck with the move
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      I flew (6 years ago) with NZ via LAX and AKL - I was in business class and had 2x32kg suitcases, 1 cabin bag plus a separate cabin bag for a computer. The extra was because I flew via the US rather than via Asia.
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      we are flying Singapore airlines. You can take 30kgs per person but as far as I am aware there is no limit to the amount of suitcases as long as it totals 30kgs.

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      We are flying to Melbourne in August and have gone with Singapore airlines. In economy you get 30kg per person with no restriction on the number of pieces, plus if you are going on a permanent residency visa and it's your first entry (you haven't already done a validation trip with the visa) then you get an extra 10kg per person. So total allowance of 40kg each.
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      I think that in economy the weight limit for hand luggage will be 7kg. And airlines have a size limit also.

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      I just did 7 flights in 3 weeks and never once had or saw hand luggage being weighed. Some of the hand luggage i saw on board was bigger (and in 2 cases bigger) than my hubby and daughters checked in cases, it was ridiculous.
      British Airways and Emirates were 2 carriers who asked to 'see' or hand luggage at check in but no one else bothered.

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      I'd use the 7kg allowance over 2 hand luggage cases if there are two of you over one heavy one. That way you can take up to 14kg between you. I always, always use our hand luggage allowance to the max. I don't go over though as in overhead lockers it's just rude and dangerous to have it too heavy. 7kg per bag is ample.

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      Just to add:

      Went Singapore Airlines last week with the extra 10kg allowance, no problems although the woman at Manchester needed to see the visa (print it) and call up and confirm, also gave me a receipt. She did weigh my cabin bag so I was glad I made sure it was under 7kg.

      I had 2 cases (23kg and 17kg) one cabin bag (7kg) and one laptop bag in cabin too (5kg).

      Do that per person and you've got plenty. Get a big taxi :)
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      At the risk of stating the obvious, you want to pack differently when moving to the regular holiday pack. It is wise to pack things in luggage that you will need immediately and don't want to replace. So things like a kettle, toaster, cutlery, bathroom things, etc. You can make do with very few clothes and have most of them shipped.
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