Imagine turning up at the airport all ready for your holidays or to head off to college or retirement across the country or abroad. While checking in, the airline clerk calmly announces your luggage is over the limit and you’ll have to pay and excess baggage charge. She quotes an eye-watering sum and gives you a plastic smile.
It puts a real damper on your trip to start your vacation or journey to a new life in such a way. Fortunately, all is not lost. Though the airline won’t tell you (they’d prefer to collect your excess baggage charges), you can hire an Australian excess baggage agent to take care of everything for you at a far lower rate than you’d pay the airline. Here’s how it works.
You need to get in touch with a firm specialising in unaccompanied baggage. Often they buy bulk cargo rates from the airlines and can send your baggage on another flight or with another airline. They may be able to book your luggage on the same flight. However, this is something you should try to arrange in advance.
Unaccompanied luggage requires extensive documentation along with the payment of handling and customs clearance at the destination. So it’s not something you should leave until the last moment.
The same freight firm may also be able to offer you a storage service. This can be useful if you’re travelling to an interim destination in the meanwhile. Your luggage will be securely stored at the destination airport until your arrive. It’s great not to have to lug heavy bags or containers around if you don’t need them.
If you suspect your baggage is over the limit, contact your airline in advance to confirm. Then you can arrange the services of an Australian excess baggage agent well in advance. It will be far more convenient, not to say cheaper, than just turning up at the airport and hoping for the best.
Reputable firms offer special rates for retirees and students, which makes the whole deal even sweeter.
For all your excess baggage in Australia needs, contact Atlas Forwarding on (03) 93355225.