Excess baggage fees cost British travellers up to £270 million

How many people do you know that can travel light? You know, friends and family members that can take proper advantage of cheap flights because they don’t need checked-in luggage; they can quite easily limit their items to hand-luggage only.

Now, I must say that I’m not one of those people, occasionally, for short breaks, I have managed to fly with hand luggage only, but not often. I’d love to be able to pack lightly, but I just don’t seem to be able to do it, and it seems that I’m not alone as the results of research carried out by Expedia show.

When it comes to packing, us Brits do go over-the-top, to such an extent that it may well have cost us, as a whole, up to £270 million this summer – how many extra holidays could we have had with that amount?

In fact, one in six admitted paying excess baggage charges, while one in ten (5.4 million passengers) paid an average £50 in excess baggage fees in the last 12 months.

From their research, almost one third (58%) find city breaks the hardest to pack for – the wide range of activities offered by a city break, such as site-seeing, shows, dinners etc mean that we pack for every eventuality.

If you’re one of the highly-skilled travellers who can pack lightly, get along to Expedia’s website (game.expedia.com) from 1 October and take part in their packing challenge: “Case Closed”. The game will challenge participants to pit their packing skills against other players through the viral game and also against their friends through a Facebook application to find the champion packers. Sounds like fun, but I don’t think I’ll be winning the packing game, neither Expedia’s nor the airlines’ excess baggage charges one, anytime soon ☺.