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Cheap Flights, But Huge Baggage Fees on Budget Airlines

Low-cost carriers might have cheap flights, but travellers are being charged large amounts for their baggage.  Tiger Airways charges passengers who did not buy their luggage allowance in advance as much as $70 for short-haul trips and $85 for long-haul trips.  Those passengers who have heavier bags are being charged $20-$25 per extra kilogram.  Jetstar also charges $70 at the airport for bags that weigh up to 15 kg and Virgin Australia charges $40.

 

Matt Levey of consumer group Choice says that these extra baggage charges can turn a cheap flight into an expensive one and that inexperienced travellers and those who are not internet savvy can end up being at a severe disadvantage.  He adds that it is part of the changing culture of air travel, with airlines trying to cut costs and minimize the one-on-one time they need to spend with customers.  Vanessa Regan, a spokesperson for Tiger Airways, says that they are trying to give people the option of paying only for what they want.

 

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