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Extra Bag reality check

NewJerseyMomNewJerseyMom 653 replies123 threads Member
edited September 2013 in Study Abroad
My daughter will be studying in Denmark this fall and traveling there by SAS. Guess she is smarter than I am since I totally read the extra baggage costs incorrectly on the SAS website. I thought I would be paying $55 each way for her to bring an extra bag. Reality check - the cost is $135 each way. That is a lot of money and am now wondering how she will get four months worth of clothing into one suitcase not to exceed 50 pounds.
edited September 2013
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  • cutout1029cutout1029 19 replies2 threads New Member
    They have washing machines in Denmark...

    I've never had any issues with the 50 pound weight limit when going abroad for three years, you just bring a lot of basics (jeans, warm tops, etc), wear your biggest coat and heaviest shoes on the plane itself, and use the washing machines once youre there :)
    You don't need to bring a different outfit for every day that you're there - odds are you will be covered up with a giant coat most of the time!
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  • NewJerseyMomNewJerseyMom 653 replies123 threads Member
    Yes, there are washing machines but it will really be something to wear a heavy winter coat and boots in August while traveling! It is not just the clothes but the other things as well.
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  • ShellunaShelluna 15 replies2 threads Junior Member
    My DD traveled abroad spring semester so I understand completey the extra baggage charge. Be aware though some airlines may charge more for an overweight baggage than for an extra baggage.We bought a luggage scale which came in handy for my D especially on her return home.

    Also many students travel using Ryanair airlines. They can be quite reasonable traveling through out Europe if timed right. However they have strict weight and size restrictions for their free carry on. Most carry-on luggage typically used in the US would be to large. My D used the Motherlode weekender junior from ebags. It's so amazing how much stuff can be carried in it. At first my D didn't like it but after traveling throught out Europe she loved it and was so glad she brought it.
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  • NewJerseyMomNewJerseyMom 653 replies123 threads Member
    Shelluna - thank you. We bought the Mother-lode junior but I was going to return it because it seemed heavy (I know it is only 3+ pounds). Now I am thinking we should not return it. She did find it too heavy for her back?
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  • ShellunaShelluna 15 replies2 threads Junior Member
    The motherlode junior is great if you are using it to travel from train station/airport to hostel/hotel. If you are truly backpacking/mountain hiking through out Europe then I would say definetely not the motherlode, you will eventually feel the weight. My daughter is petite and only 5 foot tall and she didn't like it at first because she thought it engulfed her (which it did look like it was half her height!) But she took it with her and was so glad for all the weekend traveling she did. Even her fellow travelers were amazed how much stuff it can fit and the ease of traveling. It can fit alot and that is where the added weight comes into play, but if you can truly pack for a weekend and not a full week then it's a great traveling bag!
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  • NewJerseyMomNewJerseyMom 653 replies123 threads Member
    Shlluna - I am now looking at the following:eBags Weekender eTech 2.0 Convertible - eBags.com

    it is slightly lighter than the motherlode jr. Don't know if that will make a difference. The motherlode jr is still in the house so we have 12 days to decide!
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  • axwaxw 552 replies19 threads Member
    My son is leaving next week to study abroad. He's packing the same way he would for a 2-week trip. He's only bringing one each of travel-sized toiletries, enough to get him through the first few days, during which time he'll go buy larger sizes. He's actually going to pack a little bit light for clothes too, since he knows he'll be buying some shirts while he's away.

    They sell winter coats in Denmark. Maybe it would be more cost-effective for her to just buy a coat when she gets there. It won't be a problem for her to wear it home, assuming she's returning in December/January.
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  • AmandarinAmandarin 573 replies48 threads Member
    Exciting! Is she in Copenhagen? I studied abroad there this past spring (Jan-mid May)... I didn't realize sas charged so much. I flew united and I could have 3 bags up to 70lbs (granted it was business, but you could fly reg with 2 bags at 50lb for free)

    If possible, I would probably also buy a winter coat there. They have SO many options, especially super thick nice ones that are perfect for the brutal Danish chill haha! And have more face cover if she intends on biking.

    If she's bringing a carry on that's good, wether it's a backpack or a small suitcase size it will most likely become the bag she uses if she travels around Europe. Easyjet (which flys out of Copenhagen, instead of Ryan air which only flys out of malmo and billund to certain locations) only allows one bag carry on (INCLUDING a purse it must be stuck in the bag) and it can only be about 12 kg without having to pay the fee to check your bag

    If you have questions about Denmark/Copenhagen I may be able to help too!
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  • NewJerseyMomNewJerseyMom 653 replies123 threads Member
    My daughter left for her study abroad program today so I thought I would report on the suitcase situation for people who have not left for their destination. lI was told that they would measure the bags - they did not. They do, however, weigh the bag and you better be under because it is more expensive to pay for extra pounds than an extra bag. I saw one student with a very large bag which was clearly over the size limit and they did not stop her. However, when she went over the weight limit, she was shoving things into her carry-on.

    As for the carry-on, I don't think they were stopping people for carrying on larger bags than the website specifies. I will know more when I speak with my daughter.
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  • axwaxw 552 replies19 threads Member
    NewJerseyMom, thanks for coming back with the update. My son left a few days ago and had no problems with his luggage either.
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  • Lulu63Lulu63 474 replies1 threads Member
    Thanks for this info! My D leaves for London on Sept 2nd and I never even thought about getting a smaller travel bag for weekend jaunts! Just ordered that weekender convertible bag. Thanks NewJerseyMom!!
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  • lotsofquestslotsofquests 871 replies47 threads Member
    Be sure to check your specific airline from your point of origination for specific regs. My son flew from Pittsburgh to Denmark via Canada. We planned to pay for an extra bag. I think it was $70 over and $100 for the return trip but my memory could be faulty. I do know that it was less than we thought and more for the return trip. He did buy a smaller bag for his trips while over there because his backpack just wasn't large enough.
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  • 213830213830 199 replies48 threads Junior Member
    Just wanted to add some perspective here in regards to baggage fees, etc. According to the "Most Signifiant Carrier Rule" established by the IATA in 2011, you need to pay attention to:

    1) The longest route in your itineracy
    2) The airline that *operates* NOT tickets the itinerary

    For instance, if you go on United.com and want to fly from ORD (Chicago) to LHR (London), one of the choices is probably a flight that goes through Toronto (YYZ). The ORD-YYZ flight is a United flight, but the YYZ-LHR flight is sold as an United flight, but OPERATED by Air Canada. Since the distance between ORD-YYZ is 436 miles, and YYZ-LHR is 3556 miles, under the MSC rule, the baggage fees for Air Canada applies and not those of United. You'll save $60 round trip since Air Canada charges $70 for the second bag, and United charges $100.

    In another example, say you are flying from SEA (Seattle) to LIM (Lima) for a study abroad program in the Andes. You are flying SEA to MIA (Miami) on American Airlines, and from MIA to LIM on LAN Peru. Since SEA-MIA is 2764 miles and MIA-LIM is 2608 miles, the baggage fees of American Airlines applies and not that of LAN Peru even though MIA-LIM is the international route.

    I just wanted to clarify some mis-information on this forum. Personally, I never check bags, since if I were to do a cost-benefit analysis, the costs of checking a bag (money spent, chance of it becoming lost and not having clothes, time saved arriving early at the airport/waiting at baggage claim, etc.) greatly outweighs any marginal benefits I can derive from an extra bag. Being male also helps I guess :)

    BUT it is do-able; heck I literally backpacked around Europe for 2 months in the same small bag I use for school. Smartest decision I've ever made.
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  • kollegekid1kollegekid1 892 replies46 threads Member
    The airplane people always loose stuff so I read somewhere you should get UPS to take it there and they deliver anywhere in the world. And they don't loose packages much and you can get it insured.
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  • 213830213830 199 replies48 threads Junior Member
    UPS is expensive. Just carry-on, or find an internship on the side and try to pull off a "relocation expense" with HR :)
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  • NewJerseyMomNewJerseyMom 653 replies123 threads Member
    UPS is definitely expensive. I went online to find out how much it would cost me to send a 5 lb package to my daughter in Denmark and decided it was not worth it. So, no way could people send all their things UPS. There are other freight companies for sending things ahead of time. Not sure if that is worth it though.
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  • colorado_momcolorado_mom 9042 replies79 threads Senior Member
    DS is applying to study in Singapore next spring. For his transfer credit plans, it is key for him to study music. So he needs to bring his tenor saxophone.

    Any hints? He thinks it can be a carry-on (works in US), but I'm rather worried about extra costs and possible damage to a very nice instrument. We suggested renting, but he's concerned about finding one decent enough for his jazz pursuits.
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  • NewJerseyMomNewJerseyMom 653 replies123 threads Member
    Most of the airlines discuss how to transport musical instruments in the luggage section of their websites. He should definitely bring into the cabin with him. Several years ago a musical group did a You Tube video showing what one airline did to their musical instruments - you definitely don't want it to go in the cargo section!
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  • colorado_momcolorado_mom 9042 replies79 threads Senior Member
    NJM - Thanks. Actually I think most websites would prohibit his tenor sax from carry on. The first few times he did Denver/Boston travel for it I arranged special ticket notation with a very helpful JetBlue rep. Now he's gotten braver on US travel. Truth be told, the whole thing stresses me. Maybe I should have let him follow his 6th grade suggestion of learning flute.
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  • axwaxw 552 replies19 threads Member
    @colorado_mom, there are detailed instructions for packaging a sax for shipment here (scroll down a little for pictures):

    Packing a Saxophone to Ship . . . CyberSax Tech Topics . . . Vintage & Pro Saxophones . . .

    Could your son ship it via USPS or UPS to Singapore? Probably a lot less stress than carrying it, and it can be insured.
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