Etihad Airways to cut excess baggage charges

Etihad Airways to cut excess baggage charges

Excess baggage charges are being cut by Etihad Airways by as much as 90% as part of a new luggage policy.

The cost of carrying an additional 23kg piece of baggage will be reduced by up to 90% on some routes.

Reductions of up to 30% will be available if pre-purchased directly up to 24 hours before travel.

Most routes will now operate on a ‘piece concept’ basis under the changes which come into force from Monday in conjunction with the launch of the UAE carrier’s new Fare Choices tariff structure.

This means that passengers are entitled to travel with one, two, or three bags, depending on their Fare Choice, route, and Etihad Guest loyalty scheme membership status.

Higher tier members will receive an extra bag or additional weight allowance depending on the market and route.

Passengers flying on Economy Value and Economy Freedom fares on certain routes will have an increased allowance from 30kg to two pieces of baggage at 23kg per bag to give a total allowance of 46kg.

The Economy Class allowance has been increased for all fare types from 30kg to two pieces of baggage at 23kg per bag.

The allowance in premium cabins has been raised from 40/50kg to two pieces of baggage at 32kg per bag.

Etihad Gold and Platinum members will be able to take one extra piece of baggage at 32kg, compared to 15kg and 20kg respectively previously.

Etihad Silver members will be able to take a minimum of two bags of 23kg.

The revised policy has been introduced to more closely align Etihad Airways with other partner airlines.

Chief commercial officer, Peter Baumgartner, said: “In line with industry best practice, we are moving to a fair and transparent baggage concept.

“Our new Fare Choices are an easier way for guests to understand what they are paying for, offering clearer pricing, and the flexibility which best suits their travel plans. This also applies to their baggage requirements.”

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