I have been so thoroughly ass fucked on “overweight” baggage fees on the last three flights I’ve taken that I felt a need to put out a warning. This is what’s happened to me on the last three flights for a measly extra 10 kg (22 lbs):
1.) Ticket cost $231.54, overweight baggage fee $103.53 (44.7% of the original ticket cost). To put it another way the charge for the first ~100 kg (my body weight plus the allowable 20 kg luggage) was $2.32 / kg. The next 10 kg cost $10.35 / kg, a 446% increase.
2.) Ticket cost $463.00, overweight baggage fee $278.33 (60.1% of the original ticket cost). First ~100 kg @ $4.63 / kg, additional 10 kg @ $27.83 / kg, a 601% increase.
3.) Ticket cost $267.00, overweight baggage fee of $149.38 (55.9% of the original ticket cost). First ~100 kg @ $2.67 / kg, additional 10 kg @ 14.93 / kg, a 559% increase.
Total ass raping on 10 kg (22 lbs) of luggage: $531.24
Fuck these motherfuckers. Make sure you travel light. If you do get screwed I recommend you charge it to your credit card and then dispute the charge. If you’re really ballsy write “not authorized” instead of your signature. Most of the documentation on the e-tickets I’ve purchased do not mention weight limits or overage fees although they do have lengthy sections detailing how the airlines intend to not reimburse you for the full value of your stuff if they loose it (a friend of mine was recently burned to the tune of ~$1,700 when United allowed his luggage to be stolen from a secure area of the airport). I can’t guarantee you’re going to win but I’d think you’d have a good case if they neglected to include these ridiculous terms on the documentation for the ticket as they did on my last two flights. At least these bastards will have to fill out a bunch of bureaucratic paperwork in order to successfully rob you if you loose. Fill out a BBB complaint too while you’re at it.
It’s one thing to charge a reasonable fee for excessive baggage but this blatant extortion is quite another. Your options are: throw away your luggage, miss your flight or allow the airline to rape you with a garden weasel on overweight baggage fees. Fuck the airlines!