New baggage rules for airlines

Passengers travelling to and from Grand Cayman on Spirit Airlines can now only check-in one bag each free of charge, and have to pay $10 to check a second bag.

‘The charges allow us to continue to offer our great low fares,’ said Spirit Airlines Sr. Manager Marketing Natasha Babulal.

And a new lessened weight per checked bag is in effect for British Airways’ flights between the UK and the Caribbean.

The new Spirit rules won’t apply, however, if the ticket was purchased prior to 15 December last year, in which two checked bags are free of charge per person, as has been the case up to now.

The Spirit baggage rules dictate the maximum weight, without charge, for each piece of checked baggage is 50lbs. Customers are also still permitted a carry-on item.

The website www.spiritair.com notes that transportation of additional check-in bags can be purchased, and are only on a first-served basis . . . ‘But Spirit cannot guarantee that there will be space for extra bags, and will not be held responsible for any additional items brought to the airport by the customer.’

On other international flights in and out of Grand Cayman on airlines such as American, Continental, United and Air Jamaica the checked baggage limit for which there is no charge, in economy class, are two bags, at a maximum of 50 pounds each – in the case of the national flag carrier it’s two bags and the weight is 55 pounds each.

Spirit Airlines notes that space is extremely limited on certain flights.

The website message continues, ‘An extra charge applies for additional, overweight and/or oversized pieces.’

For an overweight first bag or bag that is excessive in size there are various charges ranging from $25 to $100.

For a second bag there is a $10 fee along with excess weight or oversize fees ranging from $25 through $150.

For a third bag there is a fee of $100 plus additional fees for excess weight/size ranging from $100 to $150.

Meanwhile, carrier British Airways has brought in its own baggage rules with charges for a second checked bag on some flights.

Flights between the UK and the Caribbean, however, are exempt, and in World Traveller Plus and World Traveller two bags are allowed for free, while in First and Club World three checked bags are permitted without charge.

However, what does apply for flights in this region is the new checked baggage weight of 51 pounds per bag, rather than the old 70 pounds of weight allowed per checked bag.

However, bags at check-in weighing up to 70 pounds will be accepted for travel completed by 30 September of this year in order to allow its passengers to become familiar with the new baggage policy, the airline said. Check out www.ba.com for more information.

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