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you get to see some passengers not having more than a
tiny backpack or a handbag when they board a flight...you
also get to see people paying extra money for the excess
if you plan your journey well, login to
www.luggageshare.com which is a portal for sellers and
buyers of 'baggage
if im having extra stuff to carry...i visit the portal and
drop a request asking for sellers of baggage allowance for
the particular flight route on particular day...if someone
else travelling on same day on same route does not have
much luggage...he/she being a seller..can agree to carry
my excess luggage under their permit...
also..if you are a seller..you can post online saying you
have say 25 kilos of allowance for sale on such and such
date and route of travel...and if u r lucky..u get to make
some quick bucks
again at discretion of buyer and seller...they both need to
agree on it...the seller can chose to inspect the contents
of buyer's baggage if needed...and they need to agree on
when and where to meet in the airport to get introduced to
each other before making a deal...
so what do seller get...may be seller can leave the quote
online...obviously the seller should quote lot lesser than
what the airlines will charge for excess baggage...
and buyer gets a hassle-free movement of his excess
baggage...for a good deal
once they reach destination, buyer and seller meet again
and finish off transactions...
im personally not a frequent flyer...so not sure whether
this model works...and moreover this runs on trust and
mutual understanding...which again like i said can be left
at discretion of buyer and seller...if either of them are not
happy with the deal..big deal...buyer ends up paying actual
excess baggage fee
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||Security is probossibly the biggest reason this wont ever work.
||A much better service would be a site that matches people by body size, travelling in opposite directions. Simply leave all your clothes in the airport for the other person -- no baggage has to be taken on the plane at all.
||That's a fun idea, you'd want to establish a dork index within your size group.
||I would guess that airlines budget their fuel and
whatever based on the fact that a good proportion
of travellers under-use their allocation. If this
scheme worked well enough, airlines would just
charge to make up the revenue.
||// this runs on trust and mutual understanding //
||Well, we're not saying that that's a critical flaw, but ...
||[MB] is right about the revenue thing. What you gain on the check-in, you lose on the carousel.
||Having said that, there are some eccentric individuals who carry a luggage weigher with them when traveling, and will place superfluous bottles of water in their luggage to make up the weight to their full allowance, just so they can get "full value" from their ticket ...