The final situation on VA's new baggage allowances (yeh, right!)

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  1. Obi Wan Kenobi

    Obi Wan Kenobi DIS Veteran

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    OK,
    I hope this post will help all who are still confused.
    From Virgin Atlantic:

    "We've just contacted Virgin Holidays regarding their communication, which is actually incorrect, so they will be updating asap.

    To confirm our new policy, as long as your booking has been made before
    25th November 2009, (regardless of whether this has been ticketed or not), you will still be entitled to our current baggage allowance.... "

    http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/en/gb/passengerinformation/baggage/newpolicy.jsp

    And before people get all excited, the extra bag allowance in the website if or flight BETWEEN the USA and India, NOT the UK and the USA! :goodvibes
     
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  3. martin1

    martin1 Earning My Ears

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    i like the way they highlighted the BOOKED BEFORE part of it , i wonder how long it will take vh, tcd to update and start telling customers the right information, its been such a disaster obi it shouldnt really come to this , disgrace really all it serves to do is put some people off flying with virgin and that will be bad for business
     
  4. diddldonna

    diddldonna Disney crazy :)

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    Can you help?

    So i know i have it right, if i book a holiday before 25th November 2009 and its for September next year i will still get the new baggage allowence?

    If i book after this date i get the new one which is 1 piece 23kg each person, so a family of 4 can take 4 pieces?

    Does this mean i can't have 1 suitcase between me and hubby thats like 30kg i would have to have 2 instead i.e. 15kg each? any help would be great.
     
  5. Obi Wan Kenobi

    Obi Wan Kenobi DIS Veteran

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    Yes, that is correct.

    You can have one case of 30Kg between you, however you will have to pay £30 each way for the case being over 23KG in weight, so an extra £60. Any bag over 32Kg will not be accepted. So, if you have one bag at 24KG, its over the 23Kg, so you have to pay the £30.
     
  6. orangetiggs

    orangetiggs Married my sweetheart in DISNEY!!!!!

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    yopu cant combine your allowances, we tried that last year for our wedding and had to repack, each person gets 23kg each so I suggest you take 2 cases one for each of you

    if you can get it all in one and its 23kg or under thats fine
     
  7. diddldonna

    diddldonna Disney crazy :)

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    Thanks for clearing that up, i have quit heavy suitcases already and think i will get us all a smaller/lighter case each for next year. I always worry about going over, but my son plans on going with no clothes and buying lots when he gets there, lol hes out grown the ones from our 2007 holiday and he was a little upset when i put them out for charity.
     
  8. zippy99

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    We went out with 4 cases at 17, 18, 19 & 20kg for the four of us. Two big cases and two small ones that fit inside the big ones when empty.

    Came back with 18, 19, 21, 21 - (I blame all the halloween candy for the increase!)

    Even so, we were way under our limits both ways, half our clothes we did not wear (as it was too hot) and I did 4 lots of washing whilst out there. I feel we took way to much stuff aswell.

    I know everyone is different but when I saw a family group of 8 with 16 cases checking in ahead of us I was amazed ......aside fromt the stress of moving luggage at the airport how can you need that much stuff.
     
  9. diddldonna

    diddldonna Disney crazy :)

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    Thanks Zippy this has really helped, I am going to try and take as little as possible and bring back as much as possible, lol. Last time i brought back several bags of herseys chocolates, lol might not go as crazy this time.
     
  10. gismo1554

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    Meant to be booking on the 9th so fingers crossed that's OK
     
  11. zippy99

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    Another thing - we took 5 Towels with us - what a waste of space if you are staying on site - we never used them - fresh towels in the Hotel everyday and masses of them for by the pool so we just used them.

    The other thing we did - is bottles of shampoo and soaps etc we left behind they only spill in the case and make a mess (although we did manage to fit 14 disney Shampoos and soaps in!! my daughter collected them everyday for he friends!)

    Just think about what you really need is all - it can be easy to get carried away.
     
  12. natalielongstaff

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  13. tony64

    tony64 <font color=blue>Should've been a Cowboy<br><font

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    so if the cut off date is Nov 25th what is the last date available to book for?
    OK I've worked it out Oct 26th I estimate, the Oct half term exactly.
     
  14. paulh

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    Will you try telling the wife:rotfl2:
    Paul
     
  15. wayneg

    wayneg Moderator Moderator

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    Either onsite or offsite you should get fresh towels, every hotel in past 16 years have had fresh towels every day plus pool towels. No matter if we have been in a £15 or £150/night room we haven't needed to waste luggage space with them.
     
  16. gaylie

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    If you stay offsite in a private villa all the towels are provided for you also...plus we buy all our shampoo, soaps etc out there and leave them there. but still disgusted at the taking away of the 2nd case of 23kg...thats 1 of the reasons I fly with VA (and that they fly direct from MAN to MCO, as I hate flying)..:)
     
  17. Tinks1984

    Tinks1984 <font color=red>We're having a mini party!<br><fon

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    Thanks for the info Obi!

    Also, does anyone know if we fly out with one case inside the other, but then come back with two, does this go against you? Or is this perfectly allowed? :confused3
     
  18. Twilight Terror

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    That's perfectly fine. We do it every year! In fact, we are currently removing the smaller ones and filling them, as well as the big ones, for our return trip tomorrow! As long as your airline allows you to have two bags per person and they are within limit, then it's fine!
     
  19. Tinks1984

    Tinks1984 <font color=red>We're having a mini party!<br><fon

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    Thank-you for the reply!

    Just checking so that we don't get caught out once we arrive at the airport to come home :scared1:
     
  20. Twilight Terror

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    You're welcome. We flight PE so the changes aren't going to effect us in the sense of going with 2 and coming back with 4. However, the new weight limits might :rotfl:

    Just remember if you are traveling Economy next year that you will not necessarily be able to do that because you can only have one bag per person, not two. However, if there's two of you and you take one on the way out, and have two for the way back, that will be fine, because you'd be entitled to take two. Does that make sense?
     
  21. Tinks1984

    Tinks1984 <font color=red>We're having a mini party!<br><fon

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    Yes, that makes sense :)

    We're only in economy, but have had our trip booked since Feb 09, travelling May 10. This means we'll only have one case each then? :confused3 Oh I'm still confused over it all :lmao: Damn Virgin for changing their allowance!
     

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