British travellers set to spend over £100 million on excess baggage charges this summer

13 Jun, 2016

research by Tesco Travel Insurance has found that British travellers are set to pay out £112m to airlines in excess baggage charges this summer. The research found that over packing is rife, with just over 3 million passengers expected to go over their baggage allowance and many checking in more than one bag for their summer break abroad.

Most airlines offer some checked baggage included in the ticket price, or it is available to buy at the time of booking. However, this is usually limited to one bag per person with a maximum weight of 23kg. If travellers go over their allowance without realizing, they can be charged anything from £10 per kg up to £15 per kg of excess weight when they check in.

The good news is that the research also found that travellers are often packing items they never use, meaning these charges could be avoided.  The most unused items on holidays are excessive clothes and shoes, but also include make up, hair driers and tongs, and sun cream.

Of those who have been stung by excess baggage charged, the vast majority (79%) only found out about the charges when checking in at the airport, and 6 out of 10 travellers who were caught out by them were not expecting it.

To help travellers manage the cost of their summer break, Tesco Travel Insurance is currently offering new customers with a Clubcard 25% off all travel insurance policies purchased online between 8am on 13th June and 8am on 20th June** entering the  code FLASHSALE. Policies purchased during this period can start any time in the next 12 months.

David McCreadie, Managing Director of Tesco Bank, said “Customers could save a good deal of money by planning ahead and thinking carefully about what they take away with them on holiday. Tesco Bank has a great offer on travel insurance this week to help customers make their holiday money go that little bit further.”