Excess Baggage Company booked a staggering 14 953 unaccompanied baggage consignments in the year of 2012. The average size of a consignment is 3 Large suitcases with a weight of 75kg. So why is this service so popular?
Most of our clients are backpackers, expatriates and business travelers who do not have a whole lot of stuff to take with them. Our typical customer is between 18 to 35 years old and extremely price conscious.
In the light of this discovery, we have carried out an airline comparison to demonstrate how cost effective it is to use an unaccompanied baggage service versus the airlines.
In total we compared 110 different routes covering Europe, Middle East, Far East, Americas and Australasia. We used excess baggage rates from 33 major airlines and 40 countries in total.
So who are the most expensive airlines and how much do they charge for excess baggage? Based on 75kg (3 suitcases) the most expensive airlines are Emirates, Etihad and Singapore Air. All very popular airlines, so lets look at these airlines closer.
Emirates: Their excess baggage rates were used for 17 routes in total including 17 countries. Their rates range from £778 to £3170 for 75kg. The average charge for three extra bags with a weight of 25kg each comes to £1867. For the same routes our unaccompanied baggage service average cost for 75kg is £593.50, on average that is a massive £1273.50 cheaper.
Etihad: Their rates were used for 9 routes that included 11 different countries. The lowest rate for 75 kg was £1422 and highest £2368 with an average cost of £1336. On the same routes our unaccompanied excess baggage rate is £746, on average that is another massive saving of £590 per route.
Singapore Air: Their rates were also used on 9 routes that included 11 different countries. Even though their lowest rates are £379 for 75kg (short haul flights) the average cost is still £1553. Compared to this unaccompanied baggage rates are average of £588, again demonstrating a big difference of £965.
Across all airlines and countries that were used, the airlines average charges came to £754.20 based on 3 suitcases with a total weight of 75kg. In comparison, Excess Baggage Company’s unaccompanied baggage service average cost is £647.
As well as the cost, there is the convenience of using our service. All our prices used for this comparison were based on our most expensive service, which only takes 3 to 7 days door to door. This means we would collect the items from the employees home address and deliver them to their destination address. Travelling with a large number of suitcases is inconvenient and can result with a stressful journey.
If you would like to find out more details about this comparison, please get in contact with us. We can also carry out a specific comparison based on the airlines your assignees normally fly with and base it on the allowance you give to your employees.
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our team on 020 3582 1467.