cathay pacific excess baggageCathay Pacific Excess Baggage

Cathay Pacific is the national airline of Hong Kong. Founded in 1946, the airline operates a fleet of more than 150 wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft, flying to around 130 destinations worldwide. It has two subsidiary airlines, Air Hong Kong and Cathay Dragon, and its main hub is Hong Kong International Airport. It has won Skytrax’s ‘World’s Best Airline’ award four times to date.

Cathay Pacific offers Economy, Premium Economy, Business and First Class travel. A range of in-flight entertainment options are available on every flight, and passengers on all long-haul flights receive complimentary food and beverage services. The airline has a four-tier frequent flyer program, the Marco Polo Club, which enables members to accumulate and cash in points, as well as receiving special privileges in reservations, check-in, baggage allowance and premium lounge access.

Cathay Pacific’s checked baggage allowance varies depending on your travel class, destination and type of flight. However, the general allowance ranges from 30kg and a maximum of two pieces in Economy Class to 70kg and a maximum of four pieces in First Class (for Marco Polo Club members).

There are exceptions for flights involving the Americas and Auckland. On flights to and from Canada and North and South America, the allowance ranges from two pieces of luggage up to 23kg each in Economy Class to three pieces up to 32kg each in First Class (for Marco Polo Club members). For non-stop flights between Hong Kong and Auckland, the standard allowance ranges between one piece up to 23kg in Economy Class and three pieces up to 23kg each in Business Class (for Marco Polo Club members). On all flights, no single piece of luggage may weigh more than 32kg.

Excess baggage charges apply for extra items or items that exceed the specified weight limits. These charges are measured by zone, and on most flights range between $10USD and $60USD per kilogram, or between $30USD and $60USD per extra piece of luggage. For flights to and from the Americas, excess baggage charges begin at $150USD and range up to $230 per extra piece. For non-stop flights between Hong Kong and Auckland, excess charges range from $200NZD for the first piece up to $350NZD per piece for the third extra item and above.

Unlike many other airlines, Cathay Pacific does not offer a pre-purchased additional baggage option. All extra baggage allowance must be purchased at the airport at the time of your flight. For this reason, excess baggage fees may end up being quite expensive when you fly with Cathay Pacific.

However, an alternative option such as Pack & Send’s air cargo service is available and may help you cut down on those excess baggage charges. If you have extra goods accumulated during your travels that you want to send home safely and securely, an air cargo service is a great option. Pack & Send offers a reliable air cargo service that offers transparency and a fixed price for transporting excess baggage. This will help you avoid any surprise ancillary charges at the airport and give you peace of mind when it comes to the safe delivery of your goods.

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