Iberia’s new luggage allowance policy
Wednesday 3, February 2010
Larger allowances for Business Class on short and medium haul and smaller one for the lowest fares on long haul flights.
On March 1st, a new luggage allowance policy will come into force at Iberia. The luggage allowance will be reduced for passengers paying the lowest fares on long haul flights, while the baggage allowance for Business class passengers on flights in Spain and the rest of Europe will be increased.
On long haul flights, Business Plus travellers may still check in up two three cases weighing up to 23 kg. each, and Tourist class passengers paying full fares, excursion fares, or company rates may still check in two 23-kg. pieces. But Tourist class passengers paying the lowest fares will be limited to a single bag of up to 23 kg.
Iberia Plus Platinum, Gold, and Silver cardholders and passengers flying with a corporate fare may continue to check in two cases even when they pay the lowest fares. The changes will apply to tickets purchased as of March 1st. Those purchased before the dates will maintain the previous luggage allowances.
On short and medium-haul routes, Tourist class passengers can continue to check in luggage weighing up to 23 kg., but are now restricted to a single piece. Business class passengers may check in two cases weighing up to 23 kg. each, which represents an additional allowance of 16 kg. This policy also takes effect on March 1st and does not apply to tickets purchased before that date, regardless of the date of travel.
On www.iberia.com, passengers will be able to pay for additional luggage in almost all destinations when they checked–in online with an additional price reduction. The second piece of luggage in these cases will cost 50 euros online and 60 euros at the airport.
There are no changes in hand-luggage policies, which allow each Tourist class passenger to carry one piece of up to 10 kg. For reasons of security and to facilitate boarding and vacating aircraft, Iberia will continue to be very strict in ensuring that the hand luggage conforms to weight and size specifications.
The new luggage allowance policy is in keeping with a worldwide market trend aimed and maintaining cheap fare options for long-haul passengers, while offering additional advantages to business travellers and others paying higher fare. The new measures will reduce the laden weight of aircraft, and hence fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. It will also simplify and speed airport operations, contributing to greater punctuality.
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