Most of us are budget travelers who are always on the lookout for the next Cebu Pacific Piso Fare, Air Asia Red Hot Sale or PAL promo fare. When booking our promo fare ticket, there is one thing we also need to consider: Baggage Allowance and possible Excess Baggage fees.
Stingy as we are, we begin to think “I may just be wasting money for this and would end up not really using it” or “I’m sure I can fit all my items in 1 bag not exceeding the 7 kilos handcarry baggage allowance!”
For this post, we will compare the baggage rates of the 3 major airlines in the Philippines and look into the excess baggage fees to help you decide is it worth it spending that few more pesos.
Cebu Pacific Prepaid Baggage Info
During booking, passengers have the option to add the following additional baggage allowance for Cebu Pacific flights:
- Standard – up to 2 pieces, total of 20 kilos – Php 380.80
- Large – up to 3 pieces, total of 32 kilos – Php 784
- Extra Large – up to 4 pieces, total of 40 kilos – Php 1,232
Rates may differ per destination. Note that a checked bag CANNOT exceed 32kg per piece. Baby strollers and walking canes can be checked in for free.
In case you failed to add this during booking, you can still add additional baggage allowance via “Modify Booking“least 4 hours prior to your flight. In case you go over your baggage allowance, you will end up paying the Cebu Pacific excess baggage fee of P200/kilo.
AirAsia Baggage Rate
Here are the Air Asia add on check-in Baggage packages you can avail of during booking:Up to 15 kilos – P250
- Up to 20 kilos – P320
- Up to 25 kilos – P580
- Up to 30 kilos – P900
- Up to 40 kilos – P1,700
If you happen to only add the additional baggage option after the actual ticket reservation, that is you did it through the “Manage my booking” option (4 hours prior to flight), it would cost you slightly higher:
- Up to 15 Kilos – P288
- Up to 20 Kilos – P368
- Up to 25 Kilos – P667
- Up to 30 Kilos – P1035
- Up to 40 Kilos – P1,955
At the Airport during check-in you only have the option to buy up to 15 kg and it will cost you P800 while Air Asia excess baggage price after that will be P360/kilo.
So imagine, if the total weight of your luggage is 20 Kilos and you did not avail of any prepaid baggage, you would need to pay P800 + P360 x 2 = P 1, 520 when the cost of adding baggage allowance of 20 Kilos would have only been P368.00
A PAL Promo Fare may be seldom but every time you book a PAL ticket it has an inclusive free check-in baggage. The type of ticket/ accommodation you book determines how much PAL free check-in baggage allowance you get – this is aside from the free 7 kilos hand-carry baggage allowance that passengers have.
- Budget Economy free baggage allowance: 10 Kilos
- Regular Economy free baggage allowance: 20 Kilos
- Premium Economy free baggage allowance: 25 Kilos
- Business Class Promo free baggage allowance: 30 Kilos
- Premium Business Class free baggage allowance: 35 Kilos
If you think you would need more baggage you can always add Prepaid Baggage while you do your booking. Here are the PAL Prepaid Baggage Rates for Domestic Flights:
- Up to 5 kg – P250
- Up to 10 kg – P500
- Up to 15 kg – P750
- Up to 20 kg – P1,000
- Up to 25 kg – P1,250
- Up to 30 kg – P1,500
- Up to 35 kg – P1,750
- Up to 40 kg – P2000
Basically, it’s like you are paying prepaid baggage for PAL at Php 50/Kilo which is way, way cheaper than having to pay the PAL Excess baggage fee of 200/Kilo at the check-in counter.
Note that any checked luggage should not exceed 32 kilos in individual weight.
Based on the baggage rates from these 3 major airlines, buying additional baggage allowance during the actual time you book your flight is definitely wiser. If you think the total weight of your bags and luggage is more than what is covered on your flight reservation, make sure you purchase those additional baggage allowance 4 hours before the flight. Travel smart!
NOTE: Baggage rates may change at any time.
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