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My interview has been set and i am now starting to plan my trip to move to the states. Im having a few problems understanding the checked baggage policy on their website. If anyone has flown with Continental Airlines recently id apriciate the advice :)

On the site it says "Continental Airlines will accept up to two pieces of checked baggage with a maximum weight of 50 pounds (23 kg) per bag and a maximum outside dimension of 62 inches (157 cm) per bag in exchange for the applicable service fees."

One of my bag is exactly (as close to as possible) the 62 inches. Will they want to measure the bag when i get there or will they take my word for it? I dont want to get there and find out that i didnt measure it right (i have checked 4 or 5 times but ovbiously its so close im worried about risking it) and have to pay extra when i can just get a suitcase slightly smaller for a cheaper price than it would cost to send oversized luggage.

Also are both bags coverd free or do i have to pay for one even if neither of them are over sized/over weight? Ive never gone with more than one piece of checked luggage and i cant seem to find it on the website..

and lastly if a bag is oversized and overweight do i have to pay both additional fees combined?

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Are you sure this is the international regulations? Usually they are more lenient for international flights (the strict regulations for domestic are the result of bankruptcies, etc). Your bags sound fine either way. :)

Edit: if it is overweight they also give you the option of taking something out and putting it in your carry on.

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Are you sure this is the international regulations? Usually they are more lenient for international flights (the strict regulations for domestic are the result of bankruptcies, etc). Your bags sound fine either way. :)

Edit: if it is overweight they also give you the option of taking something out and putting it in your carry on.

This is the only baggage info i can find on the whole site so im guessing its standard?

If worst comes to worst my dad is dropping me off so i can always leave some stuff with him and get him to ship it, but id really rather not.

Im now stuck on the issue of weather or not i have to pay to recheck my bags in for my conecting flight in Houston lol.

I feel like this is becoming more of a challenge than filing the visa lol!

Thanks though, its nice to have peace of mind :)


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http://www.continental.com/CMS/en-US/travel/Pages/CheckedBaggage.aspx?SID=A8407C7AC5B0447AA35C4A685A92F7A9

Looks like only one bag is free - the second you have to pay 70$ or more depending on weight and size.


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Measurements. Sadly, nobody can say for certain. It depends which member of the check in staff you get on the day, and what mood they are in. Some will just eye-ball a bag and waive it through - others will get the tape measure out. But given that anything over the magic "62 inch" mark could cost you $200, I certainly understand your concern.

Number of bags. If you are flying from the UK to the US, you are allowed one free checked bag. The second bag (even if both are under 62 inches and under 50 lbs) will cost you $70.

http://www.continent...kedBaggage.aspx

But - given your name, you could be in luck. But that's IF (and only if) your husband will be flying with you. Continental allow military personnel and their dependents 3 free bags each. You don't have to be traveling on orders - but you would need to be with your husband and he'd need to show his ID.

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I checked the link Inky gave and yes, second bag costs! So lame!

Anyway, to answer your other question, you won't pay again at Houston. Just the one time.


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I've NEVER seen an airport agent measure a bag at check in :no:

If your bag was obviously enormous they would probably charge you something but they're not gonna take out their rulers for a couple centimeters.

Most airlines now only allow 1 free checked bag on transatlantic flights, but you'll actually figure out once you book your ticket: depending on your ticket's class and conditions, the number of free bags may differ.

Recently I took an upgrade on one segment of my flight, and that gave me a 2nd free checked luggage for the entire flight.


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Give or take an inch, I haven yet to experience or see anyone having their suitcases measured unless it was carry-on. The second bag is 70 dollars. I circled the fees that apply to you.

If it's overweight, then yes. Then it's often cheaper to have a 3rd suitcase or sip it in the mail.

Edit: Oh, and sometimes there's a discount by buying the extra luggage/bag on their website, around 10 percent or something.

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I've NEVER seen an airport agent measure a bag at check in :no:

If your bag was obviously enormous they would probably charge you something but they're not gonna take out their rulers for a couple centimeters.

Most airlines now only allow 1 free checked bag on transatlantic flights, but you'll actually figure out once you book your ticket: depending on your ticket's class and conditions, the number of free bags may differ.

Recently I took an upgrade on one segment of my flight, and that gave me a 2nd free checked luggage for the entire flight.

Thats odd! when i was in the airport at Paris i saw quite a few peoples bags being measured at check in!


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Thank you Inky i just found that page, i must of missed it before!

Measurements. Sadly, nobody can say for certain. It depends which member of the check in staff you get on the day, and what mood they are in. Some will just eye-ball a bag and waive it through - others will get the tape measure out. But given that anything over the magic "62 inch" mark could cost you $200, I certainly understand your concern.

Number of bags. If you are flying from the UK to the US, you are allowed one free checked bag. The second bag (even if both are under 62 inches and under 50 lbs) will cost you $70.

http://www.continent...kedBaggage.aspx

But - given your name, you could be in luck. But that's IF (and only if) your husband will be flying with you. Continental allow military personnel and their dependents 3 free bags each. You don't have to be traveling on orders - but you would need to be with your husband and he'd need to show his ID.

And thank you! Unfortunaly my husbands current mission dont allow him to leave his duty station... which at first i thought was annoying but after realising his ticket to come here would cost more than the baggage fees it dont seem so bad lol

Ill have to look into all my options and see what would work out the cheapest, am i allowed to bring 3 bags which are all inside the guidlines instead of bringin 2 bags which are over? that may work out cheaper, i dont know i shall have to have another look at it all.

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The second bag is $70. If you're doing round trip, then that's another $70 coming back--for the second bag. This applies to United also. I did an informal study recently and United/Continental are the only major carriers that charge this fee on international flights, so you may want to book on another airline.

Also, the last time I flew United, I seemed to notice some really HUGE carry on bags, some almost needing a sledge hammer to fit in the overhead compartment. The next flight I booked was with another carrier that did not charge the second bag fee. Simple as that.

Airline rules change often, so check the fees before you buy. Also, baggage weight and fees are different if you are military.

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The second bag is $70. If you're doing round trip, then that's another $70 coming back--for the second bag. This applies to United also. I did an informal study recently and United/Continental are the only major carriers that charge this fee on international flights, so you may want to book on another airline.

Also, the last time I flew United, I seemed to notice some really HUGE carry on bags, some almost needing a sledge hammer to fit in the overhead compartment. The next flight I booked was with another carrier that did not charge the second bag fee. Simple as that.

Airline rules change often, so check the fees before you buy. Also, baggage weight and fees are different if you are military.

Add both Delta and American to that, both have charged me for 2nd bag in last 12 months.

People with carry on bags are taking liberties now in my opinion.


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My interview has been set and i am now starting to plan my trip to move to the states. Im having a few problems understanding the checked baggage policy on their website. If anyone has flown with Continental Airlines recently id apriciate the advice :)

We've flown Continental betweeen Heathrow and Houston for 10 years and I've never seen them measure a bag. Some of the carry-ons that get by need to be measured. You get 1 carry on and one "personal item" like a handbag or laptop or big camera case. We sometimes use a backpack as the personal item. It will hold the laptop, handbag, and a bunch of other stuff too.

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Before flying to Lima in October, I researched the policy and got these three possibilities:

2 bags allowed to specific countries, including Perú

1 bag allowed, no exceptions

1 bag free with 70U$ charge for extras.

I got to the airport with one prepared to be a carryon, but they told me that I was allowed to bring two. I got my little stubs as proof and I had left the policy page with that printed out at home on the guest bed.

When I entered the airport in Lima 2 weeks later to fly home, I was told NO. One bag free and the second bag was 35U$. I argued that when I bought my tickets the policy stated the first of the options and even had my stubs to prove that I had 2 pieces of luggage. (The carryon was full of books and I didn't relish the idea of lifting that over my head on the flight.) Plus, I already had my purse and backpack. They made me wait 90 minutes (valuable time I could have spent with the love of my life!!!!!) and told me that this was the policy forever. Finally, I was told to just carry on the smaller bag and, because of the 2 checkpoints that I had to go through, including the one where my bags were all searched, The crew was furious at me because I was late getting to the gate.

Whatever happens, be prepared to be treated like #######.

Oh, BTW--I flew out on October 20th. When I got home, the policy change had been enacted THAT WEEK. If you were in the middle of a trip, too bad.

Before this experience, Continental was always my airline of choice. Now, I have zero loyalty whatsoever. (I do like that the flight attendants look like humans instead of freaky-clown-makeup mannequins with giant scarves and heels on the ladies. Seriously, how does that make me safer on the flight? Can a 90 pound bimbo haul burning people out of the burning wreckage of a jumbo jet in those heels. Does company policy require reapplication of the orange-red lipstick before any rescue attempts?)

One more thing: Meal policy. Same non-definitive answers online: Yes, No, and You can buy with a credit card only. I stopped at Subway and bought a sandwich but the 6 hour flight had a very satisfying meal and a snack. My fiance gobbled the sandwich in the airport. "What is this? Pepperoni? Oh wow! This is incredible!!!! Is this everywhere in the US?" Subway will be his first meal once he gets here to the US. hahahahaha

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