[CQ-Contest] Baggage Charges for Expeditions

john at kk9a.com john at kk9a.com
Fri Oct 14 14:24:30 PDT 2011

The baggage charges lately are really high.  In March, I spent days packing, 
weighing, giving away and selling items and re-packing, throwing things away 
and re-packing again when coming home from Aruba I and still paid US Airways 
hundreds of dollars in luggage fees.  One thing that I did discover is that 
First Class was allowed two free 70# bags and the upgrade fee at the time 
was $200.  This was less than the excess baggage fee for two 70# bags, 
however unfortunately there were no upgradeable seats available on my 
flight.  Another option is a freight forwarder, but getting the items though 
customs can also be expensive and it requires more effort than carrying 
luggage.  Perhaps some of your guest operators can each bring a few items. 
I used to carry aluminum tubing in a golf bag and no one ever questioned the 
contents, I wonder if they look inside it now to confirm if it is really 
sporting equipment?

John KK9A / P40A

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Subject: [CQ-Contest] Baggage Charges for Expeditions
From: Geoff Howard <ghoward at kent.edu>
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2011 09:43:33 -0700
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Is there anyone in the contesting community who works at American
Airlines corporate (and is willing to identify yourself)?

I'm interested in investigating the possibility of getting ham
equipment classified as sports equipment for baggage charge purposes.
To explore this, we need a contact inside of AA. The recent large
increases in baggage charges are rapidly making it prohibitive for us
to continue to operate overseas. (An oversize bag, for example, is
now $200. A third piece is $150.) Because of these charges, we have
had to decide this week to hold back considerable important equipment
that was scheduled to go to PJ2T this fall.

Anybody else running into showstopper baggage charges on DXpeditions?
Any ideas or advice for us?


           - Geoff, W0CG, PJ2DX, for the PJ2T crews 

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