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    I’ve put this under sports and leisure as it’s to do with travel but there’s not much leisurely about it!

    I am trying to sort out flights from Charles de Gaulle to Montreal, Canada, I can find flights that seem reasonably priced  – and then I get to baggage for going in the hold. I know the prices from the likes of Ryanair go up massively with add-ons added on and I’m happy to nip over to the UK with just hand luggage so no problem, however, I’m not just nipping over to the UK!

    One airline (think it was Air France but can’t be sure, have looked at so many!) wanted 122 euros per case per flight so 244 aller-retour per case! Another said I would have an option to add hold baggage later in the booking, got as far as them asking for payment and still no option for any hold luggage at all! (Obviously I didn’t go any further) Why is there such a problem with hold luggage and why so expensive?

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    Fruitcake, most International airlines allow one piece of luggage  per passenger that goes in the hold for long haul travel, for example Air Canada allow one bag free up to 23kg in weight, Air France is the same, then if you wish to add another case you’ll have to pay, probably why the website advises that you can add hold luggage later in the booking, meaning  additional luggage to your free allocated luggage.

    I find it best to do a separate search for this kind of thing, so for Air Canada, just type in air Canada luggage allowance in to Google, or of course any other airline you want to know about.

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    Yes I know they do tigre, which is why I’m getting frustrated, I know I’m not a seasoned traveller but we have flown several times before and we’ve always had one suitcase each allowed with the booking, so I do know that. I am not speaking about additional luggage, it plainly states in the flight details ‘baggage a mains inclus’, stating that you must ask later if you want any hold luggage. Even when I got to the payment point it had in big red letters ‘Aucun baggage en soute’ because I hadn’t found the relevant part where I added it. Perhaps I am using the wrong search engine!

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    Fruitcake, what airline is it you’re trying to make a booking with? Your original post came over as you’d have the option to add hold luggage, I took this as it wasn’t necessarily compulsory that you would need to as it was for extra luggage, but obviously not.

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    Unfortunately it seems to be an increasingly common feature. I have been looking at flights to Bermuda and NYC for next year and all the lower quotes on skyscanner.net  seem to be with only hand baggage. Suitcases are extra. If you do try that portal Fruitcake it will tell you clearly what is included on the bottom left of each quote. Interestingly it seems to be cheaper nowadays from Paris than from London in many cases.

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    No particular airline tigre, just looking for the cheapest flight I can find. Yes there was an option to add hold luggage but, as I said, not in addition, just if you didn’t want only hand luggage. I’m sure I shall find a suitable airline that has a reasonably priced flight which includes a hold luggage. It just seemed bizarre that those which I’d found had this hand luggage only set up, unless you paid an exorbitant price to put one in the hold, as you said and as I said to Mr. F. we’ve always just booked the flight and been told how many kg the included hold baggage can be, I was just voicing an “I wonder why”  :unsure:

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    I think external websites can be a tad deceiving, in the way they will give you the cheapest price, but these are often not very suitable, for example if you put in to skyscanner Paris to Montreal, pick the cheapest fare, it then transfers you to the airlines actual website, this fare was without the first piece of hold luggage free as it was for ” economy light” yet their standard economy fare was with the first piece of hold luggage free, but obviously more expensive. I find that it’s often easier and less confusing to find out which airlines fly from your chosen departure city to destination, then go on to the airlines actual website and compare fares this way, you then know exactly what you’re getting for your money.

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    Success! Flight booked! And with hold luggage! Good price too, eventually.

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    Bravo! When’s the trip?

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    That’s good, Fruitcake. I did have a look at the Air France website and went through the process of booking some flights, I didn’t realise some airlines offer ‘economy light’ which is with no hold luggage in the price, there was a drop down facility to add luggage and also choose seats, whereas the standard ‘ economy’ included hold luggage in the price, of course you could add more cases if you wanted for extra money. This is why your original post threw me, because of the different economy options they offer. It’s a good idea if you travel light.

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    Trip is next May VK, Mr. F. will celebrate his 81st birthday 2 days before we come home.

    If anyone is interested I used CheapOair.ca to find the better price and we are flying with Air France

    Yes tigre and whocares it threw me when I had to navigate different drop-down menus and options to sort out the hold luggage, hence my original post.

     

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    I’m very envious, Fruitcake, they say it’s a lovely Country and well worth a visit. Will you manage to do some travelling within Canada, or are you staying with relatives?

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    Hi tigre – I have booked us into an apartment through Airbnb in Ottawa, but we will be met at Montreal airport by the niece of Mr. F. whom he has never met and who is very excited at the prospect of meeting a recently found uncle! We have a night in a hotel in Montreal then the niece will take us to Ottawa to the apartment and Ottawa is where she lives with her family. The apartment is walking distance from restaurants, shops and the bus stop and I expect Tracy will show us some of the local sights but we will not be travelling around as such. It will just be nice to have visited Canada at all!

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    Sounds fabulous and how exciting meeting a new relative. I take it, Fruitcake, you added my suitcase in the drop down facility? ;-)

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    Have a great trip Fruitcake. Montreal is well worth looking around if you get a chance. I spent quite some time there when I worked for Canadian Pacific. I was offered a transfer to either there or London after I finished my five years in Bermuda. I chose London having been away from home for that period but often think that I should have chosen Montreal. I ended up back in North America anyway some years later. Life is just a series of choices.

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    tigre – I certainly did! Yes it is exciting meeting a new relative, especially as it is the first one of his birth family that he has met since finding out that he was adopted (although he had met both his birth parents and his older  siblings and one younger but didn’t know at the time that was what they were – long story ..!)

    Thanks whocares, we will see some of Montreal. A  missed opportunity for you, but it obviously wasn’t meant to be.

    It’s very exciting, even Mr. F. is excited and he usually just gets stressed about travel when I drag him off (he’ll still do that too nearer the time!)

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    If you have room I’ll come as your maid and pack & unpack your cases!  :yahoo:

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    You can come in the suitcase that tigre gave me to add in the drop-down menu Blue!

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    Fruitcake, I hate to bother you with this at such an early stage in the proceedings, I’ll of course remind you nearer to your date of departure, but if you see extra large whirly  lines in Canada, bigger and better than we have, please don’t mention them when you come back, I’ll find it very upsetting. I have to say, I’m still trying to get over a post of VK’s a while ago, he said when he lived in Australia many years ago, he had such a big one, you could swing on it!  :cry:

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    Tigre, worry not, I’ve already thought that if I see any that are really big but can be shrunk to a more manageable size (collapsible!) I’ll put one in that suitcase you gave me and bring it back for you – that’ll show VK who has the biggest ones!

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    I like it!! : :rose:

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