Inside Golf Travel : Inside Golf Travel December 2014
17 December 2014 | INSIDE GOLF TRAVEL Michael Green is an avid golf fanatic, and the author/blogger of the Aussie Golfer blog (www.aussiegolfer.net) one of Australia’s most popular golf blogging sites.Follow him on Twitter (@AussieGolfer) or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/AussieGolfer Taking your sticks to the States? While carrying more than 14 clubs in your bag can earn you a penalty in most golf tournaments, it can apparently cost you much more when checking your bag on an airline in the US. Airlines like U.S . Airways are beginning to enforce strict penalties if you include things like clothes, hats and the like in your checked golf bag. According the policy on most US airlines’ websites, the limits on what you can pack inside a golf bag are usually along the lines of “one bag with a maximum of 14 clubs, 12 balls, and one pair of golf shoes.” If you pack anything beyond that – shirts, golf umbrella, etc – then you may be asked to remove it from your bag, or face hefty penalties. Qantas Passengers flying on Qantas domestic flights are given a 1-piece baggage allowance with a maximum weight of 23kg. So if you’re travelling with a bag as well as golf clubs, that’s two pieces and you’re going to have to fork out for an extra piece of luggage. If you pre-purchase an extra piece of luggage online it’ll cost you $30, but it will cost you $40 if you do it at the airport. We’ve known some golfers to shove all their extra gear into the golf bag and just travel with the clubs. But if you’re going to do a lot of travel with the clubs, purchasing a large golf travel bag that will hold your bag and all your gear may be a good idea. See more information on baggage allowances at the Qantas website: www.qantas.com.au/travel/airlines/ checked-baggage/global/en Virgin Australia Virgin Australia also have a similar “per piece” model for their baggage allowances, again up to 23kg per piece. If you want to pre-purchase an extra piece for your golf clubs, it’ll cost you $35 per flight. And it really pays to pre-purchase when you’re travelling with Virgin, as they’ll slug you $70 for an extra piece of baggage at the airport. See more information on baggage at the Virgin Australia website: www.virginaustralia.com/au/en/ plan/baggage/checked-baggage Jetstar Jetstar baggage rules are based on a weight-based allowance system and you can choose your total baggage allowance depending on your travel needs. Just make sure that your golf clubs and all your gear weighs less than the weight limit you purchase. It will cost you $15.50 for 15kg, $16.50 for 20kg, $23 for 25kg and $30 for 30kg. Jetstar won’t guarantee being able to purchase excess baggage at the airport, but if you do it will cost you $50 for up to 15kg. See more information on Jetstar baggage information: www.jetstar.com/au/en/ planning-and-booking/baggage/ checked-baggage TigerAir Sports equipment such as golf clubs are now also included in your checked-in baggage allowance at Tiger Airways. TigerAir have now launched a “Luggage Upsize” option where you can purchase a baggage allowance when you buy your ticket. Similarly to Jetstar prices are about $1 per kg for each flight. But make sure you purchase this early. If you forget to pre-purchase you baggage allowance you will only be allowed to buy an extra 15kg at the airport for $70 for flights under 1hr 45mins, or $85 for longer flights. Ouch. Rex (Regional Express) Rex passengers can travel free with golf clubs, provided the total weight of all your checked-in bags sneak in under 15kg. Extra weight will cost you $7.70 per kg over the check-in baggage allowance. See more information on Rex baggage information: www.regionalexpress.com.au/ FlightInfo/checked.aspx If we had to pick a favourite airline for travelling within Australia with golf clubs it would be Jetstar. At least with them you aren’t limited by the number of bags you can check-in under the purchased weight limit. But like all the options, just make sure you’ve purchased your allowance before you get to the airport otherwise you may get charged more than your green fees.
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