Our head office is in Marbella and there is naturally quite a lot of money around in Marbella. So it’s not surprising that Marbella residents send their suitcases by FedEx and travel with hand luggage only.
But, does that mean that it costs a fortune to send your suitcase from Spain on ahead of you? No, and here is why.
I’ve told you all before about the cost of excess baggage, typically €15/kg against a cost of around €3/kg to FedEx your luggage through Citibox. You all understand the strain of waiting around at the luggage carousel in airports, getting to the car hire queue last and waiting for an hour to pick up your keys, the lack of trolleys to carry your bags and the general frustration that goes with accompanied luggage.
What’s the alternative? Well, I’ve just had a look at Iberia’s website. Your luggage allowance (outside of business class) is 23kg with the following exceptions:
(1) To/From Brazil, 2 pieces are permitted for all economy classes. The authorised weight per bag is 32 kg instead of 23 kg, a benefit which is applicable on the return journey as well as the outbound.
(2)A free baggage allowance for 3 standard items in Business and 2 standard items in tourist applies to/from Equatorial Guinea (application period for tourist class: from 16/01 to 15/06 and from 21/09 to 20/11). A free baggage allowance for 2 standard items in tourist applies to/from Nigeria and Senegal.
(3) Standard item: maximum size and weight 158 cm and 23 kg.
OK, so that’s simple enough, I’ll remember that when I go to Senegal.
A few years ago we bought a monster suitcase, even in the sale it cost €135 and it has all the bells and whistles that you could want. Sadly, it weighs 7kg on its own and that’s not smart when Ryanair give you a 15kg baggage allowance so it remains in the attic.
Nowadays, we FedEx all our luggage from Spain. British Airways recommend a “partner” company called First Luggage to their customers. I’m sure they’re a perfectly good company, they just charge 50% more than Citibox for baggage from Spain. Why don’t you investigate the practicalities of shipping your suitcases by courier?