Are there affordable ways to get your surplus Christmas gifts home by air?

Written by Jennifer Beattie on Friday, 26 December 2014. Posted in Go Packing Tips

You have had a marvelous Christmas and New Year with family and friends. It has been great catching up with your school mates, cousins and Grandma.

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The problem is, you are now flying back to Spain and have no idea what you are going to do with all these wonderful gifts! I mean, how on earth are you going to get that new bike in your suitcase? It isn’t even the foldable kind!

Unfortunately, this happens all too often over the festive season, generous relatives do not always consider the practicalities and expense of getting all those surplus Christmas gifts home.

How do you cost effectively fly your gifts back home?

If you find yourself in this situation your choices are a little limited. You can of course leave the gifts behind, exchange them for cash or pay excess luggage charges on the airline and fly them home with you.

The first two option; returning the gifts or exchanging them, is likely to be politically sensitive. Also, there is a chance that you might actually like the presents and want to keep them. The third option, paying for an additional bag on the airline can be pretty expensive. The following comparison chart gives you an indication of what you could expect to pay on a number of major airlines. In reality, (except perhaps the bike) flying many of these gifts home on an airline, is likely to cost you more than the gift itself.

A fourth and final option, is using an excess baggage service to send the items home for you.

How does an excess baggage company work?

Excess baggage companies work in a similar way to couriers with one distinct exception, you must be the sender of the bag or box and receiver. In other words, you must sign for the baggage upon collection and on delivery. Transit time varies depending on customs but from collection to delivery is usually around 5 days.

How much money will you save?

Of course, this all depends on the weight and size of the item (s) you are sending. But to give you an example, you can send a large, fully stuffed suitcase up to 30kg to Spain for £23 ex vat or £27 to you and I. The next best price on any airline is around £39 and only for up 22 or 23kg. Most airlines charge between £40 – £100 per additional bag. Therefore, using an excess baggage service would actually save you quite a lot of money! In addition, the bag will be delivered to your door, so you won’t have to haul it through the airport or onto the underground!

This is just an example and your route will determine the price. Hard worn routes between major hubs such as Singapore, Dubai, USA, France and UK, to name but a few often also provide really good excess baggage rates in comparison to the airline.

So, before you return your gifts and upset your Grandma, take a few minutes to get an excess baggage quote and check out the rates on the airline excess baggage comparison site. You never know, it might save you some money!

About the Author

Jennifer Beattie

Jennifer Beattie

Jennifer Beattie is the freelance journalist for the Go Group. With lots of experience of moving and relocating nationally and internationally, Jennifer has personal and professional knowledge of the issues involved. She aims to provide up to date and accurate information on topics of importance to the industry. You're welcome to contact Jennifer via email or send us a comment.

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