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40% of Indians have paid excess baggage fees while travelling by air in 2011: Expedia

According to the Annual Expedia Baggage Survey, conducted by Expedia.co.in,
the Indian arm of global online travel company Expedia, nearly 40 per cent of
Indians have paid excess baggage fees while travelling and have spent as much
as Rs 7500 on excess baggage fees.  While

According to the Annual Expedia Baggage Survey, conducted by Expedia.co.in,
the Indian arm of global online travel company Expedia, nearly 40 per cent of
Indians have paid excess baggage fees while travelling and have spent as much
as Rs 7500 on excess baggage fees.  While
more than 60 per cent said they had not even used all the items that they had
carried with them. The results have been collated basis a survey carried out
with over 500 Indian travellers who have booked air travel online.

“Some of the respondents admitted
to wearing extra clothes, including up to three jackets, stuffing small things
in pockets, and befriending fellow passengers travelling with lesser baggage to
help accommodate their stuff. Some even used infant strollers to carry heavy
items, since strollers are allowed into the cabin, amongst other innovative
solutions,” the study said.

From a packing perspective, more than half of the respondents (59%) admit
to spending between one and two days preparing for their holiday. Less than a
third (22%) admit to spending only two hours in packing their suitcases and
nearly 18% spend more than 2 days in packing their bags.

Manmeet Ahluwalia, marketing head, Expedia.co.in, said, “With summer at
its peak, and more and more consumers looking to visit new destinations, we
felt it would be interesting for consumers to take a relook at their packing
habits. It can help them avoid paying the airlines for items that they may not
use in the first place. Proper planning and packing smart can help consumers
save money, thereby giving them the extra cash to spend an additional day
holidaying or allow them to enjoy some of the interesting activities that
Expedia allows its travellers to experience.”

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