Virgin - 3 x 23 kg Baggage - Can one overweight luggage offset another which is underweight?

By CityRail | Jun 26, 2018, 09:45 PM
Hi all,
I have a trip to Hong Kong via Melbourne (Tullamarine) later this week, Sydney - Melbourne on Economy and Melbourne - Hong Kong on Business in 1 ticket.
I have a platinum card which means I can pack 3 x 23kg luggage on the domestic leg, and then 3 x 32kg luggage in the international leg.
However, I am concerned one luggage is possibly 24 - 26kg, whilst the other 2 is just less than 20 kg.
So may I ask can this offset each other, or they are strict on each luggage cannot exceed 23 kg?
Thank you.
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By merp1811 | Jun 26, 2018, 11:35 PM
The higher baggage allowance should apply to the entire trip (assuming it is booked under the same PNR). From experience, virgin are only strict on the 23kg per bag rule out of HKG (but usually let it slide if its only a few kg over).
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By Boof | Jun 27, 2018, 10:46 PM
I wouldn’t risk it. Even if the total allowance is under the 69kg, and you have a J intl flight they will more than likely try and sting you. VA have been hitting platinum and gold members with excess luggage charges lately. As Platinum in recent weeks I had one 24.5kg bag in Y class and was told to rearrange or pay!
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By SeaVisionBurma | Jun 28, 2018, 03:35 AM
From what you have advised, consider getting a cheap 3rd piece of luggage to reduce the weight of your first piece which you said would be 24-26kg. Split between the 3 to be safe.
Last edited by SeaVisionBurma at Jun 28, 2018, 03.36 AM.
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By Jazzop | Jun 29, 2018, 09:16 AM
No, it's an OH&S thing. They may allow one or two kg's over, but don't risk it. Otherwise they'll make you repack the bags.
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By deegee93 | Jun 29, 2018, 11:42 AM
I regularly travel with oversize and heavy snowboarding and surfing bags (25-26kgs) and very rarely do I pay the fee when traveling with Virgin (VA Gold) it’s almost always my only checked bag too.

A trick I use with airlines I don’t hold status or partner status with is to put my carry on bag down in front of scales and sit the end of oversize bag on top of it so not all of it’s sitting on the scales.

The very strict policy Qantas have about 23kgs bags on the Dash-8 services is the main reason I avoid Qantas where possible.
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By pungpui | Jun 30, 2018, 10:50 AM
I'm not sure it's an OHS thing. In the US recently I had 23kgs allowance and was slightly over by 1-2kgs - they said I had to take some out and put it in my hand luggage. They said only first class was entitled to 32kgs. So not really an OHS thing, probably more a revenue thing.

I was thinking...yes I'm slightly over, but the flight wasn't even full and I ended up hand carrying the extra kgs anyway - didn't really make to much sense apart from revenue.
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By ManHa | Jun 30, 2018, 09:58 PM
Yes - I thought the max weight is 32kg? from my experiences, heavy bags get a heavy sticker put onto it.

I don't know why they should charge anyways if your total baggage weight is within the allowance.
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By SuziJ | Jul 04, 2018, 07:01 PM
'Normally' if your ticket has a domestic leg and an international leg on the one ticket, then the higher allowance of the two is the one you pack to. Eg SYD-MEL is 3 x 23 kg and the MEL-HKK is 3 x 32 kg, then the 32 kg per bag limit applies to the complete journey as the MEL-HKK leg is the longer. Check with the airline before you finalise your packing.
Last edited by SuziJ at Jul 04, 2018, 07.03 PM.
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