Shared in this post are the checked baggage fees of the airlines operating in the domestic travel in the Philippines: Cebu Pacific and CebGo, Philippine Airlines and PAL Express, Air Asia Philippines and Skyjet Airlines.
Awareness of the different airlines checked baggage fees at the time of booking and in the airport check-in counters before the flight may help our Piso Fare readers save on checked baggage fees.
THE PREPAID BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE
PREPAID BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE is now offered by the different airline companies in the Philippines. In the Prepaid Baggage Scheme, travelers have the option to buy checked baggage allowance in advance, most of the time during ticket booking.
Except for Skyjet Airlines where regular or promo ticket holders are entitled only for free hand-carry bag of 5 kilos, passengers on other airlines can bring up to 7 kilos cabin baggage regardless if they purchase promo fare or regular tickets.
However, when you are traveling 7 kilos is not enough for all the stuff you will be bringing. So, the rest of your baggage should be check-in during the flight.
The Prepaid Baggage can be purchased during booking for your flights or at least 4 hours prior to your flight.
PREPAID BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE: ADVANTAGE
Prepaid Baggage Allowance can now be availed by customers for their checked baggage from the airlines in the Philippines. The Prepaid Baggage Allowance means you have to pay your checked baggage fees during booking or up to 4 hours before your check-in at the airport for your flights.
The advantage of pre-booking your baggage is that the rates are lower compared to baggage charges at the airport. This move is to encourage guests to purchase baggage packages in advance.
Purchase of Prepaid Baggage can be done on the “Purchase Add-on” section during booking. In some airlines, this can be done up to 4 hours before flight departure by going online at the “Manage my Booking” or “Modify” section.
Availing of the prepaid baggage option means savings especially if you will be bringing several bags of heavy luggage.
If you cannot buy in advance the checked baggage allowance, you can pay the baggage fee at the airport check-in counter before your flight.
PREPARED BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE and AIRPORT BAGGAGE FEES
Check below Domestic Trips Prepaid Baggage Fee compared to airport baggage fees.
CEBU PACIFIC AIR and subsidiary CEBGO
Cebu Pacific and CebGo tickets include 7 kg hand-carry bag. This airline company has no free checked baggage allowance.
In Cebu Pacific and CebGo, the Prepaid Baggage Allowance remains the same when you purchase it during booking or up to 4 hours before your scheduled flight thru the Manage Booking- Purchase Add-ons at the airline’s website
- Small or up to 15 kg – P200
- Standard or up to 20 kg – P320
- Large or up to 30 kg – P650
- Extra Large or up to 40 kg – P1,000
In contrast, the baggage fee at the airport (airport bag) for 15 kg is P700.00. Excess baggage fee rate is P200 (VAT inclusive) per kg.
So, your 15 kilos baggage will cost you only P200 when you purchased the baggage allowance during booking or up to 4 hours prior to flight departure. In comparison, you will be paying P700 for the same baggage weight at the airport check-in counter.
PHILIPPINE AIRLINES and sister company PAL EXPRESS
Regular fare and promo tickets of Philippine Airlines and sister company PAL Express regular fare and promo tickets include 7 kg free hand carry bag. Tickets also contain free checked baggage allowance which is determined by the ticket type (Business or Economy Class) and your destination.
Free checked baggage on domestic flights
- Budget Economy tickets – 10 kg checked baggage is free with the ticket
- Regular Economy tickets is with Free 20 kg check-in baggage
- Premium Economy tickets – with free 25 kg checked baggage allowance
- Business Class tickets includes free 30 kg check-in baggage
- Premium Business Class tickets- 35 kg check-in baggage is free
Flights bound to Tuguegarao and Dumaguete are only allowed up to 10 kg prepaid baggage.
PAL Domestic Flights Prepaid Baggage Rates
Bringing more baggage than the PAL free checked baggage? See below the rates if you should add more kilogram to your free PAL checked baggage allowance
- Up to 5 kg – P250
- Up to 10 kg – P500
- Up to 15 kg – P750
- Up to 20 kg – P1,000
- Up to 25 kg – P1,250
- Up to 30 kg – P1,500
- Up to 35 kg – P1,750
- Up to 40 kg – P2,000
Excess baggage fee at the airport for local trips cost P200/kg per kilo per piece while if you will be availing the prepaid baggage option, you will be paying only P250 for 5 kg excess baggage.
AIR ASIA PHILIPPINES
Free cabin baggage of Air Asia is 7 kg. More than this weight, you must bring as checked baggage.
Prepaid baggage fees of Air Asia are cheapest when you book it during Initial booking. After initial booking and you decide to add baggage fees thru “Manage My Booking” the baggage cost per kilo increase.
Checked baggage fees at initial booking
- Up to 15 kg – P250
- Up to 20 kg – P320
- Up to 25 kg – P580
- Up to 30 kg – P900
- Up to 40 kg – P1,700
You may add up a new prepaid baggage fee via Manage My Booking after initial booking.
Checked baggage fees after initial booking and up to 4 hours before scheduled flight departure
- Up to 15 kg – P288
- Up to 20 kg – P368
- Up to 25 kg – P667
- Up to 30 kg – P1035
- Up to 40 kg – P1,955
At the airport, the checked baggage rate is P800 for 15kg with any excess of the 15 kg will be assessed at P360/kg. Have you noticed the difference?
Ticket holders of Skyjet regular fare or promo seats are allowed 5 kg hand carry bag and 10kg checked baggage allowance included in the Skyjet ticket price. Passengers will be paying P150 per kilo in excess of the 10kg allotted in the fare.
PISOFARE TIPS ON CHECKED BAGGAGE
Airline passenger can pre-booked their baggage to save on checked baggage fees since it cost less.
Up to 7kg hand carry bags are allowed and are free in the local airlines except Skyjet, which permits only 5 kilos as hand carry on their flights.
On domestic flights, a passenger can buy up to a maximum of 40 kilos for their checked baggage.
International trips checked baggage prices depends on the flight destination; if it is short haul or long haul flight. Before booking, inquire from the airline about their checked baggage charges for your desired destination.
Thus, if you will be bringing several bags, we in PISO FARE.XYZ team is advising our readers to purchase your prepaid baggage allowance in advance to save on your check-in baggage fees.
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