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British travellers set to spend over £100 million on excess baggage charges this summer

New research by Tesco Travel Insurance has found that British travellers are set to pay out £112m1 to airlines in excess baggage charges this summer. The research found that over packing is rife, with just over 3 million passengers expected to go over their baggage allowance and many checking in more than one bag for their summer break abroad.

Most airlines offer some checked baggage included in the ticket price, or it is available to buy at the time of booking. However, this is usually limited to one bag per person with a maximum weight of 23kg. If travellers go over their allowance without realizing, they can be charged anything from £10 per kg up to £15 per kg of excess weight when they check in.

The good news is that the research also found that travellers are often packing items they never use, meaning these charges could be avoided.  The most unused items on holidays are excessive clothes and shoes, but also include make up, hair driers and tongs, and sun cream.

Of those who have been stung by excess baggage charged, the vast majority (79%) only found out about the charges when checking in at the airport, and 6 out of 10 travellers who were caught out by them were not expecting it.

To help travellers manage the cost of their summer break, Tesco Travel Insurance is currently offering new customers with a Clubcard 25% off all travel insurance policies purchased online between 8am on 13th June and 8am on 20th June2 entering the  code FLASHSALE. Policies purchased during this period can start any time in the next 12 months.

David McCreadie, Managing Director of Tesco Bank, said,

“Customers could save a good deal of money by planning ahead and thinking carefully about what they take away with them on holiday. Tesco Bank has a great offer on travel insurance this week to help customers make their holiday money go that little bit further.”


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Notes to Editors:

Research undertaken by eDigital on behalf of Tesco Bank. Data generated between 19th and 20th May 2016 (1033 responses collected).

1 Figure calculated using the following theory;

UK population is 64,596,800

Number of adults (those aged 20 and over) in UK population is 81.1%, which is 52.3m adults;

Tesco Travel Insurance research found that 6 out of 10 of them are travelling abroad this summer (31.38m) and 1 out of 10 are paying excess baggage (3.138m).

The average price charged by airlines per kilo for excess baggage is £11.90. We assume the average to be 3kgs excess per person at a cost of £35.70. Therefore, cost to UK travellers: £112m (£112,026,600)

2The Tesco Travel Insurance Flash Sale is open to new customers with a Clubcard who buy direct from The discount of 25% is made up of our normal online and Clubcard discounts, plus an additional flash sale discount. To get the additional discount, quote between 8 am on 13th June 2016 and 8am on 20th June 2016 and buy the policy within 14 days. Remember to enter your Clubcard number and the promotional code FLASHSALE. Discounts do not apply to options you can add to your policy and are subject to a minimum premium. Policies purchased during this period can start any time in the next 12 months.

Tesco Travel Insurance is provided by Ageas Insurance Ltd.

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