Tuesday, December 16, 2014

ANA to increase free bags on international flights

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) will increase the free baggage allowance for passengers traveling in economy class on international flights.

Starting with tickets issued on Jan. 8, passengers will be able to check two pieces of baggage without charge, a change from the single piece allowed under the current rules.

ANA Dreamliner arrives in Seattle
“With the expansion of ANA’s international network and increasing [number of] customers to/via Japan, ANA is increasing its economy class free baggage allowance to enhance customer benefit and strengthen the competitiveness on international routes,” the airline said in a statement announcing the change.

Weight and size limitations will remain unchanged, as will the free baggage allowance rule for first and business class passengers. Economy passengers’ bags must weight no more than 50 pounds or 23 kilograms, while Business and First Class passengers’ bags can weigh as must as 70 pounds or 32 kilograms. All bags must meet the same size limitations with a combined height, length, and depth of not more than 62 inches or 158 centimeters, including handles and wheels.

Arigatō, ANA!

At the same time, the airline announced it would be increasing the fees it charges in Japanese Yen for the third piece of checked baggage, as well as for bags that are overweight or oversize. Fees paid in US or Canadian dollars or euros will largely remain unchanged, though fees will increase across all currencies for bags that are overweight between 23 and 32 kilograms or between 50 and 70 pounds. A complete list of the revised fees can be found here, on ANA's website.

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