There’s just so much to pack when you study abroad!
Unlike domestic students, international students essentially start a new life when they head to a foreign university to study. Being unfamiliar with the new location means having to pack more stuff to tide you over before you figure out where to get those same supplies in your new town.
Add to that all the things you want to bring to remind you of home (Indomee/Maggi noodles, photos, Milo, etc) and you’ll find out you’ve most likely exceeded the basic baggage allowance on your airline.
To make this slightly easier for you (we know you’ll likely still overpack), here’s a list of airlines with the more generous baggage allowance around:
1. British Airways
For one year from Sept 15, Malaysian students can bring up to 69kg worth of luggage when they book a ticket with British Airways’ travel agents. This comprises a checked-in baggage of up to 46kg and a one-piece hand baggage of up to 23kg per person per trip.
2. Etihad Airways
According to Make My Trip, those heading from India to United States, UK and Australia can bring three pieces of bags weighing up to 23kg each. Those going from India to Europe can bring two bags weighing up to 23kg each. Students have to contact Make My Trip make arrangements as it’s an offline deal.
3. Air India
The airline offers students an extra baggage allowance in the form of one piece of luggage up to 23kg. Destinations covered include US, UK, Europe, South East Asia, Far East Asia and Australia. This is an offline deal and students have to contact Make My Trip for it.
4. Sri Lanka Airlines
By becoming FlySmiles members, students will be eligible for the free baggage allowance of 40kg through Sri Lanka Airlines’ offer which will apply to online bookings made between Feb 18, 2017 March 31, 2018 for flights between Feb 18, 2017 till March 31, 2018.
5. Qatar Airways
For students traveling from India to US, the carrier is offering students extra baggage allowance of three pieces weighing up to 23kg per piece, according to its website. Whereas from India to European locations such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Moscow, etc. they are allowed 40kg of baggage. The offer is valid for bookings made before March 31, 2018 for flights before Dec 31, 2018.
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