Should I purchase flights now or purchase closer to date?
Gary Whitehead
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#1
| Member

Should I purchase flights now or purchase closer to date?

I am wanting to fly from London Heathrow to Mumbai on the 8th of December and return on 11th of January 2018. I have priced the flight prices up and its roughly £660.00 return. Looking on more recent flights in two weeks time flights are only £400.00. Should I wait to buy tickets closer to my departure. Would they be cheaper or more expensive? What will availability be like? Ideally I would like to purchase flights after my e-visa...

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#2
| The Silent One
You will have to keep checking over a period of time.
There are sales (often sold out before you even know it), but still do work out cheaper.
It is in the mid period - not too early nor too late, that the deals usually sweeten..
Advice - do not wait for the cheapest rates. Book at a level you are comfortable with - low is good, lowest is unpredictable.
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#3
| Clueless

Originally posted by: Gary Whitehead View Post

I am wanting to fly from London Heathrow to Mumbai on the 8th of December and return on 11th of January 2018. I have priced the flight prices up and its roughly £660.00 return. Looking on more recent flights in two weeks time flights are only £400.00. Should I wait to buy tickets closer to my departure. Would they be cheaper or more expensive? What will availability be like? Ideally I would like to purchase flights after my e-visa...


You should first check with some bucket shops in London that specialize in discounted non-published fares. You can also download hopper app (yup its an app, no desktop version) or do trend analysis using google.

[ Later during the summer or fall is taking a risk. But I think £660 is tad high, but then there is a slow hysteria being built up due to #brexit by Michael O'Leary's boys at RyanAir who have started selling FUD, which has allowed other airlines to play silly games.]
#4
| "On The Road Again"
I assume you mean 11th January 2019?
#5
| "On The Road Again"
I've been checking prices from the UK to Delhi online for September.

The cheapest flights include two stops, one in Europe either in Paris or Amsterdam.
The second stop is in Mumbai and then Mumbai to finally Delhi.

I like the timing of arrival in Delhi and do not mind the 2 to 3 hours wait in Europe and then in Mumbai.

My question is would taking 3 flights on I assume 3 different planes, make a difference to my baggage allowance?

I'm hoping to carry my luggage in motorcycle "throwover" saddlebags for the hold, and a tank bag for my carry on bag.

I get to the point where you pay for the flight but it still didn't give me the luggage allowance size and weight?
#6
| Account Closed
Would be a good idea to see past trend in prices around the time that you are booking for. You can also use kayak alert for fare trends. when you see fares on the rise for the forseeable future, you should book.
#7
| Maha Guru Member
HowieUK,
I guess if you are not changing airlines, then whatever the original baggage allowances are on the first flight would apply. I think the airlines dictate the baggage allowances, not the airports, although a domestic rather than international leg might have different allowances.

If you are on 2 or 3 different airlines, maybe try to do a "pretend" booking on a site like Opodo just for the sector and airline you need, that should show you the free baggage allowances for that portion of the flight.

Because of the massive hassles with baggage fees these days, it might be as well to fly with a major carrier with included checked bagsage.

Keep in mind that changing planes 3 times to save money means that your all important hold luggage has far more opportunity to go astray...

You mentioned Paris and Amsterdam... Lots of red flags in the news the last few days about Air France/KLM... Just saying...

Ed.
#8
| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: Gary Whitehead View Post

I am wanting to fly from London Heathrow to Mumbai on the 8th of December and return on 11th of January 2018. I have priced the flight prices up and its roughly £660.00 return. Looking on more recent flights in two weeks time flights are only £400.00. Should I wait to buy tickets closer to my departure. Would they be cheaper or more expensive? What will availability be like? Ideally I would like to purchase flights after my e-visa...


Because you want to fly out on a Saturday, and return on a Friday, and that return date is going to be popular with folk who visited relatives in India, as well as holidaymakers, I doubt you will find "cheap fares" around that Xmas period.
I have recently been shocked by the price of flights in the school holidays, your situation is similar with a popular time frame.
I think prices for the next few months are less, not because of deals, but because of less demand, it is not the holiday season.

Ed.
#9
| "On The Road Again"
Thanks for the info Ed.

When I looked at the individual flight airlines I would be travelling with, the first one, (the largest independent in Europe, based in England) when flying on standard, allows only 10kg of cabin luggage.
I guess I would have to pay for my 23kg of hold luggage and the price looks to be £50 UK extra.

The flight from Paris to Mumbai, I cannot find any information on the airline!

From Mumbai to Delhi on an Indian Airline, the cabin luggage allowance is lower than the first airline's allowance at 7kg!

So this looks like a potential nightmare.

For US citizens I found some info that says on multiple airline journeys on the same ticket, the first carrier sets the allowances and the other airlines must comply with this?

whether this is the same in the UK I don't know?

At this time I'm thinking of paying £80 UK more and flying with one operator as Ed advised, unless anyone else has first hand knowledge, as I would rather spend the extra money in India?
#10
| Maha Guru Member
To be honest, I don't think many airlines do allow more than around 7-10 kg of cabin luggage, at least in the cheapest seats. I have sometimes worn a loose coat with large "poachers" pockets, to bring more stuff aboard the plane, if I am traveling without hold luggage.

I can't see how one airline can dictate what another must carry, if using multiple airlines, given the different plane sizes, etc.

Some of the middle east carriers offer good luggage allowances included, and cheapish tickets. I think I saw 30kg luggage included for Gulf Air. They seem to allow any number of hold bags, as long as the total is not over their weight limit.

Try some other departure airports from UK, there may be something cheaper. I live in Nottingham, and check Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, as well as the London prices.

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Ed.
#11
| "On The Road Again"
Good info Ed.:)

I'm really looking for someone who has taken the multi airline route to India and what their experience was with baggage allowance, because all of the info online is contradictory. [whoa]
#12
| Loud Noisy Bird
British Airways, I think, does not limit the weight of hand baggage, although it certainly limits the size. However, it stipulates that you must be able to put your bag in the overhead locker yourself, and cabin crew will not help you. The latter may seem mean, but I guess they are not paid to be porters, and this rule, changed a few years back, might have been a response to staff back injury!

Unless a person is fit, training, and maybe even does weightlifting, the amount of weight one can get above shoulder hight is severely restricted. Unless you can develop the swing, which I once had the knack of when working in a warehouse, that allows a wimp like me to stack much heavier stuff than I could ever lift up there. Hmmm... I don't think this manoeuvre would be very popular on an aircraft :renske:
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#13
| Senior
Hand luggage
As seems to me that 23 Kg is a lot of luggage ,for less than a month do not know what you intend to take with you, you can add some of the hand luggage into the hold luggage.
A side thought, you might find it awkward travelling from place to place with so much luggage, that is my own personal opinion if not going to cold places or going on a trek.
Enjoy yourself
#14
| "On The Road Again"

Originally posted by: dcamrass1 View Post

Hand luggage
As seems to me that 23 Kg is a lot of luggage ,for less than a month do not know what you intend to take with you, you can add some of the hand luggage into the hold luggage.
A side thought, you might find it awkward travelling from place to place with so much luggage, that is my own personal opinion if not going to cold places or going on a trek.
Enjoy yourself


I am staying in India for 60 days and travelling by Motorcycle!
I think you misunderstood the questions it was about the amount of baggage allowed on multi airline flights.
#15
| Loud Noisy Bird
seems to me that 23 Kg is a lot of luggage ,for less than a month


Seems to me that 20kg is hardly enough for a weekend away! And then there is the 20kg shopping that you have on the return journey!

Nope. I cannot travel light!
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