Now this is not how you want to start your holiday!

Low cost airlines Jetstar and Tiger are stinging passengers with high fees for going over their luggage allowance.

Flying with these airlines can often come in at under $50, and if you don’t read the fine print on what you’ve bought, well, you could be in for a shock.

Most low cost airlines have a strict luggage weight allowance of 7kg, which is just perfect for a weekend.

We all have a friend who’s successfully stretched that for a week long trip or more though… right?

For passengers who are over the allowance, and have not upgraded online in advance, fees can be of up to $115, just to get bags onto the plane.

How to avoid these fines?

It’s easy – be organised!

Even if it’s not when you originally book your flights, you can always revise your booking to have more baggage allowance.

Jetstar charges passengers $16 for a 10kg allowance, which works out to $1.60 a kilo.

Tiger passengers can upgrade their weight allowance at $1.25 a kilo, with the upgrade to a total of 12kg in baggage for $15.

So, even if it’s while you’re packing (assuming it’s not 30 minutes before you have to be at the airport!), upgrade your weight allowance BEFORE you get to the airport so you don’t have to cop a hefty fine!

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