Continental Airlines has made modifications to its free checked-bags policy for international travel, to reflect new weight limits of 50 lbs. each for up to two pieces.
To assist customers with the transition to the new policy, Continental is waiving excess weight charges up to 70 lbs. each for up to two pieces of free checked baggage for international travel purchased through 6 September 2005. Excess baggage charges will be applied for international travel purchased on or after 7 September 2005.
The new U.S. Department of Transportation-approved policy, which makes Continental’s international checked baggage allowance consistent with its domestic baggage policy, is aimed to recoup increased handling and fuel costs associated with carrying heavier bags. It will apply unless prohibited by specific foreign governments for travel to/from their countries.
Continental’s new International Free Checked Baggage Allowance:
- Two pieces of checked baggage free of charge: Maximum weight: 50 lbs. each; Maximum linear dimensions: 62 inches eachÊ
- OnePass Elite members: Two pieces of free checked baggage up to a maximum weight of 70 lbs. each; Maximum linear dimensions: 62 inches eachÊ
- BusinessFirst or First Class customers: Three pieces of free checked baggage up to a maximum weight of 70 lbs. each; Maximum linear dimensions: 62 inches eachÊ
- Military passengers on tour: May check free of charge two duffel bags, sea bags or B-4 bags up to 70 lbs./115 linear inches.
- Certain items may be carried free in lieu of one suitcase.
- Checked baggage over 50 lbs. and not exceeding 70 lbs. will be charged at the rate of $25.00 per piece.