Tuesday, October 30, 2012

British Airlines

 Size and weight of free baggage allowances

How large can my bag be?

Baggage dimensions. The maximum dimensions of the bag are
90cm x 75cm x 43cm (35.5in x 29.5in x 16 in), including the handle, pockets and wheels.

What to do with larger/bulky items

You may take bags up to the dimensions 190cm x 75cm x 65cm (75in x 29.5in x 25.5in), including the handle, pockets and wheels.
  • Any bags carried in addition to your free checked baggage allowance will incur an extra bag charge.
  • A heavy bag charge may apply to bags over 23kg (51lb).

What is my allowance?

2 bags not to exceed 51 lbs (23 kg)

Restrictions on the quantities of liquids, gels or pastes are:

  • they must be held in individual containers not exceeding 100ml (3.5 US ounces)
  • the containers must be carried in a separate, clear-plastic, zip-top or re-sealable bag
  • the bag must not exceed 20cm x 20cm (8ins x 8ins) in dimensions
  • the bag must not exceed one litre capacity
  • the bag must be completely closed
  • the items must fit comfortably in the bag
  • the bag must be x-ray screened separately from other hand baggage at airport security points
  • before boarding, secondary searches may be performed if you are carrying liquids.
Duty-free goods containing liquids may be carried, provided they are purchased after the security screening point. We advise you to pack any duty-free liquids in your checked baggage where possible.
If you are departing the US or Canada, your duty-free liquids will be delivered to the boarding gate or pick-up point in the secure area in a Sealable Tamper-Evident Bag (STEB).

 Hand baggage allowance

  • You are allowed one piece of hand baggage plus a laptop or handbag.
  • A 23kg (51lbs) maximum bag weight applies and you must be able to lift the bag unaided into the overhead lockers in the aircraft cabin.
  • Please see below for sizes.

Hand baggage dimensions. Laptop bag dimensions.
  • Your main piece of hand baggage is up to the dimensions 56cm x 45cm x 25cm (22in x 18in x 10in), including the handle, pockets and wheels.
  • Your bag must fit into the bag gauge, available at the check-in area.
  • Your laptop or handbag is up to the dimensions 45cm x 36cm x 20cm (18in x 14in x 8in), including the handle and pockets.
  • Your laptop or handbag must fit under the seat in front of you.

Your maximum number of hand baggage items

Passenger Type of baggage allowed Weight
Adults and children   One bag
One laptop-sized bag, handbag or briefcase
23kg (51lbs).
You must be able to lift the bag into the overhead locker unaided.

Flight Information

Departing: DENVER (DEN) on Nov 17, 2012 5:40PM
Arriving: LONDON (LHR) on Nov 18, 2012 9:30AM
Departing: LONDON (LHR) on Nov 18, 2012 1:00PM
Arriving: BERLIN (TXL) on Nov 18, 2012 3:50PM
Departing: BUDAPEST (BUD) on Nov 26, 2012 8:15AM
Arriving: LONDON (LHR) on Nov 26, 2012 10:00AM
Departing: LONDON (LHR) on Nov 26, 2012 12:30PM
Arriving: DENVER (DEN) on Nov 26, 2012 3:20PM

Our Stay

The following is the contact information for the hotels we are staying in:

Nov 18, 2012 - Nov 20, 2012:

Comfort Hotel Lichtenberg
Rhinstrasse 159
Berlin, 10315
Phone Number: 011 49 30549350

Nov 20, 2012 - Nov 22, 2012:
Ibis Praha Karlin
Ć aldova 54
Prague 8, 186 00
Czech Rep.
Phone Number: 011 42 (0)222332800
Nov 22, 2012 - Nov 24, 2012:

Hotel Campanile Krakow
ul. Swietego Tomasza 34
Krakow, 31-023
Phone Number: 011 48 (0)124242600

Nov 24, 2012 - Nov 26, 2012:
Hotel Ibis Aero Budapest
Ferde u. 1-3
Budapest, 1091
Phone Number: 011 36 13479700

Exchange Rates

Where we are traveling uses the Euro like most European countries. At the moment one US dollar equals a little more than 3/4 (or .77 cents) of one Euro. This is a pretty decent exchange since I've been in Europe when it's been closer to half of one Euro. The current trends show a significant increase in the dollar's value worldwide, so it would make sense to continue watching this closely.

I strongly suggest watching these rates to find your best exchange. Please visit an exchange rate web site to follow the current trends if you plan on exchanging money in advance.

Money can be exchanged while there at the airport, banks and kiosks, but the rates are often more costly to the exchanger as the business will take a percentage as a fee. Exchanging in advance also will do this, but rates are usually nominal and there are companies that will deliver the money to your house. I've done this in the past and been happy with it. Depending on where you bank, they may also change over money.

The following are links that provide this service:

Travelex -They have both cash delivery as well as pre-paid cards in Pounds, Euros and US dollars that are accepted Worldwide. It just exchanges it like an ATM card would. The perk of this is great exchange rates. These CANNOT be delivered, but Travelex does have branches in Denver and I'm sure the branch can deliver it too you. They are through US Bank in Denver at three different locations: (303) 333-5713, (303) 771-5010 and (303) 260-7433.

Wells Fargo - They do not have pre-paid cards, but do have cash delivery for a cheaper rate than Travelex.

Foreign Currency - Used it and loved it!

I do not suggest traveling with traveller's checks. Fees for exchange have gone up in recent years and it is much more cost effective to use your credit or debit cards which will give you the best rates at the time. Be sure to check that your credit/debit cards are accepted overseas, although most are!

I typically travel with my Debit card, a credit card and a minimal amount of cast. ATMs are available in Europe also!

Be sure to let your bank and credit card carrier know you will be travelling overseas so they do not cancel your card!

Monday, October 1, 2012


Now that Homecoming Week is done and over with....I'd like to have a meeting afterschool for all travellers either this week or early next week.  Please email me with what times ABSOLUTELY DO NOT work for you so I can accommodate everyone!