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What is the cheapest way to move?

Post by karpai » Tue, 01 Sep 2009 4:47 pm

Moving back to Europe end of this year. We don't have any furniture to move but our other belongings are more that the provided 20 kg / person to take with in the plane. Can I ship just few boxes and what might be the cost? Is there certain companies someone is able to recommend?

Thanks!!

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Post by littlegreenman » Tue, 01 Sep 2009 5:04 pm

Hint: Emirates allows 30kgs in Economy per person.

I have been a keen user of the Fedex 25kg box every time I moved (Canada - Germany, Germany - Australia, Australia - Singapore, Singapore - London). It always turned out to be one of the cheapest ways and never did I have any delays or trouble with customs.

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Post by durain » Tue, 01 Sep 2009 6:52 pm

you sure emirates is 30kg as default? or you have to request for it? do a search on "seven seas worldwide" as they have an online quote based on box size and weight.

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Post by carolynW » Tue, 01 Sep 2009 7:18 pm

I am not 100% sure if this is the case in singapore, but when we lived in taipei, I was very surprised to see that the services provided to Filipino workers who wanted to send things back to the Phillipines or a host of other countries could do so at very good rates. I don't know if your country is on the list but I remember it was an extensive list, not sure if they would have it here but I guess worth a check at Lucky Plaza?

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Post by littlegreenman » Tue, 01 Sep 2009 7:35 pm

durain wrote:you sure emirates is 30kg as default? or you have to request for it? ...
Yes I am very sure because they advertise with it all over their web page, it was on my itinerary last week for all flights as allowance and I didn't request it as I only had a carry on bag as I went for only 6 nights.
http://www.emirates.com/uk/english/plan_book/essential_information/baggages/baggages.aspx wrote: Emirates has increased all weight based checked baggage allowances by 10 kg, meaning we now have one of the world’s most generous baggage policies. Economy Class customers can now check in 30 kg, Business Class travellers may take 40 kg and if you are flying First Class you can travel with 50 kg of checked baggage. Piece concept routes (itineraries involving USA, Canada and Brazil) are not affected. Please check our baggage allowance calculator to find out which applies to you.

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Post by durain » Tue, 01 Sep 2009 10:50 pm

that's excellent. these days, airlines are so strict on the baggage weight.

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Post by littlegreenman » Wed, 02 Sep 2009 1:03 am

Honestly, I feel very very positive about Emirates after going LON-SIN return on them. The price was half that of SQ, BA or QF, the food was excellent, don't even get me started about inflight entertainment as I would need 24 hours to praise it. Yes it adds 3 hrs to your journey if you are going to Europe but whether you are traveling 15 hours (incl. checkin) or 17.5 doesn't make that much of a difference.

Two points though: the air crew was not as forthcoming as SQ or QF, BA. Some of the crew were good while others were appalling (guess that is due to the over 100 countries concept). The other point was the other passengers. There were a lot of Angolans on the aircraft DXB-SIN who didn't seem to have showered in weeks. I spoke to a South Korean aircrew and she said that happens at times and it stinks like hell. On the way back there was a huge Indian family (20+ members) spread all across the aircraft (not sure why they didn't seat them together. So the kids were running back and forth while the adults were clustering at one isle so they blocked off the isle for the entire flight. The fact that their 777s are 3-4-3 doesn't help much either as everything is very narrow. Still I would always prefer Emirates SQ or QF, BA unless the price is on par. But in my case SQ would have been GBP 875 and Emirates was GBP 472. That is almost half plus you get tons of bonus miles.

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