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World Luggage Charges
Hello, I am in Canada. Seems to be a topic with people here about Luggage fees. Are you charged for luggage (if any) in the currency of the country you are leaving, or the currency your ticket was purchased in ? I do not ever remember paying Canadain dollars for leaving Europe or the USA to return, if I had extra luggage. Thanks for your worldly advice ! Sincerely, Susan
I believe it will be charged in the currency of the country you’re leaving though it’s possible it depends on the agreement each airline has with its credit card processor.
I work for an airline in Canada, for us, all baggage fees leaving Canada are priced and collected in Canadian, and the price is a set price. Meanwhile for other costs, such as upgrades, we are given the cost in Euro, but we have to convert it into Canadian, and then charge the Canadian equivalent. Meanwhile on their return flights, they would be charged in Euro. So in this example it’s charged in the currency of the country the plane departs. But I know that there are some circumstances that they do not accept local currency, such as in places with unstable currently like Iran, or Venezuela. Generally in those circumstances they would either be charged in Euro or USD.
All my experience is with American Carriers going back over a decade since that was the last time I paid for checked baggage. Normally, you pay for your checked bag fees at your airport of origin in the currency for which you used to pay for the tickets. If, returning home from a foreign airport, you decide to check an additional bag or go overweight on a piece of luggage for which you’ve already paid, they charge your card in the original currency. I have no idea how this is handled with code share foreign carriers.