Is it worth to pay for excess charges for our camera gears (if we are bringing in our big gears like Telephotos lens (bird, wildlife shoot) ?
How much do they charge for excess charges (eg Singapore Airlines flying from Singapore o Australia, Sydney ?)
I heard Airlines like Quantas are so strict with hand-on carry luggages as they are leaving tourists with no choice but to pay for excess charges if they are bringing in stuff more than 7kg hand carry.
If you look at most of our gear for a bit more professional body and lens, we are already exceeded the 7kg limit. If you are into diving, your gear willl be much more because of the housing, stobes etc etc for camera gear.
I know for one is that once you are into the minimum Gold alliance member for SQ with elite miles, you can have an additional 20kg excess. However to be in this category, it means that either your company is sending you to travel regularly or you are travelling most of the time...so in this case, would you rather pay for excess if you cannot clock so many mileage for additional luggages?
How do you all overcome this problem with different airlines like budget etc etc and care to share so that we can all benefit ?