Not sure if everyone noticed, but in mid-Nov 2013 Singapore Airlines and SilkAir announced that they were increasing their baggage allowance for all flights by 10kg across all classes. For flights to and from the United States or Brazil, where a piece allowance applies, customers traveling in Singapore Airlines Suites, First Class and Business Class will be entitled to check in two pieces of luggage of up to 32kg each.
What does this mean? It means that if you are flying to Indonesia with Singapore Airlines and/or Silk Air, then you will get free baggage allowances of 50 kg, 40 kg and 30 kg for Suites and First Class, Business Class and Economy Class respectively. For more details, check out Singapore Airlines website.
It seems to be a trend amongst airlines. Besides Garuda Indonesia, Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Qantas Airways have also increased their baggage allowance for their customers on certain routes.
Qatar Airways also added an extra seven kilogrammes for its economy class passengers, from 23 to 30 kilogrammes in September 2013. Emirates extended the baggage allowance in 2009 and Etihad Airways upped theirs in 2012.
Not sure if it will reduce prices, but its definitely good for divers as it should cover all your diving equipment!! If you are still worried about dive gear and weight, then check out our previous post WHY RENT DIVE GEAR WHEN YOU CAN TRAVEL LIGHT?