A word of advice for anyone planning to fly with excess baggage; be very careful which airline you choose!
In travelling around with our equipment, however portable it might be, there are often times when the question of excess baggage is raised; increasingly so as airlines tighten their belts.
We learnt through bitter experience a year or so back that the wrong choice of airline can make a difference of thousands of pounds to the cost of getting to and from the required destination.
We nearly succumbed to the same trap again this last week when booking flights for our technician to get out to Macau, China to record ISUOG’s (The International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology – rarely is an acronym so sorely needed!) 7th International Scientific Meeting which takes place at the end of this month.
Initially we booked with Cathay Pacific who seemed to be offering a good deal and the right flight times. Upon further inspection however it turned out that the excess baggage charges over and above the one checked bag allowed, would be $60 per kilo per leg; $120 for the round trip. Even for the modest single extra 20Kg bag we were planning this amounted to an eye-watering $2,400! More than four times the original ticket price!
Fortunately we saw the light in time (i.e. re read the small print on the Cathay Pacific website) and re booked on a Virgin flight for a similar ticket price but where an extra bag costs $48 each way; a saiving of $2304 on the round trip! (British Airways have a similar charging structure to Virgin.)
Why can’t all airlines be as sensible as Virgin and BA… at least as regards excess bagage?
BeThere have Been There!
In its first full year BeThere Global recorded and web broadcast over 100 conferences and events in locations as diverse as Honolulu and Stockholm, for clients operating in many varied sectors; including medical, construction, financial, technology and sustainability – to name but five.
And this month we are off to Macau!
With bases on both sides of the Atlantic from the start, BeThere Global is quite an unusual company. While our equipment is extremely portable and our operators regularly fly the world to webcast conferences, it has always been our intention to improve our offer to the global market by building relationships with agents and operators in countries other than the UK and USA. Not that we have any megalomaniacal desire for ‘world domination’; it’s just a wish to reduce the travel and shipping costs for our customers at the same time as building a more sustainable operation.
We are now delighted to announce our first foothold in continental Europe with the appointment of Northern Equity Partners, based in Copenhagen, as Sales Agents operating in Scandinavia and Germany.
Northern Equity Partners is run by Mick Jelsdal Jørgensen and Sebastian Schröder.
“When we first got in touch with BeThere Global we were fascinated by the concept of the company and its ability to capture and share knowledge.”
Both he and Mick saw a great opportunity to become a part of the team and build a BeThere Global division in Germany and Scandinavia.
“There is no doubt that it is a great opportunity to put years of academic training into practice. BeThere is able to record and broadcast any conference, anytime, anywhere in the world but our real strength is the personal relationships we have with our customers. We want to build on these relationships in Scandinavia and Germany.”
Mick was born and raised in Copenhagen and has a background in the financial sector. He holds a BSc in Business Administration from Roskilde University and is currently taking his MSc in Management of Innovation and Business Development at Copenhagen Business School.
Born in Berlin, Sebastian holds a BSc in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Passau in Germany and will graduate with an MSc from Copenhagen Business School this summer. His previous work experience includes movie production and financial services. Said Schröder…
“Our dream is to expand the business but keep the entrepreneurial spirit and high-level of innovation alive.”