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Saudia Airlines baggage allowance explained

Here's everything you need to know about the baggage policy of Saudia Arabia's national airline, Saudia Airlines. Plus tips on how to make the most of your allowance and how to save on excess baggage fees.

Article was first published September 2017. Prices, dimensions and information correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change and/or availability. Always check with the airline before flying.

UPDATE: The UK Government’s ban on tablets and laptops in airplane cabins has impacted the Saudia Airlines hand luggage policy on direct flights to the UK from Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, and Tunisia. Read the full details here.

Saudia Airlines hand luggage allowance: size, weight and fees

Saudia Airlines cabin bag size Saudia Airlines hand baggage weight allowance Number of bags allowed onboard Cost to check in oversized hand baggage
115cm (L+W+H) including handle, pockets and wheels

Plus an additional coat, purse, camera bag or laptop

Maximum 7kg in Economy class

Maximum 9kg in Business/First class

One hand baggage bag per passenger in Economy

One hand baggage bag per passenger in Business/First, plus a documents briefcase (max 100cm)

Free, as long as you don’t go over your baggage allowance

Saudia Airlines hold baggage allowance: size, weight and fees

Saudia Airlines hold baggage size Saudia Airlines hold baggage weight allowance Number of hold bags allowed Cost of Saudia Airlines hold baggage
Dimensions of checked baggage must be no more than 158cm (L+H+W) Maximum 1 x 25kg in Economy class on domestic flights

Maximum 2 x 25kg in Business/First class on domestic flights

Maximum 2 x 23kg in Economy class on international flights

Maximum 2 x 32kg in Business/First class on international flights

Maximum 2 hold bags per passenger Online fees: Excess luggage is from $104 (Dh382) per item when flying from the Middle East, depending on the origin

Airport fees: Excess luggage is from $164 (Dh602) per item when flying from the Middle East, depending on the origin

Is there a Saudia Airlines dress code?

The airline is Saudi Arabia’s national carrier so we would recommend all travelers err on the side of caution when it comes to what you wear when you fly with Saudia Airlines. A stricter dress-code was issued by the airline in mid-2017, but was later removed. Based on the retracted dress-code, we recommend that all travelers dress conservatively to avoid any problems during travel; women should cover their arms and legs, and avoid wearing tight clothing, while men should refrain from wearing shorts.

The airline also doesn’t serve or allow passengers to drink alcohol on board so don’t buy any Duty Free before you fly. It also warns passengers that alcohol is forbidden in Saudi Arabia itself.

Can I carry holy water on the plane?

Yes, Saudia Airlines will allow you to carry a 1 gallon package of Zamzam from the Sogia factory. It must contain no more than 5l of water per passenger and be checked into the hold. If you’re departing from King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah or Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Airport in Madinah it is excluded from your free baggage allowance. However, it will be part of your Saudia Airlines luggage allowance if you’re flying from other airports in the country.

Many people take holy water - or Zamzam - after performing Hajj

Traveling with renal failure on Saudia Airlines

Saudia Airlines has a specific policy for people with renal (kidney) failure. If you need to travel with dialysis equipment you should present a copy of your medical report, stamped by the hospital and get it approved by the airline before you fly. You’ll be entitled to three extra bags in all classes, weighing 32kg each.
As a general rule it’s always worth carrying a prescription and doctor’s note if you have prescribed medicines in your luggage, especially if you’re not sure of the rules in the country you’re traveling to.

 

Take a prescription and doctor's note if you have controlled medicines in your luggage

How to make the most of your baggage allowance

Buy extra baggage before you fly

If you think you may go over your Saudia Airlines free baggage allowance you should buy extra weight online in advance, as it could save you a lot of money. An extra bag at the airport will cost you $252 (Dh926) if you’re flying from the UAE to Saudi Arabia, but if you buy the excess baggage online in advance it’ll cost you $160 (Dh588).

Make the most of the extras

Saudia Airlines allows all passengers to take on an extra ladies’ handbag or purse, overcoat, camera and umbrella. We know these might not be top of your packing list but there’s no point trying to stuff a warm coat into your hand baggage if you don’t need to; save the space for other essentials instead.

Use the infant baggage allowance

If you’ve ever traveled with kids you’ll know how much packing and baggage it involves. And while it can be a pain to carry an extra hold bag around the airport, it makes sense to make the most of the infant allowance rather than stuffing your own hand luggage bag with diapers and baby food. When traveling with an infant on Saudia Airlines you’re entitled to carry infant food for the flight, and an infant carrying basket plus a collapsible stroller or seat. You also get an extra 10kg of free check-in baggage for infants.

Make the most of the infant baggage allowance and don't fill your own luggage with baby food and diapers

Join the frequent flyer program

Sign up to Saudia Airline’s Alfursan frequent flyer program and earn points/miles as you fly. The more miles you have, the higher the Alfursan tier and the more benefits you’ll get. There are three membership tiers – Blue, Silver and Gold. You’ll earn miles faster by flying in Business/First classes, signing up family members, and via special promotions from the airline and its commercial partners. If you reach Silver or Gold Alfursan status you’ll be entitled to an extra piece of luggage weighing a maximum 32kg if you’re traveling in Business/First class, and 23kg if you’re traveling in Economy.

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