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Checked baggage allowance: your ultimate guide to luggage allowances

Looking for checked baggage allowance information including luggage size, weight and excess charges? Here's all you need to know about the major airlines' rules and charges:
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Airline Checked baggage allowance Extra baggage charges Max. size and weight
Aegean Airlines

Up to 2 bags free depending on class and fare. 23kg/32kg per bag depending on class

€16-€60 per bag 158cm total (length + width + height) and 23kg/23kg per bag
Aer Lingus No free allowance €20-€85 per bag No size restriction

32kg total per bag, or
40kg across 2 bags

Aeroflot  1 free bag in economy or 2 bags in all other classes £39-£174 per bag (depending on fare and route)

158cm total

23kg per bag

Air Canada  Minimum 1 free bag, 23kg $100 for any bag over 23kg or larger than 159cm

158cm total

23kg per bag

Air China  2 bags free. 23kg/32kg depending on class Worked out per kilo as a % of adult fare, depending on route 158cm total

23kg/32kg per bag

Air France 1 bag free £21-£80 per bag 158cm total

23kg per bag

Air India

Up to 2 bags free on most routes.

30kg/40kg/46kg depending on route.

From $15 per kilo

158cm total

32kg per bag

Alitalia Up to 2 bags free. 23kg/32kg depending on class From €60 for oversized or overweight bag

158cm total

23kg/32kg per bag

ANA Up to 3 bags free. 23kg/32kg per bag, depending on class From $60 per overweight bag, from $200 for extra bag

158cm total

23kg/32kg per bag

Asiana Airlines Up to 2 bags free. 23kg/32kg per bag, depending on class Around $200 for overweight/oversized bags on routes involving Middle East

158cm total

23kg/32kg per bag

Bangkok Airways Unlimited number of bags. 23kg-40kg depending on route/class From $11 per kilo

158cm total

32kg per bag

British Airways Up to 2 bags £65 per overweight bag each way 90 x 75 x 43cm

32kg per bag

Cathay Pacific Up to 3 pieces depending on class. 30kg-50kg on most international flights From $13 per kilo 203cm total
Cebu Pacific Up to 3 bags, max. 32kg per bag From 200PHP per kilo for domestic flights, 800PHP on international flights

158cm total

23kg/32kg per bag

China Eastern Up to 3 bags depending on class, max. 23kg/32kg per bag From CNY1000 per overweight bag

158cm total

23kg/32kg per bag

China Southern Up to 3 bags depending on class and route. From 23kg per bag From CNY1000 for the first overweight/oversized bags

158cm total

23kg/32kg per bag

EgyptAir 2 bags. Max. 23kg/32kg per bag depending on class From $60 per extra bag

158cm total

23kg/32kg per bag

Emirates Airlines First 15kg35kg free, depending on fare and route Depends on route/fare

300cm total

32kg per bag

Ethiopian Airlines Up to 2 bags on most routes, 23kg-32kg per bag From $184 per bag on flights from Dubai

158cm total

23kg/32kg per bag

Etihad Airways No limit on number of bags. 23kg-50kg depending on class and route $83 – $1092 per extra 5kg (incl. 20% online discount)

158cm/207cm total

23kg per bag

flydubai Up to 3 pieces bags, max. 40kg depending on class/route From Dh12 a kilo

158cm total

23kg/32kg per bag

Flynas Up to 2 bags, 20kg/30kg/50kg depending on route/fare Depends on route/fare

158cm total

23kg/32kg per bag

Garuda Indonesia Unlimited or up to 2 bags,  30kg-64kg depending on fare/route Varies according to origin/destination

158cm total

23kg/32kg per bag

Gulf Air Up to 2 bags, 23kg/32kg per bag depending on fare/route From $65 per extra bag

158cm total

23kg/32kg per bag

Hainan Airlines Up to 2 bags on most routes/fares, 23kg/32kg per bag From $70 per extra bag, or as a % of an individual fare

158cm total

23kg/32kg per bag

IndiGo 15kg-30kg depending on class and route INR525 per kilo at check in. INR1000 per 8kg pre paid 158cm total
Japan Airlines 2-3 free bags on most routes/fares, 23kg/32kg per bag $200 per bag on flights to/from the Middle East

203cm total

23kg/32kg per bag

Jet Airways Up to 3 bags free. Max. 30kg-64kg depending on fare/route Depends on fare/route

158cm total

23kg/32kg per bag

jetBlue Up to 2 bags free, up to 50lbs per bag From $150 per bag

62in (157.48cm) total

50lbs (22.68kg) per bag

Kenya Airways Up to 2 bags free, 23kg/32kg per bag depending on fare/route €50-€150 per overweight/oversized bag 158cm total

23kg/32kg per bag

KLM 1-2 bags free, depending on route From €10.50 per bag online

€55-€300 at airport

158cm total

23kg per bag

Korean Air Up to 3 bags free, 23kg/32kg per bag depending on fare/route From $100 per overweight bag on most routes

158cm total

23kg/32kg per bag

Lufthansa 1 bag free €75-€350 per extra 23kg

€125-€450 for baggage 23kg-32kg

158cm total

23kg per bag

Malaysia Airlines No limit on number of bags. 20kg-50kg free depending on route/fare From $5 per kilo

158cm total

32kg per bag

MEA 1-2 bags and 23kg-60kg total on most international routes/fares From around $3 per kilo

158cm total

28kg/32kg per bag

Oman Air  Up to 2 bags free, 30kg/50kg in total From around AED290 per 20kg bag at the airport

158cm total

32kg per bag

Pegasus Airlines 1 bag free on most international flights, 15kg/20kg per bag From €5 for flights to and from the UAE

158cm total

32kg per bag

Philippine Airlines 2 bags, 23kg each depending on route From $100 per bag, depending on route 158cm total
23kg/32kg per bag
Qantas No limit on number of bags on most flights, 30kg-70kg depending on route/fare From AUS$20 per kilo at the airport

158cm total

23kg/32kg per bag

Royal Jordanian Up to 2 pieces for free, 23kg-53kg depending on route/fare From $90 per bag

158cm total

23kg/32kg per bag

S7 Airlines Up to 2 bags free depending on fare, 23kg-64kg depending on fare Determined at the airport

158cm total

23kg/32kg per bag

Saudia Airlines Up to 2 bags free, 23kg/32kg per bag depending on fare/route From $104 per extra bag

158cm total

23kg/32kg per bag

Singapore Airlines Unlimited number of bags on most flights. 30kg-50kg depending on fare/route €4-€56  per kilo

158cm total

32kg per bag

South African Airways Up to 2 pieces free on most flights, 23kg/32kg per bag depending on fare Around $190 per extra bag on flights to/from the Middle East

158cm total

23kg/32kg per bag

SriLankan Airlines No max. on most routes, excluding North, South and Central America (2 bags free). 30kg-40kg depending on route From $10–$65 per kilo

158cm total

23kg/32kg per bag

SWISS Up to 3 bags free on non-European flights, 23kg/32kg per bag depending on fare From $46 per overweight or oversized bag, one way

158cm total

23kg/32kg per bag

TAP Air Portugal Up to 3 bags depending on fare. 23kg-96kg depending on route From €40 per bag

158cm total

23kg/32kg per bag

Thai Airways No limit on the number of bags on most flights, 30kg-50kg depending on fare/route From $12 per kilo

158cm total

23kg/32kg per bag

Turkish Airlines 15kg-30kg depending on class and route From €4 per kilo, depending on route

115cm-158cm total

32kg per bag

Virgin Australia 2-3 bags on most long-haul international flights, 23kg/32kg per bag depending on fare From AUD$30 per kilo on flights from Australia

158cm total

23kg/32kg per bag

Don’t forget…

  1. Most airlines offer the opportunity to buy excess baggage online before you fly. Normally the airport excess baggage charges are much higher at than those available in advance so get packed early to work out what you need.
  2. Airlines do take the size of your bag seriously so make sure you check yours is in line with your airlines checked baggage rules.
  3. Most of the rates in this table are from flights to/from the Middle East and are per passenger, per flight. But some airlines do change their baggage rules regularly so we recommend you double-check before you fly.
  4. If you’re flying with kids you’ll get a greater checked baggage allowance. Check out all the baggage rules about flying with a baby/infant here.

What’s not allowed in checked baggage?

Most of the rules about what you can and can’t pack in your baggage apply to hand luggage only but these items shouldn’t be anywhere near your checked suitcase:

  • Explosives and firearms (even if you have a license)
  • Matches, gasses or aerosols
  • Fuels or flammable liquids, including lighter fluid
  • Organic peroxides and poisons
  • Spray paint
  • Bleach
  • Magnets

Remember, check your airline’s up-to-date checked baggage allowance before you fly in case there’s anything new on the list.

What are the rules about liquids in checked baggage?

It’s not as strict as it with hand luggage, which requires you to take no more than 100ml of individual liquids into the cabin, stored in clear bag.

In your cabin baggage you’re free to carry as much honey, jam or juices as you like! Seal it well, however, as you don’t know how well your case will be treated.

Also, check with individual airlines about their rules regarding Zamzam water as some companies make allowances and have special rules.

Can I take laptops on a plane?

Yes you can. There was a ban placed on laptops on planes on certain flights in and out of the Middle East, but this was lifted in 2017.

Read more: Complete guide to cabin luggage: what you can and can’t take on a plane from UAE airports

*This article was published July 2019. Information and prices correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.

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