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Understanding the Etihad Airways baggage allowance rules

Have an Etihad Airways booking and want the low-down on your luggage allowance? Look no further! Here we explain the ins-and-outs of the official Etihad Airways baggage allowance rules including all the changes introduced on January 31, 2018:

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2018: Etihad Airways has launched a new hand baggage only ‘Deal Fare’ across selected destinations, allowing travellers to purchase lower fares in Economy Class if no checked baggage is required. The ‘Deal Fare’ includes a complimentary carry-on baggage allowance of 7kg and is available on flights between Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Azerbaijan.

Etihad cabin baggage allowance: weight, size and fees
Etihad cabin luggage size Etihad cabin luggage weight allowance Number of bags allowed onboard Cost to check in oversized cabin luggage
Maximum dimensions 115cm (40 x 50 x 25cm) 7kg in Economy 
12kg in Business and First Class
One hand luggage bag per passenger, plus one personal item in EconomyTwo hand luggage bags per passenger, plus one foldable garment bag in Business and First Class Varies depending on the route. Prices at the airport start at around US$65 (Dh239)
Etihad hold baggage allowance: weight, size and fees
Etihad hold baggage size Etihad hold baggage weight allowance Number of hold bags allowed Cost of Etihad hold baggage
Flying to/from Canada and the US: 158cm (50 x 70 x 38cm Flying to/from all other destinations: 207cm (45 x 72 x 90cm) Varies depending on the route. Between 23kg and 35kg in Economy on most flights. Between 40kg and 50kg in Business and First Class on most flights. Each bag must not exceed 32kg Economy Deal – up to 23kg in total
Economy Saver & Classic – up to 30kg in total
Economy Flex – up to 35kg in total
Business – up to 40kg in total
First class – up to 50kg in total
20% cheaper to buy your excess baggage at least 48 hours before your flight Costs vary depending on the route. Prices at the airport start at US$40 (Dh146) for 2kg

How many bags can I check in with Etihad Airways?

This depends on what cabin class you’re flying in and where you’re going to and from.

As of January 31 2018, the Etihad baggage policy is determined by weight, rather than the number of bags. The allowances are as follows on all flights excluding the routes listed below:

– Economy Deal – up to 23kg
– Economy Saver & Classic – up to 30kg in total
– Economy Flex – up to 35kg in total
– Business – up to 40kg in total
– First class – up to 50kg in total

Each item should not weigh more than 32kg. So if you’re traveling on Etihad Flex, Business or First, you will need 2 bags to avail the full allowance.

Etihad Luggage

Are there any exceptions to the Etihad luggage rules?

In a word, yes! The flights on which the Etihad baggage rules are different to its general policy are listed below and include popular routes such as:

– Journeys to/from the US and Canada
– Journeys from the GCC to Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Philippines
– Journeys from the Indian Subcontinent to the GCC

Journeys Economy Class Business Class First Class Note
To/from US and Canada 2 bags, up to 23kg each 2 bags, up to 32kg each 2 bags, up to 32kg each
From Africa to all destinations (excluding US and Canada) 40kg 40kg  50kg The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg
From GCC, Lebanon and Jordan to Africa 40kg 40kg 50kg The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg
From Australia to Lebanon; From Labanon to Australia 40kg 40kg 50kg The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg
Journeys from GCC to Bangladesh, Indonesia and Philippines 40kg 40kg 50kg The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg
Journeys from India, Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Hong Kong (SAR of China) to Africa Deal/Saver/
Classic: 30kg

Flex: 35kg
40kg 50kg The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg
Journeys from GCC to Indian Subcontinent (excluding Bangladesh) Deal/Saver/
Classic: 30kg

Flex: 35kg
40kg 50kg The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg
Journeys from Indian Subcontinent to GCC Deal/Saver/
Classic: 30kg

Flex: 35kg
40kg 50kg The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg
Journeys from Australia to Europe Deal/Saver/
Classic: 30kg

Flex: 35kg
40kg 50kg The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg
Journeys from Asia to Europe & GCC Deal/Saver/
Classic: 30kg

Flex: 35kg
40kg 50kg The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg
Journeys from India & Pakistan to Australia Deal/Saver/
Classic: 30kg

Flex: 35kg
40kg 50kg The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg
Journeys from Italy to China Deal/Saver/
Classic: 30kg

Flex: 35kg
40kg 50kg The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg
Journeys from Philippines, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh to Europe Deal/Saver/
Classic: 30kg

Flex: 35kg
40kg 50kg The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg
Journeys from Europe to Philippines, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh Deal/Saver/
Classic: 30kg

Flex: 35kg
40kg 50kg The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg
Journeys between the UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait Deal: Hand baggage

Saver/Classic: 30kg

Flex: 35kg
40kg 50kg The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg
Journeys to / from all destinations (General Policy) Deal: 23kg

Saver/Classic: 30kg

Flex: 35kg
40kg 50kg The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg

Finally, if you’re lucky enough to be flying in Etihad’s The Residence (an incredible three-room suite with living room, bedroom and en-suite shower room!) then you’ll be allowed to take up to 4 bags, weighing a maximum 32kg each.

The Etihad Infant Baggage Policy for Infants has also been updated as of January 31, 2018. If you’re flying with an infant to/from the US and Canada, the allowance is 1 bag up to 23kg. For all other destinations it’s 1 bag up to 10kg.

Also, any child or infant under the age of 11 is allowed to check in one pushchair, stroller, carrycot of approved car seat for free.

Etihad’s hand luggage allowance

Thankfully the airline’s new hand luggage rules are much easier to work out.

Here’s what you’re allowed to take on board with you according to the class you’re flying in, if you booked your ticket after January 31, 2018:

– Economy – 1 bag, up to 7kg
– Business – 2 bags, up to 12kg in total & 1 foldable garment bag
– First Class – 2 bags, up to 12kg in total & 1 foldable garment bag

The dimensions of the bag must not exceed 115cm (50cm x 40cm x 25cm), including all wheels, handles and pockets.

In addition to the standard Etihad baggage allowance, the airline will also allow you to take the following items on for free (if you can find somewhere to store them!): handbag or purse, overcoat, umbrella, laptop bag, document holder, briefcase, and prosthetic devices.

Do infants have hand baggage with Etihad Airways?

On tickets booked after January 31 2018, infants are entitled to one piece of Etihad hand luggage weighing a maximum 5kg.

Use it wisely, especially if you’re booked on a long flight. You’re also allowed to take a carry basket/cot and infant food, which won’t contribute towards your weight allowance. And read our article on Traveling with kids: keeping little ones happy on a plane to help you have a hassle-free and dare we say it, fun, flight!

Traveling with infants

Sports equipment and the Etihad baggage allowance

The Etihad’s sports equipment baggage policy is the same on tickets booked before or after January 31 2018, and is actually quite generous. You’re allowed to check in a set of golf clubs (maximum 15kg) or one set of scuba diving equipment (including regulator, cylinder tank and weight belts) for free, for example.

Golf clubs

How much is Etihad’s excess baggage charges?

We recommend you buy your excess baggage online before you fly and save circa 20% on the rates*.

The rates depend on where you’re flying to/from. You can find the full list here.

Two examples of Etihad Airway’s excess baggage charges:

Example 1. If you’re flying with Etihad within the GCC, you will pay US$180 at the airport to purchase an extra 10kg of baggage. If you contact Etihad’s contact center up to 48 hours before your flight you could save 20% on this charge.

Example 2. If you’re flying with Etihad from the UAE to Europe, you’ll pay US$250 at the airport to purchase an extra 10kg of baggage. If you contact Etihad’s contact center up to 48 hours before your flight you could save 20% on this charge.

What is the Etihad Guest program luggage allowance?

As always, it’s worth signing up to the airline’s loyalty program if you want to secure any extra benefits. There are 4 levels on Etihad’s loyalty program, Etihad Guest: Guest, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

As with the normal Etihad luggage rules, the Guest luggage rules also take a bit of navigating. Routes are either deemed “piece concept routes” or “weight concept routes” and the amount of extra luggage you’re entitled to will depend on which one you’re flying.

If you’re an Etihad Guest Silver, Gold or Platinum member flying on a piece concept route you’ll get an extra 23kg when you fly in Economy, and an extra 32kg in Business or First Class, for example.

While if you’re flying on a weight concept route, it’s slightly different. As a Silver member you get an extra 10kg in all classes, 15kg if you’re a Gold member and 20kg if you’re a Platinum member.

Check the Etihad Guest benefits and routes here.

Etihad Seat Selection

As of July 2018 Etihad has introduced a fee for seat selection on all economy flights so passengers can choose where they want to sit up to 24 hour window before the flight. During the 24 hour window before your flight it is possible to choose your seat for free. The existing fees for selecting economy seats towards the front of the cabin and for seats with extra legroom are still in force. 

What are the different economy seat options and how much is the selection fee?

Standard seat (AED 100) = Seats that are not Preferred or Extra Legroom
Preferred Seat (AED 130) = Seats towards the from of the cabin
Extra Legroom Seat (520) = Seats with extra legroom

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Updated July 2018. 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.

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