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Aer Lingus luggage rules explained: how to maximise your cabin baggage allowance

How many cabin bags you can take on an Aer Lingus flight? What's the airline's hold luggage allowance? Don't get caught out, check our complete guide to Aer Lingus baggage restrictions, plus our best tips on how to make the most of your baggage allowance.


Aer Lingus hand luggage allowance: weight, size and fees


Aer Lingus cabin bag size Aer Lingus hand luggage weight allowance Number of bags allowed onboard Cost of cabin baggage

25x33x20cm Small cabin bag

55x40x24cm Large cabin bag

48x33x20cm on Aer Lingus Regional Service

10kg maximum weight

7kg maximum weight on Aer Lingus Regional Service

One large cabin bag AND one small personal item (incl. laptop bags and handbags) First 2 bags are free

€40-55 for additional items

These fees can vary depending on the route you’re flying


Aer Lingus hold luggage allowance: weight, size and fees


Aer Lingus hold baggage size Aer Lingus hold luggage weight allowance Number of hold bags allowed Cost of Aer Lingus hold luggage
158cm = length + width + height

15kg-25kg  depending on what package you choose to book 

40kg maximum combined weight for two bags

You can share baggage allowance with travel partners on the same Aer Lingus booking

Maximum 3 items per passenger €15-€55


Fees apply by weight and vary depending on route

Online discounts available

How to max out the Aer Lingus baggage allowance

Avoid those last-minute fees with our travel-savvy guide to making the most of your baggage allowance on Aer Lingus.

1. Buy a luggage scale

Ever packed a reasonably-sized bag on the outbound flight, only to return with your holdall bulging with souvenirs, and an overweight baggage charge? If this is you, invest in a portable luggage scale and not only will you ensure your cabin bags and checked luggage are always within the Aer Lingus baggage restrictions before you set off, but you can check just how many extra pounds those decorative Spanish maracas really add… Find out where to buy a luggage scale, amongst other useful tech and accessories in our guide to the best travel gadgets.

2. Become a pro at packing

Master the art of efficient packing, and you won’t need to pay any hold luggage fees. Pack wardrobe staples that go with at least two other items in your bag, limit your shoe inventory to a smart pair and a comfy pair and wear your most bulky items on the plane. Failing this, save on your 10kg weight allowance by seeking out a super-light carry-on bag, like the Lowe Alpine AT Lightflite Carry-On 40. Check out the verdict on this bag and the best of the rest in our pick of the best cabin bags out there.


Packing a suitcase

3. Be realistic and check in a bag

If you struggle to pack light, it’s best to be realistic and acknowledge that you’ll need to check in a bag before you set off, as it works out much cheaper in the long run. Aer Lingus checked baggage charges start from €15 and if you add a bag at the online checkout, there will be at least a 50% discount on what you would pay at the airport. All it means is a short wait at the baggage carousel – and more space to bring back holiday goodies!

Pile of suitcases

4. Ship your luggage ahead

This is not as balmy an option as it sounds. Sending your luggage internationally can take as little as three business days, so simply pack your suitcase a little earlier (and make sure you have an emergency outfit in your carry-on!) and it can arrive the same day you do. With a cost of £16.99 to ship anything up to 30kg, companies like Uni Baggage give you the best discounts on heavier items, so might be more suited to students and those emigrating across the Atlantic than anyone going for a week in Malaga. That said, if you’re travelling with a heavy load, want to take a second bag, or just don’t want to lug your suitcase around on public transport, it can be a lot less hassle than checking your luggage in.

5. Check out your fare options

Aer Lingus have seven different fare types depending on whether you’re travelling within Europe, going transatlantic or want to upgrade to business class. It’s worth reviewing the options, especially if you know you’ll be checking in a bag, as even the second-tier Plus Fare includes one free item of hold luggage and typically costs around €25 more than standard Low Fare. Of course, you can always check out other airline options as well: from Ryanair to British Airways, all come with difference baggage allowances and fees so take some time to find out who gives the best deal.

Looking for more baggage info and tips? Try these…

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British Airways baggage allowances explained

Find out what the BA’s cabin baggage allowance is and what their charges are for hold luggage, plus how to beat the airline fees!

Ryanair hand luggage allowances: the complete guide

What is Ryanair’s luggage allowance and how can you and avoid any last-minute hand baggage charges?

Wizz Air’s baggage allowances: the full guide

What size cabin bag can you bring onboard? How much does it cost to check a bag in? Find all of the answers you need about Wizz Air baggage allowances

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