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Air France baggage restrictions explained and how to maximise your hand luggage allowance

How many cabin bags can you take on board an Air France flight? What's their checked luggage weight allowance? Here's everything you need to know about the airline's baggage allowance, plus, we've thrown in a few tips on how to avoid paying Air France's excess baggage fees.

Air France hand luggage allowance: weight, size and fees

Air France cabin bag size Air France hand luggage weight allowance Number of bags allowed on board Cost to check in oversized hand luggage

55x35x25cm maximum carry on bag dimensions

40x30x15cm max size for accessories e.g. handbag or briefcase

Combined weight up to 12kg or 18kg depending on your ticket 1 carry on bag + 1 ‘accessory’ eg. laptop or handbag*

Free if your cabin bag meets Air France regulations but the cabin is too small

Oversized hand luggage is charged as an ‘additional item’ (from €25 per bag)

Air France hold luggage allowance: weight, size and fees

Air France hold baggage size Air France hold luggage weight allowance Number of hold bags allowed Cost of Air France hold luggage
158cm max dimensions (width + height + length) 23kg per bag 1 bag free + 1 extra free bag on selected routes

From €25 per bag with Economy Light fare

Excess baggage fees €40-€300 depending on route

20% discount when purchasing additional bags online

The small print…

  1. The checked luggage allowances we’ve presented here are based on economy fares. Increases depending on size of flight cabin and fare.

  2. They also apply: On flights to/from the following countries: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mali, New Caledonia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo. Between North Africa (Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia) and China. Between Cairo and Paris-Charles de Gaulle, if your first flight is departing from Egypt and you purchased your ticket in Egypt. Between Canada, United States, Mexico and the following countries: Egypt, Lebanon, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and United Arab Emirates.

  3. Two items weighing up to 32 kg each can be checked in free of charge on round-trips of which the first flight departs from Brazil.

Still not sure how much luggage to take?

Use the Air France’s baggage calculator to find out your exact baggage allowance for your next flight.

How to avoid Air France baggage fees

Read on for some baggage tips to guarantee a stress-free airport trip:

1. Buy a guaranteed cabin bag

Nowadays you don’t have to rely on guesswork when it comes to keeping within the hand luggage allowance: plenty of bags come with the label ‘flight-approved’. Some even come with an airline guarantee, such as Ryanair’s official carry-on bags, and some have simply been designed with common cabin baggage measurements in mind, such as the Cabin Max backpacks and suitcases, including a range that will fit the Air France luggage allowance. For more ideas, check out our top 10 carry-on bags.

2. Pick a different fare

Air France, and its subsidiary budget airline, HOP!, have a range of air fares with different baggage allowances that you can pick and choose from. So if you’re jetting off long-haul and need to pack a lot, check out the Premium Economy fare, which comes with two bags at 23kg each but doesn’t have the hefty price tag of business class. If it’s just a quick weekend break, pick Economy Light and go hand luggage only. You’ll have to pay extra if you want to check in a bag with this option, but with a little packing efficiency and our best-ever tips, it’s totally possible to do 48 hours in Paris or Amsterdam on nothing more than a backpack!

3. Accessorise to maximise

You’re allowed to take an additional ‘accessory’ on Air France flights, along with your full-size cabin bag, which can be a handbag, briefcase or a bag for a laptop, camera or other small electronics. However, you can also bring extra personal items on top of that, including a jacket (or other items of clothing), umbrella and special baggage for children like strollers and nappy-changing equipment. So, in short, wear more things about your person and you might be able to get away with that extra scarf or smart jacket!

4.Fly blue

The Air France loyalty program is called ‘Flying Blue’ and it might be worth a gander if you’re a frequent flyer, as the benefits you can earn via clocking up their ‘miles’ include extra checked luggage. As a regular customer, you get to take one more hold luggage bag in addition to your standard allowance, weighing up to 23kg or 32kg, depending on your ticket type. Not to be sniffed at.

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5. Compare hand luggage size and weight restrictions

The Air France hand luggage allowance is fairly generous when compared to many budget airlines, but each has their own benefits so it’s worth shopping around. For example, easyJet don’t have a weight restriction at all on their hand luggage. To review all the options, check out our guide to hand luggage allowances on major airlines flying to and from the UK and Europe.

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*Published April 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.

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