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Checked baggage allowances for major airlines: A simple guide

Looking for checked baggage allowance information, including luggage size, weight and charges? Find all the facts you need about airline baggage restrictions in this handy table, plus, get tips on avoiding excess baggage charges and checking in online.

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Airline Free baggage allowance Extra baggage charges Max. size and weight
Aer Lingus No free allowance €20-€85* per bag No size restriction

 

32kg max. per bag, or
40kg across 2 bags

Aeroflot 1 free bag (economy) or 2 bags (all other classes) £39-£174 per bag (depending on route) 158cm total (length + width + height) and 23kg per bag
Air France 1 bag free £21-£80 per bag 158cm total (length + width + height)

 

23kg per bag

Air Asia No free baggage allowance Prices depend on your route 15-40kg (depending on your route)
British Airways 2 bags £65 per overweight bag each way 90 x 75 x 43cm

32kg per bag

Delta 1 bag free-$30 (depending on route) €23-€85 per bag, depending on route 157cm total

 

23kg per bag

easyJet No free allowance £13-£35 per bag 275cm total

 

15-32kg per bag

Emirates

 

First 15kg-35kg free, depending on class and route Fees depend on route

 

300cm total

 

15kg-40kg depending on class and route

Etihad Airways 1-2 bags free depending on route $70-$120 2nd bag

 

$160 3rd bag

$195 extra 32kg bag

20% discount online

207cm total

 

23kg per bag

Flybe No free allowance

15kg for £19

23kg for £24 or

46kg split over two bags for £48

No size restriction

 

15kg-23kg per bag or 46kg total over 2 bags

Jet2 No free allowance £10-£45 per bag No size restriction

 

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

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

 

€125-€450 for baggage 23kg-32kg

158cm total

 

23kg per bag

Norwegian 1 bag free (max 20kg) £7-£80 per bag, depending on route

Each bag must not exceed 250 x 79 x 112 cm

32kg per bag

Qatar Airways First 30kg free $25-$70 per kg 300cm total

 

30kg per bag

Ryanair No free allowance £25-£40 per 20kg bag 81cm x 119cm x 119cm

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No more than 3 checked bags at 20kg each

Thomas Cook Airlines 15kg-20kg free, depending on route £15-£90 booked in advance

 

£10 per kg at airport

158cm total

 

15kg-20kg

TUI Airways 15kg-20kg free on package holidays From £15 on flight-only deals No size restriction

 

15kg-20kg

Turkish Airlines 2 bags free From €5 per kg, depending on route No size restriction

 

20kg per bag

Virgin Atlantic 1 bag free £65 2nd bag

 

£140 per additional bag

90 x 75 x 43cm

 

23kg per bag

Vueling Airlines No free allowance €13-€35 for 1 bag

 

€40-€70 for 2 or more bags

No size restriction

 

23kg per bag

Wizz Air No free allowance €16-€120 for 1 bag

 

Price depends on, weight, route and season

149 x 119 x 171cm

 

32kg per bag

Things to remember…

  1. Buy extra checked baggage online in advance. Higher fees may apply for extra bags or overweight/oversize baggage at the airport.
  2. Airline baggage allowances stated in this table are based on standard economy flights to and from Europe, and are per person, per flight.

How to check in luggage online

Most airlines allow you to check in and print your boarding pass online before you travel. If you have free checked baggage on your flight, or have purchased checked baggage, you’ll still need to drop any luggage off at the desk, but usually the ‘baggage drop’ is a much quicker option than the full airport check in (and often a shorter queue!) Ryanair, for example, allows passengers with booked seats to check in up to 30 days ahead of departure, or between four days and two hours before if you have unallocated seats. You’ll just need to print out your boarding pass, or download the mobile version to show at the airline’s desk or self-service machines. Then simply swan past to security with your hand luggage. Breezy.

What’s not allowed in check-in luggage?

Airline baggage rules regarding restricted items generally apply to hand luggage only, although the following items are banned or restricted in checked baggage:

  • Wrapped gifts might be opened by security if they are in your hold luggage
  • Firearms, flares and explosive material, including replicas
  • Aerosols, fuels or flammable liquids, including lighter fluid, although one lighter is allowed on your person in the cabin on most airlines
  • Turpentine or paint thinner
  • Bleach
  • Spray paint

Can I take laptops on a plane?

Restrictions on laptops and other large electronic devices in hand luggage have been introduced on some flights from the Middle East and North Africa, and may be extended to flights from the UK to the US, but for now you can still pack these items in your checked baggage. Read the full description on the laptop ban here.

Are there restrictions on liquids in checked luggage?

You’ll be glad to hear that the hand luggage restrictions on liquids do not apply to checked in baggage, so you’re free to bring back jam/honey/your favourite tipple from abroad! Just make sure alcohol is under the following limits: 110 litres of beer, 90 litres of wine and 10 litres of spirits are allowed if you’re coming from within EU, or 16 litres of beer, four litres of wine (not sparkling) and one litre of spirits if travelling from outside the EU. Get the full story on what liquids you can and can’t take in your hand luggage here.

 

Restrictions apply to liquids in hand luggage only

 

What if my hold luggage is overweight or oversized?

You’ll usually need to pay a fee for overweight or oversized checked baggage. It’s nearly always cheaper to do this online in advance, so if you know you’re going to exceed the checked baggage weight allowance, it might be worth purchasing a few extra kilos in advance. Excess baggage fees start from just £9* per kilo with budget airlines like Norwegian Air, but you can also check what your airline charges for excess luggage in this comprehensive guide.

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Information correct as of 30th January 2019, obtained from https://www.gov.uk/hand-luggage-restrictions. Please always check the latest guidance at https://www.gov.uk/hand-luggage-restrictions before booking a trip

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