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Thomas Cook cabin luggage explained and how to maximise your hand baggage allowance

Whether you've booked a Thomas Cook all inclusive holiday, or you've gone for the flight only option, you'll probably want to know the same thing: what is Thomas Cook's baggage allowance, and how can you check you've got it right before check in? Here are all of the facts on hand and hold luggage, plus a few tips on how you can pack the kitchen sink without paying a penny extra.

Thomas Cook hand luggage allowance: weight, size and fees

Thomas Cook cabin bag size Thomas Cook hand luggage weight allowance Number of bags allowed onboard Cost to check in oversized hand luggage
55x40x20cm maximum cabin baggage dimensions 6kg maximum weight One hand luggage bag per passenger, plus one small bag £50-£70 depending on the route

Thomas Cook hold luggage allowance: weight, size and fees

Thomas Cook hold baggage size Thomas Cook hold luggage weight allowance Number of hold bags allowed Cost of Thomas Cook hold luggage
There is no maximum size for hold luggage 15kg standard weight: not including mobility equipment

20kg weight for signature holidays

20kg-32kg weight for USA holidays

Thomas Cook baggage allowance can be pooled between passengers on the same flight booking, as long as one does not exceed 30kg

There are no restrictions on items of hold luggage per passenger First bag £23-£25

Additional bags £15-£85

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

Thomas Cook luggage allowances, full guide to hand luggage and hold luggage restrictions


Thomas Cook’s hand luggage policy has been impacted by the UK Government’s ban on laptops and tablets in cabins, on direct flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. Full details here.

So, how can you make the most of the luggage restrictions, and avoid extra fees when flying Thomas Cook? Here are seven money-saving top tips:

1. Pack hand luggage wisely

Make the most of the Gate Bag rule. In days gone by, passengers would have had to fit their travel documents, in-flight reading material and on-board snacks all in one cabin bag. Now, Thomas Cook allows for one additional item to be taken on board as well – that means a little more room in your cabin bag – which may in turn mean no hold bag is necessary. Additional items permitted are:

• One laptop

• One overcoat or one blanket

• One small ladies handbag, one small wrist-bag or one small bag with shoulder strap

• One umbrella

• One small camera and/or one binocular

• Assisted devices of persons with disabilities

• Reading material

• Duty free items

• Infants food

2. Snag the ideal cabin bag

The best way to avoid having to check in your hand luggage is to make sure your case is the right size. Most luggage stores sell bags specifically designed with airline measurements in mind, so it may well be worth taking the plunge and buying a perfectly-sized new one.

We’ve reviewed some of the best cabin bags on the market to make your research a little easier.

3. Check the baggage restrictions for your specific flight

Baggage restrictions actually differ greatly depending on where you’re flying to. For instance, standard Thomas Cook package holidays come with 15kgs weight allowance in the hold, but if you opt for the signature option, you’re allowed 20kgs per person. If you’re flying long haul, there’s a 20kg limit. But, if you’re flying long haul USA, it’s 23kg. That extra kg or two can make all the difference – (yes, you should bring that extra pair of shoes).

4. Pack light if you can

We’ve got tonnes of tips on keeping your packing down to a bare minimum, to help make sure you don’t go over your weight limit and get slapped with fees. Plan your clothing wisely, and don’t worry about taking a whole lending library worth of reading material with you. If you still can’t zip that suitcase up, check out our 15 packing tips as a helpful guide.

5. Check the banned items list

As with many airlines, Thomas Cook provides a list of items you can’t take on board. Liquids under 100ml are prohibited in the cabin, as are dangerous objects (knives, razors, screwdrivers etc), and flammables. Large laptops and electrical equipment are permitted but must be screened separately. The same goes for medicine and baby food. Dangerous articles such as gas cylinders, firearms and needles are not permitted in the hold. Check the full list of luggage restrictions on the airport website before you arrive, so you don’t get held up at security. Or, check out our list of commonly banned items here.

6. Brides and grooms: celebrate your nuptials with extra baggage allowance

If you have booked a Thomas Cook wedding package and are flying with Thomas Cook Airlines, then the hand baggage allowance is 11kgs per person (for the wedding couple only). That’s cause to celebrate, no? Any additional items required by the Bride and/or Groom can be taken as hand baggage. Thomas Cook recommend that important wedding accessories are stored in hand luggage – so start learning how to correctly fold that veil.

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Information correct as of 12th August 2018, obtained from and Please always check the latest guidance at and before booking a trip

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