Air France / KLM Baggage Fees & Tips to Cover the Expenses

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When it comes to carry-ons, Air France has a straightforward baggage policy that could even be considered on the generous side if you’re flying in an upper class.

Their checked bag policy is a bit more complex with variable pricing based on travel dates, class of travel, and route.  Since these fees are not clearly listed on the website, users are directed to the Air France baggage calculator tool for specifics.

Air France / KLM Carry-On Allowance

1 “accessory” such as a handbag or briefcase: FREE
1-2 standard carry-on bags (depending on cabin): FREE

  • Economy: 1 bag (12kg / 26lb)
  • Premium Economy: 2 bags (18kg / 39.7lb)
  • Business: 2 bags (18kg / 39.7lb)
  • La Première: 2 bags (18kg / 39.7lb)

Size Restrictions

  • Personal: 40cm x 30cm x 15cm (16” x 12” x 6”)
  • Standard: 55cm x 35cm x 25cm (21.7″ x 13.8″ x 9.9″)

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

  • If you are traveling with an infant on your lap, you can bring 1 additional small baggage item.
  • It must weigh less than 12 kg (26.4 lb) and measure less than 55cm x 25cm x 35cm (21.6″ x 9.8″ x 13.7″).

Stroller Check Policy

  • You can bring a fold-able stroller and car seat in the hold at no extra charge. Other strollers may be accepted in the cabin, subject to space availability. Depending on the type of stroller, the following size limits apply: Small fold-able stroller:* dimensions cannot exceed 15 cm x 30 cm x 100 cm (5.9 in x 11.8 in x 39.4 in). Other fold-able stroller: this replaces your child’s hand baggage allowance and once folded, its dimensions cannot exceed 55 cm x 35 cm x 25 cm (21.7 in x 13.8 in x 9.8 in).

* This is allowed space permitting on long-haul flights, except between metropolitan France and Cayenne, Fort-de-France, Havana, Mauritius, Pointe-à-Pitre, Punta Cana, Reunion, Saint-Martin and Santo Domingo.

Air France / KLM Checked Baggage Allowance

All checked bags must adhere to a max weight of 23kg for Economy & Premium Economy; 32kg for Business and La Première and must adhere to max linear dimensions of 158cm.

Air France has complicated baggage allowance guidelines that are best determined by utilizing their Baggage Calculator tool. Enter the departure airport, the arrival airport, the class of travel and the date to get results for baggage allowance.

Having run a few searches using the calculator, these seem to be the general allowances for checked luggage, but be sure to double check the calculator tool for your specific route.

Economy Light: No baggage included (available to purchase only)

Economy Standard: 1 or 2 pieces dependent on the route (e.g. New York – Paris = 1 piece, Los Angles – Dubai = 2 pieces)

Premium Economy: 2 pieces

Business: 2 pieces

La Première: 3 pieces

For baggage fees related to special luggage (sporting equipment, musical instruments, etc.) please refer to Air France’s policy here.

Additional / Excess Baggage Fees

Additional & excess baggage fees also follow complicated baggage allowance guidelines that are best determined by using the Air France Baggage Calculator tool.

Additional Baggage

We ran a few example searches to give you an idea of costs to add an additional bag, but do make sure you check your specific flight using the calculator tool.

RouteOnlineAt the airport
New York – Paris
Economy$80$100
Premium/Business/La Premiere$228$285
Los Angeles – Dubai
Economy/Premium/Business/La Premiere$160$200
San Francisco – The Maldives/Chicago – Hong Kong
Economy$60$75
Premium/Business/La Premiere$160$200
Boston – Dominica
Economy$80$100
Premium/Business/La Premiere$228$285

Excess Baggage

Excess baggage costs are also fairly complicated and dependent on the flight route. We’ve tried to simplify this as best we can below but do double check using their Baggage Calculator tool.

Oversized

A single piece must not exceed max linear size 300cm (118″).

RouteCost
Within France€40
Within Europe or Europe – North Africa$75
With the Caribbean€40*
France – French Oversees Departments€100
To/from North Americafrom €250
Europe – Middle East/India€300
Any other destination$300

*$28 for departures from Miami or Santo Domingo.

Please note that oversized luggage needs approval from Customer Service before confirmation.

Overweight

A single piece must not exceed 32kg (70lbs).

RouteCost
Within France€70
Within Europe or Europe – North Africa€70
With the Caribbean€55*
France – French Oversees Departments€100
To/from North Americafrom €85
Europe – Middle East/India€75
Any other destination$100

*$75 for departures from Miami or Santo Domingo.

Overweight charges apply to Economy and Premium Economy passengers only.

Can I Pre-pay for Baggage?

Air France/KLM does allow passengers the ability to pre-pay for luggage online.

You can do this at the point of booking online or anytime up to 30 minutes before departure when checking in online.

Credit Cards That Reimburse You For Checked Bag Fees

Get reimbursed for some of those pesky checked bag fees with Air France by using one of the cards below.

Exclusions & Waivers

As a Flying Blue member, you can use your Award Miles to check in extra baggage with a baggage award. This means that on top of the standard baggage allowance, you can take more bags and pay for them with Miles.

You can read more about Flying Blue Baggage Awards here.

Skyteam Member

  • If you are an Elite or Elite Plus member of Skyteam, you receive an extra allowance (10 kg for Elite, 20 kg for Elite Plus), or one additional bag where the piece concept applies. This depends on routing.

To see more airline baggage fees and policies, click here.

FAQ

How many checked bags on Air France?

Air France encourages customers to use their calculator tool to find out their checked baggage allowance as this can depend on the destination. We found consistent search results for the following allowances: Economy Light includes no baggage, Economy Standard includes 1 or 2 pieces dependent on the route, Premium Economy and Business includes 2 pieces and La Première includes 3 pieces.

Does KLM charge for baggage?

KLM/Air France includes checked baggage allowance for all fares apart from Economy Light where baggage must be purchased. Additional baggage fees depend on the destination but from running a few searches we found this to be from $60-$228 if added online and $75-$285 if added at the airport.

What is the size for carry-on luggage for Air France?

Air France/KLM allows passengers to bring onboard carry-on baggage at a maximum size of 55cm x 35cm x 25cm (21.7″ x 13.8″ x 9.9″) and a personal item of 40cm x 30cm x 15cm (16” x 12” x 6”).

How many bags can you carry-on Air France?

Air France/KLM allows passengers to bring 1 personal item such as a briefcase or handbag and depending on the cabin, the following standard carry-on applies: Economy – 1 bag (12kg / 26lb), Premium Economy/Business/La Première – 2 bags (18kg / 39.7lb).

Erin Miller

About Erin Miller

Erin currently maintains her status as Alex's adventure-seeking partner-in-crime and contributes to Upgraded Points through content creation & relationship management.
She caught the travel bug just after high school when her grandmother took her on a two-week, whirlwind trip around Europe. That was that - she's been gallivanting around the globe ever since (22 countries & counting)!

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