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
Standard carry-on bags:

  • Economy: 1 bag (26.4 pounds / 12 kg)
  • Premium Economy: 2 bags (40 pounds / 18 kg)
  • Business: 2 bags (40 pounds / 18 kg)
  • La Première: 2 bags (40 pounds / 18 kg)

* Weights featured are combined totals of all items.

Size Restrictions

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

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

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

Stroller Check Policy

  • You can bring a foldable 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 foldable stroller:* dimensions cannot exceed 5.9 x 11.8 x 39.4 inches (15 cm x 30 cm x 100 cm).
    • Other foldable stroller: this replaces your child’s hand baggage allowance and once folded, its dimensions cannot exceed 21.7 x 13.8 x 9.8 inches (55 cm x 35 cm x 25 cm).

*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 50 pounds (23 kg) for Economy and Premium Economy; 70 pounds (32 kg) for Business and La Première and must adhere to max linear dimensions of 62 inches (158 cm).

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

Economy Standard: 1 piece

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

The following fees were taken from Air France’s website. Passengers can save up to 20% off the airport prices (below) by purchasing baggage online (this excludes the first piece of luggage on flights between Europe and North Africa for passengers with Light fare tickets).

RouteAdditional PieceOversized more than 62 inches (158 cm)Overweight more than 50 pounds (23 kg) or 70 pounds (32 kg)
Within FranceStandard fare: €70
Mini/Basic/Light Fare: 
1st piece: €35
2+ pieces: €70
€40€70
Within Europe (including Armenia, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine)Standard fare: €70
Mini/Basic/Light Fare:
1st piece: €40
2+ pieces: €70
€75€70
Between Europe and North Africa (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, or Israel)Standard fare: €70
Mini/Basic/Light Fare:
1st piece: €40
2+ pieces: €70
€75€70
Within the Caribbean2nd piece: €55
3+ pieces: €200
€40€55
Between France and French overseas departments€100€100€100
To/from North America2nd piece: €85
3+ pieces: €240
€250€85
Between Europe and the Middle East or India1st bag: €75
2+ bags: €200
€300€75
Between Miami and the Caribbean2nd piece: €55-€62
3+ pieces: €240-€255
€25€65
Other long-haul flights2nd piece: €90
3+ pieces: €179
€300€100

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 hours before departure.

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.

Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card - This no annual fee card comes with a 20,000 mile welcome bonus (worth $200) once you spend $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening. When you use your card for travel purchases (e.g. baggage fees), use your miles to pay off all, or part of, your statement! This is why we like this card.
Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card - The "big brother" card to the VentureOne® with a larger 50,000 welcome bonus (worth $500) once you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening.

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.

International flights

Flying Blue Silver, Gold, and Platinum members receive 1 additional piece with the weight that of the fare type.

Elite or Elite Plus Skyteam Members receive 1 additional piece with the weight that of the fare type.

Flights within Metropolitan France

Flying Blue Silver, Gold, and Platinum members receive 1 additional 50 pounds (23 kg) piece.

Elite or Elite Plus Skyteam members receive 1 additional 50 pounds (23 kg) piece.


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


Frequently asked questions

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).

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15 comments

  1. I have a delta platinum American Express and have just received a silver medallion status. We’re planning on traveling soon and will purchase tickets, one-way, from Paris to Frankfurt. Will we receive our 1 free bag each when we purchase our tickets when we use this credit card to purchase these tickets? If you don’t know, how would we find out? We don’t like any last-minute surprises.
    Thanks in advance!

    Reply

    • Hi Olivia,

      As long as your Delta Platinum card is connected to your SkyMiles account, you don’t actually need to use the card to purchase your flight. You receive the baggage benefit just for holding the card. This way, if you have another card that earns better milage on flight purchased, you can use it to purchase your flight and still receive your free checked bags.

      Thanks for reading!

      Reply

  2. Graham rumbellow September 30, 2019

    If I use my Delta Gold Amex card to buy tickets on KLM economy light, do I get free checked baggage?

    Reply

    • Hi Graham, unfortunately, you are only entitled to free checked luggage with your Delta Gold Amex when flying on Delta operated flights. Thanks!

      Reply

  3. I issued flight ticket by Air France but is operated by Czech Airlines from Paris to Prague, and cannot buy the extra baggage online through manage my booking. Any idea on who to contact or how to buy the extra baggage? Thanks so much!

    Reply

    • Hi Lidya, Andrew from Upgraded Points — a travel blog — here. Are you connecting from another flight to Czech Airlines or is your ticket just CDG-PRG? This info will help me get you a correct response. Thanks!

      Reply

      • Hi Andrew,

        Thank you for your quick follow up.
        No, it’s not the connecting flight, the ticket is just CDG-PRG by Air France AF5034 but apparently this flight is operated by Czech airlines. Thanks!

        Reply

        • Catherine Luther October 10, 2019

          Hi Lidya,

          According to Air France’s codeshare rules, you should be able to log in to your flight on the Czech Airlines website. Try to add baggage here or give the Czech Airlines contact center a call.

          Reply

          • Hi Catherine,

            I tried both, but unfortunately, it didn’t work. Both parties claimed that the flight is with other airlines, and therefore my flight cannot be added or modify for anything. This is frustrating. First time to hear that an airlines flight ticket cannot buy additional baggage by online manage booking. Anyway thanks for your help all guys. Cheers!

  4. Travelling from Manchester to Paris with Air France but then on to Australia, I have got 30kg allowance to take, will I need to pay on the first leg of my journey? I didn’t need to pay on the Air France flight coming here?

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther January 3, 2020

      Hi,

      If you booked the flights on one ticket then you shouldn’t have to pay an excess fee on the shorter leg. The baggage allowance for the most significant part of the journey would apply.

      Reply

  5. Marlena Adendorff June 29, 2020

    Please tell me how many bags I can take on my KLM Repatriation flight CT to Amsterdam then Atlanta to Dallas?
    Can I pay for a third bag and how much please?

    Reply

    • Hi Marlena,

      There does not appear to be any information listed on the KLM website that gives luggage allowances for Repatriation flights. So I recommend you contact the KLM customer service team directly for the answer to that.

      Safe travels!

      Reply

  6. Adipere Juokemefa September 7, 2020

    I would like to know if it’s possible to carry a television as checked-in baggage on a KLM/Airfrance flight from Newcastle to Lagos. Thanks

    Reply

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