Austrian Airlines Baggage Fees & Tips to Cover the Expenses

Austrian Airlines Baggage Fees

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Austrian Airlines offers Economy Light fares for short- and long-haul travel if you only need to take carry-on luggage.

This is handy for making your check-in and airport exit a bit swifter, and the additional bag charges are quite reasonable for domestic and European flights when booked online or with the call center in advance.

When booking an Economy Light fare for flights to and from the U.S., there is a flat fee of $65 USD per bag, per route — regardless of whether you book an extra bag in advance, at check-in, or at the gate.

So feel free to take your chances with your hand luggage; if your bag is a little large or heavy, you can always check it at the last minute knowing that you wouldn’t have paid any less in advance.

Austrian Airlines Carry-on Allowance:

1 personal item: FREE
1 standard carry-on bag: Free for economy and premium economy class passengers
2 standard carry-on bags: Free for business class passengers

Size and Weight Restrictions

  • Personal: 40 x 30 x 10 cm
  • Standard: 55 x 40 x 23 cm. Maximum weight for each item is 8 kg.

Lap Infant Carry-on Policy

  • In addition to your standard carry-on allowance, you may take on board a baby basket, stroller, or car seat up to 10 kg plus baby food required for the flight.

Stroller Gate Check Policy

  • If your stroller exceeds 10 kg, then it will need to be checked as hold luggage, which you can do at the gate in most airports (confirm with an airline representative when checking in). Children up to 2 years old get a piece of checked luggage with an Economy Classic, Flex, or Business fare, so this can be used to transport your stroller. For Economy Light, you will need to purchase additional luggage.

Austrian Airlines Checked Baggage Allowance:

European journeys

  • Economy Light: None
  • Economy Classic & Flex: 1 piece up to 23 kg for adults and children of all ages
  • Business: 2 pieces up to 32 kg each for adults, and 1 piece up to 23 kg for children under 2 years old

Intercontinental journeys

  • Economy Light: None
  • Economy Saver, Basic, & Flex: 1 piece up to 23 kg for adults and children of all ages
  • Premium Economy Saver, Basic, & Flex: 2 pieces up to 23 kg each for adults and children 2 years and older. 1 piece up to 23 kg for children under 2 years.
  • Business: 2 pieces up to 32 kg each for adults and children 2 years and older. 1 piece up to 23 kg for children under 2 years.

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Additional/Excess Baggage Fees

Prices for excess baggage items within your standard free allowance:

Flights (per one-way)Price per kg between 23-32 kgs OR bags exceeding a max linear size of 158 cmPrice per kg between 23-32 kgs AND bags exceeding a max linear size of 158 cm
Within Austria$45 USD$91 USD
Within Europe$57 USD$113 USD
Between Europe and Jordan, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel$85 USD$170 USD
Between Europe and U.S. East, Canada East, Seychelles, Maldives$136 USD$272 USD
Between Europe and U.S. West, Canada West, China, Japan, Mauritius, Thailand, South Africa$170 USD$340 USD

Prices for items exceeding your standard free baggage allowance (when you have booked an Economy Light fare):

First bag:

Flights (per one-way)Advance purchase (online or call center)At check-inAt gate
Within Austria$19.50 USD$39 USD$71 USD
Europe$32.50 USD$52 USD$71 USD
Between selected European destinations and U.S./Canada*$65 USD$65 USD$65 USD

Bag maximum weight and size: 23 kg and 158 cm

*Selected European countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Slovakia, Turkey (except from U.S. to Turkey).

Note: Prices were quoted on the airlines’ website in EUR and have been converted to USD using the conversion rate at time of publication.

Additional bag:

Flights (per one-way)Within the free luggage allowanceExceeding maximum size OR weightExceeding maximum size AND weight
Within Austria$79 USD$125 USD$170 USD
Within Europe$91 USD$147 USD$204 USD
Between Europe and Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Turkmenistan$113 USD$198.50 USD$283.50 USD
Between Europe and U.S. East, Canada East, Seychelles, Maldives$227 USD$363 USD$499 USD
Between Europe and U.S. West, Canada West, China, Japan, Thailand, South Africa, Mauritius$499 USD$453.50 USD$623.50 USD

For economy class fares to and from or via the U.S., Canada, or Mexico, the charge is $100 USD.

If you’re looking to transport sporting equipment, please refer to Austrian Airlines’ baggage policy.

Exclusions & Waivers:

Checked luggage allowance for frequent flyers

HON Circle & Senator or Star Gold:

  • Economy Light: 1 x 23 kg piece
  • Economy Classic & Flex: 1 extra piece up to 23 kg
  • Premium Economy Saver, Basic, & Flex: 1 extra piece up to 23 kg
  • Business Class: 1 extra piece up to 32 kg

Frequent Traveller (FTL card):

  • Economy Classic & Flex: Total allowance of 2 pieces up to 23 kg each
  • Business Class: Total allowance of 2 pieces up to 32 kg each
  • Premium Economy Saver, Basic, & Flex: 1 extra piece up to 23 kg

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