Austrian Airlines Baggage Fees & Tips to Cover the Expenses

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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.

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.

Can I Pre-pay for Baggage?

Austrian Airlines does allow passengers the ability to pre-pay for luggage online, via the mobile app or with their call centre.

Here are the ways you can pre-pay:

Credit Cards That Reimburse You For Checked Bag Expenses (or ANY Travel Expense)

Exclusions & Waivers

Checked luggage allowance for frequent flyers

HON Circle, Senator,
& Star Gold
Frequent Traveller
(FTL Card)
European RoutesEconomy Lightno baggageno baggage
Economy Classic & Flex1 extra piece up to 23 kgtotal allowance – 2 pieces up to 32 kg each
Business1 extra piece up to 23 kgtotal allowance – 2 pieces up to 32 kg each
International RoutesEconomy Lighttotal allowance – 1 piece up to 23 kgno baggage
Saver, Basic & Flex
1 extra piece up to 23 kgtotal allowance – 2 pieces up to 32 kg each
Premium Economy
Saver, Basic & Flex
1 extra piece up to 23 kgtotal allowance – 2 pieces up to 32 kg each
Saver & Flex
1 extra piece up to 23 kgtotal allowance – 2 pieces up to 32 kg each


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What is the baggage allowance for Austrian Airlines?

The checked baggage allowance for Austrian Airlines includes no baggage when booking an Economy Light fare, 1 bag (23kg) with Economy Classic, Saver, Basic, & Flex fares, 2 bags (23kg) with Premium Economy Saver, Basic, & Flex fares and 2 bags (32kg) for Business.

Does Austrian Airlines include baggage?

Austrian Airlines includes baggage for all fares apart from Economy Light. When booking this fare you can add on baggage for $19.50 for flights within Austria, $32.50 for flights within Europe and $65 for flights from the US/Canada to Europe. These fees are charged per way and are valid if you book in advance of your departure. Prices increase significantly if you add your bag at the airport.

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  1. Joanna · March 4, 2019 · Reply

    Does it mean that as a Gold star alliance member I will have free 1 piece of checked luggage when flying with Economy Light? I checked on the Austrian website and many other sites and this is the first place I found the information that I should be able to check in my luggage for free. I want to avoid surprises at the airport.

    • Hi Joana, our information was a bit incomplete on our site – I’ll get this updated right now. The answer to your question depends on where you’re flying to/from…

      If you’re flying domestically within Europe, unfortunately, Economy Light passengers are not allowed any free baggage regardless if they’re HON Circle, Senator, and STAR Gold.

      However, if you’re flying internationally, it does appear you’ll be allowed one checked bag at 23kg as a Star Alliance Gold Member.

  2. Damian · April 16, 2019 · Reply

    I have booked an economy light ticket with Austrian Air to New York from Vienna.

    So, can I buy checked luggage at the airport just before my flight? Or shall I buy it online? Will this luggage charge be for the round-trip flight or just one way for 65$?

    • Hi Damian – it’s completely up to you whether you pre-pay or pay at the airport. You can see in the table above that it is usually significantly cheaper if you pre-pay online prior to your flight. You can find instructions on how to do so in our “Can I Pre-pay for Baggage?” section above. However, it appears Austrian Airline’s policy pertaining to international flights proposes a €50 regardless of when you pay.

      If you have the ability to pre-pay online, it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea – just to be on the safe side. (It may also be worth noting that if you pre-pay for baggage and end up not utilizing everything you paid for, some airlines will not reimburse you the cost.)

      Again, as you can see per the Economy Light Excess Baggage table above, the rule is that baggage fees are applied on a ONE WAY basis, so you should expect to pay €50 each way, or €100 total for your baggage. Hope this helps!

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