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 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: 15.7 x 11.8 x 4 inches (40 x 30 x 10 cm)
  • Standard: 21.6 x 15.7 x 9 inches (55 x 40 x 23 cm) Maximum weight for each item is 17.6 pounds (8 kg)

Lap Infant Carry-on Policy

  • Infants are not permitted any carry-on allowance, so any items would need to be packed in the accompanying adult’s carry-on.

Stroller Gate Check Policy

  • If your stroller is under 22 pounds (10 kg), then you can check this for free either at the check-in desk or at the gate. Strollers heavier than 22 pounds (10 kg) would need to be checked within your luggage allowance.
  • 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 50 pounds (23 kg) for adults and children of all ages
  • Business: 2 pieces up to 70 pounds (32 kg) each for adults, and 1 piece up to 50 pounds (23 kg) for children under 2 years old

Intercontinental journeys

  • Economy Light: None
  • Economy Saver, Basic, and Flex: 1 piece up to 50 pounds (23 kg) for adults and children of all ages
  • Premium Economy Saver, Basic, and Flex: 2 pieces up to 50 pounds (23 kg) each for adults and children 2 years and older. 1 piece up to 50 pounds (23 kg) for children under 2 years.
  • Business: 2 pieces up to 70 pounds (32 kg) each for adults and children 2 years and older. 1 piece up to 50 pounds (23 kg) for children under 2 years.

Additional/Excess Baggage Fees

Fees for excess baggage items within your standard free allowance

Flights (per one-way)Price per kg between 50-70 pounds (23-32 kg) OR bags exceeding a max linear size of 62 inches (158 cm)Price per kg between 50-70 pounds (23-32 kg) AND bags exceeding a max linear size of 62 inches (158 cm)
Within Austria€40€80
Within Europe€50€100
Between Europe and Jordan, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel€75€150
Between Europe and U.S. East, Canada East, Seychelles, Maldives€120€240
Between Europe and U.S. West, Canada West, China, Mauritius, Thailand, South Africa€150€300
Between Europe and JapanHeavier: €100
Larger: €200
€300

Fees for Economy Light fare

First bag:

Flights (per one-way)Advance purchase (online or call center)At check-inAt gate
Within Austria€15€30€55
Europe€25€40€55
Between selected European destinations and U.S./Canada*€50€50€50

Bag maximum weight and size: 50 pounds (23 kg) and 62 inches (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).

Additional and excess baggage

Flights (per one-way)Additional pieceExceeding maximum size OR weightExceeding maximum size AND weight
Within Austria€70€110€150
Within Europe€80€130€180
Between Europe and Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Turkmenistan€100€175€250
Between Europe and U.S. East, Canada East, Seychelles, Maldives€200€320€440
Between Europe and U.S. West, Canada West, China, Thailand, South Africa, Mauritius€250€400€550
Between Europe and Japan€150
JPY 20,000
Heavier: €250

Larger: €350

€$450

For economy class fares to and from or via the U.S., Canada, or Mexico, there is a reduced charge for the 2nd bag: $100.

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:

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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 50 pounds (23 kg)Total allowance – 2 pieces up to 50 pounds (23 kg) each
Business1 extra piece up to 70 pounds (32 kg)Total allowance – 2 pieces up to 70 pounds (32 kg) each
International RoutesEconomy LightTotal allowance – 1 piece up to 50 pounds (23 kg)No baggage
Economy
Saver, Basic & Flex
1 extra piece up to 50 pounds (23 kg)Total allowance – 2 pieces up to 50 pounds (23 kg) each
Premium Economy
Saver, Basic & Flex
1 extra piece up to 50 pounds (23 kg)Total allowance – 2 pieces up to 50 pounds (23 kg) each
Business
Saver & Flex
1 extra piece up to 70 pounds (32 kg)Total allowance – 2 pieces up to 70 pounds (32 kg)

 


Frequently asked questions

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 (50 pounds/23 kg) with Economy Classic, Saver, Basic, & Flex fares, 2 bags (50 pounds/23 kg) with Premium Economy Saver, Basic, & Flex fares and 2 bags (70 pounds/32 kg) 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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45 comments

  1. 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.

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    • 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.

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  2. 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$?

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    • 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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  3. YOUNJUNG AN May 25, 2019

    I’d like to book a flight from Paris to Vienna. I am a Star Alliance Gold member and if I buy a flight ticket between Paris and Vienna with one of my pieces of luggage, I wonder if there is additional baggage available for free?

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    • Hi there – this depends on which fare type you purchased (economy light, economy classic/flex, or business). As you can see, we have listed the Star Alliance Gold perks under the “Exclusions & Waivers” section above.

      On European routes, economy light would not allow for another bag for free; if you purchased an economy classic/flex or biz fare you should be allowed one extra bag (23kg) for free.

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  4. Armen Mkrtumyan June 4, 2019

    If I am in an Economy Class, with Flex, and I want to pay for my second luggage, how much will it cost? Can I pay it with cash or I should pay only with card?

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    • Catherine Luther June 5, 2019

      Hi Armen,

      The fee for additional baggage depends on your flight route. Please refer to the table above in this article under the section “Additional baggage (for fare types excluding Economy Light:)” that breaks down the cost by destination. Some airports will accept cash and some will not, so we advise you call the airline directly to check for your departure airport.

      Reply

  5. Elisabeth Patterson June 23, 2019

    How do I know if I booked regular economy or light, which would be no free checked bags? Yikes! My ticket says at the bottom Tariff: Economy Basic/L

    I was not told ‘no baggage’ when I bought the ticket.

    Reply

    • Hi Elisabeth, I’ve tried doing some research for you but Austrian’s website does make things a bit confusing! If I were you, I’d go ahead and call their customer service line and inquire with them directly for the most accurate information… at this point (since we’re not Austrian Airlines), we’d just be giving you our best, educated guess from the info they publish online and it’s confusing even to us!

      That being said, their FAQ does state: “You can find the booking classes within the online booking section on our website. This is in the detailed information of the selected flight in the basket “Your Selection” on the right edge of the screen. Furthermore the booking class is also cited in the fare regulations – you will find these in the summary via the “Buy Now” button as well as in the booking confirmation, which appears on your screen and which is sent to you via email to the contact email address supplied by you. You can view the booking class of your flight at any time within the online management section of your booking via “My Booking”, as well as being able to amend it, if necessary, after you have entered the relevant booking code.”

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  6. Vera Isailovic July 7, 2019

    If my hand luggage exceeds weight limit by 2 kg, is there a chance for me to bring a small bag with me where I could put some stuff?
    Also, I have a connection flight in Vienna and there is an option for me to buy extra luggage for 25 euros, but does this mean that this price is for both my flights in one way? Or is it 50 euros in one way and 50 in other?
    Thank you and I am hoping for a quick reply.
    Regards,
    Vera

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther July 8, 2019

      Hi Vera,

      Austrian Airlines allows passengers to bring a small personal item in addition to your standard carry-on. The size restrictions for the personal item are 40 x 30 x 10 cm.

      For the excess luggage, this would depend on whether you booked your 2 flights on 1 ticket or separately. If you booked them together then Austrian should be able to check your bags through to your final destination and you would pay 1 x one way fee. If you booked them separately then you would pay the fee for each leg of the journey.

      Hope that helps!

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  7. Good evening,

    If I have 3 perfumes new in their boxes with each one 100ml, can I take them with me in my handbag luggage if I put them in zip plastic bag together?

    Thanks in advance.

    Reply

    • Hi Adam,

      Per the Austrian Airlines website “Containers with liquids, gels and sprays must not exceed a maximum of 100 ml”, so you should be fine to bring those along in your carry on luggage.

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    • Hi Adam. Since the 3 perfumes are below the limit per liquid item, you can put them together in a zip plastic bag. However, you are allowed just one bag so all liquid items must fit in the same bag.

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  8. Hi, I am flying back to the US from Poland as travel US military person, do I get free check in baggage?

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    • Catherine Luther July 15, 2019

      Hi Beata,

      There is no mention on the Austrian Airlines website regarding military baggage exclusions; however, providing you haven’t booked an Economy Light ticket, you have a baggage allowance of at least 1 x 23 kg bag included in your ticket.

      Reply

  9. Benchaloch July 19, 2019

    I would like to add a suitcase of 20 kilos but I did not add when I made the reservation.
    I leave from Lyon to Miami via Vienna and my return is to Munich.
    I would also like to add three kosher meals. How to do this? I did not have the opportunity to do this when booking.
    Did you have a number to call from France?

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther July 20, 2019

      Hi Benchaloch,

      Please be aware that we are UpgradedPoints.com, not Austrian Airlines. We have checked on the Austrian Airlines contact page and have found a contact number calling from France: +33 820 816 816. Please contact the airline directly with your enquiry.

      Reply

  10. Janet M Fortino July 21, 2019

    Can I bring makeup and electric curling iron in my carry on bag?

    Reply

    • Hi Janet,

      Yes, you can bring your curling iron. Your makeup is subject to the same liquid and gel rules as all other substances, meaning if they are liquid, they will need to be 3.4 ounces or smaller.

      Reply

  11. I have booked an economy light ticket with Austrian Air to Vienna. The weight of my carry-on bag is 8 kg. How much can my personal bag weigh?

    Thank you!

    Reply

    • Hi Fadi, Austrian Air doesn’t list a specific weight limit for personal items. However, the bag’s dimensions must be 15.75 in x 11.8 in x 4 in (40 cm x 30 cm x 10 cm) or smaller.

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  12. I have a flight from Iran to Canada, how much is the penalty for extra weight in your luggage.

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  13. What is the different between the economy basic and economy flex? I don’t understand

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    • Catherine Luther October 30, 2019

      Hi Rageb,

      Economy basic is a restricted fare for changes and cancellations with a chargeable fee for any amendments. Economy flex allows passengers more flexibility to change or cancel their ticket but obviously this comes at a higher cost to purchase the ticket.

      Reply

  14. Viraj Patel November 3, 2019

    Hi, I have a booking for my parents travelling from EWR to LHR on 8th Dec. We have bought the economy light tickets. I would like to purchase a checked in luggage. When I log in it does not allow me to purchase the checked in bag. Could you please help us? Thanks

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  15. I have Economy Classic ticket from Amsterdam, NL to Zagreb, CRO with a stop in Vienna. My checked in baggage allowance is 23 kg, I am just a bit over that. So how much would I have to pay per kilo over my limit? We are taking about possibly 1-2 kg over the limit.

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  16. When I was booked my flight ticket, the website said 2 bags up to 23 kg. After I paid they sent me an electronic ticket that says baggage 50 lbs. Am I allowed just one bag at 50 lbs(22.6 kg) or 2? I called customer support but they keep saying just what your ticket says. I think this is a mistake or a fraud? If anyone can help I would appreciate it.

    Reply

    • Hi Arezou,

      Usually, the baggage allowance for economy tickets is 1 bag weighing up to 50 lbs (23 kgs). However, if you have a Premium Economy or Business Class ticket your baggage allowance would be higher. Can you tell me what class you’re flying along with where you are flying to?

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  17. Hello
    How much would it cost to have a pair of skis on a flight, if the total weight together with a bag is below 23kg?

    Paul

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  18. I am traveling from Northern Macedonia to Detroit via Vienna and Chicago . My ticket is Basic Economy, how much it will cost for one piece checked luggage with weight of 50 lb(23 kg)

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  19. I have 1 kg over the limit weight for checked baggage in basic economy class (23 kg ). How should I pay extra for that?

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    • Hi Vjollca,

      You can pre-pay for your baggage at the Austrian Airlines website, or by calling their customer service team at 1-800-843-0002.

      Reply

  20. I booked a light fare from Prishtina to Miami, does it include handbags?

    Reply

  21. What is the baggage allowance for an economy award ticket (X) from the US to Europe?

    Reply

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