British Airways Baggage Fees & Tips to Cover the Expenses

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British Airways utilizes a pretty classic baggage allowance system, dependent on cabin class.

Fees for additional luggage per piece depend on when you purchase your baggage allowance, your cabin class and lastly (at times), whether you’re flying out of Gatwick / Stanstead, or any other route.

The British Airways baggage policy can get a little confusing at times – we hope this clears it up a bit!

British Airways Carry-On Allowance

1 handbag/laptop bag: FREE
1 standard carry-on bag: FREE

Size Restrictions:

  • Personal item: 16 x 12 x 6 inches (40 x 30 x 15 cm), up to 51 pounds (23 kg)
  • Standard carry-on: 22 x 18 x 10 inches (56 x 45 x 25 cm), up to 51 pounds (23 kg)

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy:

  • 1 additional cabin bag is permitted for items required during the flight
  • Up to 22 x 18 x 10 inches (56 x 45 x 25 cm), up to 51 pounds (23 kg)

Stroller Check Policy:

  • One stroller per child can be checked at gate free of charge.
  • A small, fully collapsible stroller (with maximum dimensions of 46 x 15 x 15 inches/116.9 x 38.1 x 38.1 cm (when collapsed), can be taken to the gate and picked up outside of the destination gate on arrival.
  • Strollers that collapse down into a carry bag can be taken on board in place of your standard carry-on bag, providing it does not exceed the maximum carry-on bag dimensions.
  • Larger strollers checked at the gate will be available for pick up at the baggage carousel in the baggage hall.

British Airways Checked Baggage Allowance

All checked bags must adhere to a max weight of 51 pounds (23 kg) for Economy and Premium Economy; 70 pounds (32 kg) for Business and First Class fares, and must adhere to max dimensions of 35.5 x 29.5 x 16 inches (90 x 75 x 43 cm ).

Hand Baggage Only / Basic: 0 bags included

Economy: 1 bag included (51 pounds/23 kg)*

Premium Economy: 2 bags included (51 pounds/23 kg)

Business: 2 bags included (70 pounds/32 kg)

First: 3 bags included (70 pounds/32 kg)

Children and infants (aged 2-11 with a booked seat): Same allowance as adult plus up to two items including a collapsible stroller, travel cot, car seat or carry harness.

Infants under 2 years: 1 bag (51 pounds/23 kg) plus up to two items including a collapsible stroller, travel cot, car seat or carry harness.

*2 bags included (23kg) for economy flights:

  • Flights to/from Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria
  • Flights between Europe and Japan
  • Journeys originating in Shanghai to London Heathrow and return journey to Shanghai
  • Connecting between Islamabad and USA/Bermuda/Canada
  • Connecting between India and USA/Bermuda/Canada
  • Journeys originating in Saudi Arabia to USA/Bermuda/Canada and the return journey to Saudi Arabia 
  • Journeys originating in Kuwait to the British Airways network and the return journey to Kuwait
  • Journeys originating in the United Arab Emirates to USA/Mexico/Canada and the return journey to the United Arab Emirates

Flights between London and Doha have an allowance of 1 x 32kg. 

Additional / Excess Baggage Fees

British Airways no longer publishes additional baggage charges on their website and advises passengers to use their baggage calculator tool as the fee varies by route. Below are example fees from searches that we’ve run using the tool.

Economy Hand Baggage Only (Basic)

RoutePurchased Online Purchased at the airport
Short-haul to/from London City AirportFirst bag: £25/$40/€35 – £40/$60/€55
Additional bags: £60/$90/€70
£65/$100/€75
Short-haul to/from London Gatwick AirportFirst bag: £20/$30/€25 – £36/$56/€46
Additional bags: £36/$55/€46 – £46/$75/€56
£50/$75/€65
Short-haul to/from London Heathrow AirportFirst bag: £25/$40/€35 – £48/$72/€66
Additional bags: £60/$90/€70
£75/$110/€85
Short-haul to/from London Stansted, Bristol, Birmingham, Dublin, Edinburgh, ManchesterFirst bag: £20/$30/€25 – £35/$55/€45
Additional bags: £60/$90/€70
£65/$100/€75
Long-haul to/from USA, Canada, Mexico from London GatwickFirst bag: £40/$55/€45
Second bag: £60/$90/€70
Third+ bags: £120/$180/€140
First extra bag: £45/$60/€50
Second extra bag: £65/$100/€75
Third+ bags: £140/$200/€150
All other Long-haul flightsFirst bag: £60/$90/€70
Second bag: £60/$90/€70
Third+ bags: £120/$180/€140
First bag: £75/$110/€85
Second bag: £75/$110/€85
Third+ bags: £140/$200/€150

Economy

Euro Traveller (Plus and Plus Flex)

  • Flights to/from London Gatwick: £36/$55/€46 (online/ in advance); £50/$75/€65 (at the airport)
  • All other routes: £60/$90/€70 (online/ in advance). £65/$100/€75 (at the airport)

Premium Economy

World Traveller Plus

  • Each bag: £120/$180/€140 (online/ in advance); Each bag:£140/$200/€150 (at the airport)

Business & First Class

Club Europe

  • To/from London Gatwick or Stanstead: £36/$55/€46 (online/ in advance); £50/$75/€65 (at the airport)
  • All other Routes: £60/$90/€70 (online/ in advance); £65/$100/€75 (at the airport)

Club World and First Class

  • Each bag: £120/$180/€140 (online/ in advance); Each bag:£140/$200/€150 (at the airport)

Excess Baggage Fees

  • Overweight Fee: 51-70 pounds (23-32 kg) £65/$100/€70
  • Oversized Fee: As of January 2020, British Airways’ website states — “You can take larger items of up to 190 x 75 x 65cm (75 x 29.5 x 25.5in) as long as they weigh no more than your permitted baggage weight allowance. If the bag weighs more than your allowance, you will be charged extra at the airport. No bag can weigh more than 32kg.”

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

Can I Pre-pay for Baggage?

British Airways does allow passengers the ability to pre-pay for luggage online.

Passengers need to log in to their booking on the British Airways website to do this.

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Exclusions & Waivers:

The extra allowances apply:

  • in any travel class for everyone on your booking as long as you as the qualifying frequent flyer is traveling on the booking
  • only on British Airways flights, except for hand baggage only (Basic) fares and group rate bookings

Executive Club Gold/oneworld Emerald: One additional free checked bag in any cabin class (excl. hand baggage only (Basic) fares); weight allowance of 70 pounds (32 kg) per checked bag.

Executive Club Silver/oneworld Sapphire: One additional free checked bag but max. two bags per person when traveling in Economy (excl. hand baggage only (Basic) fares); weight allowance of 70 pounds (32 kg) per checked bag.


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


Frequently asked questions

How much can my suitcase weigh on British Airways?

When flying British Airways, all checked bags must not exceed 51 pounds (23 kg) for Economy & Premium Economy passengers and 70 pounds (32 kg) for Business and First Class passengers. Bags that are heavier than these standard allowances will be subject to excess baggage fees. Standard carry-on baggage cannot weigh more than 51 pounds (23 kg).

Is luggage included with British Airways?

Luggage is included with British Airways on all fares apart from their Economy Basic fare (hand baggage only). The standard allowance is 1 bag (50 pounds/23 kg) for Economy (apart from selected routes which allow 2), 2 bags for Premium Economy (50 pounds/23 kg each), 2 bags for Business Class (70 pounds/32 kg) and 3 bags for First Class (70 pounds/32 kg).

How big can a carry-on bag be for British Airways?

British Airways allows passengers to bring 1 standard piece of carry-on that must not exceed 22 x 18 x 10 inches (56 x 45 x 25 cm) with a maximum weight of 51 pounds (23 kg). An additional personal item can be brought onboard that cannot be larger than 16 x 12 x 6 inches (40 x 30 x 15 cm) with the same weight allowance as a standard carry-on piece.

How much is excess baggage on British Airways?

Excess baggage fees for British Airways depend on the route. If your bag exceeds the standard baggage allowance weighing 51-70 pounds (23-32 kg) then you will be subject to a fee of $100. Baggage heavier than 70 pounds (32 kg) will not be accepted by British Airways. Baggage that is larger than the standard checked baggage allowance of 35.5 x 29.5 x 16 inches (90 x 75 x 43 cm) is permitted up to 75 x 29.5 x 25.5 inches (190 x 75 x 65 cm) and BA states that they currently waive the fee but this might come into effect at some point in the future.

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137 comments

  1. Howard Yarme April 17, 2018

    we are planning to travel from Boston to London, London to Zurich then returning to Boston during the month of June. We are two seniors, and will be looking for lower cost flight options.

    Our question now is about luggage. We usually travel with one small bag each. However we will be bringing a roll of prints with us on this trip. The prints can be rolled in a tube of 40 inches tall by 6 inches in diameter, actually 8 inches in diameter would be better. Can this be brought into the cabin, and if checked, how do we do this? Thank you

    Reply

    • Gan Ean Kheng August 12, 2019

      I have bought a BA ticket from Barcelona to Penang Malaysia which includes a 23kg checked in baggage. How many pieces of hand luggage am I allowed to carry on board and what is the combined weight? I would like to add an extra bag. What is the minimum weight that I can purchase and how much is it? How should I add one bag?

      Reply

      • Catherine Luther August 13, 2019

        Hi Gan,

        BA allows passengers to carry onboard 1 personal item (up to 23 kg) and 1 standard carry-on (up to 23 kg).

        For checked luggage, an additional bag would cost £60/$90/€70 (online in advance) which can weigh up to 23 kg. This is the only option for purchasing additional baggage – BA does not allow less weight to be purchased.

        Reply

    • Vicky savage December 4, 2019

      We are traveling on Sunday to Finland. The four of us have 23kg of luggage each. Can you combine this weight into 2 cases? If so, what is the max weight?

      Reply

      • Hi Vicky,

        I would not recommend combining 4 pieces of luggage into 2 as you will likely be charged excess bag fees for the remaining 2 bags.

        Reply

  2. Steven Jack July 10, 2018

    Since when did BA flight out of Stanstead? I’d be interested in you giving a run down on their routes?

    Plus are they stopping flying from their main hub of Heathrow? You make no mention?

    Perhaps they are handing LHR T5 over to Ryanair and swapping slots at Stanstead?

    Reply

    • Erin may want to weigh in on this as well but I do know that British Airways flies from Stansted Airport in the summer to Faro, Malaga, Palma and Ibiza. I did some research and found that they started flying from there in 2016.

      Reply

    • Harwinder Singh July 16, 2019

      I am scheduled to fly from New Delhi to Toronto in economy class. I was told I can carry 7 kg. as a carry on bag and two bags weighing 23 kg each for checked luggage. Now I have been told that I carry 23 kg as a hand bag and 2 bags 23 kgs each as checked baggage. Is that correct?

      Reply

      • Hi Harwinder,

        Are you flying in standard economy class or premium economy? If you’re flying standard economy you should be able to bring 1 personal item, 1 carry on bag, and 1 piece of checked luggage at 23kg each, free of charge.

        Thanks for reading!

        Reply

  3. Hilary Gibbs October 31, 2018

    I am currently booked on a flight to London which does not include a checked bag. I received an email from British Airways saying that I could purchase that privelige for less than at the airport if I did it online through that email. I had to buy to find out the price, so I haven’t said yes yet..
    Do you have any idea how much that is likely to be?

    Reply

    • Hey Hilary, an email that won’t give you the price seems really suspect to me and is something I have never heard of. I would worry that someone is trying to scam you and certainly would not purchase the checked bag through that link. If you contact British Airways either online or over the phone, they should be able to give you up to date pricing for your flight and either confirm or deny that the email in question came from them.

      Reply

  4. T.M. Joseph April 30, 2019

    Sir, we are traveling on July 01, 2019 from Hyderabad, India to Tulsa, OK, USA & back to Hyderabad on July 26th, from SFO, CA.
    Is the checked baggage only one pc at 23 kg or 2 pc at 23kg each / customer? Kindly clarify, please.

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther May 2, 2019

      Hi T.M. Joseph,

      British Airways has a checked baggage allowance of 2 x 23kg pieces per Economy passenger for flights connecting between India and the United States. If you would like to refer to this on BA’s website, it is stated under the section ‘Checked baggage in economy’ and then ‘Flights between specific destinations’.

      Reply

      • Hello, how much is the allowance weight for additional baggage on British Airways with business class?

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        • Hi Reza – as clearly noted in the post above under the “Additional / Excess Baggage Fees” section:

          Club Europe
          To/from London Gatwick or Stanstead: £36/$55/€46 (online/ in advance); £50/$75/€65 (at the airport)
          All other Routes: £60/$90/€70 (online/ in advance); £65/$100/€75 (at the airport)

          Club World and First Class
          Each bag: £120/$180/€140 (online/ in advance); Each bag:£140/$200/€150 (at the airport)

          Reply

    • Hi,
      I am travelling to Aberdeen from Delhi in economy standard. Can you please tell me what is the maximum baggage (hand and check in baggage) that I can carry?

      Reply

      • Catherine Luther July 22, 2019

        Hi Saurabh,

        Economy passengers are permitted to bring 1 x 23 kg checked bag (90 x 75 x 43cm,) 1 x standard carry-on (56 x 45 x 25cm, 23 kg, and 1 x personal item (40 x 30 x 15cm, 23 kg).

        Reply

  5. Frances Richardson May 26, 2019

    I am leaving Australia in September to Manchester and I am just wondering what my hand luggage weight is as I have been told its only 7kg from Australia in economy class and now reading your comments its 23kg. So please an answer on this, it would be helpful, thanks Fran

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther May 27, 2019

      Hi Frances,

      The hand luggage allowance is 23kg for British Airways, up to a maximum size of 56cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 18in x 10in. You are also permitted to bring a personal item that they state can weigh up to 23kg (maximum size 40cm x 30cm x 15cm (16in x 12in x 6in.)

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      • Joe Leong June 2, 2019

        Catherine,
        When I read that cabin allowance was 23kg (very generous), I thought it meant the combined weight of the two carry-ons. Now I found out that each of the two bags can weight up to 23kg (extremely generous). Both my bags for this summer to UK are within the permitted size.
        Incredible !!!

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    • Joe Leong June 2, 2019

      Frances,
      I am used to the 7kg limit on most airlines and as a photographer, I find this extremely limiting. BA’s 23kg limit is perfect. Looks like I shall fly BA more often.

      Joe

      Reply

  6. Deborah O'Callaghan May 28, 2019

    I will be flying from Heathrow to Yangon, Myanmar in July. My flight to Doha is BA then from Doha to Yangon is on Qatar Airways. Does the 60GBP excess baggage per case still apply if I wish to use this?

    Reply

    • Hi Deborah – not exactly sure what you mean by “if I wish to use this”… do you mean if you end up having baggage that is in excess of BA’s limits?

      Usually, you have to adhere to the baggage limits of each airline you’re flying with, regardless of who you booked with. So, BA’s limits should apply on the BA leg and Qatar’s limits should apply on the Qatar leg… does that make sense?

      Reply

  7. harsheela June 2, 2019

    Hi am booked on Cathay (bag allowance 30kg total one or 2 bags) from shanghai to Johannesburg. Then BA johannesburg to Port Elizabeth. I have one through ticket from Shanghai to Port Elizabeth. How would my baggage allowance work in this case withe the BA part of baggage?

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther June 3, 2019

      Hi Harsheela,

      If you have a ticket booked through to Port Elizabeth, then your baggage allowance for the full journey would be for the most significant carrier, that would be Cathay Pacific in this case.

      Reply

  8. Cathy-Ann Henry June 14, 2019

    If I am traveling from Edinburgh to London Heathrow then to Frankfurt and my luggage is overweight what would be the cost?

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther June 15, 2019

      Hi Cathy,

      If your bag is overweight (23-32kg (51-70lb) you would be charged £65 for the journey through to Frankfurt, providing you don’t have a stopover of more than 24 hours at London Heathrow.

      Reply

  9. Olasimbo olokowo June 15, 2019

    How much does an extra bag cost on BA from Lagos to Toronto.

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther June 16, 2019

      Hi Olasimbo,

      Providing the two flights have been booked on one ticket with British Airways, the cost of an extra bag would be £120/$180/€140 when booked online before your flight or £140/$200/€150 when booked at the airport.

      Reply

  10. How many kg of hand luggage and checked baggage included in a price of British Airways flight ticket from Sweden to Philippines?

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther June 16, 2019

      Hi Janet,

      These are the baggage allowances for the different cabins:

      Checked luggage:
      Hand Baggage Only / Basic: 0 bags included
      Economy: 1 bag included (23kg/51lbs)
      Premium Economy: 2 bags included (23kg/51lbs)
      Business: 2 bags included (32kg/70lbs)
      First: 3 bags included (32kg/70lbs)

      Hand luggage:
      Personal item: 40 x 30 x 15cm (16 x 12 x 6in), up to 23kg (51lb)
      Standard carry-on: 56 x 45 x 25cm (22 x 18 x 10in), up to 23kg (51lb)

      Reply

  11. I will be flying from Hong Kong to UK very soon, but I have a package measuring 82cm x 82cm x 52cm. Can it be checked in?
    Thanks

    Reply

    • Hi Raymond, it looks like your package exceeds BA’s limits for checked baggage: 90cm x 75cm x 43cm. Even if they utilized max linear dimensions instead of set height/length/depth, you would still be over by about 8cm.

      HOWEVER, British Airways website currently states: “You can take larger items of up to 190 x 75 x 65cm (75 x 29.5 x 25.5in) as long as they weigh no more than your permitted baggage weight allowance. If the bag weighs more than your allowance, you will be charged extra at the airport. No bag can weigh more than 32kg.”

      So, it appears you’ll be able to check this in, providing it’s within the weight restriction and does not include any prohibited items.

      Reply

  12. Daniel Palti July 8, 2019

    Hi,

    Please let me know how many kilos can I check in if I hold a business class ticket to Tel Aviv? Can I check in 2 pieces of luggage with each one weighing 32 kilos or can I check in 2 pieces amounting together to 32 kilos?

    Thanks!

    Reply

  13. Waleed Akbar July 17, 2019

    Hi,
    I am travelling from Berlin via Heathrow to Islamabad Pakistan on British Airways in Economy class.
    I would like to know about my baggage limitations. How much weight am I allowed to take with me is it 23 kg + 1 hand carry or 2*23kg + 1 handcarry??

    Please let me know asap.
    Thanks

    Reply

    • Waleed,

      Keep in mind we are not British Airways, so you should double check directly with them in addition. If you’re flying in economy, you should be able to take 1 bag (as outlined in this post you commented on). If you’re flying in basic economy, you are not allowed any checked bags and are only allowed a carry-on.

      Reply

  14. Scott Hidden July 18, 2019

    We are traveling to AMS on KLM on an overnight flt from Boston in late August. We arrive at 9:15am. We have a BA flt to Gatwick at 10:15pm the same day we arrive AMS and are planning on spending the day in the city. My question is how early can we check our bags with BA? We would like to drop them with BA after we clear customs rather than having to put them in storage. Can’t find this info anywhere. Sent request to BA and the response did not answer question.

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther July 18, 2019

      Hi Scott,

      It’s usually 3 hours before a flight but this can vary between airports, airlines, and check-in assistants. It’s worth enquiring when you arrive and if you get turned away, then you have the option of luggage storage at Schiphol for €9 per bag, per day.

      Reply

  15. NISCHAL MEHTA July 23, 2019

    How much do I have to pay for extra baggage per kg from Mumbai to Phoenix

    Reply

    • Nischal,

      As we covered in the article, the charge will be $90 for the first bag if purchased online or $100 at the airport. The second one is also $90 if purchased online or $100 at the airport. From the third one on, you’ll pay $140 if purchased online or $200 at the airport.

      Reply

  16. Pauline neill July 27, 2019

    Hi I was wondering if anyone can help. I’m using British Airways to travel to London then Qatar Airlines to Doha then Perth one way to Immigrat. On BA I’d 23kg but Qatar is 32kg – surely I get to use the 32kg as BA is just a short flight? Please help me.

    Reply

    • Hi Pauline, as a general rule you’ll be restricted to the weight allowance you’re given with each carrier. BA won’t give you any type of pass or waiver for the extra weight just because you’re flying Qatar on a different/connecting flight.

      We often fly a short hop to an airport where we can fly a longer hop and have to make sure our bags are within the lower weight allowance in order to not incur excess fees on the short hop.

      Reply

  17. Hi

    I would like to take a painting with me which measures 100 x 100 x 10 cms and weighs 5kg. Please let me know if I have to pay extra baggage? I’m travelling from Mumbai to London and will have one checked in bag weighing about 18 kgs.

    Regards

    Bal

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther August 5, 2019

      Hi Bal,

      If you’re flying in Economy then you will have a free checked allowance of 1 x 23 kg bag. British Airways does not allow you to split your weight allowance across multiple pieces so you will need to purchase another piece. BA states that you can check a piece up to 190 x 75 x 65cm so we advise you give BA a call to find out if this applies to max linear dimensions, in which case the item would be fine.

      Reply

  18. Hi, I want to book LAX – London with Economy ticket by British Air and it says “hand bag only”, so how many pieces and weight limit is that? Thanks!

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther August 10, 2019

      Hi Tara,

      Hand baggage only permits passengers to bring only 1 carry-on item (22 x 18 x 10in and up to 51lb) and 1 personal item (16 x 12 x 6in and up to 51lb). No checked luggage is included in this fare.

      Reply

  19. angie klein August 13, 2019

    Can we carry on some fold up hiking poles that are 27″ long? They are too long to put inside my checked baggage.

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther August 14, 2019

      Hi Angie,

      Regardless of the length, it is likely British Airways would not permit hiking poles to be transported as carry-on for safety reasons as they restrict many sharp and blunt objects. It’s best you give them a call to confirm their policy on this.

      Reply

  20. Chatura Patuwathavithane September 15, 2019

    I bought a ticket from Sri Lankan Airlines to go from DFW to Colombo, where the DFW to London flight (and back) was on British Airways and London to Colombo was on Sri Lankan Airlines. Going to Sri Lanka they charged $100 for the 2nd baggage and I was told I do not have to pay for the 2nd bag for my return flight. But they charged me another $100 for the return flight from Sri Lanka. I would like to know whether it was a mistake and also why they charged me when I was told that for the return trip the second bag was free. Please reply. Thank you.

    Reply

  21. mohamed shafik a m September 19, 2019

    Hi, I have purchased extra baggage for British Airways from Chennai to London. They had charges around Indian Rupees 11,000. Now I don’t want that excess baggage. What is the procedure to cancel and get the refund amount? Will i get a refund?

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther September 19, 2019

      Hi Mohamed,

      British Airways says “If you purchase extra bags online and then change your mind, you can either change or cancel them and request a refund. You must do this online at Manage My Booking before you check in. We’re unable to process any change or refund requests after you have checked in, at the airport or once the flight has departed.”

      Reply

  22. I’m flying from Denver to Moscow through London (Heathrow). Should I take my luggage in London or can I get it in Moscow? How much will I pay for first checked bag to Moscow?

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther September 23, 2019

      Hi Lev,

      If you booked the flights on 1 ticket then it is likely that your luggage will be checked through to your final destination (but you will need to check with the airline). Unless you booked a basic economy ticket, BA includes the first checked bag (23 kg) for free.

      Reply

  23. I’m flying from Denver to Moscow through London (Heathrow). I will have two checked bags. How much I have to pay for second bag to Moscow. Considering I’m going to be a stop in London for 9 hours. I’ll pay for the second bag once or twice?

    Reply

    • Hi Lev,

      If your travel is all on the same itinerary, then you will not need to pay to check your bag a second time.

      Thanks for reading!

      Reply

      • Yes, my travel is all on the same itinerary. This means don’t need to collect my baggage in London, right? I’ll simply pick up my baggage in Moscow?

        Reply

  24. Hi. I have a trip to Moscow from Denver through London. One same ticket for all travel. I will have 3 bags. I know that first bag is free. How much does it cost for the second and third bags?

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther September 30, 2019

      Hi Lev,

      According to BA’s baggage calculator the second bag would cost $90 and the third bag $180 (if booked online) and $100 (first bag) and $200 (second bag) if purchased at the airport.

      Reply

  25. I’ve purchased a BA flight from LHR-LAX which is hand-luggage only. I want to add checked baggage but because the agent bought it through FinnAir (operated by BA) the online systems on both BA and FinnAir won’t allow me to upgrade in advance.

    Will I definitely be able to purchase and check-in bags at the airport? No risk of being turned away because the hold is full or anything?

    Second question: will I still be able to check-in online in advance and still be able to purchase and check-in an additional bag at the airport?

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther September 30, 2019

      Hi Chris,

      According to the British Airways website you should be able to check-in online for your flight on either Finnair or British Airways’ websites, so this should also allow you to add luggage. I very much doubt that you would experience any issues with the hold being full.

      It’s worth giving British Airways a call to see whether you can add luggage prior to check-in – just make sure you’ve got the flight reference from the agent before you contact them.

      Reply

      • I have three bags that I will pay for at the airport. I know the first bag is included, the second bag is $100, but how much is the third bag?

        Reply

        • Hi Lev,

          That depends on what route you will be flying. If you can provide your route details with us I can give you that price you can expect to pay for your third bag.

          Reply

  26. Hi. I have a flight from Denver to Moscow through London. In London, I will stay for 21 hours. I will have three bags. The first bag is included, the second bag is $100 because I’m paying at the airport, how much will my third bag cost?

    Reply

  27. Hi,
    I am traveling from Manchester to London Heathrow and I have one hand baggage weighing 6 kgs, and one checked bag weighing 25 kgs. I want to know how much they charge per kg you are over, and I also want to bring an additional checked bag. How much should I have to pay for an additional bag?

    Reply

    • Hi Smitul,

      Bags that are overweight, or extra bags, heading to London Heathrow may cost from $42-$72 for the first bag, and $90 for any extra bags thereafter.

      Thanks for reading!

      Reply

  28. Chyne Balderas October 15, 2019

    My sister will be traveling from Dubai to Gatwick via different airline then heading to Bermuda with BA. Will BA accept checked luggage from other airline so she doesn’t need to exit to security then check her luggage again in Gatwick?

    Reply

  29. Vamshi Krishna October 20, 2019

    Hi,

    Can I check in a 50-inch Samsung TV as extra baggage on British Airways?
    If yes, then what would be the procedure to do so? I am traveling from IAD Washington Dulles to HYD India.

    TIA

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther October 21, 2019

      Hi Vamshi,

      There is no information on the British Airways website that states TV’s are not accepted. Most airlines allow passengers to check a TV providing it adheres to their size restrictions. You may have to sign a limited release form in case the TV is damaged in transit. As we’re not British Airways we can’t confirm these details for you so your best bet would be to call the airline directly.

      Reply

  30. Jean Pierre Biko October 22, 2019

    I wish to have clarification on baggage allowance. I want to book a flight from Geneva (Switzerland) to Montreal (Canada), Premium Economy. They mentioned that there is free 2x23kg checked bag allowance. Does this mean that I am allowed to carry on 46kg in two separate bags (23kg/ one Bag)?

    Thank you for your response

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther October 22, 2019

      Hi Jean Pierre,

      This would mean that your checked allowance would be a total of 46 kg that must be split across 2 x 23 kg bags.

      Reply

  31. Steve Donaldson October 26, 2019

    Hi Catherine

    I am travelling from Leeds to Auckland, but flying BA from Leeds to Heathrow, then with Air Malaysia from Heathrow to Malaysia, then again with Air Malaysia on to Auckland.
    We have a luggage allowance of 20KG, however, wanted to know if we could upgrade 1 of the suitcases from 20KG to 32KG at the Airport? (as unable to get any sense from either Airline as i am travelling with more than 1)

    I heard from ‘a friend’ that I can potentially pay £60 at Leeds with BA to upgrade to 32KG, and this would also apply for the Malaysia flights?

    Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

    Steve

    Reply

  32. Good day,
    Our family (3 people) will fly from Heathrow to Edinburgh. We will have one big suitcase for check-in (50lb). Do we have to pay for it (online or in airport) or one suitcase is included in the price per ticket.
    And 1 carry-on per person is free, isn’t it.
    Thank you

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther October 30, 2019

      Hi JT,

      1 piece of checked luggage is included in the ticket provided you have not purchased an economy basic fare.

      Within the cabin, 1 personal item and 1 standard carry-on is permitted per passenger.

      Reply

  33. I’m booked with BA economy from London Heathrow to JFK. I’m flying out on American and returning on BA economy. Do I have to pay for checked luggage on either of these flights as it doesn’t say on any of the websites? I don’t want to get to the airport to find out it isn’t free.

    Reply

  34. Chris Brooks November 14, 2019

    I want to book return flights from Lanzarote to Gatwick with BA but only economy basic seems to come up & that’s ok but I want to know how much it is to take a hold bag 23 KG without taking up their economy plus with other extras. What happened to Euro Traveller where a hold bag was included?

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther November 15, 2019

      Hi Chris,

      I’ve just run a search for Lanzarote to Gatwick and I’m seeing standard economy fares being offered including a piece of checked luggage. Your issue might be date specific so give BA a call if you’re having issues. If you book basic economy then the fee for the first checked piece is €45 online or €65 at the airport.

      Reply

  35. BRINDHA ASHOKKUMAR November 25, 2019

    Hi,

    I am going to travel from Chennai to London in British Airways Economy class. I want to know the Hand baggage allowance and weight limit?

    Thanks!

    Reply

    • Hi Brindha,

      You can bring 1 personal item that is no bigger than 40 x 30 x 15cm (16 x 12 x 6in), and up to 23kg (51lb), and 1 carry-on bag that is no bigger than 56 x 45 x 25cm (22 x 18 x 10in), and up to 23kg (51lb).

      Reply

  36. Godfried Aboagye December 5, 2019

    I have an item 66 x 16 x 6 inches and the weight is 8lb. Leaving from the US to Ghana. How much will this cost me? Secondly, it’s in a card box. Is this appropriate per your policy or I’ll be required to get a special bag due to the dimensions? Thank you

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther December 6, 2019

      Hi Godfried,

      Please be aware that we’re not British Airways – we are UpgradedPoints.com. BA states on its website “You can take larger items of up to 190 x 75 x 65cm (75 x 29.5 x 25.5in) as long as they weigh no more than your permitted baggage weight allowance.” An individual piece for Economy should not exceed 23 kg and you should be fine checking a box, just be aware that the a box may not be as strong as a bag to protect the contents.

      Reply

  37. Hi, I’m traveling from San Diego to the Middle East with three bags. Can you tell how much I should pay for them?

    Reply

  38. We fly to San Jose Costa Rica in late January – we may need to take 2 checked bags instead of the 1 – however the tickets were bought through a travel agent not direct by BA – will a second bag be a problem and can this be paid for upfront?

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther December 20, 2019

      Hi Sonya,

      Check if you have a flight reference code from the travel agent and try to log in to your booking on the British Airways website. If you do not have the reference then you’ll need to get in touch with the travel agent.

      Reply

  39. Ahmed Abdelhameed December 31, 2019

    Hi, my mom is traveling from Cairo, Egypt to Houston, USA using BA. We booked an economy class ticket. How many checked-in bags are allowed? Is there any difference between a 23 Kg checked-in bag and 23 Kg carry on?

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther January 2, 2020

      Hi Ahmed,

      The checked allowance for standard economy is 1 x 23 kg bag. A carry-on bag can measure up to 56 x 45 x 25cm (22 x 18 x 10in) and a checked bag can measure up to 90 x 75 x 43cm (35.5 x 29.5 x 16in). The size is the main difference as well as certain restrictions as to what can be packed in your carry-in and checked luggage.

      Reply

  40. Hello
    I’m traveling business class Newark to Dehi.
    My mum will be with me and I have her wheelchair. I believe I can take 4 checked in bags (bet my mum and me at 79 lbs/bag). My question is will the wheelchair account for one bag or is that separate.
    Im not able to get that info online.

    Thanks and happy new year.

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther January 2, 2020

      Hi Ruchi,

      The wheelchair should not count towards your checked allowance as passengers with a disability may check up to 2 pieces of mobility equipment free of charge. Before you travel, you should:

      – tell your airline the make, model, weight and size of your wheelchair.
      – take the operating manual with you – this might be useful for the airline.
      – let your airline know if your wheel chair is collapsible and provide details of how to assemble and disassemble it.

      Reply

  41. Joseph Asante January 4, 2020

    Hello, I flew from Dallas(USA) to Accra(Ghana), which is a two-way trip. I want to add additional luggage upon my return but cannot find any helpful link in Manage my booking on British airways. Any assistance on how to pay online ($180) before check-in at the airport will be very helpful.

    Reply

    • Hi Joseph,

      Have you tried contacting the British Airways customer service team directly to see if they can add the extra baggage manually for you? You can reach them at 1-(800)-247-9297.

      Reply

  42. I am traveling to Islamabad, Pakistan and I am allowed to carry 2 checked bags weighing 23 kgs each, and 1 carry-on bag. I want to know how much the carry on bag can weigh?

    Reply

    • Hi Qasim,

      British Airways will allow your carry-on bag to weigh up to 23 kgs also.

      Thanks for reading!

      Reply

      • Thanks Jarrod – can I use my avios points pay for extra luggage? if yes any rough idea how many points for another 23kg bag?

        Reply

        • Hi Qasim,

          Yes, you can use your Avios to pay for lugggae, but does not publish a chart for these rates. Just like with cash fares, the point price for lugggae varies based on the route.

          Reply

  43. Hello BA Team,

    I have 23kgs X 2 bags checked In baggage allowance for my travel between LHR and Hyd (India) in premium economy class. Can I take a TV along with me as part of 1 of baggage which will be below the max weight of 23 kgs?

    If yes, can i know the size/dimensions allowed to check in as a FRAGILE item for a TV unit please? I couldn’t see any information on BA website about carrying a TV and the dimensions allowed.

    Please let me know.
    Thanks,
    Vikky

    Reply

    • Hi Vikky,

      We do not represent, and have no affiliation with, British Airways.

      With that said, you are correct that there is no information on the British Airways website that states TV’s are not accepted. Most airlines allow passengers to check a TV providing it adheres to their size restrictions. You may have to sign a limited release form in case the TV is damaged in transit. As we’re not British Airways we can’t confirm these details for you so your best bet would be to call the airline directly.

      Reply

  44. I booked BA flight from LHR to Dhaka, Bangladesh via Doha through travelup.com. The BA website says economy class from London to Doha allows 30kg. Travelup.com says its 23 kgs. I haven’t been able to talk to anyone from BA.

    Reply

    • Hi Mohammed,

      Since your flight begins in London and ends in Dhaka, and you only have a layover in Doha, I would think that your baggage is subject to the 23kgs limit and not 30kgs. I would continue to try and get in contact with someone from British Airways though just to verify!

      Thanks for reading!

      Reply

      • Thanks a lot Mr. West. I gather it’s 23kg in luggage + 7kg handbag/cabin luggage. I tried calling them several times. It’s the lowest allowance on that route among all services. Thnx again.

        Reply

        • Catherine Luther January 22, 2020

          Hi Mohammed,

          Your carry-on luggage is separate to your checked allowance and British Airways actually has a very high weight allowance of 23 kg for a piece of carry-on. BA also permits passengers to bring a small personal item such as a handbag/laptop bag.

          So your allowance would be:
          1 x 23 kg checked bag
          1 x 23 kg standard carry-on bag
          1 personal item

          Reply

  45. How much is the second 23 kg baggage from Montreal to Dubai ?

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther February 6, 2020

      Hi Marta,

      The 2nd bag would cost $90 if booked online or $100 at the airport.

      Reply

  46. Hello!

    I have a return flight together with one more passenger from London to Las Vegas. The tickets we’ve booked with BA do not include checked-in luggage in the price. However, I’m a Sapphire Member (One World Alliance) and apparently this means that I can check-in 1 piece of luggage for free. My question is, can the other person travelling with me check in a piece of luggage for free also, given that we’re travelling together on the same itinerary?
    Thank you so much in advance!

    Really appreciate it!

    Reply

  47. I’m off travelling on the 30th march to Indonesia for a survivalist holiday marooning 20 days alone which should be fun hopefully. I’ve bought a machete and a survival knife. I’m guessing as long as it’s in my luggage it should be fine?
    British airways flight

    Any thoughts on this.

    Scott

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther February 19, 2020

      Hi Scott,

      It should be fine to take them in your checked luggage, for example chefs travel the world checking their knives in their baggage. You would probably need to make sure the blades are well wrapped and protected. As we’re not British Airways, it would still be worth you checking in with the airline as you don’t want to turn up at the airport and have them confiscated.

      That sounds like an amazing adventure, we hope you have a great trip!

      Reply

  48. Jantine van den Toren February 19, 2020

    On April 20th I will be flying with BA0441 and BA0059 from AMS to CPT, with 3 friends. As we will be camping in South-Africa, we want to bring our 2 Quechua pop-up tents which have a diameter of 85 cm. I have been checking the additional luggage options on your site but couldn’t find how much it would cost to bring rounded sized additional baggage items. We will seal them together, so it will be 1 pack, of about 15 kg. Can you please let me know what our options are?

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther February 21, 2020

      Hi Jantine,

      Please be aware that we are not British Airways, we’re UpgradedPoints.com. You’ll need to get in touch with the airline directly for confirmation.

      Reply

  49. Paul Marsden February 20, 2020

    Hi Catherine, I have a client who is flying Heathrow to Charlotte (British Airways), Then Charlotte to Orlando (American Airlines), then Orlando to Miami (American Airlines), then Miami to Barbados (American Airlines), lastly Barbados to Gatwick (British Airways). 10 day trip in total. I know his check in baggage allowance is 23KG, but can this be split into 2 smaller bags? Or from what i have read in previous posts – can he actually take 2 smaller bags onto the plane as long as they dont exceed a combined weight of 23kg? But can he do this for both Airlines? If he can he would not have to check his bags in and get through customs quicker. Look forward to your reply. Thanks

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther February 21, 2020

      Hi Paul,

      For the checked luggage, BA would restrict this to 1 bag as the airline works on a piece concept, rather than weight concept. I think you’re also asking the same question for carry-on luggage? If yes, then BA permits a standard carry-on not exceeding 22 x 18 x 10 inches and a personal item (16 x 12 x 6 inches). Both of these items can weigh up to 23 kg each.

      You client would need to consider the smaller carry-on size restrictions for American Airlines (22 x 14 x 9 inches), as individual restrictions apply per airline, regardless of who the full ticket was booked with. American Airlines doesn’t disclose weight restrictions for carry-on or the personal item, so as long as the items can be lifted into the overhead compartments unassisted, then the weight is fine.

      Reply

      • Paul Marsden February 22, 2020

        Thanks Catherine. Customer is taking 2 small bags that weigh about 11kg each so he will have to check one bag in for each flight. Thanks for your help.

        Reply

  50. We have 4 checked bags and 3 carry on bags. Can we check in all carry on bags?

    Reply

    • Hi Venu,

      Just to clarify, are you saying that you would like to check all of your carry-on items as well? For a total of 7 checked bags?

      Reply

  51. I’m flying from Islamabad to Heathrow, I just wanted to recheck the baggage allowance. Am I allowed two 23kg bags to be checked in, or one 23kg bag to be checked in and one carry on? Please let me know thank you

    Reply

    • Hi Sidra,

      For this route, you should be able to bring 1 personal item, 1 carry-on bag (up to 23 kgs), and 1 checked bag (up to 23 kgs).

      Safe travels!

      Reply

  52. Olga Whiting September 1, 2020

    Does BA allow ski bag on winter flights to Zurich?

    Reply

    • Hi Olga,

      Yes, but British Airways ask that the bag be no longer than 190cm in length due to airport and aircraft baggage systems restrictions.

      Reply

  53. Kaiser Cornelius September 7, 2020

    Am I allowed to take 3 Aluminiun Towel Hooks in my checked baggage from OR Tambo to Cape Town International. Lenght is 75cm and weigh 1 kg each. They will fit in with my checked baggage allowance.

    Reply

  54. I have a cruise booked from Gatwick to Barbados, I know I can take 23 kg of hold luggage, but can you please tell me how much hand luggage I can take, and also how much will it be to add another case on a return flight?

    Reply

    • Hi Bev,

      You should be able to bring a personal item weighing up to 23 kg, and a carry-on bag weighing up to 23 kgs. To add an extra checked bag on the flight back should cost $90. Thanks for reading!

      Reply

  55. Dana den Hertog September 23, 2020

    Hi!

    I’ve booked a BA flight from Amsterdam via Heathrow to Funchal, Madeira. These are tickets with allowed checked-in luggage but… I have odd sized luggage. It’s 115x30x50cm. Is that allowed? Thanks!

    Reply

  56. I am scheduled on a standard economy direct flight from Mexico city to LHR. Can I ask how much it costs to have 3 extra bags? 1 is 23-24kg, the second one reached 25-28kg, the 3rd is 20kg. Please advise.

    Reply

    • Hi Emelyn,

      Your first extra bag should cost $55, your second should cost $90, and your third should cost $180, for a total of $325.

      Reply

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