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: 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)

*For flights to/from Brazil, the personal item has an increased size allowance of 45 x 36 x 20cm (18 x 14 x 8in)

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy:

  • 1 cabin bag for items required during the flight
  • Up to 56 x 45 x 25cm (22 x 18 x 10in), max. 23kg (51lb)

Stroller Check Policy:

  • One stroller per child can be checked at gate free of charge.
  • A small, fully collapsible stroller (with maximum dimensions of 46in x 15in x 15in 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 23kg (51lb) for Economy & Premium Economy; 32kg (70lb) for Business and First Class fares and must adhere to max dimensions of 90 x 75 x 43cm (35.5 x 29.5 x 16in).

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)

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 (23kg/51lbs) plus up to two items including a collapsible stroller, travel cot, car seat or carry harness.

*2 bags included (23kg) for economy flights to/from Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria or flights between Europe and Japan. Connecting between India and USA/Bermuda/Canada, or connecting from Saudi Arabia to USA/Bermuda/Canada. Flights between London and Doha have an allowance of 1 x 32kg. 

Additional / Excess Baggage Fees

Additional Baggage Per Piece, per way

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 – £35/$55/€45
Additional bags: £36/$55/€46
£50/$75/€65
Short-haul to/from London Heathrow AirportFirst bag: £25/$40/€35 – £48/$72/€66
Additional bags: £60/$90/€70
£65/$100/€75
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: £44/$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: £65/$100/€75
Second bag: £65/$100/€75
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)

British Airways updated their additional baggage fees at the end of 2018/early 2019. View their previous baggage fees here.

Excess Baggage Fees

Overweight Fee: 23-32kg (51-70lb) £65/$100/€70
Oversized Fee: As of July 1, 2019, 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 32kg (70lb) 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 32kg (70lb) per checked bag


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

FAQ

How much can my suitcase weigh on British Airways?

When flying British Airways, all checked bags must not exceed 23kg (51lb) for Economy & Premium Economy passengers and 32kg (70lb) 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 23kg (51lb).

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 (23kg) for Economy (apart from selected routes which allow 2), 2 bags for Premium Economy (23kg each), 2 bags for Business Class (32kg each) and 3 bags for First Class (32kg each).

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 56 x 45 x 25cm (22 x 18 x 10in) with a maximum weight of 23kg (51lb). An additional personal item can be brought onboard that cannot be larger than 40 x 30 x 15cm (16 x 12 x 6in) 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 23-32kg (51-70lb) then you will be subject to a fee of $100. Baggage heavier than 32kg (70lbs) will not be accepted by British Airways. Baggage that is larger than the standard checked baggage allowance of 90cm x 75cm x 43cm (35.5″ x 29.5″ x 16in”) is permitted up to 190cm x 75cm x 65cm (75″ x 29.5″ x 25.5″) 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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34 comments

  1. Howard Yarme · April 17, 2018 · Reply

    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

  2. Steven Jack · July 10, 2018 · Reply

    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?

    • Christine Krzyszton · July 10, 2018 · 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.

    • Harwinder Singh · July 16, 2019 · Reply

      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?

      • 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!

  3. Hilary Gibbs · October 31, 2018 · Reply

    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?

    • Jeff Brownson · October 31, 2018 · 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.

  4. T.M. Joseph · April 30, 2019 · Reply

    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.

    • Catherine Luther · May 2, 2019 · Reply

      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’.

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

        • 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)

  5. Frances Richardson · May 26, 2019 · Reply

    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

    • Catherine Luther · May 27, 2019 · Reply

      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.)

      • Joe Leong · June 2, 2019 · Reply

        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 !!!

    • Joe Leong · June 2, 2019 · Reply

      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

  6. Deborah O'Callaghan · May 28, 2019 · Reply

    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?

    • 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?

  7. harsheela · June 2, 2019 · Reply

    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?

    • Catherine Luther · June 3, 2019 · Reply

      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.

  8. Cathy-Ann Henry · June 14, 2019 · Reply

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

    • Catherine Luther · June 15, 2019 · Reply

      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.

  9. Olasimbo olokowo · June 15, 2019 · Reply

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

    • Catherine Luther · June 16, 2019 · Reply

      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.

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

    • Catherine Luther · June 16, 2019 · Reply

      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)

  11. Raymond · July 2, 2019 · Reply

    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

    • 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.

  12. Daniel Palti · July 8, 2019 · Reply

    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!

  13. Waleed Akbar · July 17, 2019 · Reply

    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

    • Stephen Au · July 17, 2019 · 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.

  14. Scott Hidden · July 18, 2019 · Reply

    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.

    • Catherine Luther · July 18, 2019 · Reply

      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.

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