Cathay Pacific Baggage Fees & Tips to Cover the Expenses

Cathay Pacific baggage fees

Cathay Pacific has a generous baggage allowance policy across the board.  You’ll notice even carry-on bags get a higher weight consideration with each bump up in cabin class.

A perk pertaining to overweight baggage is that you’re paying in excess per kilo on most routes outside the Americas – meaning if you’re only a little bit over,  you aren’t charged one single hefty fee.

Cathay Pacific Carry-On Allowance

1 personal item (small item): FREE
1 standard carry-on bag: FREE

Size Restrictions

  • Personal (small item): 6″ x 12″ x 16″
  • Standard: 22″ x 14″ x 9″ *
    • up to 15lb (economy & premium economy)
    • up to 22lb (business)
    • up to 33lb (first)

* Marco Polo Silver and Gold members are allowed up to 22 lbs for economy, premium economy, and business, as well as 33 lbs for first class. Marco Polo Diamond members are allowed up to 33 lbs for economy, premium economy, business, and first class.

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

  • If you have not booked a seat for your infant you may bring one piece of luggage on board for them, plus a car seat and a stroller with a maximum weight equivalent to an adult ticket in the same class.  Bag dimension must not exceed 115 cm / 45 in for each piece.

Stroller Check Policy: undisclosed

Cathay Pacific Checked Baggage Allowance

* see max weight allowed per route below
* all checked bags must adhere to max linear dimensions of 203cm (80”)

On Most Flights (excl the Americas & Auckland/Christchurch)
Economy: 30kg / 66lb total per passenger (max 2 pieces)
Premium Economy: 35kg / 77lb total per passenger (max 2 pieces)
Business: 40kg / 88lb total per passenger (max 2 pieces)
First: 50kg / 110lb total per passenger (max 3 pieces)

Flights to/from or via the Americas (U.S., Canada, Central & South America)
Economy: 2 pieces included (23kg / 50lb each)
Premium Economy: 2 pieces included (25kg / 55lb each)
Business: 2 pieces included (32kg / 70lb each)
First: 2 pieces included (32kg / 70lb each)

Additional / Excess Baggage Fees

On Most Flights (excl the Americas & Auckland/Christchurch)
Overweight:

Per kgTo Hong KongTo Zone 1To Zone 2To Zone 3To Zone 4
From Hong KongUSD 12USD 17USD 22USD 40
From Zone 1USD 12USD 13USD 17USD 28USD 40
From Zone 2USD 17USD 17USD 33USD 35USD 40
From Zone 3USD 22USD 28USD 35USD 40USD 60
From Zone 4USD 35USD 40USD 40USD 60USD 60

Additional Piece:
If your bags are within the weight allowance, but you have an extra piece, you can work out how much your extra bag charge will be per piece.

Per pieceTo Hong KongTo Zone 1To Zone 2To Zone 3To Zone 4
From Hong KongUSD 30USD 30USD 30USD 60
From Zone 1USD 30USD 30USD 30USD 30USD 60
From Zone 2USD 30USD 30USD 30USD 30USD 60
From Zone 3USD 30USD 30USD 30USD 30USD 60
From Zone 4USD 60USD 60USD 60USD 60USD 60


Flights to/from or via the Americas (U.S., Canada, Central & South America)

These flight routes measure bags by piece:

Per piece To Hong Kong To Zone 5
USA, Canada
To Zone 6
Central and South Americas
From Hong KongUSD 200USD 230
From Zone 1USD 200USD 230
From Zone 2USD 220USD 250
From Zone 3USD 240USD 260
From Zone 4USD 250USD 280
From Zone 5USD 200USD 150
From Zone 6USD 230

*Any baggage that weighs more than 32kg / 70lbs or measures more than 203cm / 80in in total dimension must be repacked into split-up units within these limits. Your bag’s total dimension is the sum of its width, height and length.

If your bag cannot be split, please contact your local reservation office before you fly and we’ll investigate if we can accommodate your item.

We do not accept bags that exceed the aforementioned limits without prior approval.

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

Can I Pre-pay for Baggage?

Cathay Pacific does allow passengers the ability to pre-pay for luggage online or through their Contact Centre.

Here are the ways you can pre-pay:

  • Log in to your account using the ‘Manage Booking’ section on Cathay’s website
  • Calling Cathay’s Contact Centre on 1 (800) 233-2742

Credit Cards That Reimburse You For Checked Bag Fees

If you have a few checked bags, one of the cards below can help offset the fees when flying Cathay Pacific.

Exclusions & Waivers

On Most Flights (excl the Americas & Auckland/Christchurch)

Marco Polo Club
Membership Tier
EconomyPremium EconomyBusinessFirst
Green30kg /66lbs
total per passenger
(max 2 pieces)
35kg /77lbs*
total per passenger
(max 2 pieces)
40kg /88lbs*
total per passenger
(max 2 pieces)
50kg /110lbs*
total per passenger
(max 3 pieces)
Silver40kg /88lbs*
total per passenger
(max 2 pieces)
45kg /99lbs*
total per passenger
(max 2 pieces)
50kg /110lbs*
total per passenger
(max2 pieces)
60kg /132lbs*
total per passenger
(max 3 pieces)
Gold45kg /99lbs*
total per passenger
(max 3 pieces)
50kg /110lbs*
total per passenger
(max 3 pieces)
55kg /121lbs*
total per passenger
(max 3 pieces)
65kg /143lbs*
total per passenger
(max 4 pieces)
Diamond50kg /110lbs*
total per passenger
(max 3 pieces)
55kg /121lbs*
total per passenger
(max3 pieces)
60kg /132lbs*
total per passenger
(max 3 pieces)
70kg /154lbs*
total per passenger
(max 4 pieces)

 

oneworld
Membership Tier
EconomyPremium EconomyBusinessFirst
Sapphire45kg /99lbs*
total per passenger
(max 3 piecexs)
50kg /110lbs*
total per passenger
(max 3 pieces)
55kg /121lbs*
total per passenger
(max 3 pieces)
65kg /143lbs*
total per passenger
(max 4 pieces)
Emerald50kg /110lbs*
total per passenger
(max 3 pieces)
55kg /121lbs*
Total per passenger
(max 3 pieces)
60kg /132lbs*
total per passenger
(max 3 pieces)
70kg /154lbs*
total per passenger
(max 4 pieces)

Flights to/from or via the Americas (U.S., Canada, Central & South America)

Marco Polo Club
Membership Tier
EconomyPremium EconomyBusinessFirst
Green2 pieces
23kg /50lbs ea
2 pieces
25kg /55lbs ea
2 pieces
32kg /70lbs ea
2 pieces
32kg /70lbs ea
Silver2 pieces
23kg /50lbs ea
2 pieces
25kg /55lbs ea
2 pieces
32kg /70lbs ea
2 pieces
32kg /70lbs ea
Gold3 pieces
23kg /50lbs ea
3 pieces
25kg /55lbs ea
3 pieces
32kg /70lbs ea
3 pieces
32kg /70lbs ea
Diamond3 pieces
23kg /50lbs ea
3 pieces
25kg /55lbs ea
3 pieces
32kg /70lbs ea
3 pieces
32kg /70lbs ea

 

oneworld
Membership Tier
EconomyPremium EconomyBusinessFirst
Sapphire2 pieces
23kg /50lbs ea
2 pieces
25kg /55lbs ea
2 pieces
32kg /70lbs ea
2 pieces
32kg /70lbs ea
Emerald3 pieces
23kg /50lbs ea
3 pieces
25kg /55lbs ea
3 pieces
32kg /70lbs ea
3 pieces
32kg /70lbs ea

 

FAQ

How many carry-on bags allowed Cathay Pacific?

With Cathay Pacific you can take 1 personal item and 1 standard piece of carry-on. The personal item must not exceed 6″ x 12″ x 16″ and the standard carry-on 22″ x 14″ x 9″. The weight of you standard carry-on depends on the flight cabin you’re traveling in – Economy and Premium Economy is up to 15lbs, Business is up to 22lbs and First Class 33lbs. Marco Polo Silver and Gold members are are eligible to bring 22lbs for Economy, Premium Economy and Business and Marco Polo Diamond members can bring 33 lbs for all cabins.

Does Cathay Pacific charge for baggage?

No Cathay Pacific does not charge for baggage. They use a piece system for flights to/from or via the Americas (U.S., Canada, Central & South America) with 2 pieces of baggage allowed for Economy (23kg/50lb), Premium (25kg/55lb), Business (32kg/70lb) and First Class (32kg/70lb). For most other flights this uses a weight system with allowances for Economy (30kg/66lb), Premium (35kg/77lb) and Business (40kg/88lb) being distributed across a maximum of 2 pieces of baggage. First Class is allowed 50kg/110lb across a maximum of three pieces of baggage. Cathay does not accept bags that weigh more than 32kg/70lb.

Does Cathay Pacific weigh carry-on baggage?

It’s possible Cathay Pacific could weigh carry-on baggage so it is best to adhere to their published rules to avoid additional checked baggage fees. If you’re traveling in Economy or Premium Economy then your carry-on can weigh up to 15lbs, Business is up to 22lbs and First Class up to 33lbs.

How much is excess baggage in Cathay Pacific?

Cathay Pacific charges $12-$60 per kilogram for overweight baggage that exceeds the standard allowance for each cabin class. If you’re baggage is within the weight allowance but you need an additional piece then this ranges from $30-$60 per piece, per way. For flights to/from or via the Americas (U.S., Canada, Central & South America) the fees for an additional piece are $150-$280. This depends on the zone you’re flying to and from and details can be found in the table above.

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