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

On most flights

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.

Direct flights to/from Hong Kong and Auckland/Christchurch

Economy: 1 piece (7 kg/15 lbs)*
Premium Economy: 2 pieces (7 kg/15 lbs each)
Business: 2 pieces (7 kg/15 lbs each)

Each piece must not exceed 22in x 14in x 9in.

*Marco Polo Silver, Gold and Diamond members are allowed to bring an additional piece when traveling in Economy.

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)

Direct flights to/from Hong Kong and Auckland/Christchurch
Economy: 1 piece included (23kg / 50lb)
Premium Economy: 2 pieces included (23kg / 55lb each)
Business: 3 pieces included (23kg / 70lb each)

Additional / Excess Baggage Fees

Zone definitions

Zone 1: Mainland China, Macao, SAR, Taiwan, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia (in Asia), South Korea, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam. Selected routes within Australia and within Malaysia. Selected routes between Taiwan and Japan/South Korea, between Thailand and Singapore and between the UAE and Bahrain

Zone 2: Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka

Zone 3: Bahrain, Israel, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE

Zone 4: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, United Kingdom

Zone 5: USA, Canada

Zone 6: Central and South America

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

Per kgTo Hong KongTo Zone 1To Zone 2To Zone 3To Zone 4
From Hong KongUSD 13USD 20USD 25USD 45
From Zone 1USD 13USD 15USD 20USD 30USD 45
From Zone 2USD 20USD 20USD 35USD 40USD 45
From Zone 3USD 25USD 30USD 40USD 45USD 65
From Zone 4USD 45USD 45USD 45USD 65USD 65

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

Direct flights to/from Hong Kong and Auckland/Christchurch

Per pieceExtra baggage charge up to 23kg / 50lbs and 158cm/62in per piece
First pieceNZD 200 / HKD 1300
Second pieceNZD 250 / HKD 1700
Three or more piecesNZD 350 / HKD 2200

An additional fee is charged for each overweight or oversized piece:

  • Overweight: NZD 200 / HKD 1300
  • Oversized: NZD 200 / HKD 1300

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 for some flights.

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.

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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 $13-$65 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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20 comments

  1. Delmaine Potgieter · March 26, 2019 · Reply

    Hi There,
    I would like to know how much it will cost to fly economy from South Africa to New Zealand regarding additional baggage charges per piece?

    Regards
    Delmaine

    • Hi Delmaine, please be advised we are not Cathay Pacific so we cannot 100% confirm the validity of this charge but we can give you our best, educated guess based on the information Cathay provides in the baggage section of their website.

      Flying from South Africa to New Zealand in Economy should give you a free baggage allowance of 2 bags up to 30kg total (combined, not 30kg each).

      Additional notes are: Each piece cannot exceed max linear dimensions of 158cm (62in) the weight of each bag does cannot exceed 23kg (50lb) – so you cannot have a 25kg bag and a 5kg bag totaling 30kg as the first would be over the max weight limit.

      If your bags are within the weight allowance, but you have an extra piece, Cathay’s excess baggage charge chart shows they should be applied in a to/from Zone 4 (South Africa) to/from Zone 4 (New Zealand) manner which would cost you $60 USD per piece, each way, but applied in local currency.

      If you’re still confused, we suggest contacting Cathay Pacific’s reservations line – (080) 061-1206 from South Africa. Hope this helps!

  2. I’m flying CRK to SEA Economy, do I get 2 check on bags at 50 lbs each?

    • Catherine Luther · July 27, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Wayne,

      Providing you booked the flight on 1 ticket then you would get 2 x 23 kg checked bags for the full journey.

  3. Tuong Linh Pham · August 13, 2019 · Reply

    We have a flight on Sunday morning at 1:20 am from US to Vietnam. Anything happening with the flight now (either cancel or delayed)?
    I keep double checking email but it doesn’t show anything. Because of something happening in Hong Kong International Airport, we are afraid we could not make the connecting flight on time.
    Please reply to me as soon as possible.
    Glad to see your email.

    • Catherine Luther · August 13, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Tuong,

      Please be aware that we are not Cathay Pacific, we are UpgradedPoints.com. You need to contact Cathay Pacific with your enquiry. The contact details can be found here.

  4. Joseph Blanco · August 18, 2019 · Reply

    Hi!
    I am flying out of Jfk to Philippines on Monday and would just like to ask how much Cathay Pacific charges per kilogram of excess weight from the allowable 23kgs/per luggage?

    • Hi Joseph,

      For flights originating in the U.S. Cathay charges by piece instead of per kg. So to bring an extra bag it will cost $200.

      Thanks for reading!

  5. Sandra Evans · August 25, 2019 · Reply

    I am flying from Cairns to HK then on to Amsterdam economy. Is it cheaper to have 3 pieces of luggage or 2 that are overweight?

    • Hi Sandra,

      It would be cheaper to have two pieces of luggage that are overweight. Thanks for reading!

      • Really, the way I read it you pay $60 US for each additional bag over your weight allowance and you pay $65 per kg for overweight luggage. If that is correct, it’s cheaper to have extra bags.

        • Hi Sanda,

          It is $60 if you need an additional piece of luggage but are still within the weight allowance. If you’re planning to be over the weight allowance either way, then it would be cheaper to have two overweight bags so that you don’t have to pay for the weight of the third bag.

  6. Juliet Sato · August 31, 2019 · Reply

    I am just wondering why I cannot add on an extra luggage from Sweden to the Philippines after I bought my ticket? I just received an email that I can add on an extra luggage but pay it in the airport. Now, what if it is very expensive when I pay it in the airport then I’m left with no choice but to buy it or throw my belongings?

    • Catherine Luther · September 2, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Juliet,

      Cathay Pacific allows passengers to pre-pay luggage on selected flights only. Please be aware that we are not Cathay Pacific, we are UpgradedPoints, so if you have any questions as to why this is not possible, then you will need to contact the airline.

  7. Krishika Gupta · September 1, 2019 · Reply

    I am an international student in Toronto, Canada.
    I am travelling from New Delhi to Toronto with Cathay Pacific. I am allowed 2 pieces each of 23 kgs. Is it cheaper to have two overweight bags or one extra piece? How much both will cost?

    • Catherine Luther · September 2, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Krishika,

      An additional bag would cost $220 (23 kg) or there would be a $150 charge per bag for excess weight from 23-32 kg. So an extra bag would be cheaper.

  8. Wendy Liddel · September 10, 2019 · Reply

    I am travelling to Madrid via Hong Kong premium economy and have two suitcases around 30kg ea. I know I can have 35kg. What would be the cost for extra case?
    Thanks.

  9. I booked an economy return flight from JFK to India. Do you know how much you charge for an extra bag? Can I bring 2 extra bags?

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