China Southern Baggage Fees & Tips to Cover the Expenses

China Southern Airlines Baggage Fees

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China Southern Airlines has a clear policy for checked baggage and a generous allowance in particular for first class passengers, allowing 3 checked items.

This clear-cut policy extends to excess baggage as well, with standard charges for oversized and overweight pieces up to $435.

So ensure you distribute across your piece allowance, and don’t take any chances with a bag that might be too big or too heavy — you’ll regret it at the airport!

China Southern Airlines Carry-on Allowance:

1 personal item: FREE
1 standard carry-on bag: Free for economy, premium economy and business class passengers
2 standard carry-on bags: Free for first class passengers

Size and Weight Restrictions

  • Personal: Undisclosed
  • Standard: Maximum weight for each item is 5 kg. Maximum sum of external dimensions of each piece is 115 cm (45 in).

Lap Infant Carry-on Policy

  • When traveling with a lap infant, a collapsible stroller or bassinet can be taken as carry-on in addition to infant food and other necessities.

Stroller Gate Check Policy

  • In addition to the free checked baggage allowance, transportation of a fully collapsible stroller is free of charge as checked baggage.

China Southern Airlines Checked Baggage Allowance:

International & Regional Journeys Involving Japan, America, Oceania, Russia, Dubai (or routes originating from Singapore to China)

Flight ClassMaximum Number of PiecesMaximum Weight of Each PieceMaximum
Dimension of Each Piece (L+W+H)
First class3 pc32 kg158 cm
Business class2 pc32 kg158 cm
Premium economy/economy2 pc23 kg158 cm
Infant without a seat1 pc10 kg115 cm
Child/infant with a seatSame basic baggage allowance as an adultSame basic baggage allowance as an adult158 cm

For journeys involving sectors between Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport/London Heathrow and Dubai, premium economy has a free allowance of 1 piece (32 kg), and economy 1 smaller piece (23 kg).

First class and business is the same as the chart above.

Other International Routes

Class of serviceMaximum Number of PiecesMaximum Weight of Each PieceMaximum Dimension of Each Piece (L+W+H)
First class3 pc32 kg158 cm
Business class3 pc23 kg158 cm
Premium economy class2 pc23 kg158 cm
Economy class1 pc23 kg158 cm
Infant without a seat1 pc10 kg115 cm
Child/infant with a seatSame basic baggage allowance as an adultSame basic baggage allowance as an adult158 cm

For routes involving middle and west Asia, Nairobi, and routes originating from South Korea, check the specific chart in China Southern’s checked baggage policy.

If connecting to a domestic flight in China, then the free baggage allowance applies from the international leg of the journey.

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Additional/Excess Baggage Fees:

International & Regional Journeys Involving Japan, America, Oceania, Russia, Dubai (or routes originating from Singapore to China)

First Class & Business Class
TypeMaximum WeightMaximum Combined Dimension (L+W+H)Fee
First piece in addition to the standard allowance32 kg158 cm$145/pc
Second piece or more in addition to the standard allowance32 kg158 cm$290/pc
Oversized159 cm-300 cm$145
Heavy piece32-45 kg$435

 

Premium Economy Class & Economy Class
TypeMaximum WeightMaximum Combined Dimension (L+W+H)Fee
First piece in addition to the standard allowance23 kg158 cm$145/pc
Second piece or more in addition to the standard allowance23 kg158 cm$290/pc
Oversized159 cm-300 cm$145/pc
Heavy piece23-32 kg$145
Heavy piece32-45 kg$435

For routes involving the U.S., each piece of checked baggage must not exceed 45 kg (90 lb). For routes not involving the U.S., each piece of checked baggage must not exceed 32 kg (70 lb).

Other International Journeys

First Class
TypeMaximum WeightMaximum Combined Dimension (L+W+H)Fee
First piece in addition to the standard allowance32 kg158 cm$65/pc
Second piece or more in addition to the standard allowance32 kg158 cm$189/pc
Oversized159 cm-300 cm$145
Heavy piece32-45 kg$435

 

Business Class, Premium Economy Class, & Economy Class
TypeMaximum Weight Maximum Combined Dimension (L+W+H)Fee
First piece in addition to the standard allowance23 kg158 cm$65/c
Second piece or more in addition to the standard allowance23 kg158 cm$189/pc
Oversized159 cm-300 cm$145
Heavy piece23-32 kg$145
Heavy piece32-45 kg$435

For routes involving middle and west Asia, Nairobi, and routes originating from South Korea, check the specific chart in China Southern’s excess baggage policy.

Exclusions & Waivers:

Special passenger checked baggage allowance

Types of passengerFree baggage allowance rules
Sky Pearl Gold Card member, Skyteam Elite Plus20 kg more than the standard amount for each single piece of baggage on domestic, international, or regional journeys.
Sky Pearl Silver Card member, Skyteam Elite10 kg more than the standard amount for each single piece of baggage on domestic, international, or regional journeys.
Overseas students/laborers/seamen1 more piece of free baggage on international or regional journeys in accordance with applicable specifications.*

*Overseas students, laborers, and seamen need to present the following documentation when applying for their ticket, and the proof should also be taken with them when flying:

  • Students: Copy of passport and visa, and student ID or admission letter
  • Seamen: Copy of seamen certificate or equivalent proof of the contents, passport, and visa
  • Laborer: Copy of laborer certificate or equivalent proof of the contents, passport, and visa

Overseas student is defined as a foreign student studying in China or a Chinese student studying abroad. Extra baggage only applies between the country of nationality and the country of study.

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


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