China Southern Baggage Fees & Tips to Cover the Expenses

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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 $432.

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, but the item references a handbag as an example
  • Standard: Maximum weight for each item is 11 pounds (5 kg). Maximum sum of external dimensions of each piece is 45 inches (115 cm).

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

Zone 1:
Routes between Japan, Americas, Southwest Pacific, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Israel, Jordan, Bahrain, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Sudan, Oman, Yemen, Africa and China (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan), Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central and Western Asia, Europe (except Russia and Turkey), Africa, Middle East, Americas, and routes originating from Russia to China (excluding Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan)

Flight ClassMaximum Number of PiecesMaximum Weight of Each PieceMaximum
Dimension of Each Piece (L+W+H)
First class3 pc70 pounds (32 kg)62 inches (158 cm)
Business class2 pc70 pounds (32 kg)
Premium economy/economy2 pc50 pounds (23 kg)
Infant without a seat1 pc22 pounds (10 kg)
Child/infant with a seatSame basic baggage allowance as an adultSame basic baggage allowance as an adult

Zone 2:
Routes between Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Russia (Asian region), Turkey and China (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan), routes originating from China (excluding Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) to Russia, and routes originating from Singapore to China (excluding Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan)

Class of serviceMaximum Number of PiecesMaximum Weight of Each PieceMaximum Dimension of Each Piece (L+W+H)
First class3 pc70 pounds (32 kg)62 inches (158 cm)
Business class2 pc70 pounds (32 kg)
Premium economy class/Economy class1 pc70 pounds (32 kg)
Infant without a seat1 pc22 pounds (10 kg)
Child/infant with a seatSame basic baggage allowance as an adultSame basic baggage allowance as an adult

Zone 3: Other international routes

Class of serviceMaximum Number of PiecesMaximum Weight of Each PieceMaximum Dimension of Each Piece (L+W+H)
First class3 pc70 pounds (32 kg)62 inches (158 cm)
Business class2 pc70 pounds (32 kg)
Premium economy class1 pc70 pounds (32 kg)
Economy class1 pc50 pounds (23 kg)
Infant without a seat1 pc22 pounds (10 kg)
Child/infant with a seatSame basic baggage allowance as an adultSame basic baggage allowance as an adult

The free baggage allowance for routes between Urumqi and Dubai is: 1 piece for Premium Economy Class, 32 kg/piece; 1 piece for Economy Class, 23 kg/piece; for First Class and Business Class, as shown in the table.

Domestic routes

  • First Class: 88 pounds (40 kg)
  • Business Class: 66 pounds (30 kg)
  • Premium Economy: 44 pounds (20 kg)
  • Economy Class: 44 pounds (20 kg)
  • Infant without a seat: 22 pounds (10 kg)
  • Child/infant with a seat: Same basic baggage allowance as an adult

Additional/Excess Baggage Fees

Zone 1:
Journeys between China (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan), Southeast Asia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrghyzstan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, South Asia, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, the Americas, and Africa

TypeMaximum WeightMaximum Combined Dimension (L+W+H)Fee
First piece in addition to the standard allowance50 pounds (23 kg)62 inches (158 cm)$198/pc
Second piece or more in addition to the standard allowance50 pounds (23 kg)62 inches (158 cm)$288/pc
Oversized62.5-118 inches (159 cm-300 cm)$145
Heavy piece50-61.7 pounds (23-28 kg)$72
Heavy piece61.7-70 pounds (28-32 kg)$145
Heavy piece70-99 pounds (32-45 kg)$432

Zone 2:
Journeys between China (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan), Southeast Asia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrghyzstan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, South Asia, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Russia (including both European and Asian parts), Middle East and Japan, Turkey, Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand.

TypeMaximum WeightMaximum Combined Dimension (L+W+H)Fee
First piece in addition to the standard allowance50 pounds (23 kg)62 inches (158 cm)$158/pc
Second piece or more in addition to the standard allowance50 pounds (23 kg)62 inches (158 cm)$288/pc
Oversized62.5-118 inches (159 cm-300 cm)$145/pc
Heavy piece50-61.7 pounds (23-28 kg)$72
Heavy piece61.7-70 pounds (28-32 kg)$145

Zone 3:
Journeys between China (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) and Southeast Asia, South Asia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrghyzstan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Europe, Russia (including both European and Asian parts), South Korea, and the journeys unspecified above.

TypeMaximum WeightMaximum Combined Dimension (L+W+H)Fee
First piece in addition to the standard allowance50 pounds (23 kg)62 inches (158 cm)$115/pc
Second piece or more in addition to the standard allowance50 pounds (23 kg)62 inches (158 cm)$187/pc
Oversized62.5-118 inches (159 cm-300 cm)$145
Heavy piece50-61.7 pounds (23-28 kg)$45
Heavy piece61.7-70 pounds (28-32 kg)$100

Domestic Flights

Excess baggage is charged per kilogram at a rate of 1.5% of the full adult one-way economy class ticket price applicable on the date of purchase.

Can I Pre-pay for Baggage?

China Southern Airlines does allow passengers the ability to pre-pay for luggage online.

Passengers need to log in to the pre-paid luggage section of the China Southern website to do this.

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Exclusions & Waivers

Special passenger checked baggage allowance:

Types of passengerFree baggage allowance rules
Sky Pearl Gold Card member, Skyteam Elite PlusWeight concept: 20 kg more than the standard amount
Piece concept: 1 additional piece
Sky Pearl Silver Card member, Skyteam EliteWeight concept: 10 kg more than the standard amount
Piece concept: 1 additional piece
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.


Frequently asked questions

What is the baggage weight limit for China Southern Airlines?

China Southern Airlines has either a 50 pound (23 kg) or 70 pound (32 kg) weight allowance depending on the cabin and route. The information above lists the zones and baggage allowances for each cabin.

What is the baggage allowance for China Southern Airlines?

China Southern Airlines allows Economy, Premium and Business Class passengers to bring 2 checked bags and First Class 3 checked bags for certain routes. For other international routes Economy is allowed 1 bag, Premium Economy 2 bags and Business and First Class 3 bags.

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38 comments

  1. michelle tan May 7, 2019

    Hi, is this venture capital one credit card applicable to southern china airlines only or which other airlines? Also, is the 50,000 bonus miles on $3,000 the ticket purchases?

    Thank you.

    Reply

  2. Samusu SHABAN June 5, 2019

    Hello, I am a trainee in Wuhan Polytechnic. I would like to know how many kilograms do you allow students to carry when starting with economy domestic connecting to economy international to east Africa.

    Reply

    • Hi Samusu – first, please be advised we are not China Southern. We are Upgraded Points, a website dedicated to publishing articles based around points & miles/award travel, as well as additional helpful general travel pieces like this baggage fee article.

      In regards to your question, as far as I know, airlines generally don’t afford any special waivers or exclusions for students – the baggage allowance you are allotted is based on the fare type of the ticket purchased.

      In order to accurately help you in figuring out how much you are allowed, we would need to know where you’re starting from and where you’re connecting… if you can give us that information we can try to be of more assistance.

      Additionally, if the tickets have already been purchased, your luggage allowance should be clear in your reservation confirmation so you can always check there.

      Reply

  3. Glennette C. Frofunga September 24, 2019

    Can a backpack be included as checked baggage?

    Reply

  4. Christine Branzuela October 16, 2019

    Hi. I will be travelling to Guangzhou, China this Sunday, Oct 20. I need to know how to purchase additional baggage allowance online or through the phone. Hoping for your kind assistance. Thank you.

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  5. Hi, i’ll be flying back to the Philippines and I would like to know if I can have 2 check in luggage not exceeding 23kgs each in the economy class?
    If not, can i bring 1 duffle bag and 1 plastic/eco bag in the hand carry? Not exceeding 5kgs each. Thank you.

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  6. Hi, I am flying from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia to Guangzhou Baiyun Airport on economy class. Can I know what is my free checkin baggage allowance. TQ

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther November 4, 2019

      Hi Valen,

      The checked baggage allowance for that route in economy would be 1 x 23kg.

      Reply

  7. Hi! Can you tell me how I can use Google and whatsapp in Guangzhou? I’m traveling from India to Guangzhou for 15 days! Thanks!

    Reply

  8. Hi! I would like to ask how many bags and kilos I can carry from Dubai international airport to Guangzhou, then from Guangzhou to the Philippines? Thank you.

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  9. Hi, can I bring laptop, a small personal bag (for passport and small stuff) and a carry on luggage and 2 pc of 23kg baggages. Route is from Dubai to Manila.

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  10. Hi
    I’ll be travelling on a flight from Paris to Vientiane in a 3 leg journey with my bicycle. If it is well packed inside a dedicated bag will it be charged extra or can it be part of my baggage allowance. The dimensions will be 120cm X 60cm X 20cm. This seems to exceed the maximum dimensions. In which case what penalty will they apply?
    Thanks

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    • Catherine Luther December 18, 2019

      Hi Rupert,

      China Southern states that non-motorized bicycles can be checked in the free allowance but they must not exceed 158 linear cm. So you will be charged an oversized fee which based on the zones, looks to be CNY1000 (approx $143).

      China Southern also states:
      “1) The handlebars of non-folding bicycles must be rotated 90 degrees and firmly secured. The pedals and wheels must also be removed and secured firmly to the body of the bicycle.”

      Reply

  11. Hi… May I know how much checked baggage allowance for flight Manila to Dubai that has a layover in Guangzhou?

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    • Catherine Luther December 20, 2019

      Hi MJ,

      It looks like your route would be included in the ‘Zone 1’ baggage allowance (2 x 23 kg checked bags for Economy) but be sure to check the details on your ticket or contact the airline directly to confirm.

      Reply

  12. Hi! Awesome info! Just would like to ask, if i’m flying Jakarta-NYC economy class, they say I have 2 x 23kg, what happens if I have 1 x 30kg? Will I be charged over weight? Thank you!

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    • Catherine Luther December 28, 2019

      Hi Emilija,

      With piece concept destinations each piece must not exceed 23 kg, otherwise you would be charged an overweight fee. The overweight fee is $145 so you would be best to pack your weight across 2 pieces.

      Reply

  13. Graham Lamb January 11, 2020

    Hi, we are a group of golfers arranging a golf trip to Sanya (Hainan Island, China) flying from London, Heathrow and all taking golf clubs. Each bag exceeds the 62 inch overall dimension allowance but will weigh well under 23kg. Please confirm the oversize fee for a return flight .
    Can you also please confirm that the 23kg limit includes two pieces of luggage for this route. – thanks.

    Reply

    • Hi Graham,

      The oversized bag fee for this route should be $145. You’re correct that you should be able to bring 2 checked bags weighing up to 23 kgs each for this route.

      Thanks for reading!

      Reply

  14. Hello! Very useful info, I would like to ask how many bags and kilos I can carry from Amsterdam to Indonesia, and back? Thank you. I would like to book a flight from skyscanners, however, they don’t specify how many kg per luggage and only mentioned that one luggage is included

    Reply

  15. Adam Olarenshaw January 20, 2020

    We are looking at flying Singapore to Sanya. From what I understand do we only get 1 free check in bag weighing 23kg? As we will have a 2nd bag, but overall between the 2 bags we check in they will be 30kg total. We will get charged for another bag, or will they charge just for the 7kg over?

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther January 21, 2020

      Hi Adam,

      Your allowance would be 1 x 23 kg bag and if you brought another bag, you would be charged for another piece. If you packed the excess into the same bag then you would be charged a heavy weight fee rather than for another piece.

      Reply

  16. The Philippines is included in Zone 1 right? I just want to make sure I can check in 2 bags. I have a 23kg bag and a Guitar that weighs 6kg. My flight route would be from Sanya to Guangzhou then Guangzhou to Manila, connecting flights via China Southern Airlines. Thank you very much.

    Reply

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