El Al Baggage Fees & Tips To Cover The Expenses

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El Al has a fairly standard baggage policy when it comes to allowances for checked luggage (1 in Economy (excluding their Lite Fare), 2 in Business, 3 in First).

However, you’ll pay above average fees for each piece over your included allowance. For the majority of their routes, these fees are time sensitive,  so you’ll want to purchase these extra bags as soon as you know you’re bringing them.

That being said, El Al is a bit more generous than most when it comes to carry-on luggage for customers flying in Business and First.

El Al Carry-On Allowance

1 personal item: FREE

Economy (Lite & Classc): 1 standard carry-on item FREE (8kg)
Economy Flex: 2 standard carry-on item FREE (12kg total; 8kg max individual)
Business: 2 standard carry-on items FREE (20kg total; 16kg max individual)
First: 2 standard carry-on items FREE (24kg total; 16kg max individual)

Size Restrictions

  • Personal:  30 x 38 x 18 cm
  • Standard: 56 x 45 x 25 cm (115cm total)

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

  • An infant for whom a seat was not purchased is not entitled to hand luggage

Stroller Check Policy

  • EL AL advises bringing a stroller/carrier for use at the airport and will check the item free of charge at the gate. The item will be returned to you as you disembark at the destination gate.

El Al Checked Baggage Allowance

All checked bags must adhere to a max weight of 32kg & max linear dimensions of 158cm

Light Fare: 0 bags (for purchases only)
Economy (Classic & Flex): 1 bag (23 kg) included*
Premium: 2 bags (23 kg) included
Business: 2 bags (32 kg) included
First Class: 3 bags (32 kg) included

*Economy Flex fares to/from Far East & South Africa have a free baggage allowance of 2 x 23kg.

Lap Infant Checked Bag Policy

  • An infant for whom a seat was not purchased is entitled to one baggage piece weighing up to 10 kilos and measuring up to 115 cm.

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

Additional / Excess Baggage Fees

Additional baggage

Flights to/from Europe (including Light Fare)

  • 1st additional bag: $70
  • 2nd-5th additional bag: $70

Flights to/from Far East & Africa (including Light Fare)

  • 1st additional bag: $140
  • 2nd-5th additional bag: $150

All other routes

  • 1st additional bag: $95 up to 3 hours before flight, $110 less than 3 hours before flight
  • 2nd-5th additional bag: $185 up to 3 hours before flight, $200 less than 3 hours before flight

Excess Baggage

  • Overweight 23-32kg: $95 up to 3 hours before flight, $110 less than 3 hours before flight
  • Oversized 158-277 cm: $185 up to 3 hours before flight, $200 less than 3 hours before flight

Can I Pre-pay for Baggage?

El Al does allow passengers the ability to pre-pay for luggage online.

This can be done at the time of purchasing the ticket or before departure by logging in to your booking on the El Al website.

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Exclusions & Waivers

​Gold​, Platinum & Top Platinum EL AL Matmid Frequent Flyer members are permitted 2 x standard carry-on items weighing up to a total of 12kg (8kg max individual).

For checked baggage allowance, Silver, Gold, Platinum & Top Platinum members are generally permitted 1 additional bag. This depends on certain routes and the cabin class. See here for more details.

Fly Card and Fly Card Premium credit card holders benefit from a 50% discount on an extra suitcase payment. See here for more details.

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

FAQ

Does El Al allow a personal item?

Yes, El Al allows passengers to bring a 1 personal item in addition to standard carry-on. The size of the personal item is undisclosed on their website but would cover an item such as a handbag or briefcase.

How much can a carry-on weigh on El Al?

Flying El Al, Economy passengers can bring one item weighing up to 8kg (17lbs). Business passengers can bring 2 items weighing a combined total of 20kg (44lbs) with an individual item weighing no more than 16kg (35lbs). First Class passengers can bring up to 3 items weighing a combined total of 24kg (52lbs) with an individual item weighing no more than 16kg (35kg).

How much is an extra suitcase on El Al?

El Al charges $85 for any additional bags flying between Israel & Europe, when booked up to 6 hours before departure and $100 for less than 6 hours. Between Israel & the Far East, North America or Johannesburg the 1st additional bag costs $85 or $100 and a 2nd bag $185 or $200 based on the same booking criteria as previously mentioned.

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17 comments

  1. Iris Kadosh · March 22, 2019 · Reply

    Hi, I just paid $95 for an extra bag from NYC to Israel but the website says it’s $85.
    Can you please explain
    Thank you
    Iris Kadosh

    • Catherine Luther · March 24, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Iris,

      It looks like El Al has increased some of their baggage fees since our article was written. Airlines do increase their fees from time to time and as we’re UpgradedPoints.com not El Al Israel Airlines, we don’t always hear about these fee updates immediately. Thank you for highlighting this to us, we’ll get our article updated.

      Thanks
      Catherine

      • Olga santos · September 17, 2019 · Reply

        I need to know if you are traveling on a group tour are we charged for our luggage or does the tour pay for our luggage, and if not, what is the charge for the first luggage and what would be the charge for the second luggage. If the first luggage is 50 lb what is the charge if you’re over two pounds more? Could you please help, could you give me a charge please I greatly appreciate it. Thank you for your help.

        • Catherine Luther · September 18, 2019 · Reply

          Hi Olga,

          You will need to contact the tour operator to check whether luggage is included in your package. Overweight bags (23-32kg) are charged $95 up to 3 hours before flight or $110 less than 3 hours before flight.

    • I have a multi city travel ticket with multiple airlines from USA … on my way to Jordan I am allowed 2 luggage and the way back from Israel it didn’t show any luggage allowance at all .. I have called El Al and only said that they can’t see anything and all flights are allowed 1 piece of luggage per person .. so if I was coming in with 2 luggage why it didn’t show that I can leave with 2 luggage ( also all the people who booked their flight from USA to Israel are allowed 2 luggage per person) how can they fix my luggage allowance so I won’t get charged for the second one

      • Catherine Luther · May 5, 2019 · Reply

        Hi Amy,

        You mention that you have a multi city ticket with multiple airlines from the USA. If you are flying with another airline from the USA and returning with El Al then your allowance would not necessarily be the same as every airline has a different checked baggage policy. El Al’s policy does state that flights to/from USA has an allowance of 1 x 23kg bag so you would need to purchase more luggage if additional is required.

  2. Jerry stein · March 25, 2019 · Reply

    I can’t figure out how to pre pay for a bag (i have a lite ticket).
    Is there somewhere in the web site for this?

    • Catherine Luther · March 25, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Jerry,

      You should be able to add and pre-pay luggage by logging in to your booking here.

      Thanks
      Catherine

    • Jerry, I would also like to get a lite ticket but can’t find info on how much a pre-paid bag would cost. Can you share how much it was for you? Was it the $70 described in the article or was there some discount and you paid less? Thanks.

  3. Konjo · May 7, 2019 · Reply

    I would like to take 55-inch TV from Seattle to Addis Ababa.

    • Hi Konjo, as far as we can see, El Al does not publicly display information in the baggage section fo their website regarding the transportation of TVs. Unfortunately, since we are not El Al, we cannot give you any additional information on the subject at this time. We suggest you call El Al’s customer service line directly and inquire with them for the most accurate info.

  4. Mia Azani · May 14, 2019 · Reply

    Hi, can I bring my 3/4 size guitar as my carry on?

    • Catherine Luther · May 15, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Mia,

      According to this article on El Al’s website, you can take a guitar as carry-on provided it does not exceed 8kg and can be stored in the overhead compartment. This would count towards your carry-on allowance.

  5. Vaughan Smith · June 6, 2019 · Reply

    I too am trying to find out the approximate cost of a pre-ordered 23-kg bag for BKK-TLV-BKK before buying a Lite ticket, but (after spending much time) I can only find the at-the-airport cost of $140. I’m assuming from one post above (Iris Kadosh) that it will be about $95. Does anyone know for sure? Thanks.

    • Hi Vaughn – according to our research, you can see in the article above we’ve reported:

      – Economy Lite does not come with any baggage allowance.
      – You CAN pre-pay for baggage during the purchase of your ticket or up to 3 hours pre-flight online (see link above)
      – If you pre-pay, the cost to add a bag for flights on any route that ISN’T to/from Europe or the Far East would cost $95 for your first bag and $185 for each bag thereafter.

      You can also find this information on El Al’s website at this link: https://www.elal.com/en/PassengersInfo/Baggage/Pages/Excess-Baggage.aspx

      Hope this helps!

  6. Sarah Haßdenteufel · July 3, 2019 · Reply

    Hi,
    I would like to carry my laptop bag as a personal item with me. Its size (32x42x10 max) is slightly above the restrictions (30x38x18). Do you think this will be a problem?

    Thanks,
    Sarah

    • Hi Sarah, sometimes airlines list dimensions but if it’s within the “Max Linear Dimensions” (i.e. the added sum of the measurements) they can be pretty accommodating as long as your personal item can still fit under the seat in front of you. In this case, max linear dimensions for El Al would be 86cm and your max linear dimensions come in at 84cm so hopefully, it would be okay.

      That being said, we are not El Al, so cannot comment with 100% certainty… their website does state:

      “Passengers will be allowed only one of the following personal items (on top of the carry on allowance): purse, diaper bag, briefcase, camera bag or laptop. The item should not exceed the following dimensions: 30 X 38​ X 18 Cm. (these sizes have been approved as being able to be squeezed in under the passenger’s seat). An item exceeding the above-mentioned measurements will be subject to the applicable excess baggage charges (these are dependent whether purchased in advance or at the airport).​”

      You could try calling and speaking with their customer service?

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