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.

Credit Cards That Give You A Free Checked Bag With El Al

If you are checking bags on an EL Al flight, one of the cards below can reimburse you for some, if not all, of those fees.

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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4 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

  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?

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