El Al Baggage Fees (And How to Avoid Paying Them)

El Al baggage fees

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

However, you’ll pay above average fees for each piece over your included allowance.  Since these fees are time sensitive,  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.

Lastly, if you’re flying without baggage, El Al has a neat little contest giveaway you can enter – see our exclusions section below.

El Al Carry-On Allowance:

1 personal item: FREE

Economy: 1 standard carry-on item FREE (8kg)
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: undisclosed
  • Standard: 56 x 45 x 25cm (115cm total)

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

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

El Al Checked Baggage Allowance:

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

Economy: 1 bag (23kg) included
Business: 2 bags (32kg) included
First Class: 3 bags (32kg) included

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.

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.

Credit CardFee Reimbursement Details
Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®
Annual Fee: $0 for first year, then $89
$100+ in baggage fees? Pay for them with Arrival+ miles.
Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ Card
Annual Fee: $450
$300 travel credit per calendar year
Citi Prestige Card
Annual Fee: $450
$250 air travel credit per calendar year
Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card
Annual Fee: $450
$300 airline fee credit per calendar year

Additional / Excess Baggage Fees:

Route1st Piece Excess2+ Pieces ExcessOverweightOversized
Between Israel & Europe$85 / $100$85 / $100$55 / $70$85 / $100
Between Israel & Far East,
North America, Johannesburg
$85 / $100$185 / $200$85 / $100$185 / $200

* Prices are based on timing of purchase:  up to 6hrs pre-flight/ under 6 hrs pre-flight
* The maximum number of pieces of baggage permitted to a passenger is 5

Exclusions & Waivers:

Matmid Club members are entitled to a baggage award on EL AL flights, when ordering up to six hours before flight time.

In addition, FLY CARD credit card holders receive a 50% discount on payment for one additional suitcase (beyond the entitlement) in Economy Class (excluding UP flights). The discount will be given on payments with money or points completed in advance, through the Telephone Service Center (Tel 03-9771111).

See additional details here.

*Flying without Baggage?

  • The more you report to EL AL about your flights without checking baggage, the greater your chance is of winning a prize!
  • All you have to do is send us your reservation number no later than 3 days before the day of the flight and you will automatically be entered in the competition!
    • First Prize: Two tickets to one of EL AL’s direct destinations (Europe, North America, Far East, South Africa)
    • Second Prize: Two tickets to one of EL AL’s direct destinations in Europe (a total of 4 such prizes will be given)

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

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card