Etihad Baggage Fees & Tips To Cover The Expenses

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Etihad has a very straightforward baggage policy in terms of included allowance.

The cost of additional pieces and overweight/oversized luggage is more complex, with a more in-depth table presented on their website.

Etihad Carry-On Allowance

1 personal item: FREE
# of Standard carry-on items:

  • Economy: 1 bag, up to 7kg FREE
  • Business & First Class: 2 bags, 12kg total FREE

Size Restrictions

  • Personal: undisclosed
  • Standard: 115 cm (40 x 50 x 25cm).

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

  • Allowed 1 bag, up to 5kg FREE

Stroller Check Policy

  • Etihad will place luggage tags on strollers at the check-in process. These strollers are permitted to be used within the airport, and will be checked in at the gate free of charge.
  • Strollers are also allowed to be checked at the ticket counter, as Etihad provides complimentary strollers that are available in the terminal.

Etihad Checked Baggage Allowance

All checked bags must adhere to a max weight of 23kg (50lb) for Economy & Premium Economy;  32kg (70lb) for Business and First Class fares

All checked bags must adhere to max linear dimensions of:

  • To / from Canada and the US: 158cm (70 x 50 x 38cm)
  • To / from all other destinations: 207cm (90 x 72 x 45cm)
To/From US and Canada2 bags, up to 23kg ea.2 bags, up to 32kg ea.2 bags, up to 32kg ea.
Africa to/from Most Destinations (excl US/Canada)*40kg40kg50kg
GCC, Lebanon & Jordan to/from Africa*40kg40kg50kg
GCC to/from Bangladesh, Indonesia & Philippines*40kg40kg50kg
RouteEconomy Deals & Economy Saver Fare ChoicesEconomy Classic & Economy Flex Fare ChoicesBusinessFirst
India, Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Hong Kong to/from Africa*30kg35kg40kg50kg
Australia to/from Europe*30kg35kg40kg50kg
Asia to/from Europe & GCC*30kg35kg40kg50kg
Philippines, India, Pakistan, & Bangladesh to/from Europe*30kg35kg40kg50kg

*The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg

For all other routes please see Etihad’s policy here.

Lap Infant Checked Bag Policy

  • To / from weight concept markets: journeys between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Indian Subcontinent (ISC)
    • 1 bag, up to 10kg
  • To / from piece concept markets: all other journeys
    • 1 bag, up to 23kg

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

Additional / Excess Baggage Fees

Additional bags can be purchased – price dependent on route/zone & number/ weight but range from $84-$320 per bag.  Please see the following: Etihad excess baggage outlines.

  • During booking, customers can purchase excess baggage on the website and secure a 20% discount on the excess baggage airport rates.
  • Customers can also call the Contact Centre or visit the local Etihad Airwars offices to secure a 10% discount on the airport rates.
  • Etihad Guest members can redeem miles for excess baggage here.
  • To Note:
    • Discounts are available up to 48 hours prior to flight departure.
    • All excess baggage payments (fully or partially used) are non-refundable.
    • Debit cards are not accepted via our Contact Centres.

Can I Pre-pay for Baggage?

Etihad Airways does allow passengers the ability to pre-pay for luggage online or via the mobile app.

Here are the ways you can pre-pay:

Credit Cards That Reimburse You For Checked Bag Fees

If you expect to have overweight or oversized checked bags, you have a few card options that will reimburse you for the fees.

Exclusions & Waivers

Journeys on “The Residence”:  Each guest is entitled to 4 pieces, up to 32kg each.

Etihad Guest members receive an additional 23kg bag or 32kg checked bag (dependent on fare/ class) at no extra cost.

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


What is the baggage allowance for Etihad?

Flying Economy with Etihad, passengers have a baggage allowance of 2 bags (23kg each) to/from US and Canada. Business and First Class passengers can bring 2 bags (32kg each). Other routes work on a weight concept with Economy allowed 30-40kg, Business 40kg and First Class 50kg (each piece must not exceed 32kg).

How many bags can I carry on Etihad?

All Etihad passengers are allowed to carry on a personal item plus 1 standard carry-on piece for Economy (7kg) and 2 standard carry-on bags for Business and First (12kg combined total).

How much do Etihad charge for extra baggage?

Etihad’s extra baggage charges depend on your specific route. A 23kg extra bag for flights to/from Canada and the US ranges from $256 – $307. You also have the option to increase your weight allowance from 23kg to 32kg and this will cost between $110 – $132. Other routes charge by 5kg units starting at $72 – $156 for the first 5kgs. All prices here are based on purchasing extra baggage up to 48 hours before departure.

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