Etihad Baggage Fees & Tips To Cover The Expenses [2017]

Etihad baggage fees

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

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 Brazil, Canada and the US: 158cm (50 x 70 x 38cm)
  • To / from all other destinations: 207cm (45 x 72 x 90cm)
Route Economy Business First
To/From US, Canada, South America, Bermuda, Africa
UK to / from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh
UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar or Saudi Arabia to / from Indonesia or the Philippines
2 bags, up to 23kg ea. 2 bags, up to 32kg ea. 2 bags, up to 32kg ea.
UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar or Saudi Arabia to / from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka or Nepal 30kg 40kg 50kg
To / from all other destinations
(General Policy)
Economy Deals & Economy Saver Fare Choices Economy Classic & Economy Flex Fare Choices 2 bags, up to 32kg ea. 2 bags, up to 32kg ea.
1 bag, up to 23kg 2 bags, up to 23kg ea.

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

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.

Credit CardFee Reimbursement Details
Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard®
Annual Fee: $0 for first year, then $89
With this card, you can use your miles to cover any qualifying travel purchases of $100 or more, including baggage fees (which is perfect for families that travel and incur travel expenses). Simply apply your miles to these expenses when your statement arrives!
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Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ Card
Annual Fee: $450
$300 travel credit per calendar year (covers all travel related purchases)
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Citi Prestige Card
Annual Fee: $450
$250 air travel credit per calendar year (covers all travel related purchases)
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Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card
Annual Fee: $450
$300 airline fee credit per calendar year (covers all travel related purchases)

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.

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.

Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard®