Japan Airlines Baggage Fees & Tips To Cover The Expenses

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Japan Airlines’ (JAL) baggage policies are pretty generous when it comes to your allowance, with 2 checked bags included for all Economy/Premium Economy passengers and 3 checked bags included for Business & First.

That’s why, when looking at additional baggage fees, extra pieces may seem slightly expensive.  When you consider the initial inclusions, the fee is actually pretty average because each passenger is starting at their 3rd (or 4th) piece from the get-go.

Japan Airlines Carry-On Allowance

1 personal item: FREE
1 standard carry-on bag: FREE

Size Restrictions

  • Personal: undisclosed
  • Standard: 22″ x 16″ x 10″

* total weight combined not to exceed 10kg (22lb)

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

  • Infant NOT traveling in his or her own seat:
    • Maximum outside dimension (length + width + height) per bag of 203cm
    • Same weight restriction as for accompanying adult

Stroller Check Policy

  • In most cases, Japan Airlines allows you to bring your stroller with you until reching the boarding gate, however they suggest asking airport personnel upon check in about the amount of space available on the aircraft. In order to prevent issues, the airline also suggests you check the stroller at the ticket counter and use the free baby stroller service provided.*

* Stroller lending service available at the following airports: Narita International, Kansai International, Chubu Centrair International, Frankfurt International (Germany), London Heathrow (UK)

Japan Airlines 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; must adhere to max linear dimensions of 203cm.

Economy & Premium Economy: 2 checked bags FREE (23kg)
Business & First Class: 3 checked bags FREE (32kg)

Additional / Excess Baggage Fees

RouteAdditional Bag per PieceOverweight
23kg – 32kg
Overweight
32kg – 45kg
Oversized
Between Japan, Asia, India, Oceania  & Hawaii, North/ Central/ South America, Europe, Middle East, AfricaJPY20,000
(USD200/CAD200)
JPY10,000
(USD100/CAD100)
JPY60,000
(USD600/CAD600)
JPY20,000
(USD200/CAD200)
Between Japan and Asia, Guam,
Oceania
JPY10,000
(USD100/CAD100)
JPY6,000
(USD60/CAD60)
JPY30,000
(USD300/CAD300)
JPY10,000
(USD100/CAD100)
Domestic Japan**JPY5,000
(USD50/CAD50)
JPY1,000
(USD10/CAD10)
JPY15,000
(USD150/CAD150)
JPY5,000
(USD50/CAD50)

* On select routes, checked baggage exceeding 33kg (70lbs) for 1 piece cannot be accepted in principle. Please split up and pack baggage before attempting to check it.
** Consumption tax excluded

For baggage fees related to special luggage (sporting equipment, pets, etc.) please refer to Japan Airlines’ policy here. 

Can I Pre-pay for Baggage?

With a generous free baggage allowance, Japan Airlines does not allow passengers the ability to pre-pay for extra luggage.

This means passengers must pay any excess baggage fees during the check-in process at the airport.

Credit Cards That Reimburse You For Checked Bag Fees

Unlike many airlines, Japan Airlines allows all passengers at least two free checked bags. If you need a third checked bag, the price is quite steep. You can use one of the cards below and be reimbursed for some or all of those fees.

Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card - This no annual fee card comes with a 20,000 mile welcome bonus (worth $200) once you spend $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening. When you use your card for travel purchases (e.g. baggage fees), use your miles to pay off all, or part of, your statement! This is why we like this card.
Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card - The "big brother" card to the VentureOne® with a larger 50,000 welcome bonus (worth $500) once you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening and you'll earn 10X miles per $1 spent across thousands of hotels.

Exclusions & Waivers

JMB Fly On & JGC Members:

  • First Class: 4 bags free at 32kg
  • Business: 4 bags free at 32kg
  • Premium Economy: 3 bags free at 32kg
  • Economy: 3 bags free at 32kg

JMB CRYSTAL members without JGC status:

  • Premium Economy / Economy: 3 bags free at 23kg

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

We’ve also covered the best ways to fly to Japan using points and miles!

FAQ

Does Japan Airlines include baggage?

Japan Airlines includes baggage for all of its cabins. Economy and Premium Economy has an allowance of 2 checked bags (23kg each). Business and First Class has an allowance of 3 checked bags (32kg each). All bags must not exceed max linear dimensions of 203cm.

How many carry-on bags allowed on Japan Airlines?

Flying with Japan Airlines, passengers can bring onboard 1 standard piece of carry-on up to 22″ x 16″ x 10″ and 10kg (22lb) and one personal item such as a handbag or briefcase. This applies to all cabins.

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10 comments

  1. Jim Duncan · March 30, 2019 · Reply

    I am flying to Manila from Atlanta. I will be taking an expensive violin that cannot be placed in checked luggage due to the risk of damage. I also will have my regular carry on bag with my computer and personal items. Will this airline allow me to take the violin on board along with my usual carry on small bag?

    • Hi Jim, JAL’s conditions of carriage state: “JAL will permit a Passenger to carry into the cabin articles not suitable for Carriage in a cargo compartment (such as fragile musical instruments) only if a prior due notice of such article is given to, and a prior permission to such Carriage is granted by, JAL. Carriage of such Baggage shall be subject to a charge provided in JAL’s Regulations.”

      I would go ahead and call their customer service line and inquire with them directly for the most accurate information. (1 (800) 525-3663 from the U.S.)

    • I am aware of JAL international flight free check in luggage policy but what about its domestic flights within japan? Any charge on checked in luggage flying JAL?

      Thx

      • Catherine Luther · May 18, 2019 · Reply

        Hi Eric,

        For domestic flights, JAL has a free checked allowance of 20kg for economy passengers and 45kg for first class passengers. This works on a weight concept so there is no limit to the number of bags you can bring, as long as the combined weight does not exceed 20kg. The maximum dimensions for a checked bag are 50cm x 60cm x 120cm.

        If you’re flying on a combined international + domestic ticket, then the allowance from the longest leg of the journey would apply.

  2. How many checked bags and hand carry are allowed for a trip to Japan. I’m an economy passenger.
    I have 1 suitcase, 1 hand carry and 1 backpack, is this available or not?

    • Catherine Luther · April 18, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Sami,

      Japan Airlines has a checked baggage allowance of 2 x 23kg bags for Economy passengers. For carry-on, the allowance is 1 carry-on bag measuring 22″ x 16″ x 10″ and 1 personal item (the size is undisclosed but would include items such as a handbag or laptop bag). So if you intend to take your carry-on and backpack into the cabin, be prepared to have to check this, if they decide it is too large.

  3. Clive · May 13, 2019 · Reply

    We (3 of us) are flying from Australia to Spain on JAL (on a code share Iberia aircraft on the leg from Japan to Spain), travelling Economy. We are travelling to a sailing event and will be carrying our competition sails. The will fit in the weight and number of pieces for checked luggage, however they are oversize, basically contained in a tube of 230cm length with a diameter of 15cm. How will this be treated and does the length break an maximum restriction?

    Thanks in advance for you advice.

    • Hi Clive, please be advised we are not Japan Airlines, we are Upgraded Points – a website that produces informational content based on points and miles as well as other travel related content such as this baggage fee article.

      We took a look at both JAL’s and Iberia’s websites searching for baggage fees concerning sailing equipment however were unable to find any information. Since this is a special case, and again we are not JAL or Iberia, we suggest you contact JAL directly by phone at their reservations/customer service line in order to receive the most accurate information. They can also tell you if you need to contact Iberia since you’re flying on Iberia metal for one leg of your trip.

      Sorry we couldn’t be of more assistance!

  4. Jean A. · June 27, 2019 · Reply

    Hi Erin,

    I am travelling via JAL on economy class and I have 2 luggages to check in already where one weighs much much less than the maximum allowed weight for a luggage. My husband has ordered 2 golf clubs packed in an elongated box and asked me to bring it. Will this count as a 3rd piece luggage and will be charged excess baggage fee of JPY20000? Is it possible to handcarry this instead?

    • Catherine Luther · June 27, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Jean,

      As the checked baggage allowance is allocated by piece not weight, unfortunately you would be charged to take a 3rd bag. Your only options are to pay the excess fee for an extra bag (I don’t know where you’re flying from but it’s either JPY10,000 or JPY20,000) or try to use your 10kg carry-on weight for what you would have packed in your 2nd checked bag, freeing up your 2nd checked bag for the golf clubs.

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