Japan Airlines Baggage Fees & Tips To Cover The Expenses [2017]

Japan Airlines baggage fees

Japan Airlines’ (JAL) policies are pretty generous when it comes to baggage 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

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:

Route Additional Bag per Piece Overweight
23kg – 32kg
32kg – 45kg
Between Japan, Asia, India, Oceania  & Hawaii, North/ Central/ South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa JPY20,000
Between Japan and Asia, Guam,
Domestic Japan** JPY5,000

* 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

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.

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)

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.

Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard®