Korean Air Baggage Fees & Tips To Cover The Expenses

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Korean Air has a pretty standard baggage policy when it comes to allowances. The number of complimentary checked bags and pricing for additional bags will vary by destination and a number of other factors.

Korean Air Carry-On Allowance

1 personal item: FREE
Standard carry-on bags:

  • Economy: 1 FREE
  • First / Prestige: 2 FREE

Size Restrictions

  • Personal: undisclosed
  • Standard: undisclosed
  • *** total weight of personal + standard bags should not exceed 12kg / 25lb for Economy, 18kg / 40lb for First / Prestige

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

  • International: A infant can bring 1 piece up to 115cm/10kg & 1 stroller & 1 car seat (or bassinet)
  • Domestic: An infant can bring 1 stroller & 1 car seat (or bassinet)

Stroller Check Policy:

  • “Large” strollers will not be permitted on the aircraft and will be checked at the gate free of charge.

Korean Air Checked Baggage Allowance

All checked bags must adhere to a max weight of 23kg(50lb) for Economy & 32kg (70lb) for First/ Prestige fares; must adhere to max linear dimensions of 158cm.

Free baggage allowances regarding size, weight, and quantity of baggage vary with passenger itineraries, seating classes, and SKYPASS membership grades.

RouteEconomy (23kg)Prestige (32kg)First (32kg)
To/From America
(except Brazil)
1st Bag: FREE
2nd Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $200 ea
1st Bag: FREE
2nd Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $200 ea
1st Bag: FREE
2nd Bag: FREE
3rd Bag: FREE
4th+ Bags: $200 ea
USA-Brazil1st Bag: FREE
2nd Bag: FREE
3rd+ Bags: $75 ea
1st Bag: FREE
2nd Bag: FREE
3rd+ Bags: $75 ea
1st Bag: FREE
2nd Bag: FREE
3rd Bag: FREE
4th+ Bag: $75 ea
To/From Brazil (all other)1st Bag: FREE
2nd Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $175 ea
1st Bag: FREE
2nd Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $175 ea
1st Bag: FREE
2nd Bag: FREE
3rd Bag: FREE
4th+ Bag: $175 ea
Asia – Europe,
Middle East,
Africa, Oceana
1st Bag: FREE
2nd Bag: $130
3+ Bags: $200 ea
1st Bag: FREE
2nd Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $200 ea
1st Bag: FREE
2nd Bag: FREE
3rd Bag: FREE
4th+ Bags: $200 ea
Korea – Asia1st Bag: FREE
2nd Bag: $70
3+ Bags: $100 ea
1st Bag: FREE
2nd Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $100 ea
1st Bag: FREE
2nd Bag: FREE
3rd Bag: FREE
4th+ Bags: $100 ea
Within Asia1st Bag: FREE
2nd Bag: $100
3+ Bags: $150 ea
1st Bag: FREE
2nd Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $150 ea
1st Bag: FREE
2nd Bag: FREE
3rd Bag: FREE
4th+ Bags: $150 ea
To/From Europe,
Middle East,
Africa, Oceana
1st Bag: FREE
2nd Bag: $130
3+ Bags: $200 ea
1st Bag: FREE
2nd Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $200 ea
1st Bag: FREE
2nd Bag: FREE
3rd Bag: FREE
4th+ Bags: $200 ea
Domestic KoreaFree Baggage
Allowance for
Economy: 20kg
Free Baggage Allowance for Prestige: 30kgundisclosed

Additional / Excess Baggage Fees

RouteOverweight
(23kg – 32kg)
Overweight
(32kg – 45kg)
Oversized
(158cm – 203cm)
To/From America
(except Brazil)
$100$200$200
USA – Brazilundisclosed$75$75
To/From Brazil$175$175$175
Asia – Europe,
Middle East,
Africa, Oceana
$100$200$200
Korea – Asia$50$100$100
Within Asia$75$150$150
To/From Europe,
Middle East,
Africa, Oceana
$100$200$200
Domestic KoreaKRW 2,000/kgundisclosed

*on some routes, baggage in excess of 32kg is not permitted.

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

Can I Pre-pay for Baggage?

Korean Air does allow passengers the ability to pre-pay for luggage online from 48 hours before departure*.

Passengers need to log in to their booking from the ‘Check-in’ area of the Korean Air website to do this.

* Flights to/from USA, Canada, UK or Paris can check-in and pre-pay baggage from 24 hours prior to departure. 

Credit Cards That Reimburse You For Checked Bag Fees

Flying Korean Air to/from the US you receive two free checked bags, but if you need a third checked bag the price jumps to $200. Use one of the cards below to get reimbursed for some or all of your checked bag fees when flying Korean Air.

Exclusions & Waivers:

Depending on your SKYPASS membership grade, you are allowed to check extra baggage. (Restrictions may apply if you’re flying with a SkyTeam partner or codeshare partners.)

  • Morning Calm Club: Additional 1 Piece (32kg for First and Prestige classes, 23kg for Economy class, when flying economy on itineraries to or from Americas, additional 1 free baggage cannot be applied.)
  • Morning Calm Premium Club: Additional 1 Piece (32kg for First and Prestige classes, 23kg for Economy class)
  • Million Miler Club: Additional 1 Piece (32kg)

*In case of weight system, additional 10kg of baggage allowance for Morning Calm Club, additional 20kg for Morning Calm Premium Club, and 30kg for Million Miler Club.

SkyTeam Member

  • If you are an Elite or Elite Plus member of SkyTeam, you receive an extra allowance (10 kg for Elite, 20 kg for Elite Plus), or one additional bag where the piece concept applies. This depends on routing.

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

FAQ

How many bags can you carry on Korean Air?

Korean Air allows 1 personal item and 1 carry-on item for Economy passengers and 2 standard carry-on for First Class and Prestige passengers. Korean Air doesn’t specify maximum sizes but for Economy, the combined weight of both items must not exceed 12kg (25lb) and 18kg (40lb) for First Class and Prestige.

How much is excess baggage in Korean Airlines?

For international flights, Korean Air charges $50-$175 for overweight bags weighing 23kg – 32kg and $75 – $200 for bags weighing 32kg – 45kg. Oversized bags measuring 158cm – 203cm max linear dimensions will be charged $75 – $200 depending on the route.

How many bags can you check on Korean Air?

To/from the Americas, Korean Air allows Economy passengers to bring 2 checked bags for free (23kg). For all other international routes, 1 checked bag is free for Economy (23kg), 2 for Prestige (32kg) and 3 for First Class (32kg).

Is Korean Air strict with baggage allowance?

Korean Air has a strict baggage policy with many forums detailing passenger accounts of being asked to pay excess fees or repack baggage. So consider your baggage allowance carefully and be prepared to pay if you do choose to exceed these.

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18 comments

  1. Barry Walsh · April 3, 2018 · Reply

    I would be traveling from Sydney Australia to Vancouver BC Canada
    I would have 1 standard bage up to 23kg
    my second bag is my ski bag which measures 170cm in length about 19 kg
    please could you let me know the additional baggage charges

  2. Gordan Bunoza · December 4, 2018 · Reply

    Hello i wanna ask can i carry 2 extra bags and each one is more then 30 kg??? Pls answer me fast beacaue i have fly in morning thx

    • Stephen Au · December 4, 2018 · Reply

      Gordan,

      You will probably have to pay an excess baggage fee. It all depends on your route.

  3. Norma Lange Tagaza · February 9, 2019 · Reply

    I will travelling from Manila via Incheon to Frankfurt on Feb 14 2019. I want to be clear on baggage allowance. If my 1st suitcase is 32 kgs max, I am supposed to pay 100US$. I have a second suitcase with 23 kgs. how much do I pay?

    • James Larounis · February 11, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Norma, according to what I can see, that would be another $100 based upon the information Korean has provided.

  4. I’m traveling from US to Philippines; how much will it cost me to add an extra checked bag? I have an economy ticket so I have 2 FREE checked bags at the 50 lb limit but I needed to add another checked bag at the same weight. Do I need to pay it at check in at the airport or can I prepay?

    • James Larounis · February 28, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Thess. It looks like you will need to pay KRW 200,000 / USD200 / CAD200 / IDR 2,860,000 according to Korean’s website (https://www.koreanair.com/global/en/footers/service-fees1/) for a third checked bag from the U.S. to the Philippines. You’d pay this at the airport when you check-in, so I’d recommend arriving early to be sure there’s enough time to complete this process. Thanks so much for reading!

  5. How much does it cost to purchase additional check in luggage weight for return flight from Korea to Singapore? How to make the purchase?

    • Hi Angie, we’re not quite sure what you’re asking here. Do you have an additional piece of luggage? Or are you just asking about your one piece of checked luggage that will be over the weight limit? This also depends on which fare type you have purchased.

      Also, please see the “Can I Pre-pay for Baggage” section to answer your second question. Thanks!

  6. Rowena Rousseau · April 1, 2019 · Reply

    I will be traveling to the Philippines next week via Korean Air. Is a box allowed for checked in lugagge? What size? Thanks

    • Hi Rowena, this will likely depend on some factors like what fare type you have purchased and what airport you are flying from. It will also depend on how large your box is and if it adheres to their maximum size and weight guidelines for checked baggage.

      Korean Air does not list any specifics on this topic (boxes vs. suitcases) on the Baggage Services part of their website. Since we are not affiliated with Korean Air in any way, we recommend calling their customer service line to inquire with them directly for the most accurate information — 1 (800) 438-5000 from the U.S.

  7. Regina Basañez · April 2, 2019 · Reply

    Hi! I will be traveling to Brunei from Mexico with a stop is Korea and a second stop in the Philippines. Can I pay the excess baggage fees with a credit card or do I need to bring cash? Thank you!

    • Hi Regina, you can prepay for your luggage within 48 hours of your flight departure so you can definitely use a credit card there. Fewer and fewer airlines are actually accepting cash at airports nowadays as it’s more of a liability.

      I think you’re implying that your preferred method of payment is by credit card but if I’m mistaken and you would like to pay in cash, I’d suggest calling Korean Air’s Customer Service (+1-213-484-1900) and inquire if they will even accept cash as a form of payment. Hope this helps!

  8. I have 23.5 kgs on my checked baggage. Will Korean Airlines allow the .5 kg. free of charge?

    • Hi Alex, it’s a toss-up and completely depends on how kind/lenient the ticketing agent is. Best bet is to try and take out the extra 0.5kg and fit it in your carry-on!

      Or you can always swap it over if you get to the counter and they say it’s going to be an extra charge… although no one likes to up-end an entire suitcase in front of a line of waiting customers. eeek…

  9. Momina · April 30, 2019 · Reply

    I will be traveling to Fiji from Delhi via Korean Air… can my personal item plus my hand carry sum up to 12kg? How much will it cost if I add a piece of extra luggage of 10kg as a checked in baggage in fj$?

    • Hi Momina, we’re not sure which fare type you purchased so it’s tough to accurately help you out with this question.

      That being said, if you’re flying Economy, Korean Air states: “One additional personal carry-on item — laptop, briefcase, handbag — is permitted for Economy Class. (Total weight of carry-on bag and additional allowance should not exceed 12kg.)”

      Again, if you’re flying Economy, you should be allowed one checked bag free of charge (up to 23kg). An additional checked bag should cost you $130USD (~280 fj$).

      Please be advised we are not Korean Air so this is our best answer for your question based on our interpretation of the information given from Korean Air’s website. For the most accurate answer, we suggest you call Korean Air’s customer service or reservations line and inquire with them directly.

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