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: 40cm x 20cm x 55cm or a total sum of less than 115cm per piece
  • *** 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.

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:

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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38 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.

    • Brent Cole · July 13, 2019 · Reply

      I own 3 x 100 oz ingots of silver I would like to transport in my carry on from the USA to the Philippines. Is this going to be a security nightmare?

    • Michelle · July 17, 2019 · Reply

      I am travelling domestic with Korean air: Jeju to Seoul. Does the baggage size allowance of 158cm still apply? If so how much do I need to pay for exceeding 158cm?

      • Stephen Au · July 17, 2019 · Reply

        Hey Michelle,

        Yes. The content in this guide states that domestic South Korea travelers in economy are allowed 1 checked bag of up to 158cm in size and 20 kg in weight. Thanks for reading.

  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!

      • I have bought another 23kg of baggage. Do I need to ensure they are packed 23kg (1st baggage Fee) + 23kg for 2nd package each?

        Can I pack my stuff into a heavier bigger luggage (maybe 30kg) and 1 smaller luggage 10kg?

        Pls advise soonest as my flight is this afternoon.

        • Catherine Luther · June 29, 2019 · Reply

          Hi Net,

          As we are not Korean Air and your flight was departing so soon, I do hope you contacted the airline directly with your query.

          In any case, in this situation, passengers flying economy are not permitted to pool their baggage allowance to increase the weight of 1 piece. If you have purchased an additional bag then each piece must not exceed 23 kg. If it does, then you will incur excess overweight charges.

  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.

  10. Kelly Mak · May 25, 2019 · Reply

    Can I share the weight loading with my family members on my trip? For example, my baggage weight is 30kg and my family member’s baggage weight is 15kg – the total weight is less than 46kg. Is any extra charge required?

    • Hi Kelly, the allotted baggage allowance is applied per ticketed passenger and the max limits are per bag. I am not sure which fare type you have purchased but if you have purchased two economy tickets, that would allow for 23kg per bag only. If you have any bag that is over 23kg you will have to pay an excess baggage charge or place some of the weight from the 30kg bag into the 15kg bag to even things out and make sure both are 23kg or under.

      With almost all airlines, you generally cannot combine 23kg + 23kg for a total of 46kg between you.

  11. Arlene Mante · May 31, 2019 · Reply

    Hello! The baggage policy states 2 luggages at 23kg each. Is it ok to just have one but would weigh more than 23kg? It just the large luggage bag.

    • Catherine Luther · June 3, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Arlene,

      Please be aware that we are not Korean Air, we are UpgradedPoints.com. Although we cannot specifically confirm what Korean Air’s policy would be regarding this query, we can offer our experience that an airline would usually enforce the weight allowance of a single piece, regardless of whether you have decided to make use of your two piece allowance or not.

  12. Janelle · June 3, 2019 · Reply

    Hello,

    I noticed that the linear dimensions limitations states that each checked bag cannot exceed 62 inches or 158 cm. When looking for luggage to purchase, how would we calculate a luggage that has linear measurements such as:
    30″x19″x11 to make sure it does not exceed the baggage linear dimensions of Korean Airlines’ guidelines? I will be leaving from the U.S. to China in 2 weeks with the Peace Corps, and I really don’t have the money to pay an extra $200 due to exceeding the limit. Also, is there a max linear measurement that both pieces of luggage cannot exceed together, or are the linear measurements limitations for each individual luggage? Thank you so much for your reply in advance!

    • Catherine Luther · June 4, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Janelle,

      To calculate the linear dimensions, you would measure the length, width, and height of the bag and add these measurements together (L + W + H). The total must not exceed 62 inches (158 cm). This would apply to a single piece of luggage, Korean Air would not permit passengers to pool their size allowance across multiple pieces.

      Hope this helps!

  13. Heather Moffett · June 24, 2019 · Reply

    We will be traveling from Seoul to Bangkok economy class. How many checked bags are free per passenger? Weight per bag? How many carry on bags per passenger? Sizes allowed?
    Thank you

    • Catherine Luther · June 25, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Heather,

      For checked luggage the first 23 kg bag is free, the 2nd would cost $70, and any additional bags would be $100.

      For carry-on luggage you are permitted 1 personal item and 1 carry-on bag with the total weight of personal + standard bags not exceeding 12kg / 25lb for Economy.
      A carry-on item must not exceed 40 X 20 X 55 cm or a total sum of 115cm per piece.

  14. Robert · July 17, 2019 · Reply

    Hi Korean Air

    We are a family of 4 in economy class and have a 4 baggage (23kg) check in allowance. Can we check in 3 bags that exceed 23kg but less than 32kg and have a total weight less than 92kg (23×4)?

    • Stephen Au · July 17, 2019 · Reply

      Robert, keep in mind we are NOT Korean Air. Checking in fewer but oversized luggage is probably not going to fly with them. Check back directly with Korean Air, since we are not the airline. Thanks for reading.

  15. Abhijeet patne · July 20, 2019 · Reply

    I will be travelling from Mumbai (India) to Los Angeles lax USA with a layover in Seoul Incheon…how many carry on and checked in luggage am I allowed? I presume I am allowed 1 backpack with a duffle and two checked in luggage weighing no more than 23 kg…. am I going to be charged for this? Or will I be charged at Seoul even though the airline is same that is Korean Air (Delta).

    • Catherine Luther · July 21, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Abhijeet,

      Economy passengers traveling to/from the United States are permitted 2 x 23 kg of checked luggage. Providing you booked the entire journey on 1 ticket, this allowance should apply for any other airlines operating part of the journey as your luggage would be checked all the way through to Los Angeles.

      The carry-on allowance is 1 x carry on item not exceeding 40cm x 20cm x 55cm and 1 x personal item such as a laptop bag or handbag with the total combined weight not exceeding 12kg.

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