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

Singapore Airlines baggage fees

Singapore Airlines separates their baggage policies/ fees into two categories:  by weight (for most routes) and by piece (for all routes to/from the US).  This is an important concept to be aware of when attempting to calculate your baggage expenses.

If you’re on a “by weight” route, it’s nice that Singapore Airlines calculates excess weight fees per kg vs. one hefty fee for any amount overweight.

Singapore Airlines Carry-On Allowance:

1 personal item: FREE
Standard carry-on bags:

  • Economy & Premium Economy: 1 FREE (up to 7kg)
  • Business & First Class: 2 FREE (up to 7kg)

Size Restrictions:

  • Personal: 40 x 30 x 10cm
  • Standard: 115cm max linear dimensions

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

  • The combined weight of the infant food, breast milk and amenities you may bring on board should not exceed 6kg. This is in addition to your 7kg free cabin baggage allowance

Singapore Airlines Checked Baggage Allowance:

All checked bags must adhere to a max weight of 23kg for Economy & Premium Economy, 32kg for Business and First Class fares; must adhere to max linear dimensions of 158cm.

Weight Concept (All flights except to/from USA)

  • Economy: 30kg
  • Premium Economy: 35kg
  • Business: 40kg
  • Suites & First: 50kg

Additional bags by weight are based on route and vary from $8 – $110 per kg.

Piece Concept (to/from USA)

  • Economy: 2 pieces (up to 23kg)
  • Premium Economy:2 pieces (up to 23kg)
  • Business: 2 pieces (up to 32kg)
  • Suites & First: 2 pieces (up to 32kg)

Additional bags by piece are based on route and vary from $150 – $350 per piece.

Additional / Excess Baggage Fees:

The final excess baggage charge is derived by adding up all the individual charges.

The Heavy Charge and the Excess Size Charge are not applicable on additional pieces of baggage checked in.

Overweight Fee

  • Weight Concept: dependent on route from $8 – $110 per kg
  • Piece Concept: varies dependent on route from $100 – $225 per piece

Oversized Fee

  • Piece Concept: varies dependent on route from $100 – $225 per piece

If you have exceeded your weight limit, you can pre-purchase additional baggage allowance online at up to 20% discounted rates.

If you are holding a ticket issued by Singapore Airlines, you can pre-purchase excess baggage on all flights operated by Singapore Airlines or SilkAir at no less than 48 hours before your flight departs.

If your itinerary doesn’t include the United States, you can pre-purchase excess baggage in blocks of 5kg up to a maximum of 100kg per flight.

For itineraries to/from United States, you can pre-purchase any combination of the following: up to two additional baggage pieces in excess of the number of pieces allowed for free, or additional weight for each piece of baggage within the free baggage allowance that exceeds the weight limit in the class of travel, or oversize baggage for each piece of baggage within the free baggage allowance that its sum of length, weight and height exceeds 158cm.

Credit Cards That Reimburse You For Checked Bag Fees

You can be reimbursed for your checked bag fees on Singapore Airlines by using one of the cards below:

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:

Weight Concept

PPS Club Members: “Extra 100%” (allowed double the standard baggage weight)

  • Suites & First: 100kg total
  • Business: 80kg total
  • Premium Economy: 70kg total
  • Economy: 60kg total

KrisFlyer Elite Gold / Star Alliance Gold members: additional 20kg per passenger

Piece Concept

PPS Club Members: “Extra 100%”

KrisFlyer Elite Gold / Star Alliance Gold members: additional 1 piece of checked luggage included


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