Swiss International Air Lines Baggage Fees & Tips to Cover the Expenses

Swiss International Air Lines Baggage Fees

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With Swiss International Air Lines it’s all about planning ahead with your baggage, as fees are significantly cheaper to book online at Swiss.com rather than amending your booking at check-in.

Swiss International Air Lines Carry-On Allowance:

1 personal item: FREE
1 standard carry-on bag: Free for economy passengers
2 standard carry-on bags: Free for business and first passengers

Size and Weight Restrictions

  • Personal: 40 x 30 x 10 cm
  • Standard: 55 x 40 x 23 cm (8 kg)

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

  • Lap infants will be charged approximately 10% of an adult fare. You can carry on a certified car seat and baby food. Strollers are not permitted on board. Baby bassinets and special baby food (suitable for up to 24 months) is offered on all long-haul flights and should be requested upon booking.

Stroller Gate Check Policy

  • With the 10% ticket fee, an infant has a checked allowance of 1 piece of luggage weighing up to 23 kg plus a folding stroller. Smaller collapsible strollers are sometimes permitted to be taken up to the gate, so ask at check-in if this is possible. Otherwise, all strollers must be checked baggage.

Swiss International Air Lines Checked Baggage Allowance:

All baggage must not exceed 158 cm in size (width + height + depth).

European Routes
Light Fare Class: No baggage included
Classic & Flex Fare: 1 piece 23 kg
Business Fare: 2 pieces at 32 kg each (total weight maximum 64 kg)

Intercontinental Routes
Light Fare Class: No baggage included
SWISS Economy Fare: 1 piece 23 kg
SWISS Business Fare: 2 pieces at 32 kg each (total weight maximum 64 kg)
SWISS First Fare: 3 pieces at 32 kg each (total weight maximum 96 kg)

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Additional/Excess Baggage Fees:

Baggage rates apply for 1 route only, and return flight fees are payable at the departure airport in local currency.

ZonesOverweight or oversized (>24 kg/32 kg or >158 cm)Overweight and oversized (>24 kg/32 kg and >158 cm)
Within SwitzerlandUSD $46USD $92
EuropeUSD $57USD $114
The Levant and North AfricaUSD $86USD $172
Short-haul intercontinentalUSD $115USD $230
Medium-haul intercontinentalUSD $138USD $276
Long-haul intercontinentalUSD $173USD $346

For excess baggage fee prices for tickets issued before April 18, 2018 and for journeys to and from Japan, see the applicable chart here.

Individual baggage pieces must not exceed 32 kg. Heavier baggage will need to be checked as cargo.

When traveling on an Economy Light Fare, you can upgrade to include a piece of checked baggage — the price depends on when/where you update your booking:

Sales locationWithin SwitzerlandEurope
On swiss.comUSD $16USD $27
At check-inUSD $35USD $44
At the gateUSD $60USD $60

Charges for an additional piece of baggage

ZonesMax. 23 kg and max. 158 cm on swiss.comMax. 23 kg and max. 158 cm at the check-in counterOverweight or oversized (>24 kg or >158 cm) on swiss.comOverweight and oversized (>24 kg and >158 cm) at the check-in counter
Within SwitzerlandUSD $64USD $80USD $126USD $172
EuropeUSD $73USD $92USD $149USD $206
The Levant and North AfricaUSD $92USD $115USD $201USD $287
Short-haul intercontinentalUSD $138USD $172USD $287USD $402
Medium-haul intercontinentalUSD $184USD $230USD $368USD $506
Long-haul intercontinentalUSD $230USD $287USD $460USD $633

For additional baggage fee prices for tickets issued before April 18, 2018 and for journeys to and from Japan, see the applicable chart here.

Exclusions & Waivers:

Increased baggage allowances for specific routes:

Economy class passengers benefit from higher checked baggage limits on the following routes where each piece must not exceed a total size (width + height + depth) of 158 cm:

RouteFree baggage allowance
From U.S./Canada to South Africa*2 x 23 kg
From U.S./Canada to East, West, Central Africa (without Mauritius)*2 x 23 kg
From Southern Africa/Mauritius to worldwide*2 x 23 kg
Worldwide to/from East/West/Central Africa***2 x 23 kg
Travel commencing in Brazil2 x 32 kg
Travel commencing in Switzerland to Brazil****2 x 23 kg
Flights commencing in India to the U.S.2 x 23 kg
Flights commencing in the U.S. to India**2 x 23 kg
Between India and Canada2 x 23 kg
Between U.S./Canada/Mexico and Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen2 x 23 kg
Flights commencing in Canada to Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Iraq, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka2 x 23 kg
From or to Japan2 x 23 kg

*Applicable irrespective of stopovers en-route

**On flights between the U.S. and India, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, this offer applies only if you depart from or land at these U.S. airports: Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Charlotte, York, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit, Miami and Orlando. You must always travel via Europe.

***In case of stopover en-route: only applicable to destinations in U.S./Canada (otherwise only 1 piece after stopover at intermediate point)

****Applies only to flight tickets issued on/before October 14, 2018.

Increased baggage allowance for frequent flyers

On all SWISS-operated flights for Classic, Flex, and Business Fares (not applicable to Light Fares), passengers with the following status have a higher baggage limit:

StatusAll European routes
HON Circle+ 1 baggage item of 23 kg in economy class
Senator+ 1 baggage item of 32 kg in business and first class
STAR Gold+ 1 set of golf equipment
Frequent Traveller+ 1 baggage item of 23 kg in economy class
SWISS Golf Traveller1 set of golf equipment

 

StatusTo/from/via U.S, CanadaOther Destinations
HON Circle
Senator
STAR Gold
 +1 bag 23 kg in economy class
+1 bag 32 kg in business and first class
 + 1 piece of luggage 23kg in economy class
+ 1 bag with 32kg in business and first class
+ 1 Golf equipment
Frequent Traveller +1 bag 23kg in economy class + 1 piece of luggage 23kg in economy class
SWISS Golf Traveller +1 Golf equipment + 1 Golf equipment

The baggage allowances and fees of the first carrier on interline flights or the first marketing carrier on codeshare flights will apply to all subsequent flights in the itinerary.

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


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