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.
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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).
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)
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)
Additional/Excess Baggage Fees
Baggage rates apply for 1 route only, and return flight fees are payable at the departure airport in local currency.
|Zones||Overweight or oversized (>24 kg/32 kg or >158 cm)||Overweight and oversized (>24 kg/32 kg and >158 cm)|
|Within Switzerland||USD $46||USD $92|
|Europe||USD $57||USD $114|
|The Levant and North Africa||USD $86||USD $172|
|Short-haul intercontinental||USD $115||USD $230|
|Medium-haul intercontinental||USD $138||USD $276|
|Long-haul intercontinental||USD $173||USD $346|
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 location||Within Switzerland||Europe|
|On swiss.com||USD $16||USD $27|
|At check-in||USD $35||USD $44|
|At the gate||USD $60||USD $60|
Charges for an additional piece of baggage
|Zones||Max. 23 kg and max. 158 cm on swiss.com||Max. 23 kg and max. 158 cm at the check-in counter||Overweight or oversized (>24 kg or >158 cm) on swiss.com||Overweight and oversized (>24 kg and >158 cm) at the check-in counter|
|Within Switzerland||USD $64||USD $80||USD $126||USD $172|
|Europe||USD $73||USD $92||USD $149||USD $206|
|The Levant and North Africa||USD $92||USD $115||USD $201||USD $287|
|Short-haul intercontinental||USD $138||USD $172||USD $287||USD $402|
|Medium-haul intercontinental||USD $184||USD $230||USD $368||USD $506|
|Long-haul intercontinental||USD $230||USD $287||USD $460||USD $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.
Can I Pre-pay for Baggage?
Swiss International Airlines does allow passengers the ability to pre-pay for luggage online or via their call center.
Here are the ways you can pre-pay:
- Log in to your booking on the ‘Manage my bookings’ area of the Swiss website and add baggage up to an hour before departure.
- Contact their call center by calling +1 877 359 79 47
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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:
|Route||Free 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 Brazil||2 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 Canada||2 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, Yemen||2 x 23 kg|
|Flights commencing in Canada to Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Iraq, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka||2 x 23 kg|
|From or to Japan||2 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:
|Status||All 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 Traveller||1 set of golf equipment|
|Status||To/from/via U.S, Canada||Other Destinations|
| +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.
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