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

Full Disclosure: We may receive financial compensation when you click on links and are approved for credit card products from our advertising partners. Opinions and product recommendations on this site are ours alone, and have not been influenced, reviewed or approved by the issuer. Please see our Advertiser Disclosure for more details!

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: 15.7 x 11.8 x 3.9 inches (40 x 30 x 10 cm)
  • Standard: 21.6 x 15.7 x 9 inches (55 x 40 x 23 cm) and 17.6 pounds (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 but there is no specific carry-on allowance for infants. 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 50 pounds (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 62 linear inches (158 cm) width + height + depth.

European Routes
Light Fare Class: No baggage included
Classic & Flex Fare: 1 piece 50 pounds (23 kg)
Business Fare: 2 pieces at 70 pounds (32 kg) each (total weight maximum 141 pounds (64 kg)

Intercontinental Routes
Light Fare Class: No baggage included
SWISS Economy Fare: 1 piece 50 pounds (23 kg)
SWISS Business Fare: 2 pieces at 70 pounds (32 kg) each (total weight maximum 141 pounds/64 kg)
SWISS First Fare: 3 pieces at 70 pounds (32 kg) each (total weight maximum 211 pounds/96 kg)

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 62 inches (158 cm):

RouteFree baggage allowance
From U.S./Canada to South Africa2 x 23 kg
From U.S./Canada to East, West, Central Africa (without Mauritius)*2 x 23 kg
Flights commencing in Switzerland to Vietnam/Sri Lanka2 x 23 kg
Travel commencing in Brazil2 x 32 kg
Travel commencing in Switzerland to Brazil2 x 23 kg
Flights commencing in India to the U.S.2 x 23 kg
Flights commencing in the U.S. to India2 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

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, New York, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit, Miami and Orlando. You must always travel via Europe.

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 Switzerland$46$93
Europe$57$114
The Levant and North Africa$86$173
Short-haul intercontinental$115$230
Medium-haul intercontinental$138$276
Long-haul intercontinental$173$346

Individual baggage pieces must not exceed 70 pounds (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 SwitzerlandEuropeIntercontinental
(Canada/USA)
Intercontinental (Canada/USA) for travel from 21 February
Intercontinental
On swiss.com$16$27$60$70$70
At check-in$35$44$60$70$105

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 Switzerland$64$80$126$172
Europe$73$92$149$206
The Levant and North Africa$92$115$201$287
Short-haul intercontinental$138$172$287$402
Medium-haul intercontinental$184$230$368$506
Long-haul intercontinental$230$287$460$633

Tariffs for flights from/to Japan

Additional baggage itemswiss.comCheck-inGate
Standard (max. 23 kg, circumference less than 158 cm)$150$200$210
Oversized (circumference more than 158 cm)$500
Very heavy (24 – 32 kg)$350
Very heavy and oversized (24 – 32 kg, circumference more than 158 cm)$650

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

Recommended Cards That Reimburse Your Baggage Fees

Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card - This no annual fee card comes with a 20,000 bonus mile offer after spending $1,000 in the first 3 months. When you use your card for travel purchases (e.g. baggage fees), use your miles to pay off all, or part of, your statement balance! We've highlighted 30+ benefits of the card.
Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card - The "big brother" card to the VentureOne with a 100,000 bonus miles offer when you spend $20,000 on purchases in the first 12 months from account opening, or still earn 50,000 miles if you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months. This card is full of benefits and perks and you can redeem your miles on travel or transfer your miles to over 10+ travel loyalty programs.

Exclusions & Waivers

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:

StatusStatus
HON Circle
Senator
STAR Gold
+ 1 baggage item of 50 pounds (23 kg) in economy class
+ 1 baggage item of 70 pounds (32 kg) in business and first class
+ 1 set of golf equipment
Frequent Traveller+ 1 baggage item of 50 pounds (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 50 pounds (23 kg) in economy class
+1 bag 70 pounds (32 kg) in business and first class
 + 1 piece of luggage 50 pounds (23 kg) in economy class
+ 1 bag with 70 pounds (32 kg) in business and first class
+ 1 golf equipment
Frequent Traveller +1 bag 50 pounds (23 kg) in economy class + 1 piece of luggage 50 pounds (23 kg) 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.


Frequently asked questions

Does Swiss Airlines charge for baggage?

Swiss Airlines charges for baggage if you’ve booked an Economy Light Fare which doesn’t include any checked baggage allowance. This can be purchased online and will cost $16 if you’re flying within Switzerland and $27 for flights within Europe. It can be purchased at check-in for $35 (within Switzerland) or $44 (within Europe) or $60 at the gate.

What is Swiss Air's baggage allowance?

All fare types apart from Economy Light receive free baggage allowance within their ticket. For Economy, Classic or Flex fares, 1 piece (50 pounds/23 kg) is included. Business receives 2 pieces (70 pounds/32 kg each) and First Class 3 pieces (70 pounds/32 kg each). Each piece of baggage must not exceed max linear dimensions of 62 inches (158 cm).

How many carry on bags allowed on Swiss Air?

All passengers on Swiss Air can bring 1 personal item into the cabin measuring up to 15.7 x 11.8 x 3.9 inches (40 x 30 x 10 cm). Economy passengers can bring an additional piece of standard carry-on up to 21.6 x 15.7 x 9 inches (55 x 40 x 23 cm) and 17.6 pounds (8 kg) and Business and First Class can bring 2 standard carry-on bags.

What is the weight limit for baggage on Swiss Air?

Swiss Air has a single checked bag weight limit of 50 pounds (23 kg) for Economy Light, Classic and Flex fares and 70 pounds (32 kg) for Business and First Class. Standard carry-on can weigh up to 17.4 pounds (8 kg) with the weight of a personal item not disclosed.

Erin Miller

About Erin Miller

Erin currently maintains her status as Alex's adventure-seeking partner-in-crime and contributes to Upgraded Points through in-depth content creation & relationship management.
She caught the travel bug just after high school when her grandmother took her on a two-week, whirlwind trip around Europe. That was that - she's been gallivanting around the globe ever since (26 countries & counting)!

Disclaimer: Any comments listed below are not from the bank advertiser, nor have they been reviewed or approved by them. No responsibility will be taken by the bank advertiser for these comments.

6 comments

  1. Jim Nicolas January 10, 2020

    I am flying from Chicago to Johannesburg on economy class, and I want to know what the allowance of luggage and also on carry on bags is. Also does Swiss Air allow passengers to bring a battery park in the carry on bag a battery pack to charge my Ipod, cellphone, and ear pieces?
    Thank you for your assistance
    Jim Nicolas

    Reply

    • Jim,

      We are not Swiss Air Lines, so please contact them directly to confirm.

      You’ll get 1 checked bag up to 23kg, 1 carry-on item restricted to the dimensions of 55 x 40 x 23 cm (8 kg in weight as well).

      As a rule of thumb, you can bring power banks in carry on bags, but not checked bags.

      Remember to confirm all this information with Swiss Air over the phone.

      Reply

  2. I’m flying from LAX to Dubai. How much can I pack? One part says 1 checked bag at 23kg the other says 2 checked bag at 23kg.
    Please guide me in the correct direction.

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther February 26, 2020

      Hi Chey,

      Flights from the U.S. to the United Arab Emirates would have an allowance of 2 x 23 kg. If your ticket says otherwise, then you should contact the airline to confirm.

      Reply

  3. What about a computer bag? Can I carry it on too?

    Reply

Any thoughts or questions? Comment below!

Advertiser Disclosure

Many of the credit card offers that appear on this site are from credit card companies from which we receive financial compensation. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site (including, for example, the order in which they appear). However, the credit card information that we publish has been written by experts who know these products inside out, and what we recommend is what we would (or already) use ourselves. This site does not include all credit card companies or all available credit card offers that are on the market. Click here to see a list of advertisers that we work with.