Thai Airways Baggage Fees & Tips to Cover the Expenses

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For domestic and international routes (except those to and from the U.S.), Thai Airways works on a maximum weight allowance for checked baggage with no restrictions on the number of pieces you can bring.

This is handy for travelers looking to spread the load across multiple bags, but be sure not to exceed the maximum total weights detailed below.

Thai Airways recently updated their baggage policy and it’s now not clear whether the weight concept is still in place, so we contacted Thai Airways customer service to clarify this and were informed that the weight concept still applies and it is only flights to the U.S./Canada that work on a piece concept.

The piece system for flights to and from the U.S./Canada allows 2 checked bags across all classes. This isn’t particularly generous for the higher cabin classes in comparison to other airlines, but Star Alliance Gold Members are permitted to bring additional weight.

Thai Airways Carry-on Allowance

1 personal item: FREE
1 standard carry-on bag: FREE

Size and Weight Restrictions (L x W x D)

  • Personal: 37.5 cm (15 in) x 25 cm (10 in)  x 12.5 cm (5 in). Item must not exceed 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs)
  • Standard: 56 cm (22 in) x 45 cm (18 in) x 25 cm (10 in). Item must not exceed 7 kg (15 lbs)

Lap Infant Carry-on Policy

  • Infant food can be taken as a carry-on in addition to a personal item and standard carry-on piece.

Stroller Gate Check Policy

  • A collapsible stroller is permitted in addition to your standard checked allowance and will need to be checked at the gate. Infants not occupying a seat are also eligible to a piece of free checked luggage. See checked luggage details below.

Thai Airways Carry-on Checked Baggage Allowance

Domestic journeys (no restrictions on the number of pieces or size, but items must not exceed the maximum weight allowances below)

  • Royal Silk class: 40 kg (88 lbs)
  • Premium economy class: 30 kg (66 lbs)
  • Economy class: 30 kg (66 lbs)*
  • Infant not occupying a seat: 10kg (22 lbs)

*Except ticket code L: 20 kg (44 lbs)

Journeys to and from U.S. or Canada

Passengers in all classes are permitted to bring 2 pieces of checked luggage with a maximum linear size of 158cm (62 in).

  • First (Royal First) class: 32 kg (70 lbs)
  • Business (Royal Silk) class: 32 kg (70 lbs)
  • Economy class: 23 kg (50 lbs)
  • Infant not occupying a seat: 23kg (50 lbs)*

*Only 1 piece of luggage is permitted at a maximum linear size of 115 cm (45 in)

Other international journeys (no restrictions on the number of pieces or size, but items must not exceed the maximum weight allowances below)

  • First (Royal First) class: 32 kg (70 lbs)
  • Business (Royal Silk) class: 32 kg (70 lbs)
  • Economy class: 23 kg (50 lbs)*
  • Infant not occupying a seat: 10kg (22 lbs)

*Except ticket code L: 20 kg (44 lbs)

Additional/Excess Baggage Fees

Domestic journeys

Departure – DestinationChiang MaiChiang RaiHat YaiKhon KaenKrabiKoh Samui
Bangkok$2 USD$2 USD$2.50 USD$1.50 USD$2 USD$3 USD
PhuketSurat ThaniUbon RatchathaniUdon Thani
$2 USD$2 USD$2 USD$1.50 USD
Chiang Mai

Phuket
$4 USD

Note: Prices were quoted in Thai Baht and have been converted to USD based on the current exchange rate at date of publication.

Journeys to and from U.S. or Canada

Each excess piece of luggage is charged at $180 USD for all destinations.

Other international journeys

Per kilogramTo zone 1To zone 2To zone 3To zone 4To zone 5
From zone 1$12 USD$15 USD$40 USD$45 USD$70 USD
From zone 2$15 USD$40 USD$45 USD$55 USD$70 USD
From zone 3$40 USD$45 USD$55 USD$60 USD$70 USD
From zone 4$45 USD$55 USD$60 USD$70 USD$70 USD
From zone 5$70 USD$70 USD$70 USD$70 USD$70 USD

Zone definitions

  • Zone 1: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China (Kunming), Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and TG Domestic Sectors in Thailand, Vietnam, Between Hong Kong and Taipei, Between Taipei and Seoul, Between Karachi and Muscat, Between Phuket and Singapore, Between Phuket and Kuala Lumpur
  • Zone 2: Brunei Darussalam, China (Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Chongqing, Changsha), Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Macau, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan-China, Between Hong Kong and Seoul, Between Phuket and Hong Kong, Between Phuket and Beijing
  • Zone 3: Australia (Perth), Bahrain, Japan, Korea, Oman, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Between Phuket and Seoul, Between Phuket and Perth, Between Phuket and Taipei
  • Zone 4: Australia (Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne), Egypt, Israel, Madagascar, Turkey, Russia (Moscow)
  • Zone 5: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Czechoslovakia, Finland, France, Hungary, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Between Stockholm and Phuket, Between Copenhagen and Phuket, Between Frankfurt and Phuket

For details on special luggage such as sporting equipment check Thai Airways specific baggage policy here.

Can I Pre-pay for Baggage?

Thai Airways does allow passengers the ability to pre-pay for luggage online from the ‘Travel Extra tab’ on the Thai Airways website. Here you will be able to log in to your booking and add baggage up to 24 hours before the flight departure.

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Exclusions & Waivers

For all domestic and international flights excluding to and from the U.S., the following frequent flyer categories are permitted to bring additional free checked luggage to the maximum weight of:

  • ROP & Star Alliance Gold members: 20 kg (44 lbs)
  • Royal Orchid Platinum member (on TG sectors only): 30 kg (66 pounds)

This applies to Thai Airways-operated flights only. If a codeshare partner or additional airline is being connected to, then check the airline’s individual policy for baggage allowances.

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


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FAQ

Does Thai Airways include baggage?

Yes, Thai Airways includes baggage for all of its fare types. For flights to and from the U.S. or Canada, Economy is allowed 2 bags (23kg/50lbs each) and Royal Silk and Royal First 2 bags (32kg/70lbs each). For international routes, Thai Airways uses a weight concept with no limit on how many bags you can bring. Economy has 23kg/50lbs and Royal Silk and Royal First 32kg/70lbs.

How much does extra baggage cost on Thai Airways?

For routes to and from the U.S. or Canada, Thai Airways charges $180 for an extra piece of luggage. For other international routes, extra baggage is charged by kilogram depending on the zone you’re travelling to and from. Fees are $12 – $70 per kg with the zone definitions included in the table above.

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5 comments

  1. Hi!
    Just want to ask how much is the baggage allowance from Oslo Norway to Philippines, economy class?

    Thank you
    Mary

    • Hi Mary, we’re reviewing the information we have published on this page (it looks like it needs a bit of an update) and will get back to you shortly. Thanks!

      • Catherine Luther · February 26, 2019 · Reply

        Hi Mary,

        Apologies for the late reply here!

        For international flights (excluding US/Canada) Thai Airways uses a weight concept for checked baggage allowance. This would be 23 kg (50 lbs) for Economy which you could split across a number of pieces as long as the total combined weight does not exceed 23 kg (50 lbs).

        There is an exclusion for ticket code L which has a maximum weight allowance of 20 kg (44 lbs).

        Hope this helps!

  2. Laurence · March 3, 2019 · Reply

    Hi, I just want to ask how much is the baggage allowance from Dubai to Manila? And how much is the excess baggage for 20kg? Can you covert it to dirhams please? Thank you.

    Laurence

    • Hi Laurence, this will depend on what cabin class you are flying. Also, please be advised we are NOT Thai Airways so any answer we give you would be unofficial. For your best bet, please contact Thai Airways Customer service – you can find that information here.

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