Thai Airways Baggage Fees & Tips to Cover the Expenses

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For domestic and international routes, 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, generously increasing weight allowances for international flights across all cabins. For tickets purchased before 31/03/2019, the previous baggage allowance will apply.

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 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/ V/ W: 20 kg (44 pounds)

Journeys to and from U.S. or Canada (flights discontinued)

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

  • Royal First class: 32 kg (70 lbs)
  • 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)

  • Royal First class: 50 kg (10 lbs)
  • Royal Silk class: 40 kg (88 lbs)
  • Premium Economy class: 40 kg (88 lbs)
  • Economy class: 30kg (66 lbs)*
  • Infant not occupying a seat: 10kg (22 lbs)

*Except ticket code RBD L/V/W: 20 kg (44 lbs)

Additional/Excess Baggage Fees

Domestic journeys – per kilogram

Departure – DestinationChiang MaiChiang RaiHat YaiKhon KaenKrabi
Bangkok$2 USD$2.25 USD$2.50 USD$1.75 USD$2.25 USD
PhuketSurat ThaniUbon RatchathaniUdon Thani
$2.25 USD$2.10 USD$2 USD$1.75 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 (flights discontinued)

Each excess piece of luggage is charged at $119 USD.

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)
  • Royal Silver Member: 10 kg (22 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.


Featured Image: Courtesy of Shutterstock; Logo courtesy of Thai Airways

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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20 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.

  3. Elvy Stephanne Castronuevo · March 25, 2019 · Reply

    Hi… I already booked a ticket and I had 30 kg free Baggage from Oslo, Norway to Manila, Philippines… And I just want to ask if it is possible to add on or buy another 30kg??? And, how to do it???

    • Hi Elvy, it appears your ticket applies to their category “Checked Baggage Policy by Weight Concept applicable to International Sectors between TC2 (Europe, Africa, Middle East) and TC3 (Asia, Australia, New Zealand).” Which would mean your maximum allotted free baggage is 30kg (regardless of the number of pieces). This means you’ll pay an additional fee for your additional 30kg bag.

      Where things get tricky is that Thai Airways says excess charges are per kilogram… Looking further into things here, Norway is Zone 5 and The Philippines is Zone 2 so it would appear that this would cost an extra $70 per kilo of weight each way for a grand total of $4,200… this seems like an ABSURD amount of money and we don’t think this can be right so it’s possible we’re interpreting the website incorrectly.

      We suggest you call Thai Airways customer service line (Phone: 47 23 11 88 88 for Norway office) to sort this out – if you do, please leave an update here on this thread… we’d love to know what they say!

    • Also, in response to how you can pay for this, please see the “Can I Pre-pay for Baggage?” section above – it’s possible (instead of calling customer service) you could just follow those instructions and complete the necessary fields to see what pricing total they would give you before inputting your payment information/confirming payment.

  4. Safeek · April 4, 2019 · Reply

    What is the maximum TV size allowed on flight Sydney to Chennai India? Is 65 inches ok and how much I will pay for that?

    • Catherine Luther · April 4, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Safeek,

      We would recommend that you contact Thai Airways directly to check their policy on transporting a TV as checked luggage. You can find a suitable contact number on their customer service page. Although they do not specify any size restrictions on their baggage policy, it would be worth checking their policy on transporting a fragile item. You may be subject to excess weight charges, which for India (zone 2) – Sydney (zone 4) any additional kilogram is charged at $45 USD.

  5. Stephanie May Teves · April 12, 2019 · Reply

    Hi! I have seen in the Thai Airways website that they have reduced their luggage allowance for economy class W ticket holders from 30kg to 20kg. I have seen your update saying that tickets purchased before 31/3/2019 will still have the 30kg allowance but I couldn’t see that phrase in the policy in the Thai airways website. Would you mind screen capturing that part of the policy please? Thank you!

    • Catherine Luther · April 13, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Stephanie,

      Thai Airways have been making frequent updates to their baggage policy and they seem to have updated their page yet again! We recommend you call their contact centre to confirm and inform them that you saw the cut-off date on their baggage page prior to an update. We hope they honor this for you.

  6. SAURABH SURANA · April 20, 2019 · Reply

    Hello,

    I am planning to travel from Hongkong to Kolkatta. Please let me know the extra baggage charges per Kilo that Thai airways charges.

    • Hi Saurabh – we need more information in order to help you out. What cabin fare type did you purchase? Also, is it round-trip?

  7. Mark · May 2, 2019 · Reply

    My partner and I are flying with Thai Airways from Dubai to Bangkok and I have a few questions.

    Firstly I have a guitar that I would like to bring with me, can I bring that on as hand luggage or do I need to arrange something with the airline?

    Secondly we would like to bring an extra suitcase as we are re-locating after spending a few years in Dubai, so we have more luggage than expected. How much would that cost?

    Many thanks,
    Mark.

    • Catherine Luther · May 2, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Mark,

      Thai Airways doesn’t state on their website whether they accept musical instruments in the cabin; however, some travelers have reviewed Thai Airways as being quite relaxed with this. Unfortunately as they don’t have a stated policy, if the guitar exceeds the maximum length of a carry-on item (56 cm/22 in) then you would need to be prepared to check the item. They accept musical instruments as part of your free checked luggage providing it doesn’t exceed 100cm in length.

      Excess baggage is charged by the KG, so this would depend on how much extra weight you’re looking to take. UAE is classed as zone 3 so you can use the excess baggage table above to calculate this.

      Hope this helps!

  8. Charanjit singh · May 15, 2019 · Reply

    I am traveling from Delhi to Auckland. What will be the excess baggage charge for an extra 20kg bag? Please inform me.

    • Catherine Luther · May 15, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Charanjit,

      According to Thai Airways’ excess baggage table, Delhi is zone 2 and Auckland is zone 5, so the cost per kg of excess luggage would be USD42. For an extra 20kg, that would be a whopping USD840. Thai Airways states you can save 30-50% if you pre-pay your excess luggage online up to 24 hours before departure, so we would suggest you log in to your booking to check the cost or call Thai Airways directly.

  9. Sumit · May 20, 2019 · Reply

    I’m travelling to Melbourne via Bangkok by Thai Airways, my bag weight is less than 20 but the liner size is 69 inches. Will they allow it?

    • Hi Sumit – are you talking about a checked bag or a carry-on bag? I also assume you’re talking kgs and not lbs? You say you’re flying ‘via Bangkok’ but where are you starting? Are you starting the initial leg of your trip with Thai Airways as well?

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