When it comes to carry-ons, Air France has a straightforward baggage policy that could even be considered on the generous side if you’re flying in an upper class.
Their checked bag policy is a bit more complex with variable pricing based on travel dates, class of travel, and route. Since these fees are not clearly listed on the website, users are directed to the Air France baggage calculator tool for specifics.
Air France / KLM Carry-On Allowance
1 “accessory” such as a handbag or briefcase: FREE
Standard carry-on bags:
- Economy: 1 bag (26.4 pounds / 12 kg)
- Premium Economy: 2 bags (40 pounds / 18 kg)
- Business: 2 bags (40 pounds / 18 kg)
- La Première: 2 bags (40 pounds / 18 kg)
* Weights featured are combined totals of all items.
- Personal: 16 x 12 x 6 inches (40 x 30 x 15 cm)
- Standard: 21.7 x 13.8 x 9.9 inches (55 x 35 x 25 cm)
Lap Infant Carry-On Policy
- If you are traveling with an infant on your lap, you can bring 1 additional piece of carry-on.
- It must weigh less than 12 kg (26.4 lb) and measure less than 21.6 x 9.8 x 13.7 inches (55 x 25 x 35 cm).
Stroller Check Policy
- You can bring a foldable stroller and car seat in the hold at no extra charge. Other strollers may be accepted in the cabin, subject to space availability. Depending on the type of stroller, the following size limits apply:
- Small foldable stroller:* dimensions cannot exceed 5.9 x 11.8 x 39.4 inches (15 cm x 30 cm x 100 cm).
- Other foldable stroller: this replaces your child’s hand baggage allowance and once folded, its dimensions cannot exceed 21.7 x 13.8 x 9.8 inches (55 cm x 35 cm x 25 cm).
*Space permitting on long-haul flights, except between metropolitan France and Cayenne, Fort-de-France, Havana, Mauritius, Pointe-à-Pitre, Punta Cana, Reunion, Saint-Martin, and Santo Domingo.
Air France / KLM Checked Baggage Allowance
All checked bags must adhere to a max weight of 50 pounds (23 kg) for Economy and Premium Economy; 70 pounds (32 kg) for Business and La Première and must adhere to max linear dimensions of 62 inches (158 cm).
Economy Light: No baggage included (available to purchase only)
Economy Standard: 1 piece
Premium Economy: 2 pieces
Business: 2 pieces
La Première: 3 pieces
For baggage fees related to special luggage (sporting equipment, musical instruments, etc.) please refer to Air France’s policy here.
Additional / Excess Baggage Fees
The following fees were taken from Air France’s website. Passengers can save up to 20% off the airport prices (below) by purchasing baggage online (this excludes the first piece of luggage on flights between Europe and North Africa for passengers with Light fare tickets).
|Route||Additional Piece||Oversized more than 62 inches (158 cm)||Overweight more than 50 pounds (23 kg) or 70 pounds (32 kg)|
|Within France||Standard fare: €70|
1st piece: €35
2+ pieces: €70
|Within Europe (including Armenia, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine)||Standard fare: €70|
1st piece: €40
2+ pieces: €70
|Between Europe and North Africa (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, or Israel)||Standard fare: €70|
1st piece: €40
2+ pieces: €70
|Within the Caribbean||2nd piece: €55|
3+ pieces: €200
|Between France and French overseas departments||€100||€100||€100|
|To/from North America||2nd piece: €85|
3+ pieces: €240
|Between Europe and the Middle East or India||1st bag: €75|
2+ bags: €200
|Between Miami and the Caribbean||2nd piece: €55-€62|
3+ pieces: €240-€255
|Other long-haul flights||2nd piece: €90|
3+ pieces: €179
Can I Pre-pay for Baggage?
Air France/KLM does allow passengers the ability to pre-pay for luggage online.
You can do this at the point of booking online or anytime up to 30 hours before departure.
Credit Cards That Reimburse You For Checked Bag Fees
Get reimbursed for some of those pesky checked bag fees with Air France by using one of the cards below.
|Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card - This no annual fee card comes with a 20,000 bonus mile offer after spending $500 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 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months. This card is full of benefits and perks and you can redeem your miles on travel (flights, hotels, even paying for baggage fees etc) or transfer your miles to over 15+ travel loyalty programs.|
|Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card - The newest card in the Capital One lineup with a welcome offer of 75,000 bonus miles after spending $4,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening. Not only does the card come with up to $300 in statement credits when booking through Capital One Travel, you'll also get get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary. |
Earn unlimited 10x miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5x miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel, plus unlimited 2x miles on all other purchases.
Exclusions & Waivers
As a Flying Blue member, you can use your Award Miles to check in extra baggage with a baggage award. This means that on top of the standard baggage allowance, you can take more bags and pay for them with Miles.
You can read more about Flying Blue Baggage Awards here.
Flying Blue Silver, Gold, and Platinum members receive 1 additional piece with the weight that of the fare type.
Elite or Elite Plus Skyteam Members receive 1 additional piece with the weight that of the fare type.
Flights within Metropolitan France
Flying Blue Silver, Gold, and Platinum members receive 1 additional 50 pounds (23 kg) piece.
Elite or Elite Plus Skyteam members receive 1 additional 50 pounds (23 kg) piece.
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