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British Airways utilizes a pretty classic baggage allowance system, dependent on cabin class.
Fees for additional luggage per piece depend on when you purchase your baggage allowance, your cabin class, and lastly (at times), whether you’re flying out of Gatwick/Stanstead or any other route.
The British Airways baggage policy can get a little confusing at times — we hope our guide clears things up a bit!
1 handbag/laptop bag: FREE
1 standard carry-on bag: FREE
Lap Infant Carry-on Policy:
Stroller Check Policy:
All checked bags must adhere to a max weight of 51 pounds (23 kg) for economy and premium economy or 70 pounds (32 kg) for business and frst class fares and must adhere to max dimensions of 35 x 30 x 17 inches (90 x 75 x 43 cm). Check the airline’s baggage calculator for your accurate allowance.
Hand Baggage Only/Basic: 0 bags included
Economy: 1 bag included (51 pounds/23 kg)*
Premium Economy: 2 bags included (51 pounds/23 kg)
Business: 2 bags included (70 pounds/32 kg)
First: 3 bags included (70 pounds/32 kg)
Children and infants (aged 2 to 11 with a booked seat): Same allowance as an adult plus up to 2 items, including a collapsible stroller, travel cot, car seat or carry harness.
Infants under 2 years: 1 bag (51 pounds/23 kg) plus up to 2 items, including a collapsible stroller, travel cot, car seat or carry harness.
*2 bags included (23kg) for economy flights:
British Airways no longer publishes additional baggage charges on its website and advises passengers to use its baggage calculator tool as the fee varies by route. Below are example fees from searches that we’ve run using the tool.
|Route||Purchased Online||Purchased at the Airport|
|Short-haul to/from London City Airport||First bag: £30-£35/€40-€45|
Second bag: £65/€80
Additional bags: £80/€95
|First bag: £75/€85|
Second bag: £75/€85
Additional bags: £95/€105
|Short-haul to/from London Gatwick Airport||First bag: £25-£35/€30|
Second bag: £45-£65/€60
Additional bags: £70-£80/€85
|First bag: £50-£75/€65|
Second bag: £50-£75/€65
Additional bags: £80-£95/€95
|Short-haul to/from London Heathrow Airport||First bag: £30-£55/$75/€45-€80|
Second bag: £65/$90/€80
Additional bags: £80/$115/€95
|First bag: £75/$115/€85|
Second bag: £75/$115/€85
Additional bags: £95/$135/€105
|Short-haul to/from Dublin, Edinburgh, Manchester||First bag: £25-£35/$50/€40-€45|
Second bag: £45-£65/$90/€70-€80
Additional bags: £60-£80/$90/€70-€95
|First bag: £50-£75/$100/€75-€85|
Second bag: £50-£75/$100/€75-€85
Additional bags: £65-£95/$100/€75-€105
|Long-haul to/from U.S./Mexico from London Gatwick||First bag: £55/$70|
Second bag: £65/$90
Third+ bags: £130/$170
|First extra bag: £60/$75|
Second extra bag: £75/$100
Third+ bags: £155/$200
|All other Long-haul flights||First bag: $70/€65-€80|
Second bag: $90/€70-€80
Third+ bags: $170/€140-€150
|First bag: $75/€70-€95|
Second bag: $100/€90-€120
Third+ bags: $200/€150-€180
Euro Traveller (Plus and Plus Flex)
|Route||Purchased Online||Purchased at the airport|
|Flights to/from London Gatwick||Second bag: £45-£65/€60|
Third+ bags: £70-£80/€85
|Second bag: £50-£75/€65|
Third+ bags: £80-£95/€95
|All other routes||Second bag: £60-£65/$90/€70|
Third+ bags: £60-£80/$90/€70
|Second bag: £65-£75/$100/€75|
Third+ bags: £65-£95/$100/€75
World Traveller Plus
Club World and First Class
For baggage fees related to special luggage (sporting equipment, musical instruments, etc.) please refer to British Airway’s policy.
The extra allowances apply:
Executive Club Gold/Oneworld Emerald: 1 additional free checked bag in any cabin class (excl. hand baggage only (basic) fares); weight allowance of 70 pounds (32 kg) per checked bag.
Executive Club Silver/Oneworld Sapphire: 1 additional free checked bag but maximum of 2 bags per person when traveling in economy (excluding hand baggage only (basic) fares); weight allowance of 70 pounds (32 kg) per checked bag.
British Airways does allow passengers the ability to prepay for luggage online.
Passengers need to log in to their booking on the British Airways website to do this.
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When flying British Airways, all checked bags must not exceed 51 pounds (23 kg) for economy and premium economy passengers and 70 pounds (32 kg) for business and first class passengers. Bags that are heavier than these standard allowances will be subject to excess baggage fees. Standard carry-on baggage cannot weigh more than 51 pounds (23 kg).
Luggage is included with British Airways on all fares apart from its economy basic fare (hand baggage only). The standard allowance is 1 bag (50 pounds/23 kg) for economy (apart from selected routes which allow 2), 2 bags for premium economy (50 pounds/23 kg each), 2 bags for business class (70 pounds/32 kg) and 3 bags for first class (70 pounds/32 kg).
British Airways allows passengers to bring 1 standard piece of carry-on that must not exceed 22 x 18 x 10 inches (56 x 45 x 25 cm) with a maximum weight of 51 pounds (23 kg). An additional personal item can be brought onboard that cannot be larger than 16 x 12 x 6 inches (40 x 30 x 15 cm) with the same weight allowance as a standard carry-on piece.
Excess baggage fees for British Airways depend on the route. If your bag exceeds the standard baggage allowance weighing 51 to 70 pounds (23 to 32 kg) then you will be subject to a fee of $100. Baggage heavier than 70 pounds (32 kg) will not be accepted by British Airways. Baggage that is larger than the standard checked baggage allowance of 35.5 x 29.5 x 16 inches (90 x 75 x 43 cm) is permitted up to 75 x 29.5 x 25.5 inches (190 x 75 x 65 cm) and BA states that it currently waives the fee but this might come into effect at some point in the future.
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