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.
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)
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):
|Route||Free baggage allowance|
|From U.S./Canada to South Africa||2 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 Lanka||2 x 23 kg|
|Travel commencing in Brazil||2 x 32 kg|
|Travel commencing in Switzerland to Brazil||2 x 23 kg|
|Flights commencing in India to the U.S.||2 x 23 kg|
|Flights commencing in the U.S. to India||2 x 23 kg|
|Between India and Canada||2 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, Yemen||2 x 23 kg|
|Flights commencing in Canada to Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Iraq, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka||2 x 23 kg|
|From or to Japan||2 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.
|Zones||Overweight or oversized (>24 kg/32 kg or >158 cm)||Overweight and oversized (>24 kg/32 kg and >158 cm)|
|The Levant and North Africa||$86||$173|
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 location||Within Switzerland||Europe||Intercontinental|
|Intercontinental (Canada/USA) for travel from 21 February|
Charges for an additional piece of baggage
|Zones||Max. 23 kg and max. 158 cm on swiss.com||Max. 23 kg and max. 158 cm at the check-in counter||Overweight or oversized (>24 kg or >158 cm) on swiss.com||Overweight and oversized (>24 kg and >158 cm) at the check-in counter|
|The Levant and North Africa||$92||$115||$201||$287|
Tariffs for flights from/to Japan
|Additional baggage item||swiss.com||Check-in||Gate|
|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
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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:
|+ 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 Traveller||1 set of golf equipment|
|Status||To/from/via U.S, Canada||Other Destinations|
| +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.
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