Baggage essentials

Find out everything you need to know about taking baggage with you on flights with British Airways and our partners, what you can pack, and what to do when something goes wrong.

Hand baggage allowances

A suitcase and handbag.

Every flight includes our generous free baggage allowance, giving you plenty of space for everything you might need throughout your journey.

Hand baggage allowances

Checked baggage allowances

A green suitcase.

For those times when hand baggage isn’t enough. Leave your bags with us at check-in and let us do all the heavy lifting.

Checked baggage allowances

Extra and overweight baggage

Suitcases and bags.

Going over your free baggage allowance can cost you, but buying extra allowance in advance can save you time and money.

Carrying extra and overweight baggage

Sporting goods and musical instruments

Sporting goods and musical instruments.

Many sporting items and musical instruments can be carried as part of your free baggage allowance, but some require special arrangements or incur an additional charge.

Carrying sporting goods and musical instruments

Lost and damaged baggage

A suitcase on a baggage belt.

We make every effort to return your bags on time and in tip-top condition but if things go wrong we’ll pull out all the stops to fix it.

Get help with lost and damaged baggage

Door to door baggage service

first luggage.

If you like to travel light, why not take advantage of our door-to-door baggage service?

Avoid queuing to drop off or collect your bags, just arrive and unpack.

First Luggage will take your baggage from your home or hotel to your destination, and there's a 5% discount for British Airways passengers.

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