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Checked baggage allowances

A green suitcase.

You'd be surprised what you can fit in a suitcase when you fly with us. Our with-baggage fares include at least one bag per person of up to 23kg. All you have to do is make sure the zip shuts.

How to work out your allowance

If you already have a booking with us, the easiest way to check is to log into Manage My Booking where your personal allowance has been worked out for you.

Check your allowances in Manage My Booking

Alternatively, for allowances on British Airways flights, refer to the tables below according to your intended class of travel.

Hand baggage only

If you are travelling on a UK Domestic or European shorthaul flight, to and from London, you can travel light and make a quick getaway with our hand baggage only fares. These don't include a checked baggage allowance but everything else is covered by the great-value price, including free online check-in, allocated seats, the same generous hand baggage allowance, and refreshments on board. Infants and children on a hand baggage only fare may still check a fully collapsible pushchair (stroller) and a car seat.

If your plans change, you can arrange to check in bags for an additional fee.

Check our baggage prices on hand baggage only fares

Other airlines

If your journey is partly or entirely with another airline your allowance may differ. See Allowances on other airlines below for details.


Bag sizes and bulky items

A checked bag can be up to 90cm x 75cm x 43cm (35.5in x 29.5in x 16in) — including any bits that stick out, like the handle, pockets and wheels.

Larger items of up to 190cm x 75cm x 65cm (75in x 29.5in x 25.5in) can be carried for an additional over-sized bag charge. (Currently, we waive this charge so you do not pay it.) Any items bigger than these dimensions will require separate shipping as cargo.

We have special arrangements for sporting equipment like skis and surfboards and large musical instruments. In many cases these can be carried as part of your free baggage allowance.

Carrying sporting goods and musical instruments

How to ship bulky items as cargo


Allowances on British Airways

Including OpenSkies and CityFlyer

We can't make packing fun but with our inclusive baggage allowances at least you'll have one less thing to worry about.

collapsedshowEconomy allowances (UK Domestic, Euro Traveller, World Traveller, Eco)
Economy allowances (UK Domestic, Euro Traveller, World Traveller, Eco)
Journey Adults
(12 years and over)
Children
(2-11 years)
Infants
(under 2 years)
Flying to and from Brazil

2 bags

max 32kg (70lb) each

Same as adult allowance

 

plus

 

1 fully collapsible pushchair (stroller)

and 1 car seat

1 standard-sized bag

 

plus

 

1 fully collapsible pushchair (stroller)

and 1 car seat

    

Flying to and from Ghana,

Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria

and Sierra Leone

2 bags

max 23kg (51lb) each

Connecting between India and USA/Bermuda/Canada

2 bags

max 23kg (51lb) each

Connecting from Saudi Arabia to USA/Bermuda/Canada

2 bags

max 23kg (51lb) each

Flying on a World Traveller

fully flexible ticket (Y class)

2 bags

max 23kg (51lb) each

All other journeys

(except hand baggage only fares)

1 bag

max 23kg (51lb)

Some members of frequent flyer programmes receive a greater allowance. See the frequent flyer section below for details

collapsedshowPremium economy allowances (World Traveller Plus, Prem Plus)
Premium economy allowances (World Traveller Plus, Prem Plus)
Journey Adults
(12 years and over)
Children
(2-11 years)
Infants
(under 2 years)

Flying to and from Brazil

2 bags

max 32kg (70lb) each

Same as adult allowance

 

plus

 

1 fully collapsible

pushchair (stroller)

and 1 car seat

1 standard-sized bag

 

plus

 

1 fully collapsible

pushchair (stroller)

and 1 car seat

All other journeys

2 bags

max 23 kg (51lb) each

Some members of frequent flyers programmes receive a greater allowance. See the frequent flyer section below for details

collapsedshowBusiness and First allowances
Business and First allowances
Travel class Adults
(12 years and over)
Children
(2-11 years)
Infants
(under 2 years)
Club Europe

2 bags

max 32kg (70lb) each

Same as adult allowance

 

plus

 

1 fully collapsible

pushchair (stroller)

and 1 car seat

1 standard-sized bag

 

plus

 

1 fully collapsible

pushchair (stroller)

and 1 cars seat

Club World

Club World London City

Biz Bed

First

3 bags

max 32kg (70lb) each

Some members of frequent flyer programmes receive a greater allowance. See the frequent flyer section below for details

collapsedshowAdditional allowances for frequent flyers

Executive Club Gold and Silver members and oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members receive additional checked-baggage benefits when flying on British Airways flights.

Executive Club Gold and oneworld Emerald members

  • An additional free checked bag in any class of travel for the cardholder and any customer travelling on the same booking (excludes hand-baggage only fares and group rate bookings).
  • A weight allowance of 32kg (71lb) per checked bag in any class of travel for the cardholder only.

Executive Club Silver and oneworld Sapphire members

  • A checked baggage allowance of two pieces in any World Traveller, Euro Traveller and Domestic cabin for the cardholder and any customer travelling on the same booking (excludes hand-baggage only fares and group rate bookings).
  • A weight allowance of 32kg (71lb) per checked bag in any class of travel for the cardholder only.
collapsedshowAllowances on mixed cabin journeys

If your journey includes flights in more than one class, the more generous allowance will apply to your whole journey (unless the flights are on separate bookings then each class's allowance will apply to the individual flight). For example:

  • You fly from Manchester to London in UK Domestic and connect from London to Rome in Club Europe. The Club Europe allowance applies to your entire journey.
  • You fly from London to Dubai in World Traveller and return in World Traveller Plus. The World Traveller Plus allowance applies to your entire journey.
collapsedshowExtra and overweight bags

It's possible to take more bags than your free allowance for an additional fee. You’ll get the best rate if you pay online in advance.

More about taking extra bags

Bags between 23 and 32kg (51–70lb) may incur additional charges depending on your allowance. Any bag over 32kg (70lb) will require separate shipping as cargo.

More about overweight bags and charges

collapsedshowWheelchairs and mobility aids

You can take as many mobility aids, such as a wheelchair, as you need for personal use, which we'll carry free of charge on top of your free baggage allowance.

Guidance on carrying wheelchairs

Allowances on other airlines

Baggage allowances and policies can vary by airline — even if you buy your flights through ba.com. If your journey includes a flight with an airline other than British Airways, your checked baggage allowance may be different:

  • If your entire journey is with another airline, their checked baggage allowance will apply.
  • If your journey includes connecting flights with more than one airline, the checked baggage policy of the airline that operates the longer leg will apply. For example, if you fly with American Airlines from New York to London and connect onto British Airways to Amsterdam, the leg with American Airlines is longer and their baggage policy applies to the whole journey.
American Airlines, Finnair, Iberia and Japan Airlines logo.

For details of checked baggage allowances on American Airlines, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines and US Airways, please follow the links below.

American Airlines
Finnair
Iberia
Japan Airlines
US Airways

For other airlines, please refer to their websites or contact them directly.

Find out which airline you are flying with in Manage My Booking