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Extra and overweight baggage

Suitcases and bags.

Don’t get caught out at the airport – plan ahead to save time and money on all your baggage needs.

Extra bags on British Airways, OpenSkies and BA CityFlyer

  • Every person over two years can take up to ten checked bags each. This includes your free allowance, e.g. if your free checked baggage allowance is one bag, you can pay to take up to nine additional bags.
  • Each extra bag needs to meet the same size and weight limits as a standard checked bag.
  • The cheapest price for extra bags is on ba.com, except for a few routes where you need to pay at the airport. You can pay online at any time before you check in, otherwise you will need to pay at the airport.
Log in to your booking to pay for extra bags

How much does it cost?

If you have an existing booking, log in to Manage My Booking to view prices for your flights.

If you have booked through a travel agent or tour operator and your tickets haven't been issued yet, you may not be able to find prices online. In this case, please contact them to advise. Alternatively, and if you haven't booked yet, you can find our current prices below.

Current extra bag prices

collapsedshowFlights from Brazil

These extra bag charges are regulated by the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC). Payment by cash may incur a commission charge.

Extra bags 120 USD for each bag
Animal in hold 240 USD for each animal transported
Surfboard

60 USD for first surfboard

120 USD for each additional surfboard

collapsedshowAll other flights (bought from 21 March 2016)

Previous extra bag prices


Overweight bags with British Airways, OpenSkies and BA CityFlyer

Hand baggage

If your hand baggage is over the weight limit, you will need to check it in and it will count towards your checked baggage allowance. If this then takes you over your free checked baggage allowance, or if you are travelling on a hand baggage only (Basic) fare, you will need to pay for extra baggage at the airport rate.

Checked baggage

If your checked bag weighs more than your allowance you may be charged extra at the airport:

Bag weight Charge per bag
23-32kg (51-70lb)

65 GBP / 75 EUR / 100 USD / 100 CAD per bag and one-way journey

 

If you are leaving from a country that uses a different local currency, the GBP amount will be converted to the local currency. Payment by cash may incur a commission charge.

Over 32kg (70lb)

Not possible to check in; you will need to ship your bags as freight or cargo.

 

More about taking heavy musical instruments

There are no overweight charges for personal wheelchairs, mobility aids or medical equipment but please check our disability assistance or medical information for specific advice.

More about checked baggage


Travelling on other carriers

Baggage allowances and policies vary by airline, even if you buy your flights through ba.com. Please note that payment by cash may incur a commission charge.

collapsedshowComair

Our franchise partner Comair is an independent airline that uses British Airways branding and flight codes across its network. It operates across southern Africa (flight numbers BA6200-6449).

Extra bag charges

Flights

Online in advance

charge (23kg)

At the airport

charge (23kg)

Flights within South Africa

290 ZAR 385 ZAR

Flights from South Africa to and from Victoria Falls,

Zambia, Zimbabwe, Windhoek and Mauritius

490 ZAR

624 ZAR / 50 USD /

1,650 MUR

All other flights N/A

950 ZAR / 70 USD /

2,350 MUR

 

Overweight bag charges

Flights

Overweight bag charge

(23-32kg; per person and one-way journey)

Flights within South Africa 300 ZAR

Flights from South Africa to and from Victoria Falls,

Zambia, Zimbabwe, Windhoek and Mauritius

500 ZAR / 40 USD / 1,300 MUR
All other flights 700 ZAR / 60 USD / 1,850 MUR

collapsedshowSUN-AIR

Our franchise partner SUN-AIR of Scandinavia is an independent airline that uses British Airways branding and flight codes across its network. It operates flights across northern Europe (flight numbers BA8200-8299).

The charges for extra and overweight baggage are the same as for British Airways operated flights.

collapsedshowOther airlines

Check your hand baggage allowance on American Airlines, Finnair, Iberia and Japan Airlines.

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

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