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Checked baggage allowances

A green suitcase.

Your checked baggage allowance is the total number of bags, their size and weight that go into the aircraft hold. This varies depending on the cabin you're travelling in, your frequent flyer member status and other factors.

If you already have a booking with us, the easiest way to check your allowance is in Manage My Booking. Otherwise, you can find more information in the tables below.

British Airways, OpenSkies and BA CityFlyer flights

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

The weight limit applies to each bag. It's not possible to split the total weight across multiple bags.

Ways to increase your checked baggage allowance

collapsedshowHand baggage only (Basic) tickets

If you are travelling on a hand baggage only (Basic) fare, checking in baggage costs extra. However, if you're travelling with children up to 11 years you can check in one fully collapsible pushchair (stroller) and one car seat for free.

You can pay and check in bags at any time before you fly, but you’ll get the best rate if you pay online in advance.

More about paying to take checked bags

collapsedshowChecked baggage in economy (UK Domestic, Euro Traveller, World Traveller, Eco)
Flights to/from Brazil
Adults and young adults (from 12 years) 2 bags (max. 32kg / 70lb per bag)

Children (2-11)

2 bags (max. 32kg / 70lb per bag)

plus

1 fully collapsible pushchair (stroller) and 1 car seat

Infants (under 2)

1 bag (max. 32kg / 70lb)

plus

1 fully collapsible pushchair (stroller) and 1 car seat

Flights between London and Doha
Adults and young adults (from 12 years) 1 bag (max. 32kg / 70lb per bag)

Children (2-11)

1 bag (max. 32kg / 70lb per bag)

plus

1 fully collapsible pushchair (stroller) and 1 car seat

Infants (under 2)

1 bag (max. 32kg / 70lb)

plus

1 fully collapsible pushchair (stroller) and 1 car seat

Flights to/from Ghana, Kenya, Japan (booked from 1 July 2016), Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone

Connecting between India and USA/Bermuda/Canada, or connecting from Saudi Arabia to USA/Bermuda/Canada

Adults and young adults (from 12 years) 2 bags (max. 23kg / 51lb per bag)

Children (2-11)

2 bags (max. 23kg / 51lb per bag)

plus

1 fully collapsible pushchair (stroller) and 1 car seat

Infants (under 2)

1 bag (max. 23kg / 51lb)

plus

1 fully collapsible pushchair (stroller) and 1 car seat

All other flights
Adults and young adults (from 12 years) 1 bag (max. 23kg / 51lb)

Children and infants (up to 11)

1 bag (max. 23kg / 51lb)

plus

1 fully collapsible pushchair (stroller) and 1 car seat

Extra allowances for some Executive Club/oneworld members
collapsedshowChecked baggage in premium economy (World Traveller Plus, Prem Plus)
Flights to/from Brazil
Adults and young adults (from 12 years) 2 bags (max. 32kg / 70lb per bag)

Children (2-11)

2 bags (max. 32kg / 70lb per bag)

plus

1 fully collapsible pushchair (stroller) and 1 car seat

Infants (under 2)

1 bag (max. 32kg / 70lb)

plus

1 fully collapsible pushchair (stroller) and 1 car seat

All other flights
Adults and young adults (from 12 years) 2 bags (max. 23kg / 51lb per bag)

Children (2-11)

2 bags (max. 23kg / 51lb per bag)

plus

1 fully collapsible pushchair (stroller) and 1 car seat

Infants (under 2)

1 bag (max. 23kg / 51lb)

plus

1 fully collapsible pushchair (stroller) and 1 car seat

Extra allowances for some Executive Club/oneworld members
collapsedshowChecked baggage in business and first class
Club Europe, Club World, Club World London City and Biz Bed
Adults and young adults (from 12 years) 2 bags (max. 32kg / 70lb per bag)

Children (2-11)

2 bags (max. 32kg / 70lb per bag)

plus

1 fully collapsible pushchair (stroller) and 1 car seat

Infants (under 2)

1 bag (max. 32kg / 70lb)

plus

1 fully collapsible pushchair (stroller) and 1 car seat

First
Adults and young adults (from 12 years) 3 bags (max. 32kg / 70lb per bag)

Children (2-11)

3 bags (max. 32kg / 70lb per bag)

plus

1 fully collapsible pushchair (stroller) and 1 car seat

Infants (under 2)

1 bag (max. 32kg / 70lb)

plus

1 fully collapsible pushchair (stroller) and 1 car seat

Extra allowances for some Executive Club/oneworld members
collapsedshowExtra allowances for Executive Club and oneworld members

The extra allowances apply:

  • in any travel class for everyone on your booking as long as you as the qualifying frequent flyer are travelling on the booking
  • only on British Airways flights, except for hand baggage only (Basic) fares and group rate bookings

Tier Extra allowance
Executive Club Gold/oneworld Emerald

One additional free checked bag

 

A weight allowance of 32kg (70lb) per checked bag

Executive Club Silver/oneworld Sapphire

One additional free checked bag but max. two bags per person (excl. hand baggage only (Basic) fares)

 

A weight allowance of 32kg (70lb) per checked bag

collapsedshowAllowances on mixed cabin journeys

If your journey includes flights in more than one travel class, the more generous allowance will apply to your whole journey (unless the flights are on separate bookings - then each travel 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.
collapsedshowChecking in baggage for connecting flights

If your baggage tag shows your final destination you can rest assured your bags will be forwarded on automatically to your connecting flight.

If it shows the airport you're connecting at, e.g. LHR, LGW, LON or JFK, please follow the signs for 'Arrivals/Baggage reclaim' to collect your bags and check it in again as normal for your connecting flight.

If you're not sure, please ask a member of staff when you check your bags in at the start of your journey.

More about flight connections

collapsedshowPushchairs (strollers)

If you have a small, fully collapsible and lightweight pushchair/stroller (with maximum dimensions of 117 x 38 x 38cm / 46 x 15 x 15in when the pushchair is collapsed), you'll be able to take this right to the aircraft door at most airports.

If you are checking in a large pushchair/stroller, please allow an additional 15 minutes so that the item can be safely and securely handed over to the Baggage staff.

More about family baggage

collapsedshowWheelchairs and mobility aids
Number of wheelchairs/mobility aids
To/from USA You can take an unlimited number of wheelchairs/mobility aids in addition to your free baggage allowance, as long as it’s for your personal use.

All other countries

You can take up to two wheelchairs/mobility aids in addition to your free baggage allowance.
Wheelchair/mobility aid dimensions (length x width x height)
British Airways long haul aircraft max. 140 x 85 x 152cm (55.1 x 33.5 x 59.8in)

British Airways short haul aircraft

max. 140 x 85 x 106cm (55.1 x 33.5 x 41.7in)

BA CityFlyer max. 74 x 94 x 73cm (29.6 x 37.6 x 29.2in)

If your wheelchair or mobility aid weighs over 250kg (551lb), please contact us so we can establish if we're able to carry it. There are no overweight charges for personal wheelchairs or mobility aids.

We can accommodate most types of battery-powered wheelchairs. To help us prepare, please provide us with advance notification and follow some safety guidance before you travel.

More about disability and mobility assistance

collapsedshowMedical equipment

There are no weight limits or overweight charges for travelling with medical equipment but please check our medical information for specific advice.

collapsedshowIncreasing your checked baggage allowance
  • You can take more bags than your free checked baggage allowance for an additional fee. You’ll get the best rate if you pay online in advance.
  • You can take overweight bags for an extra charge.
  • You can take larger items of up to 190 x 75 x 65cm (75 x 29.5 x 25.5in) for an additional charge. (Currently, we waive this charge so you do not pay it.) Any items larger than this require shipping as cargo.
  • Find out more about taking sporting equipment and musical instruments.
  • If you are checking in a large piece of baggage, please allow an additional 15 minutes so that the item can be safely and securely handed over to the Baggage staff.
collapsedshowItems you cannot take with you

There are a number of rules and restrictions about what you can and cannot carry in your baggage.

Safety regulations for baggage

Travelling on other airlines

If your journey includes a flight with an airline other than British Airways, your checked baggage allowance may be different:

  • If every flight in your journey has a BA code (e.g. BA1234) you will get British Airways’ checked baggage allowance, even if some or all of the flights are operated by other airlines (so-called 'codeshare' flights).
  • If every flight in your journey has another airline’s code, you will get that airline’s baggage allowance.
  • If your journey includes a mix of BA and other airline codes (e.g. AA1122 or IB3210) you will get the allowance of the most significant carrier – usually the airline operating the longest part of the journey.
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).

The weight limit applies to each bag. It's not possible to split the total weight across multiple bags.

 

Flights within South Africa

Economy flights
Adults and young adults (from 12 years) 1 bag (max. 23kg / 51lb per bag)
Children and infants (up to 11)

1 bag (max. 23kg / 51lb per bag)

plus

1 fully collapsible pushchair (stroller) and 1 car seat

Business flights
Adults and young adults (from 12 years) 2 bags (max. 32kg / 70lb per bag)
Children (2-11)

2 bags (max. 32kg / 70lb per bag)

plus

1 fully collapsible pushchair (stroller) and 1 car seat

Infants (under 2)

1 bag (max. 23kg / 51lb)

plus

1 fully collapsible pushchair (stroller) and 1 car seat

 

Flights from South Africa to and from Victoria Falls, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Windhoek and Mauritius

Economy flights
Adults and young adults (from 12 years) 2 bags (max. 23kg / 51lb per bag)
Children (2-11)

2 bags (max. 23kg / 51lb per bag)

plus

1 fully collapsible pushchair (stroller) and 1 car seat

Infants (under 2)

1 bag (max. 23kg / 51lb)

plus

1 fully collapsible pushchair (stroller) and 1 car seat

Business flights
Adults and young adults (from 12 years) 2 bags (max. 32kg / 70lb per bag)
Children (2-11)

2 bags (max. 32kg / 70lb per bag)

plus

1 fully collapsible pushchair (stroller) and 1 car seat

Infants (under 2)

1 bag (max. 23kg / 51lb)

plus

1 fully collapsible pushchair (stroller) and 1 car seat

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).

You can take one checked bag up to 90 x 75 x 43cm (35.5 x 29.5 x 16in) and weighing max. 23kg.

collapsedshowFlybe

If you're an Executive Club Member you can have one 20kg bag included in your reward flight costs when you're travelling with our partner Flybe.

Unfortunately, due to different systems being used we're currently not able to display your baggage allowance when you make or view your booking on ba.com or via our contact centres.

collapsedshowOther airlines

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