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

Suitcase and carry case.

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

Hand baggage allowances

Checked baggage allowances

Two suitcases and carry case.

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

Carrying 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

Baggage delivery service


Fed up of lugging your baggage around London and to the airport? Leave the heavy lifting to AirPortr:

  • Have your bags collected from any London location and checked in for your flight.
  • Drop your bags at the AirPortr desk in arrivals for delivery into London in hours.

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