Baggage allowances

See what you can take on your flight

Please note that the purchase of additional baggage is unavailable online, from our call centres and at the airport on flights to and from Algiers (this excludes any free baggage allowance included in your ticket).

Need more baggage for your flight?

If you want to take more bags than your free baggage allowance, you can log in to your booking and pay to take extra baggage.

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Things to consider

What happens if I have extra bags?

 

If you have more than two pieces of hand baggage, or they are over the size permitted, you may have to put your larger bags into the hold as checked baggage.

When you’ve used your free checked baggage allowance, you’ll have to pay to put any extra bags into the hold. Check your baggage allowance in the calculator above. Please note the carriage of excess baggage is subject to availability.

If your journey includes a flight with another airline, their allowances may be different. Please check before you fly.

 

What happens if my bag weighs over 23kg?

If your checked baggage weighs more than your allowance, you may have to pay a heavy bag charge. Check your baggage allowance in the calculator above.

A heavy bag charge is 65 GBP / 75 EUR / 100 USD / 100 CAD per overweight 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. At many airports, including London Heathrow, Gatwick and North America, you can only pay using a credit or debit card, cash is not accepted and Avios cannot be used for this payment.

The weight limit is per bag and can’t be split between multiple bags. No bag over 32 kg will be accepted as checked baggage.

If your journey includes a flight with another airline, their allowances may be different. Please check before you fly.

What if my bag is bigger than the standard size?

 

Maximum dimensions for a bag in the hold are 190 x 75 x 65cm. This means that a sports bag larger than the standard size, or item longer than 90cm and within these maximum dimensions, is accepted as part of your checked baggage allowance.

You don't need to let us know in advance that you are bringing the larger bag or item, but you must get to the airport early to check it in. To make sure it has every chance of flying with you, you must ensure that you deliver it to the airport’s out-of-gauge bag drop at least 90 minutes before your flight departs.

 

What items can’t I take in my bags?

Take a look at the list of banned and restricted items for more information.

If your journey includes a flight with another airline, their restrictions may be different.

Can I take medical supplies and equipment?

There aren’t any weight limits or overweight charges for medical equipment. There is a limit to the number of checked bags for medication or medical supplies, though.

All checked bags with medical supplies need to be supported by an official medical letter and authorised when you check in at the airport.

You may be asked to check your larger cabin bag in on busy flights so it’s best to pack essential medication into your handbag that is guaranteed to travel in the cabin.

Please see our medical information for specific advice.

If your journey includes a flight with another airline, their policies may be different.

Travelling with a stopover or connecting flight?

If your journey with connecting flights is on a single booking reference, even if it includes other airline codes, you’ll enjoy the most significant airline’s baggage allowance. This is generally the airline that operates the longest flight on your journey.

You can usually check in your bags to arrive at your final destination if:

If an airport requires you to collect your checked bags before connecting to a domestic flight in that country, simply follow these steps:

Remember to allow enough time to check your bags in again and then connect to your domestic flight gate for departure.

If you're not sure where to collect your bags, please ask when you check them in at the start of your journey. Your baggage tags will show your bag’s final destination.

Travelling on separate tickets?

If you’ve booked separate flights with different booking references to get to your final destination, rather than a connecting journey on a single booking reference, each flight is considered as a separate journey. This applies even if both your flights are with British Airways.

When going from one flight to another with different booking references you’ll need to check your bags in for each separate flight. You must make sure that you have enough time to do this and get to your departure gate for your next flight:

With separate tickets that have different booking references, your bags will not be transferred on to your next flight, as it is considered a separate journey.

There is also no obligation on airlines to check your baggage onto your next flight when it is on a separate booking reference to your previous flight, as there would be with a connecting journey on a single booking reference.

What items can I take for infants and children?

Infants without a seat can have a 23kg bag checked into the hold, no matter what cabin they are travelling in. This does not apply if you are travelling with your infant on a hand baggage only (Basic) fare.

Children, and infants with a seat, have the same free baggage allowance as adults. See what else you can check in for your family.

Executive Club or oneworld Member?

Membership tier Baggage allowance for you and those travelling on your booking reference

Gold or

oneworld Emerald

 

In any travel cabin:

 

  • 1 additional checked bag up to 32kg (70lb)
  • Up to 32 kg (70lb) per checked bag

 

This does not apply on a Basic fare, where there is no baggage allowance in any cabin.

Silver or

oneworld Sapphire

 

2 checked bags up to 32kg (70lb) in any travel cabin

This does not apply on a Basic fare, where there is no baggage allowance in any cabin.

 

Applies to British Airways flights only.

You, as the Member, must be travelling on the booking for those on your booking to get these benefits.

Not available to infant Members travelling without their own seat. Infants get one 23kg checked bag, no matter their cabin of travel.

Not available on group rate bookings.

 

Can I take wheelchairs and mobility aids?

It’s free to take wheelchairs, mobility aids and related equipment if it's for your personal use and within the size limits. Find out more.

Can I take sports equipment and musical instruments?

It’s free to take many items as part of your baggage allowance. If you have heavy items, you may need to pay a little extra. Check how you can take your sports equipment and musical instruments with you.

Can I take gifts and duty free on board?

All airport purchases count as items of hand baggage. If your gifts or duty-free bags take you over the hand baggage allowance, your extra bags may be checked into the hold. If you’ve already used your free checked baggage allowance, you’ll have to pay for extra bags in the hold.

Travelling on partner airlines

If your flight number begins with anything other than ‘BA’ (e.g. AA123456X), you’re flying with one of our partners and your baggage allowances may be different.

If a journey with connecting flights includes ‘BA’ and other airline codes, you’ll enjoy the most significant airline’s allowance. This is usually the one operating the longest leg.

Comair

Our franchise partner operates across southern Africa. Their weight limits apply to each bag. It's not possible to split the total weight across multiple bags.

Economy flights within South Africa
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 within South Africa
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

 

Economy flights between South Africa and Victoria Falls, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Windhoek and Mauritius
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 between South Africa and Victoria Falls, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Windhoek and Mauritius
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

SUN-AIR

You can take 1 checked bag up to 90 x 75 x 43cm (35.5 x 29.5 x 16in) and 23kg (51lb).

American Airlines

Take a look at their baggage allowances.

Finnair

Take a look at their baggage allowances.

Iberia

Take a look at their baggage allowances.

Japan Airlines

Take a look at their baggage allowances.

Qatar Airways

Take a look at their baggage allowances.