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2017 British Airways Baggage Allowance & Excess Luggage Fees

What are British Airways' Baggage Size Restrictions and Excess Baggage Fees? Find Out Before You Travel.

british airways baggage allowance

British Airways Baggage Allowancesend your luggage

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british airways hand luggage allowance

The British Airways baggage allowance permits adults and children over two years of age to bring on board one larger item of hand luggage and one personal item (such as a laptop or handbag).

The larger cabin bag must not exceed 56 x 45 x 25 cm, and the personal item must not exceed 40 x 30 x 15cm. Each bag must weigh no more than 23 kg.

Infants under two years of age are only permitted one cabin bag, for items they may need during the flight.

what if my bag is overweight/ oversized?

If a bag exceeds the dimensions or weight permitted by British Airways’ baggage allowance, or if a passenger has more than two items of hand luggage, these excess items will be placed in the hold. If this means the customer has now exceeded their checked baggage allowance, they will be charged a fee.


The number of checked items permitted by the British Airways baggage allowance varies according to the customer’s fare type and route.

‘Hand baggage only’ fares do not include a checked baggage allowance, but an allowance can be purchased at checkout, with prices ranging from £20 to £40 for the first bag to be checked, and from £36 to £60 for each additional bag. These fees increase if they are paid at the airport, rather than online. For travel to/ from London Heathrow and many major European destinations, for example, it would cost £65 to check in a bag at the airport.

British Airways’ ‘Economy’ checked baggage allowances vary according to destination.

The following routes allow adults and children over two years of age to check in two items of baggage that weigh up to a maximum of 23 kg each: To and from Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone; connecting between India and USA/Bermuda/Canada; connecting from Saudi Arabia to USA/Bermuda/Canada.

When travelling to/ from Brazil two bags up to a maximum weight of 32 kg each may be checked.

On all other economy journeys British Airways’ baggage allowance is one item of luggage up to 23 kg (except London to Doha, on which route passengers may check one item up to 32 kg).

Elite fare types provide higher luggage allowances.

The dimensions of a checked bag must not exceed 90 x 75 x 43 cm, including any handles, pockets and wheels.

British airways children's luggage

Infants under two years of age travelling on economy fares are only permitted one item of hold luggage at the same weight as the accompanying adult's allowance (or 23 kg on the London to Doha route), plus a fully collapsible pushchair and car seat.


If bags weigh more than the passenger’s baggage allowance permits, the passenger will be required to pay £65 per bag that is overweight.

british airways EXCEPTIONAL ITEMS

Many exceptional baggage items, such as sports equipment and musical instruments, can be checked as part of British Airways’ baggage allowance. British Airways are currently waiving a fee for large items up to 190 x 75 x 65 cm.

other airline baggage allowances:

Virgin Atlantic Baggage Allowance

Monarch Baggage Allowance

EasyJet Baggage Allowance

Delta Baggage Allowance

british airways baggage news

18/11/2017: BA announce boarding according to ticket price

In an unusual announcement, BA have said that they will be boarding passengers according to how much they have paid for their ticket.That means that those passengers who have paid the least for their ticket will be boarded last. This is likely to reveal to fellow passengers who got the best deal for similar seats.

Disclaimer - Information gathered from these webpages on 13/04/2017:


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