Your baggage allowance

Baggage weight and size restrictions can be confusing. Your allowance depends on who you’re flying with, the type of ticket you've booked, the cabin you're travelling in and your loyalty status with your airline. It's good to check what your allowance is before you head for the airport, because the fees can be hefty.

Your British Airways’ baggage allowance

Checked baggage allowance

If you’re flying BA, we can check in any luggage within your booked British Airways Checked Baggage allowance, which is as follows:

With an economy (Euro Traveller, World Traveller, Eco) ticket you get one piece of checked baggage on most flights but two pieces on some flights, for example to Brazil.

Hand luggage must not exceed 56cm x 45cm x 25cm and the small item must be no bigger than 40cm x 30cm x 15cm. Both items can weight up to 23kg each.

The British Airways Premium Economy Baggage allowance (World Traveller Plus, Prem Plus) gives you two pieces of checked baggage on all flights.

With a business (Club Europe, Club World, Biz Bed) ticket you get two pieces of checked baggage on all flights.

With a First ticket you get three pieces of checked baggage on all flights.

These rules apply to everyone from 12 years old. Under the age of 12 the allowances can change, and you'll often be allowed to bring a fully collapsible pushchair or stroller and a car seat.

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

The weight limit is 23kg for most Euro Traveller and World Traveller (economy) flights or 32kg for most Club Europe, Club World (business) and First flights.

Make sure your bag is never heavier than 32kg, bags heavier than 32kg will be shipped as cargo.

There are always exceptions to the rules so make sure you check ba.com for the latest information before you head to the airport.

British Airways

For more details on your British Airways baggage allowance, visit BA.com.

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Hand baggage allowance

The British Airways Hand Baggage allowance lets everyone take one piece of hand baggage and one small piece of hand baggage (a laptop bag or a handbag).

Hand luggage must not exceed 56cm x 45cm x 25cm and the small item must be no bigger than 40cm x 30cm x 15cm. Both items can weight up to 23kg each.

With a basic (hand baggage only) ticket your BA hand luggage allowance only gets you one piece of hand baggage and one small piece of hand baggage (a laptop bag or a handbag).

Buying extra baggage allowance

You can pay for up to 10 extra bags per person and the fee depends on your departure airport and your destination. Fees range from £20 to £120 per bag when you book online and between £40 and £140 per bag when you book at the airport. So make sure you book your extra bags online.

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Sporting goods and musical instruments

BA allow most items, as long as they are within your luggage allowance – if they’re not, you may need to pay extra:

Sporting goods can be taken as part of (but not in addition to) your free checked baggage allowance. You can take larger items of up to 190 x 75 x 65cm (75 x 29.5 x 25.5in) for an additional charge.

Sporting goods include non-motorised bikes, golf clubs, diving equipment, surfboards, and ski and snowboarding equipment.

BA also allow musical instruments (except double basses) on board of a British Airways flight as part of (but not in addition to) your free hand baggage allowance.
Your musical instrument will have to go into the hold if it is larger than a piece of hand baggage (56 x 45 x 25cm).

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