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The following baggage policies are shown as they appear on British Airways’ website. Your Vacations To Go travel counselor can answer any additional questions you may have.

 

Hand Baggage

You can take advantage of our generous free hand baggage allowance, which you take onto the aircraft with you. There are size and weight limits that apply.

 

Hand baggage allowance

·         You are allowed one piece of hand baggage plus a laptop or handbag.

·         A 23kg (51lbs) maximum bag weight applies and you must be able to lift the bag unaided into the overhead lockers in the aircraft cabin.

·         Your main piece of hand baggage is up to the dimensions 56cm x 45cm x 25cm (22in x 18in x 10in), including the handle, pockets and wheels. Your bag must fit into the bag gauge, available at the check-in area.

·         Your laptop or handbag is up to the dimensions 45cm x 36cm x 20cm (18in x 14in x 8in), including the handle and pockets. Your laptop or handbag must fit under the seat in front of you.

 

Number of hand baggage items

Passenger

Type of baggage allowed

Weight

Adults and children(aged 2 and over)

One bag
and
One laptop-sized bag, handbag or briefcase

23kg (51lbs).
You must be able to lift the bag into the overhead locker unaided.

Infants (under 2 years)

One bag (for items your infant may require during the flight)

You must be able to lift the bag into the overhead locker unaided.

 

If you are travelling on a flight operated by American Airlines, American Airlines’ allowance on hand baggage will apply. This may mean that your hand baggage will have to be checked in as hold baggage. In this case no charge for excess baggage would be applied.

Please follow the links on this page to ‘Information if you're travelling on American Airlines’ for more information about their baggage allowances.

Allowance for flights operated for us by franchise airlines

If you are travelling on a route operated by another airline on behalf of British Airways, the following allowances apply:

Franchise hand baggage allowances

Carrier

Flight numbers

Aircraft

Class of travel

Hand bag allowance (max)

Comair

BA6200 - 6449

All

All

7kg (15lbs)

Sunair of Scandinavia

BA8200 - 8299

All

All

6kg (13lbs)

The aircraft used by these airlines are smaller than those used by British Airways and so the maximum baggage weight and size allowances are smaller.

 

Baggage allowances on other airlines

We have partnerships with other airlines to offer you more destinations worldwide, so even if you've booked direct with British Airways, one or more of your flights may be operated by another airline. In this case you should contact the operating airline for information about their baggage allowances. 

If you travel with British Airways and another airline during your journey, the British Airways baggage allowance may be more generous and you could be charged for extra baggage by the other airline.

Checked Baggage

For flights on British Airways you are entitled to a free baggage allowance, which will vary depending on which class of travel and ticket type you book. You can take extra bags with you for a charge and save money when you pay online before you fly. Any bag that is heavier than the free weight allowance may incur an overweight baggage charge, payable at check-in.

If your booking includes flights on an airline other than British Airways, your baggage allowance may differ from the British Airways allowances shown. Please see the information below under 'Baggage allowances on other airlines'.

Size and weight of free baggage allowances

 

How large can my bag be?

The maximum dimensions of the bag are:

90cm x 75cm x 43cm (35.5in x 29.5in x 16 in), including the handle, pockets and wheels.

 

What to do with larger/bulky items

You may take bags up to the dimensions 190cm x 75cm x 65cm (75in x 29.5in x 25.5in), including the handle, pockets and wheels.

·         Any bags carried in addition to your free checked baggage allowance will incur an extra bag charge.

·         A heavy bag charge may apply to bags over 23kg (51lb).

 

What is my allowance?

 

Travelling in more than one cabin

If you are travelling in more than one cabin, e.g. outbound in economy and return in business class, you will be given the more generous allowance for the whole journey. 

 

Travelling with separate tickets

If you are travelling on separate tickets, the baggage allowance for each ticket will apply individually.

 

Free baggage allowances

Free allowances for all flights EXCEPT to/from Brazil, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria and connecting journeys between India and USA/Bermuda/Canada.

 

Adults and children(aged 12 years and over)

Weight per bag

Children
(aged 2-11)

Infants
under 2 years

World Traveller
Plus
(Premium Economy)

Two bags

23kg (51lb) free

Same as adult allowance plus one fully-collapsible pushchair (stroller) and one car seat

One bag plus one fully-collapsible pushchair (stroller) and one car seat.
You cannot pay to take extra bags for an infant

World Traveller Y class
(full-fare Economy)

Two bags

23kg (51lb) free

World Traveller
Euro Traveller
Domestic
(Economy)

One bag

23kg (51lb) free

Baggage allowances on other airlines
If your booking includes travel with British Airways and another airline, the British Airways baggage allowance may be more generous and you could be charged for extra baggage by the other airline.

Free allowances for travel to/from Brazil, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria, and connecting journeys between India and USA/Bermuda/Canada

 

Adults and children(aged 12 years and over)

Weight per bag

Children(aged 2-11)

Infants under 2 years

World Traveller Plus
(Premium Economy)
World Traveller
(Economy)

Two bags

23kg (51lb) free

Same as Adult allowance plus one fully-collapsible pushchair (stroller) and one car seat

One standard- sized bag plus one fully-collapsible pushchair (stroller) and one car seat
You cannot pay to take extra bags for an infant

Baggage allowances on other airlines
If your booking includes travel with British Airways and another airline, the British Airways baggage allowance may be more generous and you could be charged for extra baggage by the other airline.

Travelling to/from Brazil
Passengers travelling to and from Brazil can take the baggage allowance shown above, and in addition, each bag can weigh up to 32kg (70lb) at no additional charge, in all classes of travel.

For itineraries involving flights operated by British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia, the most generous baggage allowance will apply across the whole journey.

Charges for extra baggage

If you wish to take more bags than your free checked baggage allowance, you can pay to check in up to 10 extra bags per person with the same weight restrictions as your free allowance.

It is possible to pay for extra bags at the airport, as you check in, but these will be charged at a higher rate. Save yourself time and money by paying for your extra bags using Manage My Booking on ba.com, either at the time of booking or any time before you check in for your flight.

Cabin

Free
allowance

1st extra
bag

World Traveller Plus

2 bags

£77/$119/€98

World Traveller Y class
(full-fare Economy)

2 bags

£77/$119/€98

World Traveller

1 bag*

£34/$51/€43*

Euro Traveller
UK Domestic

1 bag

£30/$43/€39

 

* Customers travelling to and from Brazil, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and on connecting journeys between India and USA/Bermuda/Canada have a free checked bag allowance of 2 bags. Extra bags will be charged at £77/$119/€98 per bag.

Cabin

Free
allowance

1st extra
bag

World Traveller Plus

2 bags

£90/$140/€115

World Traveller Y class 
(full-fare Economy)

2 bags

£90/$140/€115

World Traveller

1 bag*

£40/$60/€50*

Euro Traveller
UK Domestic

1 bag

£35/$50/€45

 

* Customers travelling to and from Brazil, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and on connecting journeys between India and USA/Bermuda/Canada have a free checked bag allowance of 2 bags. Extra bags will be charged at £90/$140/€115 per bag.

Baggage allowances on other airlines

We have partnerships with other airlines to offer you more destinations worldwide, so even if you've booked direct with British Airways, one or more of your flights may be operated by another airline.

If your booking includes flights on an airline other than British Airways, your baggage allowance may differ from the British Airways allowances shown.

When checking in with another airline, additional baggage charges may apply.

Note: Additional discounts may apply depending on flyer-specific factors (e.g. frequents flyer status, military, etc.).