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Baggage allowance - British Airways

It’s always important to know how much baggage you can take with you on vacation. British Airways always include a free baggage allowance, which differs according to which class of travel and ticket type you’ve chosen, and where you’re flying to.

Aside from this, additional baggage can be brought with, but passengers will be charged for additional baggage. Extra baggage allowance can be bought online, which does come at a discounted price compared to buying it on the day of travel.

Hand baggage

When travelling abroad there’s always a few things you like to keep to hand on the plane. Luckily for passengers, British Airways offer one of the most generous free hand baggage allowances of any airline. Adults, children and infants alike are all allowed one cabin bag with dimensions of 56cm x 45cm x 25cm, and adults and children are allowed a laptop sized bag, handbag or briefcase fitting the measurements of 45cm x 36cm 20cm. There is a 23kg weight limit on hand luggage.

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Hold baggage

Baggage kept within the hold is dependent on the journey and flight class in which you sit. Bags can be up to 90cm x 75cm x 43cm in size, and larger items up to 190cm x 75cm x 65cm can be carried for an additional charge.

In terms of weight those flying in an economy class (UK Domestic, Euro Traveller, and World Traveller), can take one or two bags weighing up to 23kg each, unless you’re flying to and from Brazil, where the weight limit is 32kg each. Children are allowed the same allowance as adults, with infants allowed one standard size bag, alongside both a fully collapsible pushchair and car seat. Premium Economy allowances are the same.

For those flying on any business class or in first class, the allowances are two 32kg bags for adults in Club Europe and three 32kg bags on all other flight options. Children are allowed the same as adults, with infants allowed a standard size bag, alongside both a collapsible pushchair and a car seat.

For frequent flyers there are additional allowances available. Executive Club Gold and Oneworld Emerald members can claim an additional checked bag in any class of travel up to 32kg. Whereas Oneworld Sapphire and Executive Club Silver members can bring two extra 32kg bags on any World Traveller, Euro Traveller and Domestic cabin.

Musical instruments

Musical instruments can be brought on board as part of your free hand luggage, as long as they fit within the criteria of the bag dimensions. Larger instruments can be put in the hold as part of your checked baggage, or as part of additional purchased baggage. British Airways will even carry instruments that exceed the standard checked baggage limits up to 45kg in weight and dimensions of 190cm x 75cm x 65cm; providing there is at least 24 hours’ notice. Items over 23kg may incur a heavy bag charge.

An additional seat on the plane may also be purchased for your instrument, depending on their availability. This will have to be discussed over the phone.

Sporting equipment

A wide variety of sporting items may be carried as part of your free checked baggage, or as additional purchased baggage if required. Items over 23kg may incur a heavy bag charge. Sporting equipment will only be accepted if it is packaged correctly to prevent damage. However, certain sporting equipment is restricted for security and safety reasons, including:

  • Hang gliders
  • windsurfing boards and sails
  • water skis (over 190 x 75 x 65cm)
  • surfboards (over 190 x 75 x 65cm)
  • kayaks and canoes
  • pole vaults
  • javelins

British Airways also offer a ‘door-to-door’ luggage transfer scheme known as First Luggage.