Airlines’ excess baggage charges

Airlines’ baggage allowance and excess baggage charges 2024

Find the luggage allowance for your upcoming flight. Check what are the weight limits, permitted for carry-on and checked baggage sizes for your international flight. If you are looking for a way of avoiding excess baggage charges, ship your luggage with Eurosender instead. See how you can benefit from alternative methods of luggage transport and how to book your worldwide luggage delivery in a few simple steps.

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Excess baggage charges of different airlines

Check your airline’s baggage allowance on our dedicated pages. Find out the rules and fees for excess baggage.


Airlines’ baggage allowance and restrictions

All airlines have a different luggage policy, specifying the luggage restrictions, such as maximum luggage weight and the number of pieces per passenger and permitted checked and carry-on baggage sizes. While some airlines include checked luggage allowance in the ticket price, others, especially low-cost airlines, do not. Most airlines offer an option for purchasing additional luggage allowance for extra bags, musical instruments, or sports equipment, in advance or during the airport check-in. Airlines’ luggage policy is usually quite strict, so be prepared to pay excess baggage charges for overweight, additional, or bulky baggage.

What are excess baggage charges?

Each airline company sets the luggage allowance differently, either by additional item or by an additional kilogram. Check out table with some examples of excess baggage charges imposed by different airlines.

Air FranceDepending on the route, between €75-€250 per luggage
easyJetUp to €15 per additional kg
Emirates€11 per additional kg
Ryanair€11 per additional kg
Vueling€12 per additional kg
Wizz Air €11 per additional kg


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FAQ about airlines’ baggage allowance and excess luggage charges

Do airlines check the size of carry-on luggage?
Yes. Airlines require all passengers to adhere to their luggage restrictions, for both checked and carry-on luggage, due to the limited space in the aircraft. If your hand luggage exceeds the permitted maximum size, it will likely have to be checked in, and you will have to pay the excess luggage charge at the airport. Make sure you check the baggage allowance for your airline before you fly.
Can I fly with musical instruments?
Most airlines accept musical instruments as part of your checked or hand luggage allowance. If you would like to fly with a larger musical instrument, such as a guitar, in the cabin, you will most likely have to purchase another seat in the aircraft.
Can I take sports equipment on a plane?
The charge for transporting sports equipment by plane depends on the airline, type and size of sports gear, and flight duration and destination. Some airlines permit passengers to transport sports equipment of a certain size on a plane as part of their checked baggage allowance, while others will charge you extra for transporting it as excess baggage.
What is the luggage weight limit for international flights?
The luggage limit for international flights varies between airlines and often depends on the fare or class of travel. Checked baggage allowance can be anything between 15kg to 32kg per bag per passenger. Carefully check the luggage restrictions for your airline to avoid paying excess baggage fees.
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