British Airways Baggage Allowances & Fees 2020

All British Airways customers are permitted to carry one piece of hand luggage and one small item (handbag, laptop etc.) on board. Hand luggage must not exceed dimensions of 56cm x 45cm x 25cm and the small item must be no bigger than 40cm x 30cm x 15cm. Both items have a maximum weight of up to 23kg each.

If your hand baggage exceeds the stated limit, it will be checked into the hold. This can be added to your checked baggage allowance. However, if it exceeds this, you will be charged the airport’s excess baggage fees.

Baggage Type Size Restrictions Weight Allowance Fees Additional Fees
Cabin Baggage 56 x 45 x 25cm 23kg N/A Airport fees apply if oversized or overweight
Checked Baggage 90 x 75 x 43cm 23kg - 32kg depending on route/ticket type £20 - £65 depending on route/ticket type *see excess baggage*
Excess Baggage 90 x 75 x 43cm 32kg £65 per bag N/A



If you are travelling with a hand luggage only booking, you can add additional checked bags for a fee. The fees British Airways charge will depend on your route and are charged on a per one way journey basis. Each bag can not exceed 23kg in weight.

Luggage Online Price Airport Price
First Bag £20 - £40 £40 - £65
Each Additional Bag £36 - £60 £40 - 65
Bags On Connecting Flights £65 £40 - £65


Checked Baggage

The amount of checked baggage each customer is allowed depends on your booking; the route, fare and ticket type. Each piece of luggage must not be larger than 90cm x 75cm x 43cm total dimensions (including any pieces of the luggage that stick out such as handles & wheels). Each piece of luggage has a weight allowance of either 23kg or 32kg depending on the route/ticket you have purchased.

The following table outlines the British Airways baggage allowances per ticket type. This applies to all flights except to/from Brazil, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and connecting journeys between India and USA/Bermuda/Canada.

Ticket Type Baggage Allowance
World Traveler Euro Traveler Domestic Eco (Economy) 1 bag at 23kg
World Traveler Y Class (full-fare Economy) 2 bags at 23kg each
World Traveler Plus (Premium Economy) 2 bags at 23kg each
Club Europe (Business) 2 bags at 32kg each
First Club World Biz Bed (Business) 3 bags at 32kg each


Each passenger can check-in up to 10 pieces of luggage per flight, including the allocated checked luggage allowance that comes with the flights. For example, if you get one piece of free checked luggage on your flight, you can add up to nine extra pieces.

Prices range from £36 to £120 per piece of luggage when booked online in advance and £40 to £140 when booked at the airport on the day of travel. Overweight bags will face a fee of £65 per bag, unless over 32kg. Anything heavier will have to be shipped separately as cargo.

Sporting & Musical Equipment

Instruments and sporting equipment can be carried as part of your checked baggage allowance or extra purchased checked baggage. 

In certain circumstances, British Airways may carry heavier items of up to 45kg and with dimensions of up to 190cm x 75cm x 65cm.

Pieces over 23kg, however, may incur an extra charge.


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