Pay Per Bag, Costs for Checking In and Excess Baggage

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Airport Parking and Hotels (APH), the long stay airport parking specialist, has collated the major airline baggage charges for your convenience. You can now check luggage limits, check-in costs and sporting equipment allowances before leaving home. At a time when some airlines are changing weight limits, adding extra charges for baggage and new hand luggage restrictions, this information helps to take the baffle out of baggage costs.

The comparison chart reveals luggage rates for 23 of the leading airlines and compares costs and weight limits for checking-in luggage, excess charges for economy passengers, hand luggage restrictions, and costs for transporting heavy or bulky items such as pushchairs, surfboards, skis and golf clubs. The research has found that weights for checked-in luggage in economy range from 15kg – 23kg and check-in fees vary from free to as much as £40 per piece of luggage per way with Ryanair! Travelling parents will be glad to know that there is no charge for pushchairs on any aircraft, not even Ryanair.

However, sporting travellers need to be careful as the majority of airlines charge for transporting water sports equipment. Unfortunately for surfers, charges for surfboards and windsurfing equipment are generally high and subject to available space on the aircraft. Skiers, snowboarders and golfers are welcomed by most airlines and many will carry sports baggage for free, unless it exceeds the maximum luggage allowance. Virgin Atlantic and British Airways came out on top as they transport skis, snowboards and golf bags free of charge in addition to the checked baggage allowance.


Airline Checking In Luggage Economy Carry on Luggage Luggage Business Class Excess Baggage
Air France No Charge Flights to Europe Europe: 20kgUS: 2 bags, 23kg each Economy, Europe: 7kg -One bag and one handbag, briefcase*Economy US12kg – One bag and one handbag, briefcase*

Business, Europe: 12kg -One bag and one handbag, briefcase*

Business, US: 18kg – One bag and one handbag, briefcase*

Flights to Europe: 30kgFlights to the US: 2 bags, 30kg The price per kilo varies depending on the destination
Alitalia No Charge Flights to Europe: 20kgFlights to Americas and Central Africa: 2 bags, 23kgs each 5kg Flights to Europe: 30kgFlights to Americas and Central Africa: 2 bags 32kgs each Excess baggage on international flights is calculated at fixed rates per kilo over the allowed baggage rule. Rates vary from £13 per kilo to £27 per kilo depending on destination
American Airlines No Charge 23kg 18kg 23kg Over 23kg but less than 32kg – is subject to a $50 (£34.17) overweight baggage charge (Maximum of three excess pieces will be accepted.)Over 32kg – will not be acceptedChecked baggage weighing over 32kg but not more than 45kg

Checked baggage which is larger than 62 in/157 cm will be charged at the rate of $150 (£102.50) per piece

BMI Check in at the airport: £6 per personCheck in through the call centre: £6 per personCheck in online: £3.99 per person

If travelling with hand luggage only, you can check in online and you will not be charged a fee.  If you check in at the airport there is a charge of £6 per person

18kgA baggage fee is charged for the carriage of each item of checked baggage.The fee varies depending on the length of the flight. It can be prepaid at the current discounted internet rate of £7.99 or £8.99 per item of baggage per one way flight when making your reservation online.

Items checked in at the airport or through the call centre cost £12 per item

Dimensions: 56 x 45 x 25 cm 30kg If you exceed the total checked baggage allowance of 18kg* per person, there will be an additional charge of £8.00 per kilo on UK & Eire flights and £9.00 per kilo on International flights
British Airways No Charge Flights to Europe: One 23kg pieceFlights to the US: 2 bags, 23kg each One bag measuring 56 x 45 x 25cm plus a briefcase, laptop or handbag Flights to Europe: 2 bags, 23kg eachFlights to the US: 3 bags, 23kg each £25 per extra bag on domestic flights, (online discount £20 per bag) £35 per extra bag on European flights (online discount £28 per bag) and £90 per extra bag on long haul flights (online discount £72 per bag).
Cathay Pacific No Charge 20kg Economy: 7kgBusiness: 10kg 30kg £38/kg on London to Hong Kong flights
Continental No Charge 2 bags, 23kg each item 18kg plus a briefcase, laptop or handbag 3 bags, 32kg each item Checked baggage over 23kg but not exceeding 32kg will be charged £34.50 per piece.Baggage weighing over 32kg will be an additional piece of luggage charged at £103 per piece
Delta No Charge 23kg free of chargeA second bag costs £34.50 18kg 3 bags, 32kg each If the baggage weighs between 23-32 kg there is a charge of £34.50
Easyjet No Charge 20kg.There is a charge of £8 each way for luggage placed in the holdExtra weight may be purchased at a discounted rate online No weight limit but the bag must be no bigger than 55x40x20cm and the passenger must be able to carry it and fit it into the overhead lockers n/a Excess kilos purchased at the airport costs £9/kgExcess kilos purchased through the call centre or online cost £21 for 3kg
Emirates No Charge Flights to Europe: 20kgFlights to the US: 2 bags, 23kg each Economy: 7kgBusiness:12kg Flights to Europe: 30kgFlights to the US: 2 bags, 32kg each £25.00 per kilo based on London – Dubai
Flybe No Charge 20kg 10kg Economy plus: 30kg £10/kg for the first 3kg, £15/kg for between 4 and 6kg and £20 for every kilo above 6)
Iberia No Charge 23kgTo/From USA: 2 bags, 23kg each 10kg 30kgTo/From USA: 3 bags 23kg each £8.00 per kilo for European flights
Japan Airlines No Charge 20kg 10kg one piece 30kg £48 per kilo based on a flight from London to Tokyo
KLM No Charge 20kg Economy Class:12kgWorld Business Class: 12kg and a second piece of luggage.  Total weight of two pieces can not exceed 18kg 30kg Check in online and get a 30% discount on the standard fee charged for excess baggage at the airport.The fee varies depending on the destination and can be found on the KLM website
Lufthansa Group No Charge 23kg 8kg 32kg The price per kilo is individually calculated according to the destination
Qantas Group No Charge 23kg (based on a flight from London to Australia via Asia)Baggage allowance varies depending on the destination 7kg 30kg(based on a flight from London to Australia via Asia)Baggage allowance varies depending on the destination £24/kg depending on  destination
Ryanair £10 per person per one way flight when booked onlineAirport check in: £40 per person per one way flight. 15kgOnline checked baggage fee: £10pp per one way flight.Airport/Call centre checked baggage fee: £20pp per one way flight 10kg n/a Any passenger exceeding their 15kg personal checked baggage allowance will be charged the prevailing fee on the day of travel. The excess baggage fee is currently charged at the rate of £15/ kg
SAS Group No Charge 20kg 8kg 30kg Ranges from €100 (£90.50) to €500 (£452.50) for each baggage item depending on destination, luggage weight and size
Singapore No Charge 20kg40kg for loyalty club members 1 piece not to exceed 7kg each2 pieces for Business class 30kg Excess baggage costs depend on the destination and the weight of the baggage.  The cost varies from £5/kg to £41.27kg.On a London – Sydney flight, the cost is £41 per kilo
Thai Airways No Charge 20kg 7kg 30kg Surplus weight over the baggage allowance will be charged at the standard excess baggage rate
United No Charge 2 bags weighing 23kg each Dimensions: 23x35x56 cm 2 bags weighing 32kg each. Fees for baggage weighing more than 32kg or exceeding the maximum linear dimensions vary by destination. Contact United prior to your trip for details.
US Airways No Charge 23kg freeThere is a $15 (£10.31) for a second bag Max 18kg – 2 pieces 2 bags free, each 23kgThere is a $15 (£10.31) for a third bag £30 – for overweight luggage of 23-32kg£48 for an additional excess bag
Virgin Atlantic No Charge 2 bags weighing 23kg each 6kg 2 bags weighing 32kg each Baggage weighing more than the allowance of 23kg varies depending on the destination


Airline Golf Clubs
Air France Golf bags: for any equipment in excess of the baggage allowance, the fee is €75 (£67.38) per item each wayOver and above the allowance, and within a 20 kg limit per item, a flat fee is charged per trip each way and varies depending on the destination
Alitalia Golf bags can travel as registered baggage. If in excess of 20kg payment of supplementary charges for excess baggage are applied
American Airlines Max free weight on golf clubs is 32 kgs. If more than this weight there will be a charge at the rate of $50 (£34.17) per pieceIf more than 45kgs there will be a charge of $100 (£68.31) per piece
BMI One pair of golf shoes and one golf bag with clubsCosts £15 per item each way
British Airways In addition to your free checked baggage allowance, you are allowed to take sporting equipment with you free of charge14 clubs, 12 balls, umbrella, one pair of golf shoes, within allowance
CathayPacific A golf bag within the allowance is free unless the excess is reached. If the golf bag does not weigh more than 15kg, it will be charged the equivalent to 6kg of the applicable excess baggage rate
Continental One golf bag with one set of clubs, golf balls and golf shoes per customer as checked baggageGolf bags measuring over 157cm, will be subject to oversize charges
Delta One golf bag with up to 14 clubs, 12 golf balls and one pair of golf shoes is included in the baggage limit.  If the golf bag is an extra piece of luggage, there is a charge of £138 each way
Easyjet £18.50 charge each way when pre-paid. When paying at the airport the charge is £26.00 plus any excess baggage charge @ £9 per kilo
Emirates In addition to the personal allowance, one set of golf clubs and one pair of golf shoes will be carried free of charge per passenger
Flybe Must be booked in advance and there is a charge of £22.50 per sector
Iberia If the combined weight of the golf clubs does not exceed the allowance there will be no charge. If not they will be required to pay excess which will vary depending on your origin and your destination
Japan Airlines If the combined weight of the golf clubs does not exceed the allowance, there will be no charge. If the golf bag weighs less than 15kg you will only be charged for 6kg. If the golf bag weighs 16kg you will be charged for 16kg
KLM If your baggage and golf bag together weigh in excess of 20 kg, a low, fixed excess baggage rate shall apply to your golf bag
Lufthansa Group Golf equipment is free of charge for a bag weighing up to 15kg
Qantas Group A golf bag is free of charge unless it exceeds the baggage weight allowance.  If so, there is a charge of £24/kg
Ryanair This equipment can be carried in the hold at an additional online charge of £30 per item per one way flight, or £40 per item per one way flight when booked at the airport or through the call centre
SAS Group Short haul: €20 (£18.10)Long haul: €40 (£36.19)Free of charge in Business, Economy Extra and Eurobonus Gold Members
Singapore A standard charge of 6kg will be applied on the golfing equipment if its weight together with the customer’s other checked baggage exceeds the free allowance entitled to the customer. This will apply up to a maximum excess of 15kg for the golf bag, after which the normal excess baggage charges will apply.For example, a customer carrying 20kg of golf equipment will be charged 11kg – 6 kg standard charge plus the 5kg after the first 15kg
Thai Airways One set of golf clubs is included within the personal allowance. If the weight of the golf clubs exceeds the personal allowance then a fee for the first 15kg is applied, subject to the destination.If the weight exceeds 15kg, normal excess baggage charges will apply
United One Golf bag free in place of second piece of checked in baggage.1st set is free in place of one checked bag, limit of 23 kg
US Airways 14 clubsOne dozen ballsOne pair of golf shoes, within allowance is free. If the equipment exceeds the baggage allowance there is a fee of $15 (£10.31) each way
Virgin Atlantic Golfers can check in one golf bag (which includes a maximum of 14 clubs, a dozen balls and a pair of shoes) as a single item of Checked In baggage. The golf bag must not exceed 32kg


Airline Skis
Air France For ski equipment in excess of the baggage allowance, the fee is €50 (£44.92) per item each way
Alitalia Ski equipment can travel as registered baggage. If in excess of 20kg, payment of supplementary charges for excess baggage are applied
American Airlines Two pieces – Ski/board boot bag and one pair of skis/snowboard are charged at the applicable checked bag charge for the 1st or 2nd checked bag. When in excess, each item will be subject to the baggage charge for a single piece.
BMI To carry skis/snowboards or ski boots/board shoes and poles there is a charge of £15 per set each way
British Airways In addition to your free checked baggage allowance, you are allowed to take sporting equipment with you free of chargeOne pair of skis, ski poles and boots or a snowboard and boots within baggage allowance
Cathay Pacific Ski equipment is part of the standard luggage allowance.  If it exceeds the allowance, there is a per kilo charge at the excess luggage rate
Continental One pair of water skis or one bag containing 2 pairs of skis, one pair of boots is free of charge and counted as one of your bags
Delta No charge for ski equipment if it does not exceed the baggage allowance. This includes one ski bag and one boot bagIf the equipment is an additional piece, there is a charge of £138 each way
Easyjet £18.50 charge each way when pre-paid.  When paying at the airport the charge is £26.00 plus any excess baggage charge @ £9 per kilo
Emirates Skis will be accepted for carriage within the baggage allowance with 3kg excess given for free. If over 23kg, you will be charged at of the excess baggage rate
Flybe Must be booked in advance and there is a charge of £22.50 per sector
Iberia If the authorized baggage allowance is not exceeded there will be no charge. If not you will be required to pay for excess which will vary depending on your origin and destination
Japan Airlines One pair of skis and ski poles or a snowboard, boots or water skis are free within the baggage allowance.  If the equipment weighs 5kg in excess you will only be charged for 3kg
KLM If your baggage and skiing or snowboarding equipment together weigh in excess of 20 kg, a low, fixed excess baggage rate shall apply to your skiing or snowboarding equipment.  Rates can be found at the sport equipment table on the KLM website
Lufthansa Group Ski equipment is free of charge for a piece weighing up to 15kg
Qantas Group Ski equipment is free unless it exceeds the baggage weight allowance.  If so, there is a charge of £24/kg
Ryanair Ski equipment can be carried in the hold at an additional online charge of £30 per item per one way flight, or £40 per item per one way flight when booked at the airport or through the call centre
SAS Group Short haul: €20 (£18.10)Long haul: €40 (£36.19)Free of charge in Business, Economy Extra and Eurobonus Gold Members
Singapore If the weight of the equipment exceeds the baggage allowance, there is a standard charge of 3kg. This will apply up to a maximum excess of 15kg, after which the normal excess baggage charges will apply
Thai Airways Not published
United One ski bag and one boot bag is free in the place of a second piece of checked in baggage. If additional pieces are checked, excess fees apply
US Airways One pair of skis and ski poles, a snowboard or a ski boots within baggage allowance is free.  If the equipment exceeds the baggage allowance there is a fee of $15 (£10.31) each way
Virgin Atlantic In addition to the free baggage allowance, at no extra charge, you can take: one pair of skis, ski boots, poles and mask or one snowboard plus accessoriesSkiing or snowboarding equipment must not exceed 32kg in weight


Airline Surfboards
Air France For surfing equipment in excess of the baggage allowance, the fee is €150 (£134.64) per item each wayA flat fee within a 20 kg limit is charged per trip each way and varies depending on the destination
Alitalia Surfboards and windsurf equipment, can travel as registered baggage. The item must be declared at the time of booking.  If in excess of 20kg payment of supplementary charges for excess baggage are applied
American Airlines One surfboard, Kiteboard, Wakeboard, or Wave Ski$100 (£68.31) in addition to the applicable checked baggage charge, based on the number of checked bagsException:

Kiteboard/wakeboard/wave skis that are less than 157.5 dimensional cm and 22.7kg are only subject to the applicable checked baggage charge, based on the number of checked bags.

Max weight: 32kgs

292cm

BMI Accepted subject to aircraft hold spaceCosts £15 per item each way
British Airways No surf boards are allowed on the flight
Cathay >Pacific If the surfboard is under 277cm in length there is a 5kg charge at the excess rateIf the surfboard is over 277cm there is an 8kg charge at the excess rate
Continental One surfboard/wakeboard or one surfboard bag containing 2 boards per customer as checked baggage costs £69 per bag (one way)Windsurfing equipment is subject to a £110 charge one way.
Delta Surf equipment costs £207 each way
Easyjet £18.50 charge each way when pre-paid.  When paying at the airport the charge is £26.00 plus any excess baggage charge @ £9 per kilo
Emirates A surf board up to 3 meters in length will be accepted for carriage within the baggage allowance with 3kg excess given for free. If over 23kg, you will be charged at of the excess baggage rate
Flybe Must be booked in advance and there is a charge of £20 per sector on a standby basis. On the turboprop aircraft they must be no longer than 4.5 feet in length.On jet aircraft they can be up to 10 feet in length
Iberia Excess luggage must be booked at least 24 hours in advance.If the authorized baggage allowance is not exceeded there will be no charge. If not, you will be required to pay for excess which will vary depending on your origin and
Japan Airlines If the weight of the surf board does not exceed the allowance, there will be no charge.  If over the allowance there is a charge of £48/kg
KLM For every kilo over 20kg that surfing equipment weighs, the standard excess baggage rate will apply
Lufthansa Group Surfing equipment costs from £62 each way
Qantas Group Surf equipment can be included in the free baggage allowance. When the weight of this item exceeds the allowance, normal excess rates apply
Ryanair This equipment can be carried in the hold at an additional online charge of £30 per item per one way flight, or £40 per item per one way flight when booked at the airport or through the call centre
SAS Group Short haul: €40 (£36.19)Long haul: €80 (£72.38)Free of charge in Business, Economy Extra and Eurobonus Gold Members
Singapore A standard charge of 6kg will be applied on the surfboard if its weight together with the customer’s other checked baggage exceeds the free allowance entitled to the customer. This will apply up to a maximum excess of 15kg, after which the normal excess baggage charges will apply
Thai Airways Surf equipment is not included in the personal allowance, and must be booked in advance.Boards not exceeding 277cm will be charged at the applicable excess baggage rate for 5kg.   Boards exceeding 277 cm will be charged at the applicable excess baggage rate of 8kg
United One case holding one or two surfboards, luge boards or wakeboards. Maximum 2 boards per case.  Max weight 23kg, max length 277 cm.Cannot be accommodated on Boeing 737, Airbus A320 or Airbus A319 aircraft
US Airways $100 (£68.77) charge each way
Virgin Atlantic You can take surfboards/boogie boards in addition to your free baggage allowance and at no extra charge when you fly Virgin AtlanticPlease note your surfboard or boogie board must not exceed 477cm (109ins) and must not exceed 32kg in weight


Airline Pushchairs
Air France One collapsible pushchair within allowance
Alitalia One collapsible pushchair within allowance
American Airlines One collapsible pushchair within allowance
BMI One collapsible pushchair within allowance
British Airways One collapsible pushchair, within allowance
Cathay Pacific One collapsible pushchair within allowance
Continental One collapsible pushchair within allowance
Delta One collapsible pushchair within allowance
Easyjet One collapsible pushchair within allowance
Emirates One collapsible pushchair within allowance
Flybe One collapsible pushchair within allowance
Iberia One collapsible pushchair within allowance
Japan Airlines One collapsible pushchair, free of charge
KLM One collapsible pushchair can be checked into the hold at no extra charge
Lufthansa Group One collapsible pushchair is free of charge
Qantas Group One collapsible pushchair within allowance
Ryanair One collapsible pushchair within allowance
SAS Group One collapsible pushchair within allowance
Singapore One collapsible pushchair within allowance
Thai Airways One collapsible pushchair within allowance
United One collapsible pushchair within allowance
US Airways One collapsible pushchair, within allowance
Virgin Atlantic One collapsible pushchair within allowance


 

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