Baggage Allowances Travellers Need To Know

By | June 7, 2019

Airline Baggage & Travel Bags Weight Limits

In my continuous effort to help you with travel bag information, in this article my focus is on baggage allowances. These are charges for our travel bag extra weight.

Having this information will help have a stress-free journeys. You may wonder why it is important to keep abreast with airlines’ baggage allowances in relation to your travel bag weight and sizes.

Failure to adhere to airline policies may result in you incurring extra charges. You are charged to pay extra money for your extra baggage weight at the airport. Usually, the charge is calculated on the basis of rates at the airport.

Unless, you are an evacuee returning home, maybe you may have baggage fees waived. In some instances, extra or oversized cabin baggage will be refused at the boarding gate. Subsequently, some get abandoned by the owner.

Different airlines have different weight specifications making it so important for everyone who is planning a trip, to do some homework. Do some research to find out the relevant information.


You need to find out how much baggage you can take on your flight well before your departure date. Thanks for the invention of the internet. Sharing information has become so easy and instantaneous. You can visit more than ten websites for airlines in a matter of few minutes. British Airways offers on its flight a free baggage allowance shown below. 


Your journey 1 piece hand luggage/laptop bag 1 small item (handbag /laptop)
Must not exceed Up to 40cm x 30cm x 15cm/16in x 12in x 6 in Up to 56 cm x 45cm x 25 cm/22 in x 18 in x 10 in

What if my travel bag exceeds baggage allowance?

Once you exceed your allowance, you may be charged for extra baggage. On board, passengers are expected to place a yellow tag on their bags. Then, to place the bag under the seat in front of them.


Ryanair’s cabin baggage policy allows a passenger to carry “one cabin bag per passenger (excluding infants travelling on a parent’s lap) weighing up to 10 kg with maximum dimensions of 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm.”


Easy Jet is reputable for having a very generous cabin baggage policy, with an unlimited weight. Passengers are permitted to bring one piece of hand luggage in the cabin as a carry-on. There are no weight restrictions on this baggage, as long as it’s within 56 x 45 x 25 cm measurements, including handles and wheels. Also, passengers are allowed to bring an additional small bag or a laptop at a maximum size of 45 x 36 x 20 cm to be placed under the seat in front.

Hand baggage is free. However, if it exceeds the size restrictions, you will be charged £30 to check the bag into the aircraft hold. At the boarding gate, you will be charged £45.


New Zealand Airways has overweight or oversized charges on any piece of baggage that weighs over 23 kg but less than 32 kg and/or exceeds the total linear dimensions (length+width+height) of 158 cm (62″). Also, excess baggage will be carried, subject to space availability on your flight.


Emirates Airways allows you to ”check in as many pieces of baggage as you need, as long as the total weight is less than the maximum baggage allowance of your class. Each individual item must weigh less than 32kg in total.”

However, if the specified dimensions are exceeded, the luggage can’t be checked in as baggage. It will need to be sent as cargo or freight and there are no exceptions to this rule. Also, if your journey includes any destinations in Canada, North America or South America, different baggage rules apply.


Qatar Airways’s baggage allowances may vary according to route and cabin class. When a passenger exceeds the weight and allowances stipulated, excess baggage charges may be applied. A single piece of checked baggage must not weigh more than 32kg (70lb).

Is this an exhaustive list of airlines baggage allowances?

To conclude, this is not an exhaustive list of all airlines out there. The message I’m trying to get across is:

  1. Various airlines out there have put in place baggage weight restrictions that may not be the same with other airlines.

  2. To be fully prepared each time you travel, visit your airline website to get information on baggage allowances.

    Alternatively, pick-up a phone to inquire rather than leave it too late to find out at the check-in point.

  3. Buy the travel bags that meet your airline baggage allowances.

 Checkout Ryanair Cabin Policy 2018.

Hopefully, you will find this article, ‘Baggage Allowances Travellers Need To Know,‘ informative. Please feel free to leave questions in relation to my post. I will try my best to respond as soon as possible.

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4 thoughts on “Baggage Allowances Travellers Need To Know

  1. Matt's Mom

    It’s crazy how all the airlines are all different with what they charge, the size and the weight. I always check the website and see what the requirements are before heading out on a trip. Seems they change from time to time too. The fees are a deciding factor for me as well. Some don’t charge for carry-on and others have a lower amount for check-in baggage.

    1. admin

      Thank you so much for your comment. I also find websites for airlines, a useful source of information so that I compare the prices first.

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    1. Femia Post author

      Hello, thanks so much for stopping by my site. I’m glad that you found the information here helpful. I intend to make fellow travellers enjoy their trips. Also, to make their journeys as less stressful as possible by providing information on travel bags.


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