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British Airways Baggage Policy: How to make the most of it today

Nothing is more tiresome and tedious than packing and unpacking luggage when you’re travelling. Imagine, finally going on a holiday to the topmost place on your bucket list; packing your entire wardrobe because you didn’t know what you may need and reaching the airport, only to be told your bags were not permitted. Quite a possibility, isn’t it? It’s not an imaginary scenario, it does happen sometimes. To avoid such a case, knowing your baggage allowance is a must, especially if you’re travelling on British Airways.

Find out all you need to know about baggage allowance on British Airways flights. What you can carry with you, pack in your bag, and what to do when something goes wrong.

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What can you bring in your baggage on a British Airways flight?

Check-in baggage (Basic Fare Flights)

Checked baggage allowance on British Airways and BA City-Flyer flights include all your bags, their size and weight that will be kept in the aeroplane hold. This allowance changes based on the cabin you will be travelling in, your frequent flyer member status and other factors. 
The checked-in bag must not exceed 35.5 x 29.5 x 16 inches or 90 x 75 x 43 cm including handles, pockets etc. The same luggage allowance rules apply to hand luggage on basic-fare flights on some short-haul and long-haul British Airway flights.

Check-in Baggage for Economy Flights (Euro Traveller/World Traveller)

For British Airways flights to/from specific destinations like Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, flights between Japan and Europe, connecting flights between India and USA or Bermuda Triangle or Canada as well as flights to/from Saudi Arabia going to the USA, Canada or Bermuda; the baggage allowances are mentioned below. This baggage allowance on British Airways is applicable to premium economy (World Traveller Plus) flights too

Who No of Bags Weight and Size
Adults and young adults 12+ years 2 bags max23 kg per bag
Children from 2 to 11 years2 bags max23 kg per bag and any two items from
-a completely-collapsible stroller or car seat or travel cot or carry harness
Infants under 2 years1 bag max23 kg per bag and any two items from
-a completely-collapsible stroller or car seat or travel cot or carry harness

For all other British Airway flights

Who No of Bags Weight and Size
Adults and young adults 12+ years 1 bag max23 kg only
Children from 2
to 11 years
1 bag max23 kg per bag and any two items from -a completely collapsible stroller or car seat or travel cot or carry harness

Checked-in baggage allowance for British Airway passengers flying in the First or Business class may vary. To get a better idea of the baggage limits, click here

Cabin baggage

You get free hand baggage allowance on your flight; however, the number of bags, their size and weight will vary based on the airline operating your flight

Do’s for hand baggage on basic fare flights and others

• The bags must fit the luggage scale at check-in. This includes the wheels, pockets and handles.
• The weight limit is applicable to each bag. You cannot split the whole weight across multiple bags.
• You should able to place your bag in the overhead bin.
• If your British Airway flights are busy, you may be asked to check in your additional cabin bag. Ensure you don’t have valuables or vital meds packed in that bag.
• Any duty-free or airport purchases will be considered hand luggage. So, if you have more than your free allowance, your extra bags will be checked-in.

Hand baggage allowance for all British Airway flights except the ones to/from Brazil

Who No of Bags Weight and Size
Adults and young
adults and children
1 handbag and 1 cabin bag maxLaptop or handbag size 40 x 30 x 15 cm and cabin bag size 56 x 45 x 25 cm. Max weight 23 kg each
Infants under 2 years1 cabin bag Max weight 23 kg with size 56 x 45 x 25 cm

If you are travelling to and from Brazil on a British Airway flight, then you can carry 1 handbag with size 45 x 36 x 20cm and 1 cabin bag with size 56 x 45 x 25cm. The maximum weight remains the same 23 kg.

Baggage Allowance for Sports equipment and musical instruments

Sports equipment

All sports equipment must be appropriately packed to avoid damages and conform to the size and weight limits for baggage. You can carry larger sports equipment up to 190 x 75 x 65cm, only if you do not exceed a maximum weight of 23 kg.  If the equipment is larger than the size mentioned, you may have to ship them as cargo. Any equipment over 23 kgs will attract an oversize bag charge.  To know the entire list of sporting items you can carry and its allowance, click here

sports equipment on-board

Musical instruments

You can carry your instruments as part of your cabin luggage and not in addition to the free allowance. If you want to carry an instrument then you are allowed 1 handbag and 1 instrument case, which will be considered the second bag you are allowed.
Make sure your case is 80 x 45 x 25cm in dimension; so, that it doesn’t need to be checked-in to the aircraft hold where extreme temperatures may damage the instruments. Don’t forget to carry your instruments in a hard case as well as insure them. If your instrument weighs more than 23 kg, then you will need to pay extra baggage charges. The maximum weight of instruments that can be carried on a flight is 45 kg.

musical instruments on a flight

How can I purchase additional baggage for my British Airways flight?

British Airways allows its passengers to purchase additional baggage other than the free permissible limit. You can pay for 10 extra bags other than 1 cabin bag permitted. The same dimension and weight limits are applicable to the extra bags. You can pay for extra baggage online before your check-in or you can pay at the airport. To get an idea of extra baggage charges, check here

additional baggage

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