Checked bag fees for airlines flying internationally

A Tam, January 25, 2010
Fares from Washington DC:

    If you think baggage fees on domestic US flights are high, you might be surprised what some international airlines are charging these days. Some airlines charge by the pound (or kilogram) after your bag weighs over a certain limit, and the fees can be quite high. For example, flying on Cathay Pacific from non-Americas destinations, you'll pay 1.5% of the adult economy class fare for each 2.2 lbs (1 kg) that a third checked bag weighs. If the fare is $2000, you'll pay $30 per kg, so if your third bag weighs 22 lbs (10 kg) it will cost $300 each way!

    1st checked Bag

    2nd checked bag

    3 and up

    Aer Lingus

    US to Europe: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Within Europe:

    €12-15 online

     €18 @ airport

    US to Europe: $50 up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Overweight bags between 23kg-32kgs (50lbs-70lbs): $50

    Within Europe: €12-15 online.  € 18 @ airport

    US to Europe: $50 up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Within Europe: €12-15 online.  € 18 @ airport

    Aero Mexico

    Within Mexico: Free up to 30KG(66LBS) TOTAL for all bags. If over limit 165 pesos per KG will be charged.

    US to Mexico:  Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Within Mexico: 165 pesos per KG.

    US to Mexico: $40

    Overweight bag fee: $40-120 depending on weight and destination.

    From: US to Mexico: 3rd-5th $140

    6th-7th $200 each. Up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Aeroflot

    US to Europe:  Free up to 50LBS

    All other flights:  Free up to20KG (44LBS) TOTAL for all bags. If over limit per KG charge is imposed. Price depends on destination

    US to Europe: Free up to 50LBS. Overweight bag fees $50 23 to 32 KG(50 to 70 LBS) $200 up to 45KG(99LBS).

    From US to Europe: $150 each up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Air Berlin

    US to Europe: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Short Haul: Free up to 20KG(44LBS) TOTAL for all bags

    Long Haul (3000+ miles): Free up to 20KG(44LBS) TOTAL for all bags.

    US to Europe: $40 up to 23KG(50LBS). Overweight bag fee $65

    If over limit: Short Haul: €10 per KG

    If over limit: Long Haul: €20 per KG

    US to Europe: $150 each up to 32KG(70LBS). More than 32KG $450 will be charged.

    Air Canada

    Within Canada: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    US to Canada: Free up to 23KG (50 LBS)

    US/Canada to Europe: Free up to 23KG (50LBS)

    US/Canada to all other intl Destinations: Free up to 23KG(50 LBS)

    Within Canada: Free up to 23KG(50LBS). Overweight bags $75 between 23 to 32KG(50 to 70LBS)

    US to Canada: $30 Overweight bags $75 between 23 to 32KG(50 to 70LBS)

    US/Canada to Europe: $50 Overweight bags $100 between 23 to 32KG(50 to 70LBS)

    US/Canada to all other intl destinations: Free up to 50 LBS. Overweight bags $100 between 23 to 32KG(50 to 70LBS)

    Within Canada: $100each up to 23KG(50LBS)

    US to Canada: $100 each up to 23KG(50LBS)

    US/Canada to all intl destinations: $225 each up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Air China

    US to China: Free up to 50LBS

    All other flights: Free up to 20KG (44LBS). If over limit, fee per KG imposed based on 1.5% of highest one way fare.

    US to China: Free up to 23KG (50 LBS)

    US to China: $165 each up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Air France

    US to Europe/Africa/India: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Within Europe: 20KG(44LBS) TOTAL for all bags. If over limit per KG charge is imposed. Price depends on destination

    US to Europe: $50

    US to Africa/India: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Overweight bags $100 between 23 to 32KG(50 to 70LBS)

    US to Europe: $200 each, up to 23KG(50LBS)

    US to Africa/India: $200 up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Alitalia

    US to Europe /N Africa/ C. Africa: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Within Europe: 20 KG TOTAL for all bags. €10 per KG if overweight.

    US to Europe/N Africa: $50 Overweight bags $50 between 23 to 32KG(50 to 70LBS)

    US to C. Africa: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    .

    US to Europe/N Africa/C Africa: $200 each up to 23KG(50LBS)

    American

    All intl destinations: Free up to 23KG (50LBS)

    US to Brazil/Asia: Free

    US to Europe/India: $50

    Varies depending on destination and weight. 

    Austrian

    US to Europe:  Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    All other flights: Up to 20KG(44LBS) TOTAL for all bags. If overweight pay fee for up to certain amount of weight: ex: €35 up to 15KG

    US to EUR: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Within EUR: If overweight, pay fee for up to certain amount of weight: ex: €35 up to 15KG(33LBS) €72 up to 32KG(70LBS).

    US to Europe: $200 up to 23KG(50LBS)

    BMI

    All Flights: Up to 20KG(44LBS) TOTAL for all bags. If over limit per KG charge is imposed. Price depends on destination

    All Flights: Up to 20KG TOTAL for all bags.

    British Airways

    All intl flights: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    US to India/Nigeria/Ghana/Kenya: Free up to 23KG(50LBS) Overweight bags $50 between 23 to 32KG(50 to 70LBS)

    All other international flights: $48 online $60@airport.  Up to 23KG(50LBS) Overweight bags $50 between 23 to 32KG(50 to 70LBS)

    Within Europe/Domestic UK: $50 Up to 23KG(50LBS)

    US to India/Nigeria/Ghana/Kenya: $48 online $60@airport.  Up to 23KG(50LBS)

    All other international flights: $112 online  $140@airport. Up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Within EUR/Domestic UK: $50

    Up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Brussels Airways

    US to Europe/Africa: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Within Europe & Medium Haul from Europe (Tel Aviv, Moscow, Helsinki) : Up to 20KG(44LBS) TOTAL for all bags.

    US to Europe/Africa: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Within Europe:  If over limit, €10 per KG online €12 @ airport

    Medium Haul from Europe: (Tel Aviv, Moscow, Helsinki) €12 per KG online, €15 per KG @ airport.

    US to Europe/Africa: €150 up to 23KG(50LBS). €200 up to 32KG(70LBS)

    Cathay Pacific

    US to Asia: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    All other intl destinations: Up to 20KG(44LBS) TOTAL for all bags. If over limit, fee per KG imposed based on 1.5% of highest one-way fare.

    US to Asia: Free up to 23KG(50LBS) Overweight bags $25 between 23 to 32KG(50 to 70LBS)

    Varies depending on destination and weight.

    Continental

    US to all intl destinations: Free up to 23KG (50LBS)

    US to MEX/Caribbean/S America: $27 online 30 @airport up to 23KG (50LBS) Overweight bags $50 between 23 to 32KG(50 to 70LBS)

    US to Europe: $45 online 50@airport up to 23KG (50LBS) Overweight bags $50 between 23 to 32KG(50 to 70LBS)

    All other intl flights: Free up to 23KG(50LBS) Overweight bags $50 between 23 to 32KG(50 to 70LBS)

    US to Europe: $150 each  up to 23KG(50LBS)

    All other destinations: $100 each up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Delta

    US/ to all intl Destinations: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    US to Mexico/Caribbean/S America: S25 online $30 @ airport up to 23KG(50LBS)

    US to Europe: $50 up to 23KG(50LBS)

    All other intl flights: free up to 50 LBS

    Overweight bags $150 between 23 to 32KG(50 to 70LBS) $175 up to 45KG(100LBS)

    All intl destinations: 3rd bag $200 4th –5th : $350 up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Easyjet

    £9.00 per bag  online £18.00@airport up 20KG(44LBS) TOTAL for all bags up to 8 bags. Excess weight £10 per KG; sports equipment charged extra

    £9.00 per bag  online £18.00@airport up 20KG(44LBS); Excess weight £10 per KG

    Bags 3-8 (max. 8 allowed) £9.00 per bag  online £18.00@airport up 20KG(44LBS); Excess weight £10 per KG

    Egypt Air

    US to all intl destinations: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    All other flights: Up to 20KG(44LBS) TOTAL for all bags. If over limit, fee per KG imposed based on 1.5% of highest one-way fare.

    US to all intl destinations: Free up to 23KG(50LBS). If over limit, fee per KG imposed based on 1.5% of highest one-way fare.

    US(east coast) to all intl destinations: $115 up to 23KG(50LBS)

    US(west coast) to all intl destinations: $125 up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Emirates

    US to Middle East: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    US to Middle East: Free up to 23KG(50LBS). Overweight bags $50 between 23 to 32KG(50 to 70LBS)

    US to Middle East: $175 each up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Eva

    US to Asia: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    All other flights:  20KG(44LBS) TOTAL for all bags. If over limit per KG charge is imposed. Price depends on destination

    US to Asia: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Varies depending on destination.

    Finnair

    US to Europe: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    All other flights: 20KG(44LBS) TOTAL for all bags. If over limit, fee per KG based on 1.5% of highest one-way fare.

    US to EUR: Free up to 23KG(50LBS). If over limit, fee per KG based on 1.5% of highest one-way fare.

    US to EUR- $90-110 each depending on destination.

    Japan Airlines

    US/Canada/Guam to Asia: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Brazil to Asia: Free up to 32KG(70LBS)

    All other flights: Up to 20 KG(44LBS) TOTAL for all bags. If over limit, fee per KG based on 1.5% of highest one-way fare.

    US/Canada/Guam to Asia: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Brazil to Asia: free up to 32KG(70LBS)

    If over limit, fee per KG based on 1.5% of highest one-way fare.

    Piece concept: Depends on destination $80-350

    Iberia

    US to Europe/Mid East/Africa: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    All other flights: 23KG TOTAL for all bags.  If over limit € 5 p. 5 KG

    US to Europe/Mid East/Africa: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    US to Europe/Mid East/Africa: €150 each up to 23KG(50LBS)

    KLM

    US to Europe/ Africa: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    US/All other destinations: 23 KG TOTAL for all bags. If over limit per KG charge is imposed. Price depends on destination

    US to Europe/ Africa: $50 up to 23KG(50LBS)

    US to EUR/ Africa: €200 up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Korean

    US to Asia: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    US to Asia: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Varies depending on route.

    Lan

    All intl routes: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    All intl routes: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    $10-90 depending on route.

    Lufthansa

    US to Europe: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    US to all other intl Destinations: Free up to 23KG

    Within Europe/ Mid East/ Asia/Africa: Up to 20KG TOTAL for all bags. If over limit per KG charge is imposed. Price depends on destination

    US to Europe: $50 up to 23KG(50LBS) Overweight bags $150 between 23 to 32KG(50 to 70LBS). 32KG and up $350

    US to all other intl destinations: Free up to 23KG(50LBS) Overweight bags $150 between 23 to 32KG(50 to 70LBS) 32KG and up $400

    Varies depending on route.

    Mexicana

    Domestic Mexico: Free up to 32KG(70LBS)

    US to Mexico: Free up to 25KG(55LBS)

    To Sao Paulo: Free up to 64KG(140LBS) TOTAL. Max 2 bags.

    To Buenos Aires:  Free up to 32KG(70LBS) TOTAL. Max 2 bags.

    To London: Free up to 46KG(101LBS) TOTAL Max 2 bags.

    To C. America: Free up to 46KG(101LBS) TOTAL Max 2 bags.

    Domestic Mexico:  400 Pesos

    US to Mexico:  $40

    To Sao Paulo: Free up to 64KG(140LBS) TOTAL. Max 2 bags.

    To Buenos Aires:  Free up to 32KG(70LBS) TOTAL Max 2 bags.

    To London: Free up to 46KG(101LBS) TOTAL Max 2 bags.

    To C. America: Free up to 46KG(101LBS) TOTAL Max 2 bags.

    Domestic Mexico:  3rd –5th bags  1500 Pesos Each

    US to Mexico:  3rd –5th bags  $150 Each up to 25KG(55LBS)

    To Sao Paulo:  3rd –5th bags  $150 Each

    To Buenos Aires::  3rd –5th bags  $150 Each

    To London:  3rd –5th bags  $150 Each

    To C. America:  3rd –5th bags  $150 Each

    Air New Zealand

    Within NZ: Free up to 25KG(55LBS)

    NZ To Australia, Asia, and London (Via Hong Kong): Up to 20KG(44LBS) TOTAL for all bags.

    NZ To Tahiti, US, London(Via LA): Free up to 46 KG(100LBS)TOTAL up to 2 bags. If over limit per KG charge is imposed. Price depends on destination

    Within NZ: $15NZD

    To Tahiti, US, London (Via LA): Free up to 46KG(100LBS) TOTAL up to 2 bags.

    Overweight charges will depend on destination and how many bags you check-in.

    Within NZ: $50NZD

    Qantas

    Within Australia:  Free up to 23KG(50LBS) TOTAL for all bags. If over limit per KG charge is imposed. Price depends on destination

    US/Australia: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    All other intl Flights: Up to 23KG(50LBS) TOTAL for all bags. If over limit per KG charge is imposed. Price depends on destination

    US to Australia: Free up to 23KG(50LBS) If bags are overweight, per KG charge is imposed. Price depends on destination

    US to Australia: $150 each up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Royal Jordanian

    Departing from US: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    All other intl destinations:  Up to 20KG(50LBS) TOTAL for all bags. If over limit per KG charge is imposed. Price depends on destination

    Departing from US: Free up to 23KG(50LBS) Overweight bags $100 between 23 to 32KG(50 to 70LBS)

    Departing from US: 3rd bag $175 4th-5th bag: $250 each      

    6th and over: $400 each

    Up to 23KG(50LBS) each

    Ryanair

    €15 online €35 @airport up to 15KG(33LBS); €20 Per KG in excess

    €35 online €70 @airport up to 15KG(33LBS); €20 Per KG in exces

    €20 Per KG payable @airport only

    Scandinavian

    US/Canada to all destinations: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    All other flights:  Up to 20KG(44LBS) TOTAL for all bags. If over limit per KG charge is imposed. Price depends on destination

    US/Canada to all destinations: Free up to 23KG(50LBS) Overweight bags $150 between 23 to 32KG(50 to 70LBS)

    US/Canada to all destinations:  $200 each up to 23KG(50LBS) each. Overweight bags $350 between 23 to 32KG(50 to 70LBS)

    South African

    US/Canada to Africa: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    All other destinations: Up to 20-30 KG TOTAL for all bags depending on destination.  If over limit charge will be 1.5% of normal one-way fare per KG. Some exceptions apply. 

    US/Canada to Africa: Free up to 23 KG (50LBS) Overweight bags $50 between 23 to 32KG(50 to 70LBS)

    US to Africa: $125-150 depending on final destination

    Up to 23KG(50LBS) each

    Swiss

    US to Europe/Cameroon: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    All other intl flights: 20KG(44LBS) TOTAL for all bags. If over limit per KG charge is imposed. Price depends on destination

    US to Europe/Cameroon: Free up to 23KG(50LBS) Overweight bags $150 between 23 to 32KG(50 to 70LBS)

    US to Europe: $200 each

    US to All other destinations: $250

    Up to 23KG(50LBS) each

    Taca

    All flights: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    All Flights: Free up to 23KG(50LBS) Overweight bags $55 between 23 to 31KG(50 to 70LBS)

    Bags 3-4: $175 each

    5+: $200 each

    Up to 23KG(50LBS) each

    Tap Portugal

    US/Canada to Europe: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Within Europe: 20KG(44LBS) TOTAL for all bags. If over limit per KG charge is imposed. Price depends on destination

    US/Canada to Europe: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    US/ Canada to Europe: 3+ $150 each up to 23KG(50LBS) each

    Thai

    To from US: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    All other flights: Free up to 20KG(44LBS) TOTAL for all bags. If over limit per KG charge is imposed. Price depends on destination

    To From US: Free up to 23KG(50LBS) Overweight bags $119 between 23 to 32KG(50 to 70LBS)

    To from US: 3+ $119 each,

    Up to 23KG(50LBS)

    Turkish

    To from US: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    All other flights: Up to 20KG(44LBS) TOTAL for all bags. If over limit per KG charge is imposed. Price depends on destination

    To from US: Free up to 23KG(50LBS) Overweight bags $80 between 23 to 32KG(50 to 70LBS)

    To from US: $150-225 each Depending on destination. Up to 23KG(50LBS)

    United

    All intl flights: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    US to Europe/Russia/India:  $45 online $50@airport.

    US to Mexico/Caribbean: $27 online $30@airport Overweight bags $125 between 23 to 45KG(50 to 100LBS)

    All other flights: free up to 23KG(50LBS) Overweight bags $150-400 depending on destination and weight. 

    US to Europe/S.America/Asia/Australia:  3rd-4th: $200 each 5th-6th: $250 each up to 23KG(50LBS)

    US to Africa/Middle East: 3+ $250 each up to 23KG(50LBS)

    To Caribbean/Mexico: 3rd-4th $125 each

    5th-6th : $250  up to 23KG(50LBS)

    USAir

    US to Europe: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    US to S. America/Mid East: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    US to Europe: $50 online $55 @ airport

    To S. America/Mid East: Free up to 50LBS Overweight bags $50 between 23 to 32KG(50 to 70LBS) $100 between 32 and 45KG(50-100LBS)

    US to Europe: $100 @ airport up to 23KG(50LBS)

    To S. America/Mid East: $100 @ airport up to 23KG(50LBS)

    V Australia

    US to Australia Free up to 2KG(70LBS) TOTAL up to 2 bags

    All other destinations: 23KG(50LBS) TOTAL for all bags. If over limit per KG charge is imposed. Price depends on destination

    US to Australia: Free up to 32KG(70LBS) TOTAL up to 2 bags. Overweight bags $100

    US to Australia: $100 US Each

    Virgin Atlantic

    All routes: Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    All destinations to Africa:  Free up to 23KG(50LBS)

    All other routes: $48 online $60@airport. Overweight bags 50 between 23 to 32KG(50 to 70LBS)

    Africa:   $48 online $60@airport

    4+: $48 online $140@airport

    All others: 3+: $48 online $140@airport

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