What is the British Airways baggage / luggage allowance?

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In this article I want to look at what the baggage or luggage allowance is on British Airways.

I want to say at the start that there are different rules for status members of British Airways Executive Club:

If you are a Gold member of British Airways Executive Club, we wrote about your luggage allowance in this article

If you are a Silver member of British Airways Executive Club, we wrote about your luggage allowance in this article

If you are a Bronze or Blue member of British Airways Executive Club, you get the standard BA baggage allowance.  You do not receive any special benefits.

What is the British Airways luggage allowance?

What is the standard British Airways baggage allowance?

As a British Airways Bronze cardholder, you can only check in the standard luggage allowance:

Basic / hand baggage only ticket:

No free luggage allowance.  If you are travelling with a child up to 11 years of age, however, you can check in two items per child for free.  This could include a collapsible pushchair or stroller, a car seat or a travel cot.

Economy / World Traveller / Euro Traveller tickets:

With a few specific exceptions (Doha, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria) an adult can check in one suitcase for free, weighing up to 23kg

A child (up to 11 years) can check in one suitcase for free, weighing up to 23kg, plus a fully collapsible pushchair or car seat

Premium Economy / World Traveller Plus tickets:

An adult can check in two suitcases for free, weighing up to 23kg

A child (2 to 11 years) can check in two suitcases for free, weighing up to 23kg, plus a fully collapsible pushchair and car seat

An infant (up to 2 years) can check in one suitcase for free, weighing up to 23kg, plus a fully collapsible pushchair and car seat

Business / Club World / Club Europe tickets:

An adult can check in two suitcases for free, weighing up to 32kg

A child (2 to 11 years) can check in two suitcases for free, weighing up to 32kg, plus a fully collapsible pushchair and car seat

An infant (up to 2 years) can check in one suitcase for free, weighing up to 32kg, plus a fully collapsible pushchair and car seat

First Class tickets:

An adult can check in three suitcases for free, weighing up to 32kg

A child (2 to 11 years) can check in three suitcases for free, weighing up to 32kg, plus a fully collapsible pushchair and car seat

An infant (up to 2 years) can check in one suitcase for free, weighing up to 32kg, plus a fully collapsible pushchair and car seat

Baggage allowance British Airways Executive Club Silver member

What happens if I am changing planes?

This a bit more complicated than it needs to be.

If you are travelling in a different class on the outbound and return, you get the allowance of the class you are travelling in.  If you fly out in First Class but come back in Business Class, you do NOT get the First Class allowance on your return.

If you are flying in mixed classes on the same journey (eg Euro Traveller from Manchester to London, connecting to Club World from Manchester to Los Angeles), you get the ‘most significant sector’ allowance.  This allows you to ignore the usual rules on the Manchester to London flight.

If you have a stopover en route and change classes (eg you fly Manchester to London, stop in London for two days and then continue in Club World to Los Angeles) you do NOT get the ‘most significant sector’ allowance.  You only get the allowance of the cabin in which you are sitting.

Full details can be found on the luggage page of ba.com which is here.  You can also find the current charges for additional or overweight baggage on that page.

(This article is part of our ‘BA Q&A’ series which explains how British Airways Executive Club works.  You can see all of our ‘BA Q&A’ articles here. )

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