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Airline checked & carry-on baggage size chart 2020

We know that travel is especially difficult right now. But alongside the latest COVID-19 travel advice and updates, we want to continue to inspire you with new travel content so that when the world opens its doors again, you'll be ready.

One way Skyscanner makes your trip easier, pandemic or not, is by spelling out must-know travel information as clearly as possible. Airline baggage fees, for example, can be famously confusing. This is true whether you have a carry-on or checked bag, and can differ if you’re traveling domestically vs. internationally. We hope that this guide will clear up any questions about checked baggage or carry-on fees, as the case may be!

Domestic & International checked baggage size chart

Airline Checked Bag Size Checked Bag Weight 1st Checked Bag Fee
American Airlines 62 in 50 lbs $30*
Delta Airlines 62 in 50 lbs $30*
United Airlines 62 in 50 lbs $35*
Southwest Airlines 62 in 50 lbs Free
JetBlue Airways 62 in 50 lbs $35
Alaska Airlines 62 in 50 lbs $30
Spirit Airlines 80 in 40 lbs From $35
Allegiant 62 in 40 lbs $36-50**
Frontier Airlines 62 in 50 lbs $30-50**
Hawaiian Airlines 62 in 50 lbs $30
British Airways 35.5 x 29.5 x 16 in 50 lbs Free
Norwegian Air 118 in 70.5 lbs From €50 (~$60)
Korean Air 62 in 70 lbs Free
Asiana Airlines 62 in 50 lbs Free
Emirates Airline 59 in 50 lbs Free
Air India 62 in 55 lbs Free
Turkish Airlines 62 in 44 lbs Free
Qatar Airlines 62 in 2 bags (50 lbs per bag) Free
Japan Airlines 79 in 50 lbs Free
Allegiant Air 80 in 40 lbs $15
Volaris 62 in 55 lbs Free
Lufthansa 62 in 50 lbs Free
Air Canada 62 in 50 lbs $30
Air France 62 in 50 lbs €35 (~$65)
Copa Airlines 62 in 52 lbs Free
Ryanair N/A from 15 lbs-44 lbs From €20 (~$30)
WestJet 62 in 50 lbs From C$35
Singapore Airlines 62 in 66 lbs Free
Aer Lingus 62 in 50 lbs Free
Interjet N/A 55 lbs Free
Caribbean Airlines 62 in 50 lbs Free
Philippine Airlines 62 in 50 lbs Free
Icelandair 62 in 50 lbs Free
easyJet 108 in up to 50 lbs From £6.99 (~$9)

*Domestic US travel only. For international flights, your first checked bag is free, subject to size limitations.

**This fee varies depending on whether you pay during online check-in or at the airport.

Domestic & International carry-on baggage size chart

Airline Carry On Fee Domestic Size; Weight (N/A unless noted) International Size; Weight (N/A unless noted)
American Airlines Free* 22 x 14 x 9 22 x 14 x 9
Delta Air Lines Free* 22 x 14 x 9 22 x 14 x 9
United Airlines Free* 22 x 14 x 9 22 x 14 x 9
Southwest Airlines Free 10 x 16 x 24 10 x 16 x 24
JetBlue Airways Free 22 x 14 x 9 22 x 14 x 9
Alaska Airlines Free 22 x 14 x 9 22 x 14 x 9
Spirit Airlines From $26 18 x 14 x 8 18 x 14 x 8
Frontier Airlines Free 24 x 10 x 16; 35 lbs 24 x 10 x 16; 35 lbs
Hawaiian Airlines Free 22 x 14 x 9; 25 lbs 22 x 14 x 9; 25 lbs
British Airways Free 22 x 18 x 10; 51 lbs 22 x 18 x 10; 51 lbs
Norwegian Air Free 21.7 x 15.7 x 7.9; 22 lbs 21.7 x 15.7 x 7.9; 22 lbs
Korean Air Free 45″; 25 lbs 45″; 25 lbs
Asiana Airlines Free 21.6 x 15.7 x 7.8; 22 lbs 21.6 x 15.7 x 7.8; 22 lbs
Emirates Airline** Free 22 x 15 x 8; 15 lbs 22 x 15 x 8; 15 lbs
Air India Free 22 x 14 x 8; 17 lbs 22 x 14 x 8; 17 lbs
Turkish Airlines** Free 21.6 x 15.6 x 9; 17.6lbs 21.6 x 15.6 x 9; 17.6lbs
Qatar Airlines Free 20 x 15 x 10; 15lbs 20 x 15 x 10; 15lbs
Japan Airlines Free 22 x 16 x 10; 22lbs 22 x 16 x 10; 22lbs
Allegiant Air From $18 22 x 14 x 9; 25lbs 22 x 14 x 9; 25lbs
Volaris Free 22.4 x 15.7 x 12.9*; 42lbs 22.4 x 15.7 x 12.9*; 42lbs
Lufthansa Free 22 x 16 x 9; 17lbs 22 x 16 x 9; 17lbs
Air Canada Free 9 x 15.5 x 21.5 9 x 15.5 x 21.5
Air France Free 21 x 13 x 9; 26lbs 21 x 13 x 9; 26lbs
Copa Airlines Free 22 x 14 x 10; 22 lbs 22 x 14 x 10; 22 lbs
Ryanair Free 21.6 x 15.7 x 7.8; 22lbs 21.6 x 15.7 x 7.8; 22lbs
WestJet Free 21 x 9 x 15 21 x 9 x 15
Singapore Airlines Free 45 x 8; 15 lbs 45 x 8; 15 lbs
Aer Lingus Free 21.5 x 15.5 x 9.5; 22lbs 21.5 x 15.5 x 9.5; 22lbs
Interjet Free 21 x 15 x 9; 22lbs 21 x 15 x 9; 22lbs
Caribbean Airlines Free 45 in; 22 lbs 45 in; 22 lbs
Philippine Airlines Free 45 in; 15 lbs 45 in; 15 lbs
Icelandair Free 21.6 x 15.7 x 7.8; 22lbs 21.6 x 15.7 x 7.8; 22lbs
easyJet Free 22 x 17.7 x 9.8 22 x 17.7 x 9.8

*These airlines forbid carry-on baggage for passengers who purchase “Basic Economy” fares. However, you can usually bring a personal item like a purse or diaper bag.

**During the COVID-19 pandemic, these airlines have temporarily suspended the carriage of non-essential items into the cabin. Make sure to verify your airline’s specific policies before heading to the airport to avoid a surprise at the check-in counter!

A note for premium passengers

Generally speaking, you won’t pay to check or carry-on bags if you’re flying in first or business class, or if you’re an elite passenger. For elite travelers, this is regardless of whether you hold status in an airline’s own frequent flyer program (for example, American Airlines AAdvantage Gold, Platinum or Executive Platinum) or for its alliance partners (in the case of American, elite status with airlines such as Japan Airlines or Qantas will result in Ruby, Sapphire or Emerald Oneworld status).

Traveling with larger items

The easiest way to save on baggage fees is to pack less, but sadly that’s not always an option. This is particularly true if you’re traveling with large items including sports equipment, medical equipment, or even children’s items. Here are some tips to make it easier, and help reduce fees.

For sports equipment

  • Check with the airline: Do they charge by the object (ie: per surfboard) or by the bag? If it’s by the bag, you’ll have an easier time transporting multiple items and be able to save yourself some money.
  • Make it look as normal as possible: While there is no disguising a surfboard, some bigger items, such as a bicycle, can be broken down into the frame and wheels. If you are able to pack them separately into normal-looking suitcases, you will save yourself by not paying checked baggage fees for a ‘special item’.
  • Reconsider: Is your own personal sporting equipment really necessary? It may be much more budget-friendly to just rent what you need at your end destination. Or, if you’re planning to stay a long time, to ship the item to yourself using a service like UPS or DHL.

For medical equipment

  • Contact local hotels: For wheelchair users, especially those who need lifts, the first thing you should do is get in touch with local hotels to see if they have their own lifts or ceiling hoists. That way you don’t need to bring your own lift.
  • Bring a portable shower chair: While a collapsible shower chair may not be ideal for everyday use, they are definitely handy when traveling. Plus, some models can be folded up to fit in a suitcase, waving any extra ‘special items’ fees.
  • Get in touch with your airline: Most airlines will stow wheelchairs and scooters free of charge in the hold, but it’s best to reach out to them ahead of time to confirm this, especially as preparations will need to be made. If you have an electric wheelchair, be sure to notify them as the battery may need special storage during the flight.
  • CPAP machines: Travelers requiring CPAP machines should also get in touch with the airlines ahead of time. While they are considered to be carry-on items, there may be rules about using the machine during the flight.
  • Oxygen tanks: It is important to note that if you plan on traveling with oxygen, you will need to visit your doctor ahead of time to get the necessary paperwork. Your own Oxygen tanks are not allowed as check-in luggage, however empty FAA-approved tanks can be checked. If you need something on board, talk to your doctor about the Department of Transportation-approved battery-powered oxygen concentrators that are permitted on flights.

For children’s items (car seats and strollers)

Car seats and strollers are common items for families traveling with young children, and airlines are pretty good at accepting them at no additional fee. However, this is not always the case and some airlines do have restrictions so call ahead and ask.

  • Strollers can be either checked in when you arrive at the airport or checked in at the gate. Given the size, they are rarely allowed as carry-on luggage.
  • Car seats can often be carried on board, but they do need to be FAA-approved. If you don’t want to carry on the car seat, it’s recommended to store it in a duffel bag so it doesn’t get dirty.

With both car seats and strollers, smaller is always better.

Travel tips and hacks

Need more tips and advice about traveling in the COVID era? Check out these articles below:

Is carry-on or checked baggage better?

For many of us, the answer is “both!” Depending on the luggage allowance your airline provides, you may want to take advantage of every square inch. If you’re just going for a weekend, or if you generally like to travel light, the advantages of having less to lug may win out. Even with a single bag, whether you decide to check or carry-on can depend on several factors.

The convenience of checked and carry-on baggage

A carry-on bag lets you access your belongings in-flight. It also permits you to keep valuables within sight, and there’s no waiting around by the baggage claim after you land. On the other hand, checking your luggage means that you can just hand it over and not worry about dragging it through security and the rest of the airport. Just be sure to arrive in plenty of time to check your bags. A minimum of 30-40 minutes before your flight is recommended, but check with your airline, especially for international flights.

The items you’re planning to bring

The contents of all baggage are subject to rules and regulations enforced by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), but carry-on luggage has to meet a more stringent set of restrictions. While we all know better than to bring the obvious contraband (explosives spring to mind), some prohibitions are not so predictable. The guidelines change from time to time, so it makes sense to review the rules before you fly. This official TSA list is clear on what you can carry on and what needs to be checked.

Understand Airline Restrictions for carry-on and checked baggage sizes

Airlines can be very strict about the size of carry-on luggage. For safety reasons, your bag must be able to fit in overhead bins or under the seat in front of you. If a carry-on bag or personal item is too big, it will have to be checked. Depending on the airline, gate-checking an oversized bag can be subject to unpleasant fees. Planning ahead will spare you any awkward surprises.

Conclusion

Understanding the ins-and-outs of airline baggage fees can seem complicated, especially during the COVID-era. However, thanks to this easy-to-follow guide, it takes just a few seconds to verify checked baggage fees for the airline you’re flying, as well as carry-on fees and other potential charges. The question now is where you’ll travel and what you’ll do. We hope you’ll seek out some inspiration, now that you have the information you need!