How Much Can My Luggage Weigh?
When we go on holiday or move to another country for a while, we always ask ourselves the same question. We never know for sure how much our luggage can weigh. This OneHowTo offers you a simple guide so that you can bear it in mind for your next trip.
For both domestic and international flights the weight of hand luggage ranges from 8 to 10 kilos per passenger. You also need to consider that airlines quite often change their limits regarding the dimensions of hand luggage. It must be suitable for fitting into the overhead compartment in the cabin.
For domestic flights, you can normally travel with a suitcase that weights up to 20 kilos in economy class, while in first class it can weigh up to 30 kilos.
Everything depends on the airline for international flights. In general, the regulations are often similar, with two suitcases up to 23 kilos each in economy class, as well as a hand luggage, although some countries such as Brazil have their own rules. Some other airlines only allow one 30kg suitcase per person.
If you travel with a low cost airline, remember that only hand luggage is included in the fare. Checked hold luggage must be paid for separately. Low cost airlines are normally very strict with regards to weight and size limits. They will weigh your hand baggage and measure it before boarding, so make sure you comply with their policies to avoid delays and extra fees. In general these airlines are good for short trips when you're only travelling for a few days.
When your suitcase weighs 1 or 2 kilos more, companies often let it go, but everything depends on the member of check-in staff when it comes to checking your bags in. Likewise, each company has their own excess baggage rates, which are not usually less than £45 per suitcase.
It is important to always consult the individual airline's regulations regarding baggage before buying your ticket. Some offer better options than others, depending on where you're travelling to and the length of your stay, meaning some airlines are more advantageous than others.
Here are the major airlines' websites, where you can find out everything you need to know about baggage restrictions: Lufthansa and Delta Airlines, Iberia, TAP Portugal, Air France, Air Europa.
If you want to know more about baggage for a trip, here are a couple of articles about what cosmetics you can take on a plane and how to complain for a lost luggage. Have a good trip!
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