The following information is general in nature and should be used as a guide only. For more specific, up-to-date information, please refer directly to your airline.
Most airlines permit you to carry at least one item of luggage as carry on, with a weight limit between 5kg - 7kg. Carry on baggage must also adhere to size restrictions as well as weight limits, with some airlines physically checking the dimensions and weight of baggage at check-in or the boarding gate. The general rule of thumb is carry on baggage must either fit under the seat in front of you, or in an overhead locker. One personal item (a handbag, laptop bag, suit bag, etc) can usually be carried in addition to your carry on bag. Please check with your airline for specific restrictions prior to your journey.
Your airfare will either include checked baggage or it won’t. Full service airlines will usually include checked baggage in your fare, while their low cost counterparts will charge you extra to add checked baggage.
The most common checked baggage allowance with a full service airline is 23kg, while low cost carriers will offer a scale of weights for you to choose from, starting from 15kg. The maximum weight of a suitcase is typically 32kg for safety reasons, and anything over your permitted luggage allowance is likely to incur fees from the airline. If you are flying in Premium Economy, Business Class or First Class, you will usually be offered a higher included checked luggage allowance.
Travelling with your little ones? Most airlines offer a baggage allowance for infants. Some allow items such as car seats, prams and port-a-cots as part of or in addition to your checked baggage allowance, depending on the age of your child. Please check with your airline for specific information. In addition to extra luggage allowances, parents of infants are allowed to carry certain volumes of breast milk and baby formula, juice or baby food for consumption during your flight. The volumes do differ depending on the airline and destination, so please check these details prior to departure.
If you are travelling with items like surfboards, ski equipment, musical instruments and equipment, golf clubs, bicycles or other bulky items, most airlines will consider the weight of these items as part of your checked baggage allowance. If you exceed that limit, you will most likely incur fees. Airlines will only allow bulky items if there is room on the aircraft, while some will place restrictions or charge additional fees depending on the dimensions of the items. Airlines often also have specific regulations in place around how these items are packaged, so please check with your airline in advance for more information.
There are a number of items that have been determined to be dangerous goods, including (but not limited to) flammable liquids, lithium batteries and explosives. Dangerous goods have been labeled so due to their risk to aircraft and/or passenger safety, and are therefore restricted, meaning they cannot be packed in either carry on or checked baggage. These items are identified and governed by authorities around the world.
There are also restrictions around the volume of liquid, gels and aerosols that can be carried on-board aircraft. While they can be packed in your carry on baggage, they must not exceed 100 milliliters and must be packed in a resealable clear plastic bag, no larger than 1 litre capacity. There are generally extra provisions for baby products and medications. Please check with your airline for more information.
Remember, each airline has their own rules and specifications around the luggage you are permitted to travel with, so please discuss your luggage needs with your Travel Whizz prior to making your airline reservation so they can ensure that the airline and airfare selected caters to your needs, and please ensure you check with your airline prior to departure if you are unsure about any of your luggage.