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Extra and overweight baggage

Don’t get caught out at the airport – plan ahead to save time and money on all your baggage needs.

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You'll find your extra and overweight baggage prices and details of your allowance in Manage My Booking, as well as your e-ticket receipt e-mail.

View your bagagge prices in Manage My Booking

Prices on British Airways flights (including BA CityFlyer)

Use our calculator to get a guide price for baggage on an upcoming trip. Prices may change at any time but the price you pay is fixed on your 'ticketing date', which is usually the day you purchased your flights but with some travel agents could be later.

Changes and refunds

If you purchase extra bags online and then change your mind, you can either change or cancel them and request a refund. You must do this online at Manage My Booking before you check in. We're unable to process any change or refund requests after you have checked in, at the airport or once the flight has departed.

  • To change your extra bags, you will need to first cancel your purchase and then make a new one. The new purchase will be made using the current extra bag prices.
  • Purchasing transactions are not complete until they have been authorised by your payment provider and we have sent you a confirmation email.
  • Unless otherwise stated, we will only make a refund to the payment method you have originally used to purchase the extra bag.

Overweight bags with British Airways and BA CityFlyer

Hand baggage

If your hand baggage is over the weight limit, you will need to check it in and it will count towards your checked baggage allowance. If this then takes you over your free checked baggage allowance, or if you are travelling on a hand baggage only (Basic) fare, you will need to pay for extra baggage at the airport rate.

Checked baggage

If your checked bag weighs more than your allowance you may be charged extra at the airport:

Bag weight Charge per bag
23-32kg (51-70lb)

65 GBP / 75 EUR / 100 USD / 100 CAD per overweight bag and one-way journey.

If you are leaving from a country that uses a different local currency, the GBP amount will be converted to the local currency. Payment by cash may incur a commission charge.
If the journey to your destination is on more than one British Airways flight and your onward connection is within 24 hours, or to the first available connecting flight to your destination, then you will pay just one Heavy Bag Charge per overweight bag for the entire one-way journey.

Over 32kg (70lb)

Not possible to check in; you will need to unaccompanied bags service

More about taking heavy musical instruments

There are no overweight charges for personal wheelchairs, mobility aids or medical equipment but please check our disability assistance or medical information for specific advice.

More about checked baggage

Travelling on other carriers

Baggage allowances and policies vary by airline, even if you buy your flights through Please note that payment by cash may incur a commission charge.


Our franchise partner Comair is an independent airline that uses British Airways branding and flight codes across its network. It operates across southern Africa (flight numbers BA6200-6449).

Extra bag charges

Online in advance

charge (23kg)

At the airport

charge (23kg)

Flights within South Africa

330 ZAR 425 ZAR

Flights between South Africa and Victoria Falls, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Windhoek and Mauritius

520 ZAR

645 ZAR / 52 USD /

1,700 MUR / 645 NAD

All other flights N/A

950 ZAR / 70 USD /

2,350 MUR

Overweight bag charges

Overweight bag charge

(23-32kg; per person and one-way journey)

Flights within South Africa 340 ZAR

Flights between South Africa and Victoria Falls, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Windhoek and Mauritius

520 ZAR / 42 USD / 1,375 MUR / 520 NAD
All other flights 700 ZAR / 60 USD / 1,850 MUR


Our franchise partner SUN-AIR of Scandinavia is an independent airline that uses British Airways branding and flight codes across its network. It operates flights across northern Europe (flight numbers BA8200-8299).

The charges for extra and overweight baggage are the same as for British Airways operated flights.

Other airlines

Check the extra bag charges on American AirlinesFinnairIberiaJapan Airlines and Qatar Airways.

For other airlines, please refer to their websites or contact them directly.

Find out which airline you are flying with in Manage My Booking

Terms and Conditions


  • Prices are per one way.
  • Prices for connecting journeys are calculated as follows:
    * within Europe (e.g. Paris to Rome or Edinburgh to Madrid via London) – £65 per bag in all circumstances
    * to/from or beyond Europe (e.g. New York to Mumbai or Glasgow to Bangkok via London) – you pay the price for just one of the flights; where the charges vary, you pay the greater one (e.g. for Glasgow to Bangkok via London, you would pay the charge for the London to Bangkok flight only)
  • Prices are in UK pounds, US or Canadian dollars, and Euros. If you are leaving from a country that uses a different local currency, the UK pounds amount will be converted to the local currency.
  • Online purchase is not available on a few routes due to local airport systems but you will be able to pay for extra bags at the airport. At many airports, including London Heathrow, Gatwick and North America, you can only pay using a credit or debit card. Please check with a member of our staff at the airport to find out if options are available for converting cash to a prepaid debit card.
  • If you use a prepaid debit card, do not throw it away until your travel is complete, even if the card is empty. If we need to refund any costs, we will be returning these to your original form of payment.
  • If payment by cash is still available at the airport, it may incur a commission charge.
  • Pricing subject to seasonal peak increases of up to 20% on the listed online price.