Airline Baggage Fees: What you need to know before you fly

More and more people are asking about baggage fees, and rightfully so. Baggage fees have become a confusing mess and every airline has a different policy, which can be daunting. Rather than going through each airline’s baggage policy, I’ll break down the basics every traveler should know. Prior to purchasing, keep these four basics in mind.

Airline Baggage Fees

Baggage basics

1. Baggage fees are per bag and per direction. So one way = one charge. Round trip = two charges. If your flight has a connection, bags will generally transfer from flight to flight and no additional fees will apply. There are a few exceptions – like if you are connecting from one airline to another and those two airlines don’t have a baggage agreement with each other; or if you actually purchase separate tickets for each leg of your connecting flight.  Both of these cases are very rare.

2. Although some web sites are more forthcoming about bag fees than others, these charges are set by the airline and do not change whether you buy your ticket over the phone or online, through the airline, or through a third party website. The bag charge will be the same. If a particular web site doesn’t list a charge for checked bags and another does, it’s simply because the first site is not revealing all of the associated fees – it’s not that they have a better deal!

3. Most airlines don’t charge bag fees for their top frequent flyers (those with “elite” status); members of the U.S. military; business and first class ticket holders; those who purchase fully refundable or other more expensive fares; and in some cases people who have the airlines’ branded credit card.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, onto the nitty gritty:

Checked baggage

For domestic flights, bag fees vary and range from free to $200. Southwest Airlines is famous for its “Bags Fly Free” policy – they allow two bags for no charge. But most airlines charge around $25 for the first bag and $35 for the second bag. (More than two can get really expensive.) JetBlue now charges for bags (they used to allow one freebie), based on the class of service purchased:

Fare option          1st bag                           2nd bag                       3rd bag + add’l bags

Blue                       $20 (online/at kiosk)        $25 (at ticket counter)           $35 – $100 each

Blue Plus               Included                         $35                                                   $100 each

Blue Flex               Included                      Included                                               $100 each

There has been a move in recent years by some airlines to include free baggage allowance (like the JetBlue model) with an upgraded seat. You can check with individual airlines to see if they offer this perk for booking a better class of service.

Baggage fees are based on piece, size and weight. If your bag is too big or too heavy, according to airline standard, you will have to pay extra fees. Bags that weigh more than 70 pounds usually fall into this category.

Carry-ons

A common strategy now is to try to bring your bag on board with you to avoid bag fees. That’s usually a good idea, since nearly every airline allows for one free carry-on bag based on size and weight conditions (usually 45 linear inches and less than 30 pounds.) But a couple airlines, Spirit and Allegiant, will actually charge you for your carry-on, even more than the cost of a checked bag!

All airlines, however, including Spirit and Allegiant, allow you to bring one “personal item” such as a purse or laptop free of charge.

Domestic versus international

Another factor driving the costs of baggage fees is whether the flight is domestic or international. Passengers flying internationally can pay fees ranging from $0 – $350, depending on the class of service and destination. When traveling international, the calculation of baggage fees will depend on the destination.

When to pay your bag fees

More and more airlines are charging higher bag fees if you pay them at the airport, as opposed to paying them in advance on the airline’s website. For this reason, we always recommend you checking the airline web site in advance of your flight to see if you can prepay your bag fees. This will save a little time at the airport, too.

Confused yet? Check out our baggage fee charts.

This is a lot of detailed information. We’ve created comprehensive baggage fee charts to help you with your trip planning. Use them for every trip!

Have questions? Just email JeremyB@cheapair.com.

Note: These tips apply for flights to U.S. destinations.  Fees can vary for traveling outside the country.  Fees are valid as of 06/01/16 but are subject to change.

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125 Comments

  1. My son is sending money to someone. She is going through an agent. When he sends the amount they tell him to and it gets there, he is told that the luggage fees have gone up so why do he have to pay the full luggage fee amount again?

    1. Hi Karen,

      Airlines charge fees for checking bags. Some airlines, like Spirit Airlines, even charge for carry on bags too. The charges will depend on what airline your son is booked with and the routing. For example, if he’s traveling domestically on American Airlines, they charge $25 for the first checked bag. If traveling internationally, it can be more… depending on the route. With that said, I would find out which airline he’s flying and double check the fees they charge to see if the charges you’re being quoted are accurate.

  2. I recently booked on Allegiant. I’m not sure yet how many bags we will take since it’s a short trip (4 days) and there are only 2 of us; but I wanted to prepay. So, I chose to pay for 1 checked bag and 2 carry ons (I did this because sometimes we take a computer, which I felt would be counted as a carry on and I always take a carry on with our pills, etc). Anyway, if we don’t use all of the bags I paid for, does the airline refund bag fees?

    1. Hi Ann,

      Unfortunately each airline is different with their policies. Allegiant Air doesn’t state whether they will refund bag fees for bags that are purchased but not used. I would recommend contacting the airline to inquire.

  3. I need to bring lots of luggage on a trip from Panama to the US. I looked at first class tickets and found that they were not too much more expensive. But a second look shows only one flight leg is first class. Does that mean that the first class travel allowance for baggage is only for that one leg ?

    1. Hi Dave,

      There’s a few variables here. What airline are you traveling on? If you purchased each flight leg separately, then you only get the first class allowance for just that leg. If you purchased the whole trip as economy class but got upgraded to first for one leg, I doubt you’d get the first class allowance for all legs. If you purchased first class and were only given one leg in first, then you’d probably get the first class travel allowance. If in doubt, you can call the airline you’re traveling with to see what they advise. Other factors to pay attention to are the weight and size restrictions on luggage.

  4. I am flying us airways with my son. He is 2 and has his own seat and I paid the same for his ticket as mine. However when I try to pay for my checked bags online it doesn’t give me an option to pay for a first checked bag for myself and for him. The website only offers my “party” to pay $25 for the first checked bag and $35 for the second.
    Is there a way to designate a checked bag to him?

    1. Hi Libby,

      Since you purchased 2 seats, you should be allowed to purchase bags for both seats. I would recommend contacting US Airways to inform them and see what they advise. They don’t mention anything about this on their website.

  5. I booked a flight for my stepson will they charge my credit card for baggage fees or will he have to pay them at the airport?

    1. Hi Sam,

      What airline is it? Depending on the type of ticket you purchased, you may or may not have to pay for bags. If you do, then you would either need to pay prior to arrival or at the airport, but some airlines charge different amounts depending on when you purchase the bags.

  6. Jeremy,
    I upgraded the first leg of my daughters oneway flight to first class on American.

    Will she still be able to get two free checked bags? It is a domestic flight, LAX to DFW then RIC

    1. Hi Jami,

      This depends on how the tickets were issued. Assuming that you booked it all together and traveling on American Airlines, her luggage should transfer automatically when connecting in DFW.

  7. Last month I booked a flight and a checked bag, but now that it’s growing closer I’m realizing I don’t need the bag, my “free personal bag” is enough to hold everything I need to bring on the flight, is it possible to get a refund for the bag I no longer need? I booked with Spirit.

    1. Hi Eric, Unfortunately bag fees with Spirit are non-refundable. Their policy is pretty strict – sorry this is not an ideal situation for you.

    2. Hi Eric,

      You would need to contact Spirit Airlines to inform them and see what they advise. I suspect you can get a refund for the bag fee if contacting them prior to your departure.

  8. Hi,

    I booked an international flight with qatar airways. I have a connection with a domestic flight on the same ticket. As in international airways allows 2 luggage for free, will the luggage will be free on the domestic flight as well?
    thanks

    1. Hi there, It’s hard to say 100% with confidence without taking a look at your itinerary, but let me try. In most cases, if you’ve booked one ticket the long-haul carrier (so in your case Qatar), is the carrier who’s baggage policy will apply. However, if you’ve booked a couple of tickets, we’d have to take a closer look at the itinerary. If you’ve booked a ticket with us (10.185.58.36), shoot me an email at help@cheapair.com and we can help figure this out with you. If you’ve booked direct with the airlines, reach out to them. Best of luck to you!

    1. Hi Shavonna, You’ll have to call the airline directly to change this. If you are a customer of CheapAir, you can also call us (800-243-2724) and we can call the airline for you so you don’t have to deal with the logistics on your own.

    1. Hi Cameron, Don’t take your chances on getting a kindhearted gate agent. It’s likely that Spirit will charge you their regular fees ($50 at the counter and $100 at the gate) if you wait to manage this on travel day. I’ve heard that some gate agents look the other way, but it’s definitely noir worth the financial hit. I would use my diaper bag as THE carry on item and just forego a purse. You could also call them directly for clarification – these rules do change all the time.

  9. Hi,
    I have bought an internationl Qatar airlines ticket from cheapoir with a domestic flight from philadelphia to LA. For my long haul flight to philadelphia i can have up to 2 x 23kg luggages with me, but what happens at my connection in philadelphia where i have to get my luggages at the customs and return them for the domestic flight to LA? Do i have to pay any extra charges?!

    1. Hi Ali, I just want to clarify that this is the CheapAir site NOT CheapOAir (we have very similar name and we both do the same thing–sell flights). So you would have to confirm this bit of information with CheapoAir but when WE sell a ticket like the one you’re describing, the long-haul portion is what dictates the baggage allowance and fees. If you are changing airlines, it is POSSIBLE you might have to pay additional, but you should be able to find this out easily by asking CheapOAir. Good luck to you!

  10. Hi there!
    I fly to Tokyo with American Airline, but they only tell me the size not how many lb for carry-on bag? Do you have any phone # i can contact them

  11. Hi There!
    If I was travelling on a multi stop United flight from Melbourne Aust. Would that mean I get 2 free checked bags per stop? 5 flights in total

    1. Hi Renee, No. Unfortunately that is not what it means. In general, you will get the number of checked bags for the longest flight of your trip – whatever United does for the longest flight in your multi-stop should be what you pay for. Does this make sense? If you can United they will confirm this.

  12. Hi, some one i know is travelling from India to the US for college. So, she has a lot of luggage. While in limits for international travel, on her domestic flight within the US (United Airlines) she will overshoot her limit. Will she be charged for this?

    Would really appreciate an answer, and thank you very much in advance.

    1. Hi Hermanth, If she booked her ticket all on one booking from India to the US, the longest portion of the flight will be the allowed baggage (so she wouldn’t be charged for any overages for the United flight). If she booked the international and domestic flights separately, she will have to pay extra for the bags when she checks in for the domestic flight. The baggage fees depend on her ticket – I encourage you to have her reach out to United in advance to find out what her allowances are so she can plan accordingly.

  13. Hi
    I booked a one-way, international flight from LAX to Munich. However, I have several stops and 2 different airlines. First stop is within the US, with Virgin America. On the first stop, I switch airlines to Icelandair. Then I have another stop in Reikjavik, switching the plane, but not the airline. I am planning to bring 4 bags. Do I only pay the baggage fees for the first airline, or will I be charged extra fees for the second airline?

    Thank you

    1. Hi Celina, Typically what happens in a situation like yours if the entire trip was booked on one ticket, the longest flight’s baggage policy applies to the entire ticket (so in your case the Icelandair portion). However, if you booked these separately, you’ll have to reach out to each individual airline and find out from them what the policy is. If you booked the ticket through a third-party travel agency (like us), we can help you have these discussions with the airlines.

  14. Hi and thanks in advance.
    there´s this ticket from Lisbon to Helsinki qith Air France and Lh, but when i came to the payment doesn´t say anything bout the lugagge, how do i get to know if i should pay extra at the airport or not?
    thanks

    1. Hi there, not sure if you are booking this with us cheap air.com or another travel agency. We can help you if you booked with us, but if you booked with someone else you will have to call them (or the airline directly) to find out specifics of baggage policies.

  15. Hi. I paid for my baggage online and now I’m not sure what to do with it when I get to the airport? When I drop it off, will they just know that I paid for it or do I need a certain tag? thanks.

    1. Hi Kate,

      When you arrive at the airport you’ll need to go to your airline’s check-in counter and provide them with your Airline confirmation number and from there they will be able to check your bag and see that you have already pre-paid. Then they’ll tag the bag and issue you a boarding pass if you don’t already have it printed.

  16. I prepaid my bag online for spirit, will they ask me for my credit card up front at the check in counter or will it be paid for?

  17. Hello , my mother booked me a flight with american airlines back home from nashville Tn to Lax and I was wondering if the baggage fees come differently

    1. Hi Sam, I’m not sure I understand your question. If she booked your flight online and did not know how many bags you were going to be traveling with – you will have to reach back out to the airline to make sure your bags are accounted for (and yes, charged). I’m not sure specifically how American Airlines handles these fees – some airlines these days charge less if you book your bags in advance online and charge more if you pay at the airport. Also, if your mom is a frequent flyer with AA, it’s possible they may have different charges (or no charges!) You’ll have to decide the number of bags you plan to bring and then see if there is a charge. I hope this helps!

  18. Hello,
    I would like to ask about baggage fees pertaining to connecting flights. If I buy a ticket from MNL – LAX (Philippine Airlines) Saturday 6pm arrival and there’s a 20 hour layover, connecting flight is from LAX-LAS (American Airlines) Sunday 2pm departure, is there an additional baggage fee when checking in the connecting flight or is it included in the ticket price? Thank you!

    1. Hi Janina, I would confirm this with the airlines but USUALLY (if you bought the ticket as one itinerary), the longest portion of your travels (so Manila to Los Angeles) would be the portion of the travel that would dictate the baggage allowance. If you bought the tickets separately, you will have to look at the baggage polices separately.

      1. Because I would be getting a ticket with one itinerary for MNL – LAX – LAS with a 20-hour layover in LAX, there shouldn’t be any additional baggage fees when checking in the domestic connecting flight from LAX – LAS, correct?

    1. Hi Emilie, I am not aware that this is a possibility. There are Money Exchanges at most major International airports, so once you pay baggage fees, you should be able to change your currency back. Otherwise, check to see if you can pay in advance online for your bags with a credit card.

    1. Hi Junior, the airline will not charge you but you’ll likely have to pay some sort of surcharge at customs.

  19. I have an upcoming flight that I booked together that has both a United leg and a Spirit airlines (all in one direction). Should I go ahead and purchase a carry on or checked bag with Spirit? Assuming there are not agreements between United and Spirit so my status on United won’t bear any weight. Thoughts?

    1. Hi Sherry, You are probably correct. I say probably because if the flight was purchased together, you may be able to leverage United’s baggage policy. Double check with the airline – if the United portion of the itinerary is the longer of the two (this is key), you should be able to get by with the United policy. This ONLY works if the flights were purchased together on one ticket, and only if the United portion is the longer of the two. Otherwise, yes! You’ll have to treat the two airlines separately and plan for baggage accordingly.

  20. Hi Jeremy,

    My husband and I have a return ticket Manila Barcelona Manila with Qatar Airways. The plan is to fly to Barcelona then travel around Spain by train then back to Barcelona for our trip back home to Manila. As it turns out, we have decided to take a side trip to either Morocco or Portugal since we are already in the area. The main question is, do we have to pay baggage fees again for either of these side trips since we are travelling on an international ticket?

    Thanks for your assistance.
    Natalie Riviello

    1. Hi Natalie, Yes you will have to deal with baggage fees for your side trips. You have to treat every leg of your journey separately, unless everything appears on one ticket. For example, if you were traveling on two separate airlines to get to your destination and the ticket was purchased on one itinerary, you could use the baggage allowance for the longest portion of your journey (with very few exceptions this is how the airlines treat these situations). So, for example, if you were flying on Singapore Airlines to get you from Manila to Heathrow and then going from Heathrow to Barcelona on British Airways and you paid for this itinerary through a 3rd party travel agency like us, the airlines would apply the Singapore Air baggage policy to the whole journey. But if you purchased a separate itinerary to Morocco or Portugal after the fact, you have to treat those parts of yor trip independent of the rest. Does that make sense? Even if you are planning to just arrive in Barcelona and travel directly on to another destination, because you purchased the tickets separately, the airlines will see this as a completely independent trip. I hope this helps clear things up for you. Let us know if you have additional questions.

    1. Hi Heather, It really depends on the airline and the weight of your bags. Do you have a plan to fly a certain airline?

  21. Hello, I’ll fly with United from New York to San Francisco with a stop in Chicago. I have only one checked bag, do I have to pay 25+25 dollars, because of that stop in Chicago, or just 25 dollars?
    Thank you for your time

  22. Hello Adam!
    My family and I are flying from Tucson, AZ to Mobile, AL with one connection in Houston, Tx. We are flying with United. We purchased 3 tickets: one for each my husband and myself and a 3rd for my oldest son, 5 yrs old. Our two youngest are under 2 yrs old and will fly for free in our laps.
    Ok so my question…we will bring 3 carseats and check them for free. We will be strolling 2 umbrella strollers (very small) and will check them at the gate. Now, I read we can check 1 carseat and 1 stroller for free. I want to know since we will not be checking a stroller with the car seats if they will allow us to check our playpen for free?? I called united customer service but I don’t think the woman really understood my question..eventually, she basically told me to check with the associate at the checking counter. Can you offer any advise for me?
    We have never flown before and our 1st time will be with 3 young children. I am trying to plan as much as possible. I am also wondering if our 1 hour layover for the connection will be stressful? My mom said get ready to be running from one gate to the other…I’m hoping it’s not like that! What do you think?

    1. Hi Maggie, I think it’s probably going to be a case of what the United customer service lady told you. I don’t believe pack n plays or play pens are allowed as substitutions, here is the policy: https://www.united.com/web/en-US/content/travel/baggage/infant.aspx, but if you’re willing to take your changes you might have a kind agent allow it. I traveled myself with 2 under 2 but always just sent word on ahead that we needed a pack and play for our kids, and let friends and family on the other end help us out. I wouldn’t count on being able to check it for free. Have a look at our series on traveling with the little ones: https://www.cheapair.com/blog/travel-tips/air-travel-with-your-infant/. You’ll find helpful information here on layovers.

  23. Hi,

    I booked an international round trip with Emirates. I flew from SEA to DBX on Emirates and DBX to KTM on Fly Dubai. Now I’m returning to SEA and so from KTM to DBX I’m flying on Fly Dubai and from DBX to SEA on Emirates. Emirates allows two free luggages per person, does Emirates’ baggage policy still apply even though I’m flying to Dubai on Fly Dubai and not on Emirates

    1. Hi Rebecca. In general, if you bought your ticket in one purchase, you can apply the baggage policy for the carrier responsible for the the longest portion of your trip. If you cobbled the ticket together on your own (through multiple purchases), you’ll have to pick up your bags when you get to Dubai and recheck them anyway (paying for two different baggage policies as you go).

  24. I’m having difficulty finding a way to book a checked bag for only two members of our party on JetBlue, rather than all four of us. Do I have to book two separate reservations?

  25. I bought a Qatar Airways ticket for a round trip from Lagos, Nigeria to Buffalo, New York with 3 trips in between. At the check in counter, 3 boarding passes were printed (Lagos to Doha, Doha to JFK and JFK to Buffalo). Note, the last leg of the flight is with a domestic flight on Jet Blue. So I had to pick up my luggage and check them in on Jet Blue myself which I wasn’t informed about initially.
    Now on my return leg, I have to fly Jet Blue back to JFK from Buffalo, will my luggage be checked in all through or will I have to pick up my luggage at JFK? Again, is there a possibility of changing my flight time to an earlier flight on Jet Blue cos i just noticed the connecting time in between is very short as I am travelling with 3 children. Thanks.

    1. Hi Stella, Did you book with us? Cheapair.com? It’s hard to know unless we can see the type of ticket you booked. If you booked with us, your booking reference number would start with a #16 and be 10 digits wrong. If not, you might have booked with another competitor of ours. You can email us at help@cheapair.com if you’re not sure and our capable travel agents can assist. If the travel was booked on one ticket, it’s customary that you would have been able to check bags through to your final destination. But there may be other extenuating circumstances – we’d really need to see how the trip was booked.

  26. I have a friend flying to Japan. She must fly American Airlines to LAX which allows one free checked bag; however, she is connecting to China Airlines for the second leg and they allow 2 free checked bags. Her question is, if she has two checked bags, will American make her pay for the one bag and China Air will allow both bags or will she be able to check both bags free? Thank you

    1. Hi Matt, This is definitely a question for the airlines. If she booked the ticket all on one itinerary, the longest segment of the flight determines the bag allowance (so, in this scenario she gets to bring both for free). However, if she booked the tickets separately, she will probably have to pick up her bags in LA and recheck on China Airlines, which would mean the bag allowances are standing alone. I would definitely check with AA though – if they codeshare with China Air, they may make an exception and allow her to check her bags on through. Good luck to you.

  27. Hi,
    My wife & I are travelling across North America on several individual flights with United Airlines.
    Are we allowed to check-in 2 bags per person weighing less than 50 pound each or is there a limit of 1 checked-in bag per person ?
    Also, will there be additional charges if we check 2 bags in each weighing less than 50 pound ?

    1. Hi Paul, because you mention several individual flights across North America it is hard to say. Usually, if you’re traveling on one airline the baggage policy for the longest flight segment can be applied to all other segments. Having said that, this is reserved for flights occurring as part of one itinerary to get you to one destination. If you’re interrupting this trip to stay overnight in any of the stops along the way, it’s probably not going to apply. Furthermore, United has a closed-system on its baggage policies. I would definitely reach out to the airline directly, share your question and get them to notate what they tell you in your travel record.

  28. if i purchase a ticket from amman jordan to Cagayan de oro in the phippines do I have to pay for the domestic flight connection from Manila to Cagayan de oro. I understand ettihad allow 2 bags 23 kgs each while Pal allows 10 kgs for domestic flights.

    1. Hi Joy, If you are asking whether you have to pay a separate baggage fee for the domestic portion of your ticket, the short answer is that it depends on a number of factors. In general, if you bought one ticket with one airline, baggage allowance should correspond to the longest leg of your journey. If you have pieced together an itinerary on more than one ticket, you may be on the hook for each leg and each airline separately. I hope this helps. Please reach back out if you have additional questions.

  29. My company is sponsoring tickets for my infant child along with us through ethihad or emirates.would My baby get the same baggage allowance as I do ,currently these carriers allows two check in luggages free for each ticket. If my infant is allowed two more luggages we can actually take all her toys and other stuffs since we are moving to our country for good, your answer would help us to prepare better

    1. Hi Prakash, Does your child have a seat on the plane or is he/she flying as a “lap” child? If your child has a seat of his or her own, yes. You definitely have the same baggage allowance. But I would check this with the airlines directly. Also, infants are allowed a stroller and a car seat to fly on the plane without counting against baggage allowance regardless of the seating arrangements.

  30. Hello, i want to buy a ticket from kuala lumpur to romania, i will have 3 different airlines and i only have the cabin baggage free. For the other baggage i need to pay. I will also need to make check in for every time that i change the airline. My question is: do i need to pay for the extra baggage every time i am making the check in for it?

    1. Hi Erika, It’s hard for me to let you know with certainty without knowing the details of your ticket.If you purchased one ticket from end to end, the customary baggage guidelines would indicate that the baggage allowance should apply to the longest portion of your trip (the other legs allow it). However, you do have to check in each time you stop, that does indicate to me that you may have purchased three separate tickets. In this case, you would be subjected to the baggage rules for each flight and each airline. I would check with the airlines(or whomever you purchased the ticket from) to find out for sure.

  31. Here’s a real gotcha. American Airlines states nowhere on their website about this, but apparently if your layover is over 12 hours, you have to pay to have your luggage rechecked after each such layover.

    So, my two children traveling to our foster home in Honduras were required to pay $160 for two suitcases each to fly from Austin to Dallas, where they slept overnight, then another $160 to fly from Dallas to Honduras, with a stop in Miami.

  32. Hi I booked a round trip with Spirit Airlines and Unfortunately I wasn’t aware of the baggage fee and I paid at the counter for 52 dollars does that money covers my return trip too? Or I have to pay an additional baggage money for my return trip?

  33. Hi there, I will travel Austin, TX to GRU Sao Paulo-Brazil and there is a 1 stop in Dallas-TX, I’d like to know if I can just checked my baggage in Dallas? getting my first flight without baggage. Thank you!

    1. Hi Lucas, Are you flying on the same airline all the way through? If you don’t have a change of planes, it would likely be too complicated to check a bag when you get to Dallas. I would call the airline for this question directly – they may be able to assist you with this unusual request.

  34. my itinerary allows me to carry 2 x 23kg bags and 1 10kg carry-on. however, i have one carry-on of 10kg and just 1 bag but over 23kg. Will i still be charged for extra?

    1. We’re afraid so. It’s certainly possible that you’d meet a desk agent with a kind heart, but the carry-on and checked bag restrictions are fairly set in concrete.

  35. Hi,

    We are flying from Kansas City (MCI) to La Guardia through American Airlines.
    Then switching airports La Guardia to JFK. Our next Flight is from JFK to Doha, Qatar.

    Do we need to pay for baggage from MCI to La Guardia? – carrying 2 bags per person under 50lbs per bag – travelling economy.
    We bought both flights together in one ticket ( on itinerary)

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Rushi, Usually if you have an itinerary purchased as one ticket your baggage allowance is associated with the longest leg of the trip (in your case, JFK to Doha). I would talk to the airlines to make sure since you have an airport change. Good luck to you.

  36. Hello, I am flying from tulsa,ok to greeneville,sc on Delta with 1 layover in atlanta. My question is do I have to pay for baggage that goes under? what about carry ons also? I did upgrade my ticket to premium Economy. thanks

    1. HI Crystal, Can you reach out directly to the airline you’re flying with to get this question answered? Otherwise, you can email our support staff at ask@cheapair.com. Please have your ticket information on hand.

  37. Bought a one way ticket on Spirit from Denver to Laguardia with a stopover in Chicago. Was forced to pay a $40 checked baggage fee for each segment. Again, one ticket was purchased containing both Spirit flights (40 minute layover in Chicago). Any suggestions on disputing this deceptive practice?

    1. Hi Rich, The practice of charging for each segment is strange if you purchased as one ticket. I’m not sure what that is about but will look into it and get back to you.

    2. Hi Rich, This sounds highly unusual. Did you book your ticket with us? If you did, we can look into this for you.

    1. Hi Max, It really depends on the particular baggage policies for the airline you’re flying with. We always advise people to check with their air carrier. Good luck to you!

  38. I want to ask a question how much they charge for one luggage by going to puerto vallarta airport and will they allow me to take some technology over there or there certain types i could take over there. Im just wondering

    1. Hi Juan,

      What airline are you traveling on? Each airline has a different policy with baggage so it is important to know which airline. If you have your 10 digit CheapAir.com booking number, we’d be happy to check your reservation and advise you of the baggage rules.

  39. I purchased a round trip from Dallas to Saigon with layovers in LAX and Taipei via cheapair.com. The first leg is operated by Virgin American airlines. The successive legs are by EVA airways. Both airlines have an interlink partnership. From what I am gathering, you are saying the baggage allowances by the carrier with the longest leg (EVA) applies to the total trip. So with that being said, EVA allows 2 checked bags for international travel. But Virgin American charges $25 per bag up to 10 bags. So in my case, I may have 3 checked bags. Even with the interlink agreement, will I have to pay overage fees to EVA even though I legitimately paid $75 to Virgin to cover costs at the initial terminal check-in? What if the ticket agent pushes the baggage through to their final destination? Does this change anything?

    My 10 digit booking cheapair.com booking # is 1747524243

  40. Hi Sir
    how re u ?
    i am going to book a flight with the Qatar airways : Marrakech to Louisvilleaccording to this direction
    start from marrakech to Doha then Doha to Chicago opereted by Qatar airways after that start the United airlines will operat chicago to louisville.
    when i check out the details i found out that the united airlines charges for the beaggages while qatar airways don’t
    so do i expect to pay it ??
    thank u in advance nd sorry for my bad English

    1. Hi Fatim, If you buy your flight on one ticket (as one purchase) you will not be charged for the United flight. As a general rule, the longest leg of your flight absorbs the flight baggage allowance. So if Qatar has the longest leg with free bags, you can assume to apply that to the whole flight. If you bought the United flight separately, that flight’s baggage policy will apply.

  41. My mom and I are travelling to South Korea with American Airlines and we want to check in our bags. Each one of us would be able to check in a bag with no extra charge right, because we both have a separate ticket? Also, would they charge us domestic prices as well because we have a layover in Dallas? On the way back, we have a layover in Japan as well and it’s American Airlines 8426 Operated By Japan Airlines/ JL so would I also be charged for these checked bags?

    1. Hi Angela, The general rule if you bought those tickets together (meaning one ticket that covers the flight from your home airport to Seoul), the baggage allowance for the trip is whatever the allowance is for the longest leg of your trip. You would not pay separate fees for the domestic portion and the international portion UNLESS you bought those tickets separately (i.e. if you live in Atlanta and purchased one flight on American to Los Angeles and then bought another flight separately to South Korea on a different airline.) If you bought two separate tickets on American, they would be within their rights to charge you two separate fees (two separate tickets, two separate fees), But I imagine that doesn’t happen and that usually the airline would allow you to just pay for the bags once. I also assume this is a pretty rare scenario and that usually people either fly on one ticket from start to finish or have two separate tickets with two separate airlines. You and your mom definitely each have a baggage allowance – you can assume that for each seat purchased you get a certain allowance.

  42. Hello!!
    I want to buy a ticket from Paris to Buenos Aires (Argentina). In Aircanada there is a good one with 2 stops in Canada. Shoul I pay 2 times for the extra baggage? or just one time because its the same airway?
    Thanks a lot!! It was too difficult to find this info in the website of the airway.

    1. Hi Lucia, The general rule that the airlines abide by (sort of a gentleman’s agreement) is that the longest leg of a trip purchased on one ticket gets the baggage allowance. If you are flying all the way through on Air Canada, you’ll only have to pay once.

  43. Hi, We purchased a ticket Comox-Nashville with Westjet. We have an overnight layover in Toronto. Do you know if we have to pay two checked baggage fees??

    1. Hi Sarah, It really depends on the kind of ticket you bought. If the flights were paid for on one ticket there should not be any reason to have to pay two fees.

  44. Hi, I purchased a round trip flight ticket from Belgrade to Kansas. Air Serbia allows 2 checked in luggage for free. Do I also get 2 checked in luggage for free when I go back from Kansas to Belgrade? The carriers are same in both directions Delta, KLM, and Air Serbia. Thank you

  45. I’m traveling in August 4,how many kilos is the baggage weight in free,from Beirut to Jeddah,then to Manila Philippines

    1. Hi Doug. The airlines have all gone in different directions these days. With a majority of airlines going to “a la carte” pricing, there is no one standard anymore for baggage fees. Were you referencing one airline in particular?

  46. Hi,

    I booked an international flight with Saudia airlines for my friend. He has a connection with a JetBlue domestic flight on the same ticket. According to Saudia rules if any check-in baggage has weight more than 23 kg to 32 kg they have charged only $60. Jetblue charged $150 according to their rules. But yesterday, in the Jetblue counter they have charged $362 for 32 kg weight. They have said CheapOair set this rules, they have nothing to do with that.
    I don’t understand these rules. If I have to pay Jetblue and Saudia Airlines separately, the charge will be 150+60= $210. Because I have booked ticket from CheapOair, why do I have to pay $152 more?
    Then why people should cut ticket from third party like CheapOair?

    Thanks

    1. Hi there, we are CheapAir.com not CheapOAir.com. We can’t speak to their policies. Apologies – and good luck to you!

    1. Hi there Mudasar, It really depends on the airlines that you’re flying. Our best advice would be to reach out to the airline or booking agency to find out the specific baggage rules for your ticket. If you booked with us, you can send an email to help@cheapair.com. Make sure to include your 10-digit booking number (it should start with a (#19xxxxxxxx). Good luck to you!

    1. Hi Betty, If you’re planning to pay at the airport for bags you should be able to use cash or credit/debit card.

  47. Hi, I will travel today from aktau to Almaty and Almaty to Dubai in air Astana and from Dubai to Mumbai by Emirates so do I have to pay any charges for baggage transfer

    1. Hi Sans, It really depends on your ticket. If you bought these as two separate tickets, you probably have to pay two separate baggage fees. If these flights were purchased as “one trip” from a travel agent or online, you likely can check the bags all the way through. I would reach out to the travel agency you booked with to know for sure.

  48. I’m flying Jetblu and they charge 25.00 for first bag but the International flight is free for first bag. Do I have to pay 25.00 for the first flight?

    1. Did you purchase the domestic and international portions of the itinerary? As one ticket? If so, you will very likely get the international flight baggage allowance. If you purchased the tickets separately, you will have to look at the baggage allowances separately.

  49. Hi.I booked ,economy class ,one way flight with Delta airlines ,from YQR Regina,Sk Canada to
    JFK New York ( 2 tboarding passes -Delta /Delta .. makes stop in YYZ Toronto)
    How many luggages I am allowed to check in & how much charge per luggage? ( their baggage allowance is very confusing)
    Also,will my checked in luggages go straight to New York?
    Thank You

    1. Hi Snow, You should be checked all the way through to New York IF your ticket was bought as one ticket and not separately (even if you’re on two different airlines as long as the ticket was booked as one itinerary this will be the case). Did you buy your ticket with us? If so, please reach out to help@cheapair.com and reference your 10-digit booking number to get that baggage allowance question answered. You’re right, the allowances can be confusing, so for this reason you need to get that question answered through whomever you booked the ticket (either the airline directly or the online travel agency that sold it to you). Good luck to you!

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