How to beat the Emirates baggage allowance rules

Emirates Hand Luggage and Prohibited Items

If you already have a ticket, you can log in to Manage Your Booking to check the exact baggage allowance for your trip. Simply enter your last name and booking reference then check your allowance under the ‘Passenger preferences’ tab. If needed, you can then purchase additional baggage allowance too.

Emirates’ baggage policy isn’t the most generous so you need to pack your bags carefully. If you’re flying economy you’re allowed one piece of carry-on luggage – either a handbag or a laptop bag, or one wheelie bag.

The maximum weight allowed is 7kg and the maximum size for a handbag is 55 x 38 x 20cm.
According to Emirates’ baggage policy, if you’re taking a wheeled suitcase in the cabin, the dimensions (height, width and length) must add up to no more than 114cm.

This is actually less generous than some of the budget airlines including Ryanair, which allows one bag and a handbag or laptop bag. Read aboutRyanair’s allowances here.

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Passengers travelling with an infant are allowed one extra item of hand luggage for necessities and baby food. This bag must not exceed 5 kg (11 lbs) or the following dimensions: 55 x 38 x 20 cm (22 x 15 x 8 in).

Musical instruments can be brought on board as hand luggage, or a seat can be purchased for larger instruments.

The following are examples of items that cannot be packed into your hand luggage:

Real or toy weapons, 

Metal cutlery,

Tradesmen’s tools,

Scissors, 

Darts.

Do I get any excess baggage allowances? | Emirates Skywards | Emirates United States

Don’t just rely on what your friends or work colleagues tell you about Emirates’ baggage allowance because it’s not always simple! Depending on where you’re flying to, you could lose out on a full suitcase (or end up paying Emirates’ excess baggage fees) if you don’t do your research.

If you’re flying from Dubai to London in on an Economy Special ticket, for example, you’re allowed to check in 15kg of luggage if you booked your ticket after February 4, 2019.

If you booked before February 4, 2019, you’re entitled to 20kg. If you were flying the same route on an Economy Saver ticket, you’d have a 25kg luggage limit (or 30kg if your ticket was issued before February 4, 2019).

While if you’re flying long haul to Toronto, your Emirates luggage allowance is one bag of 23kg each for Saver faresand two 23kg bags in Saver, Flex and Flex Plus.

Flying to Toronto soon? Check out ourtips on how to survive a long-haul flight!

Silver members are entitled to a guaranteed excess baggage allowance of 12kg above the ticketed limit for a particular cabin class, Gold members are guaranteed 16kg above the ticketed limit, and Platinum members are guaranteed 20kg above the ticketed limit. However, please note the following:

  • The maximum weight per checked-in item of luggage is 32kg on all cross-Atlantic flights
  • Economy Class baggage to the US cannot weigh more than 23kg, or 50lb, per item.
  • Maximum weight limits per bag may vary in accordance with differing international airport regulations.
  • Excess baggage privileges do not apply to cabin baggage or on flights in which the baggage allowance is given as number of luggage items instead of kilograms.

If your journey starts in the United States, please make sure you are aware of baggage allowances specific to this route.

We also have an online baggage allowance calculator to help you plan your trip.

Silver members are entitled to a guaranteed excess baggage allowance of 12 kg above the ticketed limit for a particular cabin class, Gold members are guaranteed 16 kg above the ticketed limit and Platinum members are guaranteed 20 kg above the ticketed limit. However, please note the following:

  • The maximum weight per checked-in item of luggage is 32 kg on all cross-Atlantic flights
  • Economy Class baggage to the US cannot weigh more than 23 kg or 50 lb per item.
  • Maximum weight limits per bag may vary in accordance with differing international airport regulations.
  • Excess baggage privileges do not apply to cabin baggage or on flights in which the baggage allowance is given as ‘number of luggage items’, instead of kilogrammes.

If your journey starts in the United States, please make sure you are aware of baggage allowances specific to this route.

We also have an online baggage allowance calculator to help you plan your trip.

3. Take advantage of your children

What we mean is take advantage of the fact you’re traveling with your children and use the Emirates extra baggage allowance. Regardless of what class you’re flying, if you’re traveling with infants you’re allowed one extra piece of hand luggage measuring no more than 55 x 38 x 20cm, and weighing a maximum of 5kg, and an additional 10kg of checked baggage.

If all your children need are a few coloring books or an iPad, think about whether you could make better use of the extra allowance than simply throwing in an extra cuddly toy. You can also take one carry-cot or one umbrella stroller if there’s space in the cabin, or check these into the hold at no extra cost.*

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If you’re flying home with a suitcase full of presents for friends and family and have paid little attention to their size or weight, it’s probably worth investing in some extra luggage. It can cost a lot for excess baggage on Emirates, especially if it’s heavy.

For a Dubai to London trip, you can buy extra weight online when you make your booking; it would cost Dh711 for 5kg, Dh1,422 for 10kg (up to Dh3,555 for 25kg). But if you end up with too much luggage and have to pay Emirates’ excess baggage rates at the airport, you’ll have to pay Dh158 per kilo, which is Dh790 for 5kg, up to Dh3,950 for 25kg.

For travel not including destinations in the United States: If your itinerary includes flights operated by airlines other than Emirates, on the same ticket as your Emirates flights, different baggage rules may apply for these sectors.

For existing bookings, your ticket will have full details of your checked baggage allowances for each flight in your itinerary. To check baggage allowances before booking, please

contact us

for information on Emirates codeshare flights operated by other airlines, or contact the airline in question for non-codeshare flights.

For travel starting in the United States: different baggage rules may apply: 

  • If your first flight is with Emirates, the Emirates baggage allowance policy will apply for the whole itinerary, including flights on other airlines.

  • If your first flight is not with Emirates, the baggage policy of the first carrier may apply to the whole itinerary. This is due to US Department of Transportation regulations, which require airlines to apply the baggage policy of the first carrier of the journey to the whole itinerary.

The baggage policy that applies to your specific itinerary will be displayed during the booking process on emirates.com, and on your eticket receipt.

If another airline’s baggage policy applies to your booking, any additional baggage allowance can be purchased from that airline only – discounts may apply for paying in advance or via the carrier’s website.

If you have specific questions about another airline’s baggage policy that are not covered during the booking process or on the eticket receipt, please contact the carrier directly for more information.

For travel to the United States: If your itinerary includes flights operated by airlines other than Emirates, on the same ticket as your Emirates flights, different baggage rules may apply for these sectors.

The baggage policy that applies to your specific itinerary will be displayed during the booking process on emirates.com, and on your eticket receipt.

5. Go miniature

So many holiday essentials now come in nifty travel sizes, there’s no need to take up precious space in your suitcase with a bulky hairdryer or laptop power pack.
If you must take your home comforts, pick up a travel hairdryer or a tiny steam iron and use the spare space for other things you really can’t live without.

Changes as of February 4, 2019:

We offer different baggage allowances based on either the weight concept or the piece concept – depending on your specific route. This is in line with international regulations. For more information on checked baggage policies please visit the checked bags page.

You can buy additional baggage online in most cases, at check-in desks in local currency, or pay through Emirates offices in advance as per the exchange rate on the day of purchase. For more information on additional baggage and rates please visit Purchase additional baggage allowance.

You can read our 

dedicated Baggage FAQs

 to learn more about our baggage allowances, policies, rules and to troubleshoot common issues.

Emirates has reduced the baggage allowance for certain Economy tickets issued on/after this date.

Here are the changes to weight concept:

  • Special fares – before Feb 4 – 20kg, on/after Feb 4 – 15kg
  • Saver fares – before Feb 4 – 30kg, on/after Feb 4 – 25kg

Here are the changes to piece concept (the Americas and flights from Africa):

  • Special fares to/from the Americas – before Feb 4 – two pieces up to 23kg each, on/after Feb 4 – one piece up to 23kg
  • Special and Saver fares within Americas and between US {amp}amp; Europe – before Feb 4 -two pieces up to 23kg each, on/after Feb 4 – one piece up to 23kg

Being a member of the Emirates Skywards program is another variable in the Emirates’ baggage allowance calculation. If you’re an Emirates Skywards Gold member, for example, you’d get an extra 16kg allowance on your economy flight from Dubai to London, but nothing on top of the two bags totaling 46kg on your flight to New York.

There are four tiers – blue, silver, gold and platinum – and the rewards vary a lot. If you’re an Emirates Skywards gold or platinum member, you’ll get guaranteed seats, even on fully booked flights, and lounge access for guests.

There are a few UAE banks that offer credit cards that give you Skywards miles when you spend, but be vigilant about paying them off at the end of every month.

Emirates now has its own range of luggage and the line includes the Emirates Long Weekend trolley bag which conveniently measures 55 x 37 x 20cm, so will fit perfectly into the overhead locker.

In line with international regulations, your free baggage allowances will either be set by how many pieces of luggage or the total amount of weight you can travel with. The rules depend on where you’re travelling to and from.

The weight concept applies to all routes, excluding flights to and from destinations in the Americas and travel originating in Africa.

The piece concept applies to all flights to and from destinations in the Americas and flights originating in Africa.

To review your complimentary baggage allowance for your upcoming flight please check your ticket or visit Manage Your Booking.

For more information on baggage policies please read our Checked bags page.

Economy: one 7 kg (15 lb) bag; 55 x 38 x 20 cm (22 x 15 x 8 in). First and Business: One briefcase; 45 x 35 x 20 cm (18 x 14 x 8 in), plus one handbag; 55 x 38 x 20 cm (22 x 15 x 8 in). OR the handbag can be replaced by a garment bag; max. 20 cm (8 in) thick. No item may exceed 7 kg (15 lbs).

For flights booked on/ after 4th February, 2019.

‘Weight concept’ flights, Economy Special: 15 kg (33 lbs), Economy Saver: 20 kg (44 lbs), Flex: 30 kg (66 lbs), Flex Plus: 35 kg (77 lbs), free of charge. Business: 40 kg (88 lbs). First: 50 kg (110 lbs).

The weight can be distributed across as  many bags as you like. Items must not exceed 300 cm (118 in) in total dimensions. No single bag may weigh more than 32 kg (70 lbs).

On flights within the Americas and within the US and Europe, allowances are based on a ‘piece concept’. Economy Special and Saver passengers are permitted to check one bag up to 23 kg (50 lbs), free of charge;

The total dimensions of bags on ‘piece concept’ flights must not exceed 150 cm (59 in). If they are oversized, up to 300 cm (118 in), a fee will be applied.

If you wish to purchase additional baggage allowances, substantial fees must be paid. These vary according to route and fare type.

On a flight between Australia and Africa, for example, you would expect to pay USD50 for each kg over the allowance on this flight. On ‘piece concept’ flights, it would cost USD200 for an extra piece of luggage.

Those travelling with an infant are permitted to check an extra piece of luggage free of charge, as long as it weighs no more than 10 kg (22 lbs), on most Emirates flights, or one bag weighing no more than 23 kg (50 lbs) on flights that operate a ‘piece concept’. This piece must not exceed 150 cm (59 in) in total dimensions.

A carry-cot or pushchair may also be carried as a carry-on item, or checked, free of charge.

Exceptional items such as sports equipment and musical instruments can normally be carried as standard luggage, depending on weight and size.

8. Upgrade your ticket

This is quite a big expense simply to take advantage of the Emirates’ extra luggage allowance but if you’re feeling flush, why not! First and business class passengers are allowed two pieces of carry-on luggage, a briefcase (no bigger than 45 x 35 x 20cm) and either a garment bag or handbag (maximum 55 x 38 x 20cm).

Each piece shouldn’t weigh more than 7kg. Sign up for promotional emails with the airline and keep an eye out for any sales. You could upgrade using Emirates Skywards miles, or if you’re feeling really confident, try asking at the airport.

Read more: Emirates business class – what’s all the fuss about?

Emirates benefits:

  • All the benefits of Blue, plus:
  • Instant onboard upgrades with Skywards Miles
  • 25% bonus Skywards Miles on Emirates flights1
  • Free Economy Class seat selection3 for you
  • Complimentary Emirates Business Class lounge access for you in Dubai
  • Discounted Emirates First Class lounge access2 for you in Dubai
  • Priority check-in
  • Priority boarding
  • Additional 12kg checked baggage allowance4
  • Sign up for Your World RewardsTM and earn Skywards Miles and Marriott BonvoyTM points whenever you travel
  • flydubai benefits:
  • All the benefits of Blue, plus:
  • 25% bonus Skywards Miles on flydubai flights1
  • Check in at flydubai Business Class counters
  • Additional 12kg checked baggage allowance8

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The Emirates baggage allowance rules are different for tickets booked before and after February 4, 2019. To find out how your ticket might be affected, read on.

*Information correct as of January 2019, obtained from Emirates. Please always check the latest guidance before booking a trip. Prices, dimensions and information correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change and/or availability. 

Emirates cabin bag size Emirates hand luggage weight allowance Number of bags allowed onboard Cost to check in oversized hand luggage
Economy: 55x38x20cm applies to one handbag or one laptop bag

First/Business: 55x38x20cm applies to one handbag or garment bag. Plus 45x35x20cm briefcase

7kg in Economy

7kg per piece in First/Business

One hand luggage bag in Economy

Two hand luggage bags in First/Business

Dh158 per kilo at the airport (depending on the route)
Emirates hold baggage size Emirates hold luggage weight allowance Number of hold bags allowed Cost of Emirates extra hold luggage
Total size of all bags must be under 300cm – add the length, width and height of bag to calculate this 15kg – 35kg in Economy (excl. Canada, North America and South America)

40kg – 50kg in First/Business (excl. Canada, North America and South America)

Unlimited number per passenger but each piece must weigh less than 32kg Online Dh711 – Dh3,555 for 5kg – 25kg

At the airport Dh158 per kilo

These fees vary depending on the route or class you’re flying, and the type of fare you’ve purchased

The above acts as a guide for Emirates’ baggage allowances. We advise you always check with the airline before flying.

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