What is British Airways checked luggage allowance?
This is where it gets complicated: it all depends on the route you’re flying and what ticket type you’ve purchased. British Airways offers free checked baggage on most flights from the UK, but if you’ve purchased a ‘hand luggage only’ ticket, you will need to pay extra for checked bags. It’s worth doing this before you get to the BA check in – fees can be double if you pay at the airport. Here’s a summary of BA’s hold luggage rules:
‘Hand baggage only’ tickets: depending on your destination and departure airport, you’ll pay between £20 and £35 online in advance per checked bag, and between £40 and £65 if you pay at the airport.
All other flights, including Economy, Premium Economy, Business come with a free checked bag allowance
Club World and First Class travellers can get three bags weighing 32kg each for free, again, depending on where you’re flying to and from
To check your allowance or fees, log in to your booking on the BA website or browse this table of charges.
Can I bring musical instruments or sports equipment on British Airways flights?
You are allowed to bring additional items like guitars as part of your hand baggage, if they fit the above size restrictions
BA will try to accommodate larger and heavier musical instruments up to 45kg and measuring 190cm x 75cm x 65cm if you give 24 hours notice before departure
Sporting goods like tennis rackets and diving equipment must be under 23kg and up to 56cm x 45cm x 25cm to be counted as hand luggage, otherwise you may have to pay a heavy/oversized bag charge
You can bring a bicycle up to 190cm in length if it’s packed in a bicycle bag with tyres deflated and pedals and handlebars fixed to minimise width