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New Baggage Policy starting from 14 September 2015

View baggage allowance for bookings made before 14 September 2015 ►

Starting from this date, we introduce a new baggage policy that is tailor-made to the specific market needs. We shifted to a piece concept for the majority of our network, to further align with Etihad Airways Partners, meaning you can enjoy a more seamless travel experience.

Checked baggage allowance

Overview

Maximum weight and dimensions
To / from Brazil, Canada and the US: 158cm (50x70x38)
To / from all other destinations: 207cm (45x72x90)
Each item must not exceed 32kg.

This applies to all baggage including pre-purchased excess baggage. Baggage that exceeds the limits and dimensions shall only be processed through Etihad Cargo.

Baggage for infants
To / from piece concept markets: 1 bag, up to 23kg
To / from weight concept markets: 1 bag, up to 10kg

Click on your journey below to view your baggage allowance.

All journeys to / from US and Canada

All Fare Choices 

  • Economy Class: 2 bags, up to 23kg each
  • Business Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each
  • First Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each

All journeys to / from Brazil

All Fare Choices

  • Economy Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each
  • Business Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each
  • First Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each

All journeys to / from Africa

This excludes South Africa and Seychelles (which fall into the general policy).

All Fare Choices

  • Economy Class: 2 bags, up to 23kg each
  • Business Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each
  • First Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each

Journeys from the UK to India, Pakistan or Bangladesh

All Fare Choices

  • Economy Class: 2 bags, up to 23kg each
  • Business Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each
  • First Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each

Journeys from India, Pakistan or Bangladesh to the UK

All Fare Choices

  • Economy Class: 2 bags, up to 23kg each
  • Business Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each
  • First Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each

Journeys from the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar or Saudi Arabia to Indonesia or the Philippines

All Fare Choices

  • Economy Class: 2 bags, up to 23kg each
  • Business Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each
  • First Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each

Journeys from Indonesia or the Philippines to UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar or Saudi Arabia

All Fare Choices

  • Economy Class: 2 bags, up to 23kg each
  • Business Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each
  • First Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each

Journeys from the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar or Saudi Arabia to India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka or Nepal

All Fare Choices

  • Economy Class: 30kg
  • Business Class: 40kg
  • First Class: 50kg

Journeys from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka or Nepal to the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, or Saudi Arabia

All Fare Choices

  • Economy Class: 30kg
  • Business Class: 40kg
  • First Class: 50kg

Journeys to / from all other destinations (General Policy)

  • Economy Breaking deals and Economy Saver Fare Choices: 1 bag, up to 23kg
  • Economy Value and Economy Freedom Fare Choices: 2 bags, up to 23kg each
  • All Fare Choices in Business Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each
  • All Fare Choices in First Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each

Journeys on The Residence

4 bags, up to 32kg each.

Experience The Residence 

Checked baggage allowance for Etihad Guest members

 Weight concept markets: journeys between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Indian Subcontinent (ISC)
- GCC: the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia
- ISC: India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal

Piece concept markets: all other journeys

*Note for Etihad Guest Silver members: Applicable only on Economy Breaking Deals or Economy Saver Fare Choices on a journey with a general baggage allowance policy. The benefit will not be applicable for any other itinerary or fare choice.

These benefits are on top of your Fare Choice baggage allowance.
Tier From GCC to / from ISC To / from all other destinations
Etihad Guest Platinum Additional 20kg Additional 1 bag, up to 32kg
Etihad Guest Gold Additional 20kg Additional 1 bag, up to 32kg
Etihad Guest Silver Additional 10kg Additional 1 bag, up to 23kg*

Hand baggage (carry-on) allowance

The allowances below are for all Fare Choices. Each item must not exceed dimensions of 111 cm (40x50x21).

Journey Economy Class Business Class First Class Infants
All destinations 1 bag, up to 7kg 2 bags, up to 12kg in total 2 bags, up to 12kg in total 1 bag, up to 5kg

Baggage with partner airlines

If your Etihad Airways ticket itinerary includes flight(s) operated by another airline(s), different baggage rules may apply.

Please click on the list of partner airlines below to determine if Etihad’s baggage policy or the partner airline’s policy applies.


If your ticket is issued by another airline, please consult that airline to determine the applicable baggage rules. For existing bookings, your ticket will have full details of your baggage allowances for each flight in your itinerary.

View list of partner airlines

Etihad Airways 
baggage policy applies

Partner Airlines 
baggage policy applies

Aer Lingus

Air Europa

Aerolineas Argentinas

Air Baltic

Air Canada

Air Berlin

Air France

Air Astana

Air Liban

Kenya Airways

Air Malta

China Eastern Airlines

Air New Zealand

Aegean Airline

Air Serbia

NIKI

Air Seychelles

Alitalia

All Nippon Airways

American Airlines

 

Asiana Airlines

Bangkok Airways

Belavia

Brussels Airlines

Czech Airlines

Etihad Regional

Flybe

FLYNAS

Garuda Indonesia

Hainan Airlines

Hong Kong Airlines

Jet Airways

Jetblue

 

KLM

Korean Air Lines

Malaysia Airlines

Philippine Airlines

Royal Air Maroc

Scandinavian Airlines

Siberia Airlines

South African Airways

Sri Lankan Airlines

TAP Portugal

Turkish Airlines

Vietnam Airlines

Virgin Australia

VRG Linhas Aereas



Frequently Asked Questions

Why has Etihad Airways launched a new baggage policy?

During the development of Fare Choices it became clear that our baggage policy was no longer aligned with the needs of our guests. This launch allows us to extend the ‘Piece concept’ (already in place for flights to and from the US, Canada and Brazil) to more markets. This is now the most popular policy for airlines globally because it is easier for customers to understand. Instead of weight, the airline offers a number of bags, each with a maximum weight of 23kg or 32kg each.

For Etihad, the other major advantage is alignment with the Etihad Airways Partner airlines. Most use the Piece Concept, and by matching their strategy we are able to take another step on the path to offering genuinely seamless travel across the group.

View Etihad Fare Choices ►

Will anything change on the sports equipment policy?

No, sporting equipment will continue to be accepted as checked baggage. Visit our Bagagge Guide page to see which items are considered as sporting goods. 

View baggage guide for rules and restrictions ►

Is the checked baggage allowance for infants changing?

No, the checked baggage allowance remains the same. Infants are defined as guests of up to 24 months old who travel in their parent’s seat.

View family travel with infants and children ►

After my booking, I realize that I need more baggage. Can I pre-purchase extra baggage?

Yes, we offer a discount on the airport rates for pre-purchased excess baggage.

View rates and ways to pre-pay ►

Can I refund my pre-purchased excess baggage?

No, pre-purchased excess baggage cannot be refunded.

When did Etihad Airways launch the new baggage policy?

All bookings ticketed on or after 14 September 2015 will include the new Fare Choices attributes and the new baggage policy rules. Bookings ticketed before this date will adhere to the old policies.

Examples of different baggage allowances under the new policy:

  • I am travelling from London to Sydney in Economy Breaking Deals, what is my baggage allowance?
    London to Sydney falls under the general policy. Therefore, the checked baggage allowance for Breaking Deals is one bag of 23kg. If you booked Economy Freedom you would receive two bags, each of 23kg.
  • I am travelling from Bahrain to Jakarta on Economy Breaking deals, what is my baggage allowance?
    Bahrain to Jakarta falls under one of the exceptions to the general policy. Therefore, the checked baggage allowance for Breaking Deals is two bags of 23kg each.
  • I am travelling from Abu Dhabi to Mumbai on Economy Freedom, What is my baggage allowance?
    Abu Dhabi to Mumbai falls under the weight concept policy. Therefore, the checked baggage allowance for Economy Freedom is 30kg.