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Air China Baggage Allowance

(Updated: 24-03-2018)

Carry-on Baggage Allowance

Carry-on baggage allowance is defined in terms of weight as well as number of pieces depending on domestic and international routes.

Cabin No of pcs Weight Size
Economy 1 5 kg each 55cm- L; 40cm- B; 20cm- H
Business 2 8 kg each
First  2 8 kg each

Dimensions constraint is 55 cm, 40 cm and 20 cms of length, width and height respectively.

Check-in Baggage Allowance

Domestic flights

Free check-in luggage allowance on domestic flights is based on weight concept. Maximum weight of one check in bag shall be 32 kg and size shall be 203 cm in sum of dimensions.

Cabin Weight Size
Economy 20 kg 100 cm× 60 cm× 40 cm
Business 30 kg
First  40 kg
Infant 10 kg
Additional Bags For Phoneix Miles Members
  Number  Max Weight
Silver 1 20 kg
Gold  1 20 kg
Platinum 1 40 kg
Lifetime Platinum 1 40 kg
Star Alliance Gold 1 20 kg

International Flights

Piece concept is used to determine free allowance on international flights.

Economy Class Flights to Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan, Kazakhstan, Australia and New Zealand), the Middle East (excluding the UAE), Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and Hawaii 1 bag of 23 kg 
Flights to the Americas (excluding Hawaii), Australia, Japan, the UAE, Kazakhstan and New Zealand 2 bags of 23 kg each
Business and First Class All routes 2 bags of 32 kg each
Infants All routes 1 bag of 23 kg 
Additional Baggage For PhoenixMiles Members
  Economy Business or First Class
Silver 1 bag of 23 kg 1 bag of 32 kg
Gold 2 bag of 23 kg 1 bag of 32 kg
Platinum 3 bag of 23 kg 1 bag of 32 kg
Lifetime Platinum 4 bag of 23 kg 1 bag of 32 kg

For adults or children, the check-in bag size shall not be more than 158 cm in linear dimensions.

For infant one additional piece of 23 kg and 115 cms linear dimensions is allowed. One stroller or bassinet is also allowed free.

Star Alliance Gold members are allowed to carry 1 extra piece of baggage of up to 23 kg. 

Interline Routes of Air China

  • Whole journey on Air China- baggage allowance policy of Air China applies
  • All routes other than US/Canada (except Hawaii), and when Air China and another carrier is involved- Most Significant Carrier Rule applies.
  • US/Canada routes (except Hawaii), and when Air China and another carrier is involved- baggage policy of First Marketing Carrier applies.

General Rules

  • Air China is one carrier which prescribes not just the higher limits of weight and dimensions but also the lower minimum limits as well.
  • It requires that each check in bag shall not be less than 2 kg and more than 45 kg of weight.
  • For international flights, the check in bag shall not be more than 32 kgs.
  • Sum total of dimensions of each baggage shall not be more than 207 cms and less than 60 cm.
  • Any excess baggage weight or dimensions has to be sent through cargo.
  • Besides, Air China also classifies certain items as ‘deemed baggage’. For this deemed baggage items, the dimensions shall not be more than 158 cm. Example of such items are sleeping bags, single-seat non-motorized bicycles, musical instruments of length 100 cm, skiing boards, golf gear, fishing gear, guns for competitions of certain weight and dimensions, etc
  • With respect to electronic items which have lithium ion batteries, carrier allows these to be carried in cabin baggage if lithium content is less than 2 grams and rated wattage is less than 100W-hours. For batteries having rating between 100-160 watt-hours, prior permission of carrier shall be taken for taking these as cabin or carry-on luggage. Above 160 watt-hours batteries are not allowed.

Excess Baggage Charges

For domestic routes

Excess baggage charge is 1.5 percent of published fare for a direct single trip for an adult in economy class (Y fare class). Size for one check-in baggage shall not be more than 100 x 60 x 40 cm.

For international routes

The following chart is used for charge determination for overweight, oversized or more number of pieces than free allowance- 

a) Between US and China w.e.f. 17 September 2018: 

(includes Hawaii and Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan)


Number of pieces within free allowance

23KG<W≤28KG; 60CM≤S≤158CM 680 100
28KG<W≤32KG; 60CM≤S≤158CM 980 150
2KG≤W≤23KG; 158CM<S≤203CM 980 150
23KG<W≤32KG; 158CM<S≤203CM 2050 300

Excess pieces

First and Second 1360 200
Third and above 1570 230

b) Between Canada and China (includes Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) w.e.f September 17, 2018:

Number of pieces within free allowance Overweight or Oversized  23KG<W≤32KG; 158CM<S≤203CM 520 75 (CAD 100) 
Overweight and Oversized 23KG<W≤32KG; 158CM<S≤203CM 520 75 (CAD 100) 
Excess pieces First and Second 1170 170 (CAD 225)
60CM≤S≤203CM Third and above 1570 230 (CAD 300)

c) Between Brazil and China  (includes Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) w.e.f September 17, 2018:

Number of pieces within free allowance Overweight 380 60
23 kg < weight ≤ 28 kg; 60 cm ≤ dimensions ≤ 158 cm
Overweight 980 150
28 kg < weight ≤ 32 kg; 60 cm ≤ dimensions ≤ 158 cm
Oversized 980 150
2 kg ≤ weight ≤ 23 kg; 158 cm < dimensions ≤ 203 cm
Overweight and oversized 1,400 220
23 kg < weight ≤ 32 kg; 158 cm < dimensions ≤ 203 cm
Extra pieces   2 kg ≤ w ≤ 32 kg                   60 cm ≤ d ≤ 203 cm 1st extra piece 1,400 220
2nd extra piece 2,000 310
3rd extra piece 3,000 460
4th extra piece and above 4,500 690

d) Other destinations and China routes  (includes Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) w.e.f September 17, 2018:

No extra pieces Overweight 190 30
23 kg < weight ≤ 28 kg; 60 cm ≤ dimensions ≤ 158 cm
Overweight 490 75
28 kg < weight ≤ 32 kg; 60 cm ≤ dimensions ≤ 158 cm
Oversized 490 75
2 kg ≤ weight ≤ 23 kg; 158 cm < dimensions ≤ 203 cm
Overweight and oversized 700 110
23 kg < weight ≤ 32 kg; 158 cm < dimensions ≤ 203 cm
Extra pieces 2 kg ≤ w ≤ 32 kg   60 cm ≤ d ≤ 203 cm 1st extra piece 700 110
2nd extra piece 1,000 155
3rd extra piece 1,500 230
4th extra piece 2,200 340
5th extra piece 3,100 480
6th extra piece 4,500 690

Ask Your Questions Temporarily Disabled


Posted on 29-Jul-2019
Its westjet flight from Edmonton to Vancouver and then airchina from Vancouver to Pakistan

Admin Reply :

It is 2 bags of 23 kg each in check in baggage for economy class passengers. 


Posted on 21-Jul-2019
Hi I am traveling from Edmonton to Vancouver and then to Islamabad, Pakistan via airchina? How much check in luggage is allowed?

Admin Reply :

Can you tell us whether Air Canada is also operating any flight leg or not?


Posted on 12-Jul-2019
Economy London to Beijing is only one 23kg suitcase? Carry on is 5kg?

Admin Reply :

You are right. This is the baggage allowance for economy class passengers on your route.

Sheraz Akhtar

Posted on 08-Jul-2019
I had flight from Incheon to Beijing and beijing to Islamabad pakistan with a transit of 1 hour from beijing. Luggage is missing. What are the rules/ compenstation for air china if luggage get lost?

Admin Reply :

You will have to submit a request for compensation with the airline due to lost baggage. You might have to complete certain formalities to show that the baggage was lost. PLease check with the airline office directly. 

Mary Jo Decolongon

Posted on 06-Jun-2019
Hi! I’m traveling from MNL to LAX with a layover in Beijing. May I bring a laptop bag aside from my carry-on backpack?

Admin Reply :

Yes, it can be taken

Roman S

Posted on 03-Jun-2019
I’ll fly from Hangzhou to Beijing. How much cost additional 23kg bag? In your checked baggage page all is mess. Can’t find domestic flight baggage fee. Thanx

Admin Reply :

Excess baggage fee on domestic fligts is based on per kg basis. And, this rate is calculated on the basis of a formula, which is 1.5% of an adult economy class (Y class) fare

Cynthia Jampole

Posted on 10-May-2019
I am flying JFK to Beijing. May I bring a purse as well as my carry on bag into the cabin?

Admin Reply :

Small purse shall not be a problem to be carried in cabin along with a cabin bag of not more than 5kg (economy).


Posted on 10-May-2019
I want to book air ticket from delhi to vancouver can i took extra baggage of 23 kg and where i pay the fees of extra baggage

Admin Reply :

About USD 220 would be charged as per our information for first additional check in bag over your standard allowance. Please confirm with the airline office at airport as well. This shall be payable either online on signing in on its website, or at the airport counter.

Eunice Cablay Tamayo

Posted on 08-May-2019
My flight is on May 31, 2019 at 6:25 am from Manila to Beijing then to New York. How many check in luggage and kilos each bag is allowed. And for the handcarry how many kilos? TIA

Admin Reply :

We assume that you are flying economy and ticket is booked for Manila to New York. Check in baggage allowance is 2 bags of 23 kg each and cabin baggage allowance is 1 bag of up to 5 kg weight per adult or child passenger.


Posted on 14-Dec-2018
I will travel from JFK to SGN (transit at PEK) via Air China on Jan 2019 with economy class. Beside 1 carry on, 1 personal item, 2 checked in luggages of 23kg, I want to buy 1 excess piece of luggage. Is the cost 110US for 23kg or 32 kg? Can I buy it at the counter of Air China at JFK with cash? Thanks in advance

Admin Reply :

Yes it is 200 USD for a bag of less than 32 kg. This new rate is valid from September 17, 2018. 


Posted on 11-Dec-2018
I'm traveling from Pekin to Kathmandu without checked luggage only 1 bag 5kg. Can I take some medicine and vitamins?

Admin Reply :

Medicines are allowed only on condition of carrying a prescription of doctor alongwith. Carriage of vitamins will depend on the scutint of airine officials at airport.


Posted on 10-Dec-2018
hello. i am travelling from Paris to Japan. just to confirm,am i allowed to bring 2 baggage x 23kgs? i will bring a backpack as cabin baggage and a handbag. is it OK?

Admin Reply :

yes, it is 2 bags of 23 kg each. Backpack as cabin is okay if it is within permitted size limits and a hand purse can be carried along with. 

Vilailak Supamongkol

Posted on 09-Dec-2018
Hi I'm traveling from Lax to Thailand but transit at Beijing how many bag for check in .

Admin Reply :

2 bags of 23 kg each are allowed in check in baggage, if this is connection provided by the airline.


Posted on 08-Dec-2018
I am travelling from London to philippines how many baggage allowance i am allowed. My friend travel last year dec and they were allow to have 2 bags of 23kgs each member.

Admin Reply :

As per our knowledge, the allowance for Europe routes on Air China is 1 bag of 23 kg in check-in luggage and cabin bag of up to 5 kg in economy class travel. If you are travelling in business class or are a frequent lfyer member, then higher allowance is allowed. 


Posted on 03-Dec-2018
We are going to fly from Barcelona to Beijing with Airchina. What is the max weight allowed per person? Thanks

Admin Reply :

1 check in bag of 23 kg is the free allowance for your route in economy class. Cabin allowance is of 1 bag of 5 kg for economy class travellers. If you are flying any other cabin class, please let us know. 

Gussie Mae

Posted on 11-Oct-2018
We are traveling from Houston to Beijing, can you please advise of baggage allowance?

Admin Reply :

2 bags of 23 kg each in check in and 1 cabin bag of 5 kg is free allowance for economy class travellers. 

We are sorry for late reply because we lost your query due to a technical glitch. 


Posted on 11-Oct-2018
Hello, i am travelling from Nanjing to islamabad Pakistan via airchina. can i make one luggage of 40 kg as i am allowed to take 46 kg means 2pc? or should i make two bags of 23 kgs?

Admin Reply :

It has to be 2 check-in bags of 23 kg each max weight if it is to be taken for free. 

Trish Hannegan

Posted on 07-Oct-2018
Flying SFO to Beijing on Tuesday on air China flight 986. I’m going economy. Want to verify how many pieces of baggage is allowed. Is it one bag checked not to exceed 44 lbs and only one overhead carry on not to exceed 8 lbs? Is a backpack/purse allowed on carry on with one overhead? Can I bring a head pillow on

Admin Reply :

From SFO to Beijing, free allowance for checkin baggage is 2 pcs of 23 kg each for economy class travel. Cabin allowance is of 5 kg per person. If you are carrying a regular cabin bag, then you do not carry  backpack but  you can take a hand purse in carryon. 


Posted on 06-Oct-2018
Hi! I am flying from MNL to Beijing, Economy. May I bring a laptop bag outside of my normal handcarry?

Admin Reply :

Yes, it can be carried. 


Posted on 05-Oct-2018
I'm travelling to Phuket from Toronto on Air China and laying over in Beijing. I dont want to check my bag so am I allowed to bring a backpack and a carry on luggage on the flight?

Admin Reply :

It is better to take either cabin baggage or backpack. 

Laraib Abbasi

Posted on 14-Sep-2018
I am travelling from Vancouver Canada to Islamabad, Pakistan with a stop in Beijing for 23 hours. How much checked baggage am I allowed and how much carry on am I allowed?

Admin Reply :

2 bags of 23 kg each are allowedin check in. Cabin baggage allowed is 1 bag of 5 kg. This is per passenger allowance for economy class travel. 


Posted on 14-Sep-2018
Hi, I am flying from USA - Los Angeles to Mumbai via Beijing in economy class. Please tell me what is my free check in baggage allowance. Also can I carry backpack with free 5 kg carry on with me?

Admin Reply :

2 bags of 23 kg each free in check in. Backpacks are considered to be cabin baggage only. So, these shall not be carried along with the regular cabin baggage. 


Posted on 12-Sep-2018
I want to take carry bag two and one luggage in air china

Admin Reply :

2 cabin bags might not be permitted. 1 cabin bag and 1 personal item might still be okay. 

xuesu dai

Posted on 11-Sep-2018
Hi,Can I have a cello case( 160x60x40cm 20kg) luggage When I travel From Shanghai to Berlin?

Admin Reply :

It is oversized, you will have to pay for it. 


Posted on 09-Sep-2018
I am traveling from Frankfurt to Nepal in economy so what is the allowance of baggage

Admin Reply :

1 bag of 23 kg is check in baggage allowance per passenger in economy class travel. Cabin baggage allowance is of 1 bag of 7 kg. 


Posted on 08-Sep-2018
I am travelling with my 3 years old son from LAX to Manila. Can you please tell me the free baggage ?

Admin Reply :

2 bags of 23 kg each per passenger is the check in baggage allowance for each of you in economy class.  Cabin allowance in economy class is 1 bag of upto 5 kg. 


Posted on 26-Aug-2018
I along with my wife flying from SFO to delhi via Beijing, what are the luggage allowances for check in ?

Admin Reply :

Generally, you are allowed to take 2 bags of 23 kkg each in economy class travel from USA. However, we would request you to get this confirmed for the local airline office at airport. 


Posted on 26-Aug-2018
I am travelling with my baby (infant) from Pakistan to Vancouver,Canada via Beijing.Can you plz tell me the free baggagae allowance for my baby(infant).and also the free hand baggage for me n my kid also...thanks

Admin Reply :

2 bags of 23 kg each in check in per passenger. Infant allowed 1 bag of 23 kg in check in baggage. Check in baggage size is sum of dimensions of up to 158 cm. And, for cabin baggage, it is 55 cm, 40 cm and 20 cms respectively of length, width and height.


Posted on 25-Aug-2018
I am traveling from Pakistan to Vancouver, Canada via Beijing throughout on Air China. Can you please tell me how much would be excess baggage cost for extra baggage as well as overweight/oversized charges for checked baggage. Thank you

Admin Reply :

Economy class travel would have 2 bags of 23 kg each in check in luggage.

Overweight- 23 to 28 kg: USD 30; 29 to 32 kg: USD 75; 

Oversized: USD 75 (upto 203 cm)

Overweight and oversized: USD 110 ( up to 32 kg and 203 cm)

First extra pcs: USD 110.


Posted on 21-Aug-2018
I’m traveling from Brazil to Madrid on economy. On my way to Madrid, an Air China employee in Brazil told me that the allowance was 1 checked bag of 32kg for tickets purchased before June/2018 (or July, I don’t remember), or 1 checked bag of 23kg for tickets purchased after June or July. I’ll be on my way back in 2 days and would like to confirm if this information is correct (the bag is going back heavier than it came).

Admin Reply :

No such information with us. 

Otgonchimeg Simpson

Posted on 21-Aug-2018
I am flying from NY to Bejing. How many bags can I check in? And how much does it cost to check in an extra bag?

Admin Reply :

If it is only Air China, the baggage allowance is 2 check in bags of 23 kg each. First excess bag costs USD 110.

Aurora Bumatay

Posted on 21-Aug-2018
I am flying from Vancouver, Canada to the Philippines. How many pieces of checked-in baggage am I allowed? Thank you.

Admin Reply :

In economy, 2 bags of 23 kg each are allowed in check in and 1 cabin bag of 5 kg per passenger. 


Posted on 20-Aug-2018
Can I buy extra baggage check in kg for my flight from Singapore to Beijing? Also what is the standard kg check in baggage?

Admin Reply :

Standard allowance is 1 check in bag of 23 kg. USD 110 is charged for 1st excess check in baggage.


Posted on 17-Aug-2018
Flying from montreal to cuba what is mycheck in luggage allowance

Admin Reply :

2 bags of 23 kg each per passenger is the free check-in baggage allowance. 


Posted on 17-Aug-2018
Thank you for your response I just want to confirm - all websites say two checked in suitcases of 32kg each - in your response you have said 23kg each - is this just a typing error - which is the correct one - please advise urgently as I fly on Monday and need to know how to pack. Thank you

Admin Reply :

You are right. This is 2 bags of 32 kg each for business class travel. This is our mistake and we are sorry for this. We will take due caution in future to prevent this mistakes. 


Posted on 16-Aug-2018
I am flying business class from Johannesburg to Harbin. What is my check in luggage allowance? Can I take a handbag plus two pieces of on board luggage ie laptop bag and small suitcase?

Admin Reply :

2 bags of 23 kg each in check in. In cabin you can take 2 cabin bags of 8 kg weight each. So, you can take the items that you have mentioned in cabin. 


Posted on 09-Aug-2017
I am travelling round trip from new Jersey to delhi on air china economy, how much checked In luggage allowed & wts & dim., also allowed cabin luggage

Admin Reply :

1 bag of 23 kg is allowed free along with 7 kg cabin allowance. 

Nirmal Sharma

Posted on 07-Aug-2017
What is the checkin and hand baggage allowance from Tianjin to Bangkok????

Admin Reply :

1 bag of 23 kg check in baggage allowance and 1 cabin bag of 7 kg is hand baggage allowance. 

Roxanne Estoesta

Posted on 06-Aug-2017
How many pieces of check in luggage am I allowed to have? I I am traveling from Warsaw -Beijing -Philippines (economy class)

Admin Reply :

It is 1 bag of 23 kg each in check in baggage. 


Posted on 03-Aug-2017
For International flight, can you check in two bags and a bike at no extra cost?

Admin Reply :

It depends on route and the size of bike (whether it can be collapsed and packed as a check in bag or not)

Jaimun khan

Posted on 25-Jul-2017
Need clarification on how many pieces of check in luggage allowed if I am traveling from Vancouver,Canada to Beijing on economy class

Admin Reply :

2 bags of 23 kg each per passenger. 

Ravneet Paul Nahan

Posted on 23-Jul-2017
I am planning to use Air China flight from India to Beijing, Beijing to Vancouver. Just want to be sure that how much weight is allowed for Carry-on Baggage in Economy class?

Admin Reply :

1 cabin bag of 5 kg is allowance per passenger.


Posted on 18-Jul-2017
Hi. I am planning to purchase flight tickets from Changi, Singapore to Chengdu. There will be transit flight at Shenzen and I am wondering if I transit using Air China airlines for the transit, will I be given same baggage allowance of 20kg of the other airline? Also should I re-check in my baggage at Shenzen airport?

Admin Reply :

Which would be the first airline?

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