Depending on the sectors to which Emirates flies and the cabin class of travel, there are different baggage allowances. For some sectors, these allowances are calculated on the basis of weight system while for some other sectors, the allowances also take into account the piece system. Further, if you are holding any one of the membership cards of this carrier, there are further benefits and additional allowances provided.
There has been an introduction of 4 fare classes for Economy cabin class and weight-based baggage allowance rules have changed according to these choices. (Check these fare classes)
Economy Special fare classes will now have reduced allowance of 20 kgs per person whereas Economy Saver and Economy Flexi will continue to have 30 kg check in allowance per person. Economy Flexi Plus fare class tickets will allow increased allowance of 35 kg per person.
In the Emirates flights to/from North America, customers can take 2 bags in all three classes of travel. However, they are each baggage shall not weigh more than 23 kgs for Economy and 32 kgs for Business and First Class.
For flights to/from South America, allowances are a little more relaxed. Here passengers are allowed 2 bags of 32 kgs each for all three classes of travel.
For flights from Africa (boarding has to be from African cities)- If tickets are booked on or after 15 April 2016, the piece concept of baggage allowance is now applicable. Economy travellers are allowed 2 bags of 23 kg each and the Business and First class passengers are allowed 2 bags of 32 kg each. For round-trips, if first boarding is from Africa, then return journey will also have piece-based system of baggage allowance.
For other sectors of travel, you are allowed to carry 30, 40 and 50 kg in Economy, Business and First Class categories of travel respectively.
There is a change in rules of checked in baggage for tickets booked on or after November 15, 2014. Where the weight system applies, items of more than 300 cms is not to be transported as checked luggage. It has to be sent through cargo. If tickets are booked prior to 15 November, 2014, items of more than 300 cms in total dimensions but not exceeding 400 cms can be booked as checked in only in certain special circumstances.
In countries where the piece concept applies, there was a requirement that the total dimension of each baggage shall not exceed 158 cms. For Economy travelers who are carrying 2 bags, the total dimensions of both bags shall not exceed 273 cms. Oversized bags were charged additional fee. This is now to be the rule for tickets issued before November 15, 2014. However, for tickets issued after November 15, 2014, sum of dimensions for each piece shall not exceed 150 cms. Individual items of more than 150 cms and up to 300 cms sum of dimensions will carry additional fee. More than 300 cms, items have to be booked in Emirates Skycargo.
If there is more than one bag to be carried, sum of dimensions of two together shall not be more than 300 cms.
Passengers traveling with infants are allowed to carry an additional checked in baggage which shall not exceed 55, 38, 20 cms of dimensions or 10 kgs (if weight concept rules) and 23 kgs (where piece concept prevails).
Additional Baggage allowance is also allowed as per the membership status of the passengers. Platinum, Gold and Silver members are allowed 20, 16 and 12 kgs of additional baggage
Cabin Baggage: Emirates allows First and Business class passengers to carry 2 pieces of cabin or carry on luggage of specified weight and dimensions. One can be briefcase and the other can either be a garment bag or a handbag. Length, Width and Height of Briefcase shall be 45, 35, 20 cms; of Handbag shall be 55, 38 and 20 cms; and, the garment bag shall be 20 cms thick.
However, Economy class travellers are allowed only 1 bag of up to 7kgs and dimension limit of 55 x 38 x 20cm. This can be either a laptop bag or a hand bag.
Wheeled bags are also permitted as cabin baggage but on one condition that the sum of their three dimensions shall not exceed 114 cms.
Further, each of these shall not be more than 7 kgs in weight.
Also, if travelling with an infant, passengers are allowed one additional piece of baggage of dimension 55, 38, 30 cms and weight up to 5 kgs.
Excess or Oversized Baggage Fee: This fee varies according to sector of travel, class of travel and the membership level of the passenger. You will have to make use of the calculators provided on the site to find the excess fee. Do let us know how much of excess or oversized cabin or check in luggage are you carrying and we will do the needful for you.