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Weight and Piece concept

In line with international regulations, Emirates offers free baggage allowances based on either the weight or piece concept, depending on specific routes.

Weight concept:

If your itinerary includes flights operated by other airlines, different baggage rules may apply for these flights – learn more.

The standard free baggage allowance for all other Emirates destinations (excluding North, Central and South America) as per the weight concept is 50kg for First Class, 40kg for Business Class and 30kg for Economy Class.

To/FromStandard Allowance
First ClassBusiness ClassEconomy Class
EK Network (excluding North, Central and South America)50kg40kg30kg

For tickets issued on or after 15th November 2014
Individual items with total dimensions exceeding 300cm (118 inches) cannot be transported as checked baggage, and must be sent as cargo or freight. There are no exceptions to this rule.

For tickets issued prior to 15th November 2014
Items beyond 300cm (118 inches) and up to 400cm (157 inches) in length may be accepted in exceptional cases. Please contact your local Emirates office for details at least seven working days prior to travelling with such items. Items exceeding this limit must be referred to Emirates SkyCargo. If the free baggage allowance is exceeded, normal excess charges apply.

Piece concept:

The standard free baggage allowance for flights operating to or from North, Central and South America is determined for each single piece of luggage.

To/FromStandard Allowance
First ClassBusiness ClassEconomy Class
Canada, North America2 Pieces at
32kg each
2 Pieces at
32kg each
2 Pieces at
23kg each
Central, South America2 Pieces at
32kg each
2 Pieces at
32kg each
2 Pieces at
32kg each

For tickets issued on or after 15th November 2014
Total dimensions (length + width + height) of each piece must not exceed 150cm (59 inches). Customers with individual items exceeding above dimensions up to 300cm (118 inches) will be charged an additional fee. Individual items with total dimensions exceeding 300cm (118 inches) cannot be transported as checked baggage, and must be sent as cargo or freight.

For customers with two pieces of luggage in all three classes, total combined dimensions of both pieces should not exceed 300cm (118 inches).

For tickets issued prior to 15th November 2014
Total dimensions (length+ width+ height) of each piece must not exceed 158 cm (62 inches).
For Economy Class customers with two pieces of luggage, the total combined dimensions of both pieces must not exceed 273 cm (107 inches). Customers with baggage exceeding these dimensions will be charged an additional fee.

For travel on Emirates to or from North, Central and South America, the piece concept applies on the entire ticketed journey. Excess baggage will be charged at the point of baggage acceptance up to the tagged destination. If your journey involves a stopover, the excess baggage will be charged from the stopover point to the final destination at piece concept rates. 

However for travel on Emirates from Australia, New Zealand or Asia to North, Central or South America which includes a sector in Europe or Africa, the weight concept will apply for the entire ticketed journey.

If your travel starts in the United States and the first carrier on your booking is not Emirates, different rules may apply – learn more.

The maximum number of additional pieces (10 per customer) applies on all piece concept routes. 

Baggage policy for Africa

For tickets issued on or after 15 April 2016
For itineraries commencing in any destination in Africa, the piece concept applies. Customers beginning their journey in Africa are allowed two bags of up to 23kg each in Economy Class, and two bags of up to 32kg each in First Class or Business Class. This will apply regardless of the country in which the ticket was purchased. If the free baggage allowance is exceeded, normal excess charges apply.

For tickets issued before 15 April 2016
The baggage allowance for passengers with tickets issued before this date on journeys originating in Africa will continue to be based on the weight concept. This applies regardless of the date of travel. If the free baggage allowance is exceeded, normal excess charges apply.

To see details of the baggage policies and the excess baggage rates for your journey, please use our baggage allowance calculator.

Free baggage allowance for infants:

Customers with infants are allowed an additional bag up to 10kg (22lb) that may not exceed 55 x 38 x 20cm  (22 x 15 x 8 inches) in size where the weight concept applies, or one piece of up to 23kg (50lb) and with total dimensions (length + width + height) not exceeding 115cm (45 inches) where the piece concept applies.

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