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Check in baggage

Find out everything you need to know about check in baggage information when flying with Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon.

Check-in baggage allowance per passenger

Please note that if your flight class was upgraded with Upgrade Bid, your baggage allowance is still based on your original ticket purchase.

There are exceptions for flights concerning the Americas and Auckland/Christchurch. Please see drop-down menu above for more information.

While the combined weight should be within your standard weight allowance, please also observe the limit to the number of pieces you can check in. 

 
Economy Premium Economy Business First
Standard allowance 30kg /66lbs
Total per passenger
(Maximum 2 pieces)
35kg /77lbs
Total per passenger
(Maximum 2 pieces)
40kg /88lbs
Total per passenger
(Maximum 2 pieces)
50kg /110lbs
Total per passenger
(Maximum 3 pieces)
The Marco Polo Club membership tier
Green 30kg /66lbs
Total per passenger
(Maximum 2 pieces)
35kg /77lbs
Total per passenger
(Maximum 2 pieces)
40kg /88lbs
Total per passenger
(Maximum 2 pieces)
50kg /110lbs
Total per passenger
(Maximum 3 pieces)
Silver
40kg /88lbs
Total per passenger
(Maximum 2 pieces)
45kg /99lbs
Total per passenger
(Maximum 2 pieces)
50kg /110lbs
Total per passenger
(Maximum 2 pieces)
60kg /132lbs
Total per passenger
(Maximum 3 pieces)
Gold
45kg /99lbs
Total per passenger
(Maximum 3 pieces)
50kg /110lbs
Total per passenger
(Maximum 3 pieces)
55kg /121lbs
Total per passenger
(Maximum 3 pieces)
65kg /143lbs
Total per passenger
(Maximum 4 pieces)
Diamond
50kg /110lbs
Total per passenger
(Maximum 3 pieces)
55kg /121lbs
Total per passenger
(Maximum 3 pieces)
60kg /132lbs
Total per passenger
(Maximum 3 pieces)
70kg /154lbs
Total per passenger
(Maximum 4 pieces)
oneworld membership tier
Sapphire
45kg /99lbs
Total per passenger
(Maximum 3 pieces)
50kg /110lbs
Total per passenger
(Maximum 3 pieces)
55kg /121lbs
Total per passenger
(Maximum 3 pieces)
65kg /143lbs
Total per passenger
(Maximum 4 pieces)
Emerald
50kg /110lbs
Total per passenger
(Maximum 3 pieces)
55kg /121lbs
Total per passenger
(Maximum 3 pieces)
60kg /132lbs
Total per passenger
(Maximum 3 pieces)
70kg /154lbs
Total per passenger
(Maximum 4 pieces)
  • Economy
  • 30kg /66lbs
    Total per passenger
    (Maximum 2 pieces)
  • Premium Economy
  • 35kg /77lbs
    Total per passenger
    (Maximum 2 pieces)
  • Business
  • 40kg /88lbs
    Total per passenger
    (Maximum 2 pieces)
  • First
  • 50kg /110lbs
    Total per passenger
    (Maximum 3 pieces)

Check-in baggage allowance for infants less than 2 years old

Infant(s) with no booked seat(s) Check-in baggage allowance per infant Other allowances per infant
On most flights Total of 10kg/22lbs and maximum 2 pieces 1 car seat & 1 stroller
Direct to/from Hong Kong from/to Auckland/Christchurch 1 piece of 23kg, with dimension max. 158cm
All Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon flights to/from Americas 1 piece with a weight allowance equivalent to an adult ticket in the same class, with dimension max. 115cm

Infants with a confirmed separate seat, travelling with a child ticket, are entitled to the same standard luggage allowance as an adult traveller.

See more about travelling with infants.

Exceeding your baggage allowance

Baggage that exceeds the size and weight of your standard check-in allowance, or exceeds your Marco Polo Club or oneworld tier allowance, will require special handling and additional fees. View more details on our extra baggage charges page.

Please note that we will not accept any single bag that is over 32kg / 70 bs in weight or 203cm / 80inch long in total dimension. The total dimension of your bag is the sum of its width, height, and length. (L+W+H=203cm/80inch).

We have separate guidelines for non-standard baggage items, including musical instruments and sporting equipment.

Pre-flight checklist

Please take note of the following notes:

Check your luggage for prohibited items and items with restrictions

Check your luggage for prohibited items and items with restrictions

Depending on where you fly, there are a series of restrictions on certain items - and items which are prohibited to travel with entirely. For example, liquids, gases and aerosols are only allowed to be brought on board in certain volumes. Take the time to review our restricted items for a smooth flight.

Limit the amount of spare batteries you travel with

Limit the amount of spare batteries you travel with

Please ensure that any batteries you travel with are stored properly and in acceptable amounts. Read more about spare batteries.

Be mindful of your luggage allowance

Be mindful of your luggage allowance

It is possible to travel with musical instruments and sports equipment, although please be aware rules differ according to your route. In addition, you can check in extra baggage for a small fee.

  • If you travel with a smart bag, you must be able to remove the battery in case the bag has to be checked-in at any point during the journey.
  • You must carry the removed lithium battery in your cabin baggage and it will be treated in accordance with existing spare lithium battery requirements.

 

For more details regarding baggage information, including controlled and banned items in addition to the carriers’ policy on batteries, please visit travelling with spare batteries.

Your baggage will be through-checked to your final destination if you are holding connecting itineraries booked on a single ticket or if you are connecting between flights operated by Cathay Pacific Group.

As a courtesy, Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon will also through-check your bags to your final destination if you are travelling on separate tickets involving connections with our airline partners provided that your journey begins with Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon.

Please note however that through-check may not be possible if your travel begins with an airline that does not provide this service.

When you fly to or via America, your luggage is counted in a piece system with a weight and size limit.

The following articles count as one ‘piece’ (158 cm / 62 in, in total dimensions) regardless of their actual dimensions:

  • One sleeping bag or bed-roll
  • One rucksack, knapsack or backpack
  • One pair of snow skis with one pair of ski poles and boots
  • One snowboard and boots
  • One water surfing board (158 cm / 62 in of length, regardless width)
  • One golf bag containing clubs and accompanying golf shoes
  • One duffle-type bag or type 22 bag (soft-sided and zippered bags with side panels that can be opened with a zipper)
  • One suitably packed bicycle. This should be: non-motorised touring or racing single seat bicyle; handlebars are fixed and tightened sideways or parallel to the frame or enclosed in plastic foam or similar material; pedals are removed or fixed inwards or enclosed in plastic foam or similar material; tyres are deflated; packed in a strong and protective hard case or recognised bicycle box.
  • One pair of standard water skis or slalom water skis
  • Suitably packed fishing equipment consisting of two rods, one reel, one landing net, one pair of fishing boots and tackle box

Travelling with sporting firearms
Sporting firearms consist of:

  • One rifle case containing not more than two rifles, 5kg / 10 lb of ammunition, one shooting mat, noise suppressor and small rifle tools
  • Two shotguns and two shotgun cases
  • One pistol case containing not more than five pistols, 5 kg / 10 lbs of ammunition, noise suppressors, one pistol telescope and small pistol tools

Any passenger wishing to travel with firearms should read about our prohibited items and get in touch with your booking and reservation office for further details.

Free baggage allowance and extra baggage charges for flights that involve one or more other airlines (i.e. not Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon) rely on a new method of calculation. This is in agreement with the new baggage policy from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Read more about our most significant carrier rules.

If you use a mobility aid* or assistive device** to get around, we want to help you understand what you can bring free of charge. It depends on the nature of the device and the route you fly.

Acceptable items include portable electronic medical devices, canes, walkers,crutches, wheelchairs, and wheelchair accessories. Such devices help a passenger with a disability in their everyday life. Equipment used by a service animal (e.g. a harness or leash) that helps the animal work would also be considered an assistive device. Food for a service animal is not regarded as equipment and would have to be checked in or carried as hand baggage, following our regulations. Please note that wheelchairs are subject to stowage criteria.

Take note of your route to see what you can bring along free of charge.

For flights to/from the USA, there are no restrictions on the number of mobility aids and assistive aids you cab bring on board for free.

On flights to other destinations, you may bring one assistive device and two mobility aids per passenger, in addition to your standard check in allowance.

See our help for passengers options for more information.

Your ticket is determined by something known as the ‘most significant carrier’, which determines baggage allowance for air travel.

Read more about our most significant carrier rules.

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