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Baggage information

We’re progressively shifting from a weight allowance to a piece allowance policy.   If you’re planning to book one of our new Economy fares, you’ll be able to search for the baggage allowance from 28 September 2021. 

Your baggage allowance is listed on your ticket itinerary and in Manage Booking.

Note: If your flight class was upgraded with Upgrade Bid, your baggage allowance is still based on your original ticket allowance.

Check your baggage allowance

Infants with a confirmed separate seat, travelling with a child ticket, are entitled to the same standard baggage allowance as an adult. See more about travelling with an infant.

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.

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

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:

Place sharp items into checked baggage

Place sharp items into checked baggage

If you are carrying nail scissors, letter knives or anything sharp and pointed, you will have to place them into checked baggage.

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 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. Visit our restricted items or more details.

Limit the amount of spare batteries you travel with

Limit the amount of spare batteries you travel with

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

Be mindful of your luggage allowance

Be mindful of your luggage allowance

Check in any bags that are too heavy to lift into the overhead compartments.   Our cabin crew are unable to lift or carry bags for you. 

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

  • If you’re travelling 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 remove the lithium batteries and carry them in your cabin baggage. These will be treated in accordance with existing spare lithium battery requirements.

For more details regarding baggage information, including controlled and banned items, 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.

We will also be able to 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.

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

The following articles count as one ‘piece’ (158cm / 62in, 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 (158cm / 62in in length, regardless of 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 bicycle; 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 / 10lb of ammunition, one shooting mat, noise suppressor and small rifle tools
  • Two shotguns and two shotgun cases
  • One pistol case containing no more than five pistols, 5kg / 10lb 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) 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 can 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.

Visit the help for passengers section for more details.

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

Read more about our most significant carrier rules.

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