Check in baggage
IATA tariff area 1
North America, Central America, South America and Hawaii
Sub-tariff areas in tariff area 1
USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America
IATA tariff area 2
Europe and The Middle East, Africa
Sub-tariff areas in tariff area 2
Europe, The Middle East, Africa
IATA tariff area 3
Asia, Guam and The Southwest Pacific
Sub-tariff areas in tariff area 3
Japan and Korea, Southeast Asia, The South Asian Sub-continent and Southwest Pacific
If your travel starts in the U.S. or Canada, or you're travelling to the U.S. or Canda as your final destination, the baggage provisions selected at the origin of your entire ticket will apply throughout your journey, regardless of stopovers (Canada effective 1 April 2015).
For the avoidance of doubt, the U.S. is considered to consist of the continental United States and the U.S. Territories – Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Wake Islands and Kiribati, including Canton and Gilbert Island.
All the below rules apply to the whole of North America, including the U.S. and Canada.
- If your journey is to, from, or has the furthest checked point in the U.S. or Canada, you may use the rules of the first marketing carrier on the journey, provided that the first marketing carrier is specified on ATPCO’s (Airline Tariff Publishing Company) published lists of US DOT and CTA carriers. These are defined as carriers where general rules tariffs to/from the U.S. or Canada have been filed.
- If the first marketing carrier is not specified on ATPCO’s published list of US DOT and CTA carriers, then the rules of the very next marketing carrier on the journey that is specified on ATPCO’s lists of US DOT and CTA carriers applies.
- Once the first marketing carrier is identified (through steps 1 and 2 above), it is the first marketing carrier’s policy to opt for the rules of the most significant marketing carrier (MSC) for the journey or retain the first marketing carrier’s own baggage policy.
1. A Cathay Pacific flight that qualifies as a ‘single journey’ under IATA’s rules explained above
Route: Paris > Hong Kong (transit) > Beijing
This involves travel between two IATA tariff areas. Paris to Hong Kong is the first sector of the flight that crosses IATA tariff areas in this itinerary (from Tariff Area 2 to 3), and therefore is the most significant carrier sector. This means Cathay Pacific’s baggage provision applies to this flight sector, and should apply for the rest of the entire itinerary.
In this case, if a passenger checks in his/her baggage in Paris within our Premium Economy baggage entitlement, no excess baggage charge will be applied for the entire itinerary, because the checked portion is from Paris to Beijing.
2. A Cathay Pacific flight that qualifies as multiple journeys under IATA’s rules explained above
Route: Paris > Hong Kong (stopover) > Beijing
In this case, the passenger has flown Premium Economy from Paris to Hong Kong using their full baggage allowance for the first flight, and then stopped over in Hong Kong. When they come to check in their bags for a second time at Hong Kong airport, they will need to follow Economy class baggage entitlement for their Economy class flight from Hong Kong to Beijing.
There are two checked portions for this itinerary, which is Paris - Hong Kong and Hong Kong - Beijing.
When flying with a stopover with us, we would always advise following the lowest baggage allowance you have to avoid any extra charges.
3. A Cathay Pacific flight to or from an airport in the United States and Canada
Route: Singapore > Hong Kong > Los Angeles
If your journey from or to the US is wholly with Cathay Pacific (not a codeshare) then you may use our rules governing most significant carrier to work out which baggage policy to follow.
Since this is a journey between two IATA tariff areas, Hong Kong to Los Angeles is the first flight sector crossing IATA tariff areas in this journey (from tariff area 3 to 1) and therefore is the most significant carrier sector. It is this journey that governs the baggage provision for the entire journey – a Premium Economy class allowance.
Flights to, from and via America measure allowance via a piece system.
1. A codeshare flight operated by one of our partner airlines
Route: Hong Kong > Nadi
This is an example to illustrate the difference between flights purchased on and after April 1, 2015, when the amendment to the IATA Resolution 302 came into effect.
If you purchased your ticket on or after the 1 April, 2015, you would follow the policy of the marketing carrier. If the abbreviation code of your flight number is ‘CX’, we are the marketing carrier and you would follow our policy.
If you purchased your ticket on and before the 31st March 2015, you would follow the policy of the operating carrier. As the flight is operated by Fiji Airways, you would follow their baggage policy.
2. A mixed cabin class flight operated by either Cathay Pacific or any of our partner carriers
Route: Sydney > Hong Kong (transit) > London Heathrow
In this checked portion, Hong Kong to London is the first sector of the flight that crosses the IATA tariff areas, from area 3 to 2. This means this is the most significant carrier sector and the leg which determines the luggage allowance for the trip - in this case, Premium Economy class allowance.
1. A codeshare flight
Route: Hong Kong > Vancouver (transit) > Seattle
In this journey Hong Kong to Vancouver is the most significant carrier, therefore check in baggage allowance and extra baggage charges should follow our rules. This is because the ultimate destination is in the US – and the rules for first marketing carrier, which is Cathay Pacific, apply to the entire journey.
2. Mixed carrier flights
Route: Hong Kong > Shanghai (transit) > Los Angeles