Emirates Baggage Allowance: Things You Should Know Before Travel

The 4-star certified airline, Emirates is the largest airline in the middle east. Emirates operates 3,600 weekly flights to over 157 destinations across 80 countries on 6 continents. Headquartered in Garhoud, Emirates uses Dubai International as its hub. Emirates is well known for its generous baggage allowance policy.

The baggage allowance of Emirates depends on the destination, travel class, and ticket fare. Based on the destination, Emirates allows free baggage either on the basis of the total weight of baggage or on pieces of baggage.

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Emirates Cabin Baggage Allowance:

Economy class passengers of Emirates can carry one baggage of 7 kg on board. Emirates allows up to 10 kg of cabin baggage for Premium Economy class passengers. Business & First Class passengers of Emirates have the privilege to take two cabin baggage on board, each bag has to be within 7 kg.

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Travel classAllowed numbers of cabin baggageAllowed amount of total weight for cabin baggage
Economy17kg
Premium Economy110 kg
Business & First Class2 (one briefcase &   handbag/garment bag)7kg each

Emirates has varied allowance on the size of different category cabin baggage. A carry-on briefcase can not exceed the dimension of (45x35x20)cm (Length x Width x Height). The size allowance for a carry-on handbag is (55 x 38 x 20)cm (Length x Width x Height). If a passenger carries any garment bag on board its thickness has to be within 20cm (8 inches) in folded form. 

Type of cabin baggage Allowed dimension 
Briefcase 45cm x 35cm x 20cm
Handbags 55cm x 38cm x 20cm
Garment bags (thickness)20cm

This chart of allowed dimensions for cabin baggage applies to all travel class passengers of Emirates. 

Emirates Checked Baggage allowance:

Emirates allows baggage based on the total weight of all your baggage except for the flight from/to America and Africa. Emirates has restrictions on the allowed number of baggage as well as weight limitation of baggage on the flights from/to America and Africa. All types of emirates baggage allowance depend on the travel class. 

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Baggage allowance based on Weight:

Except for flights from/to America and Africa, all flights of Emirates follow the weight concept on baggage allowance. Passengers can check-in as many bags as they want but each bag can not weigh more than 32 kg. The total weight allowance for checked-in baggage of Emirates varies for each travel class.

Travel ClassAllowed weight for checked-in baggageAllowed dimension (Maximum)
Economy Special20 kg
*25 kg for flights between UAE and India.
300 cm (118 inches)(length + width + height)
Economy Saver25 kg
*30 kg for flights from/to  Australia and New Zealand 
300 cm (118 inches)(length + width + height)
Economy Flex30 kg300 cm (118 inches)(length + width + height)
Economy Flex Plus 35 kg300 cm (118 inches)(length + width + height)
Economy Premium 35 kg300 cm (118 inches)(length + width + height)
Business40 kg300 cm (118 inches)(length + width + height)
First Class50 kg300 cm (118 inches)(length + width + height)

Baggage exceeding a maximum of 300 cm (118 inches) in dimension will not be considered checked-in baggage and it will be sent to transfer as cargo or freight.

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Baggage allowance on ‘Piece Concept’:

All the flights from/to America and Africa of Emirates follow the ‘piece concept’ on baggage allowance. Passengers can check in a certain number of bags within a weight limitation based on their travel class.

For flights from/to America and Africa (except flights between the USA and Europe, flights within America):

Travel ClassNumber of baggage allowance Weight Allowance(Maximum) Baggage dimension allowance (length + width + height)
Economy Special123 kg150 cm (59 inches)
Economy Saver223 kg each150 cm (59 inches)
Economy Flex223 kg each150 cm (59 inches)
Economy Flex Plus 223 kg each150 cm (59 inches)
Business232 kg each150 cm (59 inches)
First Class232 kg each150 cm (59 inches)

For flights between the USA & Europe and within America:

Travel ClassNumber of baggage allowance Weight Allowance(Maximum) Baggage dimension allowance (length + width + height)
Economy Special123 kg150 cm (59 inches)
Economy Saver123 kg 150 cm (59 inches)
Economy Flex223 kg each150 cm (59 inches)
Economy Flex Plus 223 kg each150 cm (59 inches)
Business232 kg each150 cm (59 inches)
First Class232 kg each150 cm (59 inches)

On ‘piece concept’ flights, additional fees will be charged on each baggage for exceeding 150 cm (length + width + height) in total dimension. Baggage exceeding the dimension of 300 cm can not be checked in on flights.

Buy Extra Baggage Allowance:

Emirates’ over-weight and oversized baggage fees are quite high. But you can save a lot if you purchase an extra baggage allowance. Extra baggage allowance can be purchased online or at the airport prior to flight time.’Extra baggage allowance price is a lot less than oversized and overweight fees. You can save even more by purchasing an extra baggage allowance online in advance. Emirates offers a special discount on online purchases of the additional allowance. You can purchase your additional allowance 4 hours before your flight using your credit card.

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As the free baggage allowance of emirates depends on the total weight/ number of baggage, you can purchase additional baggage allowance either on weight concept or piece concept. If your flight applies the weight concept, you need to purchase additional weight. Additional pieces of baggage can be purchased for the flights that follow the piece concept.

Purchasing extra baggage weight at the airport:

From/ ToSouth Asia/ Middle EastAfricaFar East EuropeAustralia & New Zealand 
South Asia/ Middle East15 USD25 USD25 USD25 USD40 USD
Far East 25  USD30 USD15 USD30 USD30 USD
Europe25 USD30 USD30 USD50 USD50 USD
Australia & New Zealand40 USD50 USD30 USD50 USD15 USD

Purchasing extra baggage (Pieces) at the airport:

From/Tothe Middle East/ South AsiaAfricaFar EastEuropeAustralia& New ZealandAmerica
Africa200 USD200 USD250 USD200 USD250 USD200 USD
America225 USD200 USD 250 USD100 USD250 USD100 USD
Canda280 CAD250 CAD300 CAD125 CAD300 CAD125 CAD

Discounts will be applicable on the given chart fees if you purchase in advance online 4 hours before your flight.

Oversized and overweight baggage fees of Emirates:

Additional charges will be applicable if your baggage exceeds the allowed weight and size limits of your travel class. 

Flights to/fromOverweightOversizedOverweight & Oversized
America & Africa75 USD75 USD150 USD
Canada95 CAD95 CAD180 CAD

Passengers can purchase an additional piece but if the baggage exceeds the allowed weight and size additional charges will be applicable on top of the oversized and overweight fees.

Flights to/fromOverweightOversizedOverweight & Oversized
America & AfricaCharge of the additional piece +75 USDCharge of the additional piece + 75 USDCharge of the additional piece + 150 USD
CanadaCharge of the additional piece +95 CADCharge of the additional piece + 95 CADCharge of the additional piece + 180 CAD

Frequently Asked Question:

Can I bring more than 1 carry-on bag in the Economy class of Emirates?

No, more than one carry-on bag can not be brought on board in the Economy class of Emirates. You have to upgrade your ticket to First or business class to be able to carry two pieces of baggage. 

Is a laptop included in the allowed 7 kg carry-on baggage of Emirates?

Yes, the total weight of your baggage including all your belongings has to be within 7kg.

Is baby food allowed on Emirates flights?

Baby milk or foods, medications, and special dietary items are allowed on Emirates flights. 

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