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You are entitled to a free baggage allowance, which varies depending on your route, class and member tier. You can take extra bags with you for a charge.

Free Baggage Allowance

Weight System – for all countries except the Americas

Passenger type Piece allowance Weight / Dimensions allowance
Adults/Children No restriction on the number of pieces Maximum combined weight (See Note 1):
First: 40kg (88lbs)
Business: 30kg (66lbs)
Economy: 20kg (44lbs)
Infants (See Note 2) No restriction on the number of pieces Maximum combined weight (See Note 1):
First/Business/Economy: 10kg (22lbs)
Members of The Marco Polo Club No restriction on the number of pieces Maximum combined weight (See Note 1):
Diamond Member: Additional 20kg (44lbs)
Gold Member: Additional 15kg (33lbs)
Silver Member: Additional 10kg (22lbs)

 

Piece System – for Central, North and South Americas (See Note 3)

Passenger type Piece allowance Weight / Dimensions allowance
Adults/Children First/ Business/ Economy class:
2 Pieces (See Note 4)
Maximum weight per bag (See Note 1):
First: 32kg (70lbs)
Business: 32kg (70lbs)
Economy: 23kg (50lbs)

Total dimensions of each piece must not exceed 158cm (62in)

Infants (See Note 2) First/ Business/ Economy class:
1 Piece
Maximum weight per bag (See Note 1):
First: 32kg (70lbs)
Business: 32kg (70lbs)
Economy: 23kg (50lbs)

Total dimensions of each piece must not exceed 115cm (45in)

Members of The Marco Polo Club Diamond and Gold Members (First/ Business/ Economy class):
3 Pieces (See Note 4)
Maximum weight per bag (See Note 1):
First: 32kg (70lbs)
Business: 32kg (70lbs)
Economy: 23kg (50lbs)

Total dimensions of each piece must not exceed 158cm (62in)

Partly First or Business class and partly Economy class travel

For through journeys where the passenger travels partly on first or Business class and partly on economy class, the free baggage allowance for each portion of travel shall be granted according to each purchased ticket class.

Where a passenger who has paid the First or Business class fare travels on Economy class, the free baggage allowance shall be given based on that for the First or Business class service respectively.

Free baggage allowance and Extra Baggage Charges on itineraries involving other airlines

In compliance with the new baggage policy issued by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), free baggage allowance and extra baggage charges for tickets issued on or after 1 April 2011 which involve one or more flights provided by other airlines (excluding Dragonair and Cathay Pacific) will be based on a new method. Please contact your travel agent or local reservations office for more details.


1. The weight of any single piece of checked baggage should not be over 32kg (70lb). Acceptance of any bag weighing more than 32kg (70lb) is subject to prior approval and notification upon booking/reservation. Overweight items (Exception: mobility aids, medical equipment, sporting equipment, musical instruments, camera equipment, household effects, pets as baggage and diplomatic baggage) will be repacked or split into lighter units during check-in otherwise will not be accepted for carriage.

Any bag exceeding the total dimensions of 203cm (80in) (width + height + length) will not be carried as accompanied baggage unless prior notification is made with us upon booking/reservation and approval is granted by us.

2. Infant is defined as a passenger less than 2 years of age who does not occupy a seat.

3. Applicable if you are travelling to, from or via the USA, Canada, select Central and South American countries.

4. The following articles, irrespective of their actual dimensions, may be considered as a bag of 158cm (62in) in size:

  1. One sleeping bag or bedroll
  2. One rucksack/knapsack/back pack
  3. One pair of snow skis with one pair of ski poles and one pair of ski boots, or one snow board and boots
  4. One golf bag containing golf clubs and one pair of golf shoes
  5. One duffle-type bag or Type 22 bag (soft sided zippered bags with side panel that can be opened with zipper)
  6. One suitably packed bicycle (single seat touring or racing bicycle, non-motorised) provided that the handlebars are fixed sideways and the pedals are removed.
  7. One pair of standard water skis or one slalom water ski
  8. Suitably packed fishing equipment consisting of two rods, one reel, one landing net, one pair of fishing boots and one fishing tackle box
  9. Sporting firearms consisting of no more than:
    1. one rifle case containing not more than two rifles, 5kg (10lb) of ammunition, one shooting mat, noise suppressor and small rifle tools; or
    2. two shotguns and two shotgun cases; or
    3. one pistol case containing not more than five pistols, 5kg(10lb) of ammunition, noise suppressors, one pistol telescope and small pistol tools.
  10. Acceptance of such firearms shall be subject to conditions and regulations. You are advised to visit the Prohibited Items page and subsequently contact our reservations office for further details.

  11. Any portable musical instrument not exceeding 100cm (39in) in length.

Extra Baggage Charge

Acceptance of any bag over 32kg or over 203cm is subject to prior approval and notification upon booking/reservation.

Overweight items must be repacked or split into lighter units during check-in otherwise they will not be accepted for carriage. Exception: Sporting equipment, musical instruments, pets as baggage, mobility aids, medical equipment and diplomatic baggage.

Extra charge by weight – for all countries except the Americas

Charge for baggage in excess of the free baggage allowance is calculated per kilogram (2.2 lbs) on a zone basis as listed below.

Per kg To Zone 1 To Zone 2 To Zone 3 To Zone 4
From Zone 1
(See the different rates for Korea)
US$10 US$20 US$30 US$60
From Zone 2 US$20 US$30 US$40 US$60
From Zone 3 US$30 US$40 US$40 US$60
From Zone 4 US$60 US$60 US$60 -


Extra charge per piece – to and from the Americas

Charge for baggage in excess of the free baggage allowance is calculated by piece at the applicable extra baggage charge on a zone basis listed as below.

Per piece To Zone 1 To Zone 2 To Zone 3 To Zone 4 To Zone 5 To Zone 6
From Zone 1 - - - - US$150 US$180
From Zone 2 - - - - US$170 US$200
From Zone 3 - - - - US$190 US$210
From Zone 4 - - - - US$200 US$230
From Zone 5 US$150 US$170 US$190 US$200 US$100 -
From Zone 6 US$180 US$200 US$210 US$230 - -

An additional fee will be charged for any checked baggage to and from the Americas that is heavier or larger than the stated free baggage allowance.

Class of travel Weight/Dimension Additional charge
Economy class For the baggage (including the piece in free baggage allowance) over 23kg (50lbs) and up to 32kg (70lbs). USD100 per piece
All classes For the baggage (including the piece in Free Baggage Allowance) over 158cm (62in) and up to 203cm (80in). USD100 per piece
All classes For the baggage (including the piece in Free Baggage Allowance) over 32kg (70lbs) or over 203cm (80in).
(Prior notification is required upon booking/reservation, and approval needs to be granted by us)
4 times of extra baggage charge per piece

Free baggage allowance and Extra Baggage Charges on itineraries involving other airlines

In compliance with the new baggage policy issued by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), free baggage allowance and extra baggage charges for tickets issued on or after 1 April 2011 which involve one or more flights provided by other airlines (excluding Dragonair and Cathay Pacific) will be based on a new method. Please contact your travel agent or local reservations office for more details.

 


Note:

 

Zone 1 : Within Australia, within Malaysia, between Taiwan and Japan/Korea, between Thailand and India/Sri Lanka/ Pakistan/ Singapore, between UAE and India/Bahrain, between Sri Lanka and Singapore
Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Korea*
Zone 2: Japan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Russia (in Asia)
Zone 3: Australia, New Zealand, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE
Zone 4: France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, UK, Russia (in Europe), South Africa
Zone 5 : USA, Canada
Zone 6: Central and South America


*Korea

Charge for a passenger departing from Korea to Hong Kong or Taiwan is 1.5% of the highest normal direct one-way economy class fare.

The charges below are listed for your reference only, subject to change without prior notice:

  • From Seoul to Hong Kong: KRW 7100 per kg
  • From Seoul to Taipei: KRW 4700 per kg
  • From Busan to Hong Kong: KRW 8100 per kg.
  • From Jeju to Hong Kong: KRW 8300 per kg.

Extra Baggage Allowance Redemption with Asia Miles

Please refer to the table below when redeeming allowance with Asia Miles on or after 1 December 2010. For redemption to be made before 1 December, please visit the Asia Miles website for more details.

When travelling on Dragonair or Cathay Pacific, you can save on extra baggage costs by redeeming your Asia Miles for extra baggage allowance. The number of Asia Miles required depends on your travel distance.

 

Zone

(Zone distance in miles)

S

(0- 600)

A

(601- 1,200)

B

(1,201- 2,500)

C

(2,501- 5,000)

D

(5,001- 7,500)

E

(7,501- 10,000)

F

(10,001+)

Asia Miles per 10kg (22lbs)# 5,000 6,500 9,000 12,000 18,000 21,000 24,000
Asia Miles per bag* 8,000 10,000 12,000 16,000 24,000 28,000 32,000
Asia Miles per oversize bag^ 12,000

Note: Extra baggage redemption is not available on flights operated by Dragonair to/from Kathmandu.
# Applicable on all flights marketed and operated by Cathay Pacific (including Cathay Pacific/Dragonair connections) but excludes journeys with any flight sector to, from or via the Americas (Extra charge by weight).
* Applicable on flights marketed and operated by Cathay Pacific (including Cathay Pacific/Dragonair connections) for journeys which include any flight sector to, from or via the Americas (Extra charge by weight).
^ Applicable to journeys which include any flight sector to, from or via Americas, for bag that is heavier or larger than the stated free baggage allowance, over 23kg (50lbs) and up to 32kg (70lbs) for Economy class, or over 158cm (62in) and up to 203cm (80in) for All Classes.

You can find out the mileage distance of your flight by making use of Airline Earn Calculator.

How to redeem your extra baggage allowance
For flights departing from Hong Kong:

  • Cathay Pacific: Please go to our service desk at Aisle H, Departures Hall, Terminal 1 of Hong Kong International Airport; or
  • Contact our service hotline at least 10 working days before your scheduled flight departure date.
  • To claim your extra baggage allowance voucher, please remember to have your booking reference number handy.

For flights departing from all other cities:

  • Contact our service hotline at least 10 working days before your scheduled flight departure date.
  • To claim your extra baggage allowance voucher, please remember to have your booking reference number handy.

Terms and conditions

  1. Award zones are based on one-way distance per flight sector basis.
  2. Extra baggage allowance redemption is available on a per flight sector basis on all Cathay Pacific / Dragonair marketed and operated flights unless otherwise stated, and is subject as always to availability and loading.
  3. Joint venture and code-share flights are excluded.
  4. Each member can redeem a maximum of 100kg of baggage (for all destinations except for journeys which include any flight sector to/from Americas) or 2 pieces (for journeys which include any flight sector to/from Americas) of baggage per redemption per flight sector.
  5. Cathay Pacific extra baggage redemption is not valid for use on Dragonair, or  vice versa.
  6. Same redemption rate for all classes of travel and for all members unless otherwise stated.
  7. Award is only available on journeys where the first sector is a Cathay Pacific/Dragonair flight.
  8. Normal redemption rules apply unless otherwise stated.
  9. Redemption has no cash value and therefore cannot be refunded.
  10. Asia Miles for unused baggage allowance are not refundable or transferable.
  11. Vouchers are valid for one month from date of issue, but only for travel on the original itinerary.
  12. Other Asia Miles terms and conditions apply.

Sporting Equipment

Sporting equipment is subject to the applicable standard excess baggage charges if in excess of your standard free baggage allowance.

For details, see extra baggage charge.

Travelling with Pets

Animals such as dogs, cats, household birds and any other pets cannot be accepted as checked baggage on any Dragonair operated flights.

Learn more about transporting your pets as cargo on Dragonair flights.

Mobility Aids & Assistive Devices

Mobility Aid is defined as an assistive device that is used by individuals with mobility impairments such as cane and walker, crutch and wheelchair.

Assistive Device is defined as any piece of equipment that assists a passenger with a disability to cope with the effects of his or her disability. Such devices are intended to assist a passenger with a disability to hear, see, communicate, manoeuvre or perform other functions of daily life and may include medical devices and medications. Equipment used by a service animal (e.g. hamess, leash, vest) in conjunction with its work as a service animal is also an assistive device. However food is not equipment and therefore when tendered as carry on or check baggage, the standard size, weight, and baggage allowance limits may apply.

Mobility aids and assistive devices that are carried by the passenger can be accepted without charge as specified in the table below in addition to the baggage allowance, provided that the equipment is necessary for the journey.

 

From/To Destinations in the US
Other Destinations
No limit on assistive devices and mobility aids in addition to the free baggage allowance One assistive device and two pieces of mobility aids per passenger in addition to the free baggage allowance.

For the passenger travelling on two or more sectors e.g. Manila - Hong Kong - Los Angeles where there are different baggage policies for mobility aids and assistive devices, the most generous policy shall apply to all sectors.

Most Significant Carrier (For Multi-carrier Journey)

The major change under this new rule Baggage Provisions Selection Criteria (Resolution 302) is to switch from following Interline baggage travel allowance and charges to following the allowance and charges of the Most Significant Carrier (MSC) in your multi-carrier journeys.  In addition, journeys originating or with the furthest point in United States would have another definition for MSC.

Most Significant Carrier (MSC) is the:

The first carrier crossing the IATA Tariff Area (if travel across one Tariff Area) .

Sector IATA Tariff Area Carrier
Sydney - Hong Kong (no stop-over) Tariff Area 3 to Tariff Area 3 Qantas
Hong Kong - London Tariff Area 3 to Tariff Area 2 Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific is the Most Significant Carrier.

      OR

The first carrier crossing the IATA Sub-area (if travel within a Tariff Area).

Sector IATA Sub Area Carrier
Busan - Hong Kong (no stop-over) Korea to Southeast Asia Dragonair
Hong Kong - Singapore Southeast Asia to Southeast Asia Singapore Airlines

Dragonair is the Most Significant Carrier.

       OR

The first carrier performing the international sector (if travel within a Sub area).

Sector Carrier
Harbin - Beijing (no stop-over) China Eastern Airlines
Beijing - Hong Kong Dragonair

Dragonair is the Most Significant Carrier.

Sector Carrier
Nanjing - Hong Kong (no stop-over) Dragonair
Hong Kong - Bangkok Thai Airways

Dragonair is the Most Significant Carrier.

IATA divides the world into 3 Tariff areas; within a Tariff Area there will be a few sub areas:

IATA Tariff Areas Sub areas
North America, Central and South America, Hawaii USA, Canada, Mexico
Caribbean
Central America
South America
Europe, Middle East Europe
Middle East
Africa
Asia, Guam, Southwest Pacific Japan, Korea
Southeast Asia
South Asian Subcontinent
Southwest Pacific

For journeys originating or with the furthest point in United States, exception imposed by the Department of Transportation of the US Government will be in place. 

For instance:

Boston - Los Angeles - Hong Kong - Los Angeles - Boston Exception apply
Hong Kong - Vancouver - New York City - Hong Kong Exception apply
Hong Kong - Los Angeles - Toronto - Hong Kong Exception does NOT apply

If the exception applies:

  1. The MSC must be the Marketing Carrier for codeshare flights.
    Example: Los Angeles - Hong Kong with tickets bought from American Airlines but flight is operated by Cathay Pacific.
    American Airlines is the Most Significant Carrier.
  2. The whole journey should be taken into account when determining the MSC, even if you will check out your baggage in one point of your journey.