Baggage essentials


Find out everything you need to know about taking baggage with you on flights with British Airways and our partners, what you can pack, and what to do when something goes wrong.

Suitcase and carry case.

Hand baggage allowances

Every flight includes our generous free baggage allowance, giving you plenty of space for the essentials you might need for your journey.

Hand baggage allowances

Two suitcases and carry case.

Checked baggage allowances

For those times when hand baggage isn’t enough. Leave your bags with us at check-in and let us do all the heavy lifting.

Checked baggage allowances

Suitcases and bags.

Extra and overweight baggage

Going over your free baggage allowance can cost you, but buying extra allowance in advance can save you time and money.

Carrying extra and overweight baggage

Sporting goods and musical instruments.

Sporting goods and musical instruments

Many sporting items and musical instruments can be carried as part of your free baggage allowance, but some require special arrangements or incur an additional charge.

Carrying sporting goods
Carrying musical instruments

Banned and restricted items.

Banned and restricted items

We want you to be able to pack in confidence, so this guide should help you decide what and how to pack for your journey.

Check the rules on banned and restricted items

Preparation travel suitcase at home.

Packing tips

Learn to pack in style and make the most of your free baggage allowance with our handy guide.

Improve your packing skills with our simple tips
More tips on packing essentials

A suitcase on a baggage belt.

Lost and damaged baggage

We make every effort to return your bags on time and in tip-top condition but if things go wrong we’ll pull out all the stops to fix it.

Get help with lost and damaged baggage