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Carry On and Checked Baggage with Air France: Everything You Need to Know

To the point How many pieces of carry on and checked baggage can you bring with you on an Air France flight? The editorial team has the answer.

Carry on, checked baggage, handbag… It can sometimes be hard to make sense of all the different baggage allowance terms and conditions applied by airlines. Air France is no exception. The number of suitcases (and their weight) a passenger can bring on board a French airline depends on the fare selected and the cabin in which they are traveling. Curious? Milesopedia helps you untangle the mystery and reveals everything you need to know about carry on and checked baggage with Air France.

Air France Baggage Allowance

The number and total weight of carry on baggage allowed depends on your travel cabin and the fare selected. Flying Blue, Silver, Gold and Platinum status holders, as well as SkyTeam Elite and Elite Plus status holders who have access to SkyPriority, can travel with an additional baggage item free of charge. If the checked baggage allowance is 23 kg, they can bring a second bag of the same weight, free of charge.

If you have a connecting flight with another airline, baggage handling rules may differ. It is important to check the airline’s baggage allowance.

Economy

  Carry On Checked Baggage
Light rate 1 carry on bag and 1 accessory (12 kg total) 0 checked baggage
Standard rate 1 carry on bag and 1 accessory (12 kg total) 1 checked baggage item (23 kg)
Standard Plus rate 1 carry on bag and 1 accessory (12 kg total) 1 checked baggage item (23 kg)
Flex Rate 1 carry on bag and 1 accessory (12 kg total) 1 checked baggage item (23 kg)

Carry On

If you’re traveling in Economy, you can carry one piece of lugage and one accessory into the cabin, together weighing no more than 12 kg. The accessory can be a handbag or backpack, into which you can transport a laptop, camera, or your other electronic devices.

Carry on baggage must not exceed 55 x 35 x 25 cm – including pockets, wheels and handles – while accessories must not exceed 40 x 30 x 15 cm. It should be small enough to slide easily under the seat in front of you, unless you’re sitting at an emergency exit. In this case, it is stored in the overhead luggage compartment.

Checked Baggage

Air France passengers choosing the Light fare do not have checked baggage included. Only passengers with Standard, Standard Plus and Flex fares may bring up to one piece of checked baggage, with a maximum weight of 23 kg. It can measure no more than 158 cm, including pockets, wheels and handles.

Premium Economy

  Carry On Checked Baggage
Premium Standard 2 carry on items and 1 accessory (12 kg total) 2 checked baggage items (23 kg each)
Premium Flex 2 carry on items and 1 accessory (12 kg total) 2 checked baggage items (23 kg each)

Carry On

When you travel in the Premium Economy cabin, you can take two small pieces of luggage and one accessory with you. As above, carry on lugage may not measure more than 55 x 35 x 25 cm, including pockets, wheels and handles, and all baggage must not weigh more than 12 kg.

Checked Baggage

In the Premium Economy cabin, passengers can bring two pieces of checked baggage free of charge, with a maximum weight of 23 kg per suitcase. Same goes for checked lugage, suitcases must measure no more than 158 cm, including pockets, wheels and handles.

Business

  Carry On Checked Baggage
Business Standard 2 carry on baggage items and 1 accessory (18 kg total) 2 checked baggage items (32 kg each)
Business Flex 2 carry on baggage items and 1 accessory (18 kg total) 2 checked baggage items (32 kg each)

Carry On

If you travel in the Business cabin, the carry on allowance is the same as for the La Première cabin. You can take two small pieces of luggage and one accessory measuring no more than 55 x 35 x 25 cm, including pockets, wheels and handles, and weighing no more than 18 kg.

Checked Baggage

If you are traveling in the Business cabin, you are allowed to check the same number of suitcases as passengers traveling in the Premium Economy cabin, but they can be heavier. Both suitcases can weigh up to 32 kg each. The dimensions, however, are the same: suitcases can measure no more than 158 cm, including pockets, wheels and handles.

La Première (First Class)

Carry On Checked Baggage
2 carry on baggage items and 1 accessory (18 kg total) 3 checked baggage items (32 kg each)

Carry On

Although La Première is Air France’s most exclusive cabin, the number of baggage items that can be carried in the cabin is the same as for Premium Economy and Business cabins: two baggage items and one accessory. Maximum dimensions are the same as for the lower classes, but suitcases can weigh up to 18 kg.

Checked Baggage

Passengers flying inAir France’s most exclusive cabin can bring up to three 32kg suitcases. Here too, dimensions may not exceed 158 cm, including pockets, wheels and handles.

Purchase of Additional Luggage

If you have more baggage than your allowance, don’t panic. It is possible to pay for extra luggage, although the rates can be exorbitant. For long-haul flights, an additional 100 euros may be charged for carrying an extra suitcase. Fares depend on purchase, flight and fare class.

Plan to purchase your extra luggage allowance up to 30 hours before departure to benefit from a discount on the airport fee.

It is possible to purchase additional baggage at the time of ticket purchase, at any time after ticket purchase and up to 30 hours before flight departure, or during online check-in or at the airport. Any extra piece of luggage purchased can weigh up to 23 kg and measure 158 cm. Please note that the number of extra baggage items may be limited depending on the size of the aircraft.

You can pay for your extra baggage with a credit card or Flying Blue Miles. To accelerate earning your Miles, you can opt for an American Express Gold or Platinum bank card or an Air France KLM American Express Silver, Gold or Platinum card, with which every euro spent can earn you up to two Flying Blue Miles.

Authorized Cabin Accessories

You can travel with liquids, pastes and creams in the cabin, but they must be kept in a single plastic bag. You must also ensure that they meet the following conditions:

  • Containers must be placed in a closed transparent plastic bag.
  • Each container in the bag must not exceed 100 ml.
  • Bag volume must not exceed 1 liter.
  • Maximum bag dimensions are 20 x 20 cm.

To avoid damage during air travel, spare and external lithium batteries are permitted on board, but prohibitted to be transported in your checked pieces of luggage. Electronic devices such as computers, tablets and drones should therefore be carried on the plane with you.

Umbrellas, worn clothing, tax-free items purchased on board or at the airport, and children’s accessories such as strollers, car seats, and changing bags are not considered as baggage or accessories, and may also be brought on board; this is subject to available space on board. If there is no available room on board, checking in accessories is free of charge.

Valise Accessoires de voyage

Baby Accessories

If your child is over 2, they are entitled to the same amount of baggage as an adult. The amount and weight of carry on and checked baggage allowed on Air France flights depends on the cabin class and ticket price.

If your child is under 2 and has their own seat, they can carry the number of baggage items authorized by their ticket. If your child travels on your lap, you can carry one piece of baggage weighing up to 12 kg and measuring no more than 55x35x25 cm in the cabin, and check one piece of baggage weighing no more than 10 kg in the hold.

Animals

Air France allows its passengers to travel with pets. A dog or cat weighing no more than 8 kg (including bag) and aged at least 15 weeks old may be carried in the cabin, subject to prior approval by Customer Service. For flights within mainland France (including Corsica) and between mainland France and Guadeloupe, Martinique and Reunion, the minimum age requirement is 8 weeks. All vaccinations must be up to date, and a passport is required.

Air France does not accept pets in the Business cabin on intercontinental flights.

Service dogs are also allowed on Air France flights, according to international regulations. They must be trained, meet all health requirements of the country of departure, arrival and/or correspondence, and be equipped with a harness.

Liquids

It is possible to bring liquids in the cabin with Air France. Containers, which must not exceed 100 ml, must be placed in a closed transparent plastic bag. Bag volume must not exceed 1 liter and maximum dimensions must be 20 x 20 cm.

Umbrellas and Coats

Some items are considered to be neither baggage or accessories and can therefore be carried on to the cabin. These include jackets and coats, umbrellas, duty-free items purchased on board or at the airport, and children’s accessories.

Prohibited Types of Luggage

Not all baggage is accepted on board Air France aircraft, even if it is checked in the hold. Some products can become volatile in the lower temperatures felt in the hold, and can be dangerous for the plane’s passengers.

Here is the list of carry on and checked baggage prohibited on Air France flights:

  In the Cabin Checked Baggage
Non-flammable aerosols No Yes
Non-radioactive toiletries and medicines Yes Yes
Flammable or toxic aerosols No No
Safety matches, conventional lighters and electronic cigarettes Yes No
Portable electronic devices < 160 Wh Yes Yes
Spare batteries < 160 Wh Yes No
Portable electronic devices > 160 Wh and their spare batteries No No
Oxygen or air in gaseous form Yes No
Liquid oxygen No No
Radioactive medical devices or products Yes No
Mercury thermometer No Yes
Firearms and ammunition No Yes
Weapons and sharp objects No Yes
Blunt instruments No Yes
Pyrotechnics No No
Electric bikes No No
Avalanche rescue devices Yes Yes

For the full list, visit the Air France website. Different rules may apply to passengers with disabillities.

Bottom Line

To avoid being turned away at the airport a few hours before departure, it’s essential to find out about the different airline baggage allowances before your flight. Air France doesn’t make life easy for its passengers with its differing rules, which vary according to fare and cabin class. Nevertheless, with a little advance preparation, everything is bound to go smoothly. It is possible to travel with Air France with several pieces of carry on and checked baggages without having to spend a fortune.

Frequently Asked Questions About Checked and Carry-On Baggage with Air France

How much does an additional 23 kg checked bag cost with Air France?

The cost of an extra bag with Air France varies according to fare and cabin class. It can vary anywhere from 50 euros to 300 euros.

Is a backpack considered hand luggage?

Yes, the backpack can be considered as hand luggage, i.e. cabin baggage. If it does not exceed 40 x 30 x 15 cm, it can be considered an accessory and stored under the front seat during the flight.

What is the maximum size and weight of cabin baggage with Air France?

In Economy and Premium Economy cabins, carry on baggage and accessories must not exceed 12 kg. In Business and La Première cabins, they must not exceed 18 kg. Carry on baggage must not exceed 55 x 35 x 25 cm – including pockets, wheels and handles – while accessories must not exceed 40 x 30 x 15 cm.

What can I put in my checked baggage with Air France?

Dangerous – but not flammable – items are only allowed in the hold. These include liquids over 100 ml, razors, sharp objects, imitation weapons, incapacitating objects such as handcuffs and edged weapons, avalanche rescue devices and more. Medical equipment can be stored in the cabin.

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