KLM and Air France baggage policy
The KLM and Air France baggage policy changed in 2010. The ‘weight concept’ and ‘piece concept’ have disappeared and been replaced by the ‘one piece concept’.
The one piece concept means:
- Each passenger can take 1 piece of luggage up to 23kg (measuring 158 cm max. l+w+h) free of charge.
- a 2nd piece of luggage up to 23kg can be taken on payment of EUR 55 for each journey.
- A 3rd piece of luggage (or more) up to 23kg costs EUR 200 per item for each journey.
- If the weight of a bag exceeds 23kg, a ‘heavy piece charge’ (between 23 and 32kg) of EUR 100 applies for each journey.
- Baggage items heavier than 32kg must be transported as freight.
These amounts are in USD (CAD from Canada) for the return journey from countries outside Europe.
SkyTeam Elite and Elite Plus participants (including Flying Blue Silver, Gold, Platinum and Club 2000) may take a second piece of luggage weighing no more than 23kg with them free of charge. This also applies to passengers in X-class (top booking category in Economy) and mariners.
A broader baggage allowance applies in First and Business Class.
On code share flights operated by other companies, the baggage allowance stated on the ticket shall apply. In the event of excess baggage (everything above the allowance on the ticket), the excess baggage rates of the airline operating the flight shall apply.
For a number of countries in Africa, South America, the Caribbean and Indian Ocean, the ‘two piece concept’ is still in force.
The maximum size of hand luggage is defined by the EU as 56x45x25 centimetres. Larger items of luggage must be checked in as hold luggage. Fluids must be packed in special small, see-through plastic bags.
Paying for excess baggage on Northwest flights within the US
Northwest Airlines charges for excess baggage on flights within the US and on flights between the US and Canada. The costs amount to USD 15 for the first piece of luggage, USD 25 for a second piece of luggage and USD 100 for a third or more pieces of luggage. These costs also apply to passengers in group bookings.
The regulation does not apply to First and World Business Class passengers, Elite passengers and their fellow travellers on the same booking and Economy Class passengers travelling on Y or B-class rates.
The costs only apply if a stopover is made in the US and do not apply to connections within eight hours to or from an international flight.
Paying for excess baggage on Continental flights within the US
Continental charges apply for excess baggage on flights within the US and on flights between the US and Canada and between the US and Latin America. The costs amount to USD 25 for two or more pieces of luggage.
This regulation does not apply to First and Business Class passengers, Elite passengers and their fellow travellers on the same booking and Economy Class passengers travelling on Y rates.
The costs do not apply if international and domestic flights are on one reservation and one ticket.
Paying for excess baggage on Delta flights between Europe and the US
Delta Airlines charges for excess baggage on flights between Europe and the US. The costs amount to USD 50 for two or more pieces of luggage.