Wondering about the definition of baggage allowance? Keep reading to learn the meaning of baggage allowance, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!
What is a Baggage Allowance?
Baggage allowance is the amount of baggage (luggage) a passenger may transport without having to pay extra charges, determined by the carrier and the ticket or fare class purchased. Baggage allowance is sometimes referred to as luggage allowance.
Many carriers will split the baggage allowance two ways:
Carry-on baggage allowance – the number and/or weight of items allowed to be brought aboard with the passenger and stored at their seat.
Checked baggage allowance – the number and/or weight of items allowed to be stowed in the storage area of the airplane, train, or bus. This baggage can be picked up after the journey near the transport vehicle or at the baggage carousel.
More on the Baggage Allowance
While baggage allowances are most often an airline term, since each aircraft must limit the weight of the amount of baggage they carry, there will often be baggage allowances on cruise journeys, long-distance bus rides, and train trips, as well.
A passenger may be allowed to go over their baggage allowance limit, and this is referred to as excess baggage. Usually, there is a steep excess baggage fee for anything over the luggage allowance limit.
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