Japan Airlines (JAL) Baggage Allowance, Sizes, Fees Policy [2021]

Traveling can be a breeze if you have all the information required—for example, the baggage allowance at your preferred airline. If you’re taking a trip with Japan Airlines and would like to have all the information about their baggage allowance, then you’re in the right place. Today, we will talk about everything you need to know before you travel with Japan Airlines. Let’s get started!

Japan Airlines Checked Baggage Allowance

According to the Japan Airlines Checked Baggage policy, the first two bags are free to carry for all passengers. For first-class and business-class passengers, the first three bags are free baggage allowance. The free checked baggage allowance for passengers of all classes comes with some weight and size restrictions. Let’s have a look at them.

  • As we mentioned, first-class and business-class passengers are allowed to have three bags as their checked baggage. Each bag cannot weigh more than 32 kgs, i.e., 70 pounds.
  • The Premium Economy Class and Economy Class passengers can carry up to two bags for free. These bags can’t weigh more than 23 kgs each, i.e., 50 pounds.
  • Please note that the total measurements for these bags should not be more than 203 cm. This includes the handles and the wheels of the bag.
  • For infants traveling in a booked seat of their own, the checked baggage allowance is the same as travel class passengers. Please note that baby strollers, car seats, and baby carriages can be part of the checked baggage allowance free of charge.
  • For infants traveling with accompanying adults without a booked seat, the checked baggage allowance will be the same as for adults traveling with them.

Please note that the airline can refuse to check your luggage if any of it seems to be falling apart. For example, if the luggage items are not properly contained in the bag, the airline can decline your request to check the baggage in. If you don’t want this to happen, make sure that the baggage is packed securely without any room for falling out.

If any part of your checked baggage seems like it could come apart and damage any other luggage in the container, then it won’t be checked in as one piece of checked baggage. For example, if there are unassembled toys in the baggage, especially unsealed toys.

Checked Baggage Allowance for JMB FLY On and JGC Members

The first-class and business-class passengers will be allowed four pieces of free baggage allowance. Each piece of luggage should not weigh more than 32kgs. The Premium Economy/ Economy class member without the JGC status can check-in up to 3 pieces of luggage. These bags cannot weigh more than 23kgs each.

Now that we have covered the general rules for checked baggage allowance in Japan Airlines, let’s have a look at what your journey would look like if you carry any excess baggage and how much it would cost.

Japan Airlines Excess Baggage Fees

Japan Airlines charge their passengers for excess baggage based on their flight route. Different flight routes and their excess baggage fees are listed below:

  1. Between Japan, Asia, India, Oceania and Hawaii, North/Central/South America, Europe, Russia (Moscow), Middle East, Africa – For an additional bag on these flight routes, passengers will have to pay 200 US Dollars per piece. If your baggage is overweight, i.e., more than 23 kgs and less than 32 kgs, you will have to pay 100$. For baggage that falls between 32kgs and 45kgs, the passenger will be liable to pay 600$. If the checked baggage is oversized, i.e., more than 203 cm, you have to pay 200$.
  2. Between Japan and Asia, Guam, Russia(Vladivostok), Oceania – An additional bag on these flight routes will cost 100$ per bag. If the baggage is overweight, i.e., between 23kgs and 32kgs, the cost is 60$. If the baggage weighs somewhere between 32 kgs and 45 kgs, the cost will be 300$. In case the baggage is oversized, i.e., more than a total of 203 cm, the passenger will have to pay 100$.
  3. Within Japan (when International Conditions of Carriage apply) – For an additional bag, passengers will have to pay JPY 5000, which is JPY 5500, including taxes. If the free baggage allowance is exceeded by weight, the passengers are liable to pay JPY 1000, which is JPY 1100, including taxes for a bag between 23 kgs and 32 kgs. If the baggage weighs anywhere between 32 kgs and 45 kgs, the passenger will have to pay JPY 15000, which is 16500 including taxes. If the baggage is oversized, i.e., more than 203 cm, the passenger will have to pay JPY 5000, which is 5500 including taxes.

The excess baggage fees can be paid by JMB miles. For more information on how you can pay excess baggage fees with JMB miles, go to the Japan Airlines website.

A few things to keep in mind while paying for excess baggage are:

  • According to the Japan Airlines Baggage policy, the total number of bags a travel class passenger can check-in is the free baggage allowance of two bags plus 7 bags.
  • For passengers traveling in First class and Business class, the maximum number of bags allowed to be checked in is 10 bags.
  • The Premium Economy/Economy Class passengers can check-in up to a total of 9 bags.
  • Total checked baggage weight for one person must not be more than 45kgs.
  • There are different types of excess baggage. So, the passengers are responsible for making payments for more than two types of excess baggage on their own.
  • If passengers are paying outside of Canada or Japan, they must pay the base amount in CAD or USD converted to the local currency.

Checked Baggage Rules for Different Routes

  1. London, Paris, Helsinki, Dubai, and Australia routes – One piece of luggage that weighs more than 32kgs, i.e., 70 pounds, cannot be checked in as a single bag. The passenger has to divide up their luggage properly before submitting it for check-in.
  2. Seoul (Gimbo) Airport – Checked baggage more than the outside dimensions 200 x 90 x 90 cm won’t be accepted. This is because of several different restrictions instated at various airports.

Pet-Carrying Policy

Passengers traveling with pets need to note that flights that are operated by Japan Airlines only allow for certain types of pets. They are – cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, birds, chipmunks, chinchillas, marmots, and hamsters.

The aircraft can only carry a certain number of crates. When you secure space for your pet’s crate, Japan Airlines will ask for details such as the type of pet you are carrying, the total outside dimension of the crate, whether it’s soft-sided or hard-sided, etc.

Furthermore, they will ask you whether your pet is at least eight weeks old or not. Please note that you won’t receive a confirmation of your crate’s space right away after booking. Since the aircraft can only carry a limited number of crates, you will get your acceptance after the airline has confirmed that they have space for your pet carrier. For more information, please refer to Japan Airlines’ safety instructions for people traveling with pets.

Please note that onwards July 14th, 2021, Japan Airlines will not accept dogs from countries that are at high risk for rabies. The list of countries flagged as high risk is given on the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) of the United States of America’s website.

Prohibited Items on Japan Airlines

There is no excuse for carrying any potentially harmful products on your flight. That’s why there are restrictions on what you can and cannot take on board and in the hold. We’ve compiled a list of things you can’t take on a Japan Airlines flight. Let’s have a look.

  • Knives and any other sharp objects, especially those with blades longer than 6 cms, are not allowed onboard or in the baggage. Any items that could be used as weapons are strictly prohibited from carrying on the flight.
  • Liquids – Liquids like aerosol gels, shampoos, conditioners can be taken in the Japan Airlines baggage, as long as each liquid carrier doesn’t cross the 100ml limitation. The maximum amount of liquid your baggage allowance can carry is one liter. All liquids should be sealed and packed in a transparent bag. The bag should be resealable; you can use a zip lock bag. This is because you may be asked to open the bag during security clearance. You can carry any liquids bought at the airport, given that it has a lid on.
  • Lighters and Matches – You cannot carry any lighters in your checked baggage. You can carry one lighter with you on board. If you’re carrying a lithium-powered lighter, make sure that the lithium content is less than 2g or less than 100 watts. The lighter should have a safety cap on to prevent any accidents. Some lighters have oil tanks and don’t have an absorbent material like cotton. Such lighters are not allowed on board. Any pistol-shaped lighters, cigar lighters, and lighters that can produce a strong blue flame are not allowed in the flight. Please note that on some international flights, both lighters and matches aren’t allowed. Refer to this website for more information.
  • Battery-operated products like hair curlers or curling irons that don’t allow the removal of batteries are not allowed in the checked baggage. Portable electronic products with built-in lithium batteries or lithium-ion batteries are not allowed under any conditions whatsoever. These include DVD players, radio equipment, digital camera, notebook PC, etc. These devices are not allowed in either the carry-on baggage or the checked baggage if the lithium content is more than 2g.
  • Self-heating Meals – Self-heating meals or beverages are not allowed in the carry-on baggage or the checked baggage. The same goes for instant cold packs.
  • Expensive items and valuables that may break should not be carried in the checked baggage. This includes glasses, laptops, etc. If these end up breaking in the hold compartment, then the airlines will not reimburse you for them. It is your responsibility to make sure that your checked baggage doesn’t have any such products. However, if there’s something that you can’t avoid carrying, you can put that in your carry-on baggage.

FAQs about Japan Airlines Baggage Allowance

How much baggage is allowed on Japan Airlines?

The baggage allowance policy of Japan Airlines states that the number of bags you’re allowed to check-in depends on the class you travel in. So, if you travel in the first-class and business class, you will be allowed to carry 3 bags for free. These bags can weigh 32 kgs each. If you’re traveling in Premium Economy and Economy class, then you’re allowed to bring two bags for free that weigh no more than 23 kgs.

What is 2 piece baggage allowance?

Japan Airlines have a 2 piece-baggage allowance policy that allows passengers to carry a maximum of two bags, each weighing 23 kgs.

How much does extra baggage cost on Japan Airlines?

Extra baggage costs on Japan Airlines can be anywhere from 60$ to 600$, depending on the route of your flight, the size of your baggage, and whether the baggage is overweight or not.

What is the weight limit for luggage on international flights?

The weight limit for luggage on international flights is 45kgs. You cannot carry more than 45kgs either onboard or in the aircraft.


People often get stuck while packing their bags for a trip. Whether it’s a weekend getaway trip for a couple or a business trip, what you pack and how much you carry can be difficult to figure out. That’s why it’s important to know what are the limitations on baggage in your airline.

We hope that this article was helpful and that your next flight with Japan Airlines goes smoothly.

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