Taking a trip with Air France? Make sure you know what to pack in each bag, and how many bags your ticket allows.
Send Your Luggage
Luggage delivery companies make it easy to ship all sorts of luggage not just your regular suitcases but additional boxes full of souvenirs or presents, golf clubs for which airlines overcharge, skis and snowboards or other sporting equipment that you want protecting. For a single, flat fee, a luggage delivery company will pick up your items from your door and deliver them directly to your destination so that you don’t have to traipse through the airport trying to handle two extra-large pieces of luggage, a bag of sporting equipment, and your carry-on.
Air France Cabin Allowance for Infants
With Air France, you are allowed to bring an additional piece of hand luggage for your infants such as a diaper bag or a foldable cooler with food or formula. It cannot weigh more than 12 kilograms or 26.4 lb and it cannot be bigger than 55 x 35 x 25 cm or 21x 13 x 9 in.
You can bring baby food and reasonable amounts but they will likely be screened separately so you have to take them out of your luggage when you go through security.
Air France Prohibited items
During your flight, there are some things that are completely prohibited such as:
- Arc lighters, electronic lighters, lighters, or plasma lighters
- Bear sprays
- Camping stoves with gas
- Homemade alcohol
There are other items that you can pack in your checked bag but you can’t pack in your carry-on such as:
- Insect repellent
- Bows and arrows
- Curling irons that use butane
- Box cutters or other sharp objects
Air France Checked/Hold Baggage Allowance
The number of bags you are allowed to check into the hold is based on the ticket you have.
Any travellers with a lite ticket type or basic ticket must pay for any checked bags. For domestic flights: If you book at the time you purchase your ticket it will typically cost 25 euro for your checked bags, per bag. If you wait until you reach the airport it will cost 40 euro extra per bag.
Any travellers who have economy or premium economy are allowed one checked bag but beyond this must pay 70 euro for domestic flights and 85 euro for international flights.
Luggage Delivery Company your Air France Baggage Alternative
Luggage Delivery companies are a viable alternative to paying these extra fees. Keeping track of the extra fees for oversized bags or bags that are over the weight limit by 1 kg can be very stressful especially for people travelling in large groups or with large numbers of bags. Luggage delivery companies, by comparison, charge a flat fee per item so there are no hidden costs.
Instead of booking your money-saving basic ticket and paying 40 euro at the airport for one checked bag, and 40 euro for your bicycle, have a luggage delivery company ship it all for a flat fee.
Air France Charges for Extra and Overweight Bags
The extra charges for additional bags and overweight bags are based on the type of ticket you have and the type of flight you are taking, either domestic or international. With Air France, if your bag is bigger than 158 cm total, you will be charged an extra fee when you get to the airport.
- If you have an economy ticket or a premium economy ticket and you are travelling within Europe, you will be charged 70 euros.
- If you have an international flight from Europe to Canada or from Europe to the United States, you will be charged 85 euro.
Air France Excess Baggage Allowance for Sports Equipment
If you are travelling with sporting equipment, if it is under 23 kg or 50 lbs, and total measurements are less than 300 cm or 118 inches it will be shipped in the hold and counted toward your checked luggage. If you have a lite ticket or a basic ticket, you will have to pay the additional fee for your checked sporting equipment which is 25 euro if you book it at the time you book your ticket or 40 Euro if you book it at the airport.
Bicycles do not fall under this category. If you are shipping a bicycle it will cost you 40 euro for domestic flights and 100 euro for international flights.
Air France Carry-On Baggage Allowance and Musical Instruments
If you are travelling with musical instruments, you can choose to transport your instrument as:
- Hand luggage
- Checked luggage
- An additional seat
Each of these options can come with additional fees. Which option you choose is typically based on the size of your instrument. Smaller musical instruments that fall within the dimensional parameters of your carry-on luggage can be brought on board and placed under your seat or in the overhead lockers. Alternatively, you can purchase a second seat next to yours and place the instrument against a window for security.
Larger instruments or those you simply don’t wish to carry with you can be checked into the hold as your checked baggage allowance. If they exceed the size limits or the weight, or they are more than your allowed checked baggage, you will be subject to an additional fee based on your ticket type.
Instruments that are larger than 300 cm or 100.18 inches total or way more than 32 kg or 70 lb require special permission. Air France asks that you request permission for oversized instruments at least 48 hours prior to your flight. Oversized instruments will be shipped as cargo and come with an additional fee.
Note: Any instrument with which you travel on Air France must be in a hard case if it is checked. If it is not in a hard case you will be forced to bring it with you onboard if it fits within the size parameters, for an additional fee.