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Aer Lingus baggage allowance explained

Flying Aer Lingus? Here are the rules on your hand luggage size and weight, as well as how much hold luggage you are entitled to on all flights, without incurring any additional fees.
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Aer Lingus hand luggage allowance: weight, size and fees

Aer Lingus cabin bag sizeAer Lingus hand luggage weight allowanceNumber of free bags allowed onboard
25x33x20cm Small cabin bag10kg maximum weightOne large cabin bag AND one small personal item (incl. laptop bags and handbags) 
55x40x24cm Large cabin bag10kg maximum weight
48x33x20cm on Aer Lingus Regional Service 7kg maximum weight on Aer Lingus Regional ServiceOnly one cabin bag on Aer Lingus Regional Service

Aer Lingus hold luggage allowance: weight, size and fees

Aer Lingus hold baggage sizeAer Lingus hold luggage weight allowanceAer Lingus checked baggage charges
158cm = length + width + heightFlights to Europe:
15kg or
20kg or
25kg max. weight per checked bag 
40kg maximum combined weight for two bags 

Fees apply by weight and vary depending on route & fare

Online discount up to 50%

Excess baggage fee €10 per kilo 
Transatlantic flights:
20kg or
25kg or
30kg per checked bag
Flights to Europe:

Plus & Advantage fares include one free 20kg bag
no bag must exceed 32kgTransatlantic flights:

Smart & Flex fares include one free 23kg

Business & Business Flex fares include 3 free bags of 69kg combined

It should be noted that a maximum of 3 items of checked baggage is allowed per passenger. 

Man carrying cabin luggage according to the Aer Lingus baggage allowance

How to maximise your Aer Lingus baggage allowance

Need some extra tips on how to maximise your Aer Lingus bag allowance before taking your next flight? Here’s some quick packing tips to ensure you fit in all the essentials!

1. Roll instead of fold

Clothes rolled in a suitcase

Rolling your clothes as tight as possible and then placing them carefully into your suitcase is one of the most simple, but most effective travel tips out there. To take it one step further, invest on some packing cubes and then roll your clothes neatly into each cube. This way it is easier to find certain items when on holiday without having to pull everything out of your bag.

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2. Wear your bulkier clothes

Woman wearing bulky winter coat to avoid Aer Lingus baggage fees

An easy way to keep your suitcase as light as possible and avoid Aer Lingus baggage fees? If you have one or two items that are very thick or bulky, it’s best to wear these to the airport instead of packing them. This will free up much needed space in your bag for more important things like….those extra paid of shoes!

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3. Layer up

One of the best ways to successfully pack for a holiday, especially if you are unsure of the weather, is to pack light clothes you can layer instead of heavier items. You can’t go wrong with a few long sleeve tops, cardigans and a good travel scarf!

4. Everything has its place

Luggage full of summer accessories

When trying to maximise every last inch in your Aer Lingus hand luggage, remember that every item has its place. For example, you can neatly fit your extra pairs of socks neatly into your shoes. If bringing a large sun hat, pack it with smaller items like socks and scarves so it does not lose shape and doesn’t take up more space that is needed.

5. Use a lightweight suitcase

To avoid incurring any Aer Lingus baggage fees caused by a bag that is either too big or too heavy, invest in a small, lightweight suitcase. The lighter the better, as you don’t want your suitcase taking up an entire kg or two of your limited hand luggage allowance!

6. Make use of your handbag

Woman with a backpack checking the view in Berlin

Your handbag is your new best friend. Make use of the space in it to pack whatever won’t fit in your main hand luggage bag. You also need to keep all important documents like booking info and your passport close to you, so make sure you have a special pocket in your bag to keep them safe.

For more great advice on packing hand luggage, read our post on best packing tips.

People walking at the airport

Reading up on these baggage allowance conditions will save you money and stress before taking your next Aer Lingus flight, so be sure to bookmark for future reference! And if you want more travel tips like this…

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Man waiting for his luggage at the airport

*Updated May 2019. Whilst information was correct at the time of publication, we’d recommend that you check the details with the airline or OTA before booking.

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