Aer Lingus Baggage Allowance – 2021 Guide

Aer Lingus Airlines is the flagship carrier of Ireland. Founded in 1936 by the Irish government, Aer Lingus is now wholly privatized and operates an all-Airbus fleet of aircraft. Aer Lingus offers domestic, European and transatlantic routes.

Here you will find out all you need to know about baggage allowances and fees if you are taking a flight with Aer Lingus Airlines. 

Aer Lingus Airlines Cabin Baggage

Passengers traveling with Aer Lingus are permitted to bring one carry-on bag to be stowed in the overhead compartment and one personal bag, like a purse or laptop case. 

Carry-on luggage weight is restricted to 10kg and the dimensions must be no greater than 55x40x25cm. The personal bag or item cannot exceed 25x20x33cm in dimension.

Fun Fact! Did you know it is perfectly fine to transport a wedding cake inside the aircraft cabin? 

The personal bag must fit under your seat and be sure to pack essentials like medication and identification in your carry-on, not any bags you may be checking. Fees for checked baggage follows this section. 

Baggage TypeSize Weight AllowanceFeesAdditional Fees
Hand luggage55 x 40 x 25cm (25 x 20 x 33cm for personal item)10kgBags outside of this allowance must be checked in and the relevant checked bag fee will apply.
Checked baggage158cm (height + width + length)20-32kgPrices start at 25€ per bag over allowance, depending on fare type
Excess baggage158cm20kg75€ or per kilo

Aer Lingus Airlines Checked Baggage

On Aer Lingus flights, any class of passengers except Savers can enjoy one free checked bag. The maximum dimension of the bag is 158cm and the weight limit is 32kg.

Beyond the first complimentary bag, additional checked baggage rates differ depending on your route. 

Flights within Europe have three options: 20kg or 25kg in one bag or 40kg spread over two bags.

Transatlantic flights also have three options: One bag at 20 or 25kg, or 30kg spread over two bags.

Business and BusinessFlex customers are allowed up to three pieces of checked baggage, totaling no more than a combined 70kg weight restriction.

Note that all baggage allowances are per passenger, each way. 

Saver Fares are not permitted any checked baggage. Costs range from 45 Euros for 20 kgs to 55 Euros for up to 30 kg. Other fares range from 60 Euros for 20kgs to 70 Euros for up to 30kg. 

These fares are for online booking. It will cost you more to check it at the airport. 

Price in advance salePrice at check-in
Flights within EuropeEUR 25-80Per Kilo
Transatlantic FlightsEUR 45-70EUR 75

Pro tip:  You have until 2 hours before your flight time to book a bag at the advance sale rate. 

Aer Lingus Excess Baggage Policy

If you have any additional checked bags or your bag weighs over the allowance permitted by your fare type or exceeds the permitted dimensions, excess baggage charges will apply.

Within Europe, you will be charged 10 Euros per kilo over the 20kg limit. 

Excess baggage on transatlantic flights, for all bags weighing 23kg-32kg, will cost you 75 Euros.

Bag fees are non-refundable.

Flight segmentPrice for overweight or oversizedPrice for overweight and oversized
DomesticEUR 75
EuropePer kilo over 20kg (standard fee)

Aer Lingus Airlines Sports Equipment

If you plan to travel with sports equipment, Aer Lingus recommends that you book in advance. The sports equipment will be transported as checked baggage.

The maximum weight cannot exceed 23kg. Any weight over will be charged as excess baggage.

Passengers can carry a maximum of 1 piece of sports equipment. 

On North American Flights, sports equipment is carried as standard baggage allowance. On all other flights, fees for sports equipment range from 40-50 Euros. 

For business class passengers, transportation of sports equipment is free. 

Aer Lingus will only accept sports equipment if it is packed properly to minimize damage.

Different kinds of sports equipment carry different specifications. Consult the airline website for a current list of specifications and restrictions.

Aer Lingus Airlines Musical Instruments

You can be confident your valuable musical equipment will be in good hands with Aer Lingus.

Smaller, more compact instruments, such as a violin, can be transported as carry-on baggage, provided it is small enough to fit under your seat or in the overhead locker

They must also fit within the following dimensions: 55x40x24cm for most flights, and for regional flights, 48x33x20cm.

Mid-sized instruments, like a guitar, are trickier. Aer Lingus suggests you buy an additional seat for the instruments at standard prices. No baggage allowance will be provided for the seat occupied by the instrument. It must be a window seat and the weight cannot exceed 75kg and fall within these dimensions: 94x58x41cm. 

Large instruments, such as a cello or drum set, cannot be carried in the cabin and must be checked. Charges will be applied at the same rate as sports equipment.

Pro tip: A hard flight case is recommended for transporting fragile instruments. 

Contact Aer Lingus Airlines

Aer Lingus can be contacted via phone according to the country from which you are calling. You can also contact support and other departments through the Aer Lingus website. 

Alternative to Excess Baggage Fees

There are many cases in which you have to travel with more baggage than the airline will allow. In these circumstances, it is better to seek an alternative. The best alternative is Stasher. Stasher simplifies transporting your baggage. 

No more exorbitant excess baggage fees. Stasher charges the same fair rates for each additional luggage as it does the first! Stasher offers great prices on all categories of weight and dimensions. 

No more waiting at the carousel or dragging the luggage to and from the airport through crowded streets and public transportation. All you have to do is book online and print your shipping label. Stasher will pick up the baggage before your departure and it will be waiting for you upon arrival at your accommodation.

Stasher offers affordable, generous insurance coverage for your luggage, along with 24-hour customer service at the ready to help you. You can be sure your luggage is safe, with Stasher’s tracking feature showing you where your luggage is on every leg of the journey. 

Stasher can transport almost anything and everything, from the luggage or equipment specified in this article to important personal or business effects. It’s efficient, affordable and hassle-free.

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