LOT Polish Airlines — officially registered as Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT S.A. and colloquially known as LOT — is Poland’s flag carrier. One of the oldest airlines still in operation, LOT started flying the friendly skies back in 1928! Today, the airline has a fleet of about 100 and travels to approximately 120 destinations in Asia, Europe, and North America.
LOT Carry-On Cabin Baggage
LOT’s carry-on luggage limits are determined by class, fare, and route. Passengers with Economy Saver, Economy Class, and international Premium Economy tickets can bring one piece of luggage that doesn’t weigh more than 8 kilograms. Premium Economy ticket holders on intercontinental flights are permitted two pieces of carry-on luggage with a combined weight of 12 kilograms, and neither bag can weigh over 8 kilograms. Business Class passengers can always bring two carry-on bags, but neither can weigh more than 9 kilograms.
In addition to allotted cabin luggage, travelers can carry on food, collapsible baby strollers, and children’s push-chairs. Personal handbags and laptops are also permitted — so long as they don’t exceed 2 kilograms or are larger than 40 cm x 35 cm x 12 cm.
Individuals with disabilities can bring wheelchairs into the cabin. Once they’re seated, flight attendants will check the chair in the hold and return it upon landing. Crutches and other medical devices are also permitted. If, however, you have a large piece of apparatus, it’s best to call ahead and secure space.
|Cabin Class and Fare||Number of Bags||Number of Personal Items (If Space Is Available||Total Weight Allowance||Size Restrictions Per Item|
|Economy Saver||1||1||8 kilograms||55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm|
|Economy Class||1||1||8 kilograms||55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm|
|Premium Economy International||1||1||8 kilograms||55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm|
|Premium Economy Intercontinental||2||1||Combined 12 kilograms||55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm|
|Business Class||2||1||9 kilograms||55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm|
LOT Checked Baggage
LOT’s checked baggage limit is based on ticket class and flight route. Economy Saver passengers aren’t allotted any included checked baggage space. Standard and Flex Economy passengers can check one piece of luggage that weighs no more than 23 kilograms. If the flight is intercontinental, that number jumps to two.
|Route||Business Class||Premium Economy||Economy Standard and Flex||Economy Saver|
|Domestic Flights Within Poland||NA||NA||1 Piece that Weighs No More than 23 Kilograms||0|
|Flights Throughout Europe and Middle East||2 Pieces that Weigh No More than 32 Kilograms Each||2 Pieces that Weigh No More than 23 Kilograms Each||1 Piece that Weighs No More than 23 Kilograms||0|
|Flights To and From United States and Canada||3 Pieces that Weigh No More than 32 Kilograms Each||2 Pieces that Weigh No More than 23 Kilograms Each||1 Piece that Weighs No More than 23 Kilograms||0|
|Flights To and From Kazakhstan, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, South Korea, Japan||3 Pieces that Weigh No More than 32 Kilograms Each||2 Pieces that Weigh No More than 23 Kilograms Each||1 Piece that Weighs No More than 23 Kilograms||0|
|Flights Originating in Europe and Middle East To and From Beijing / Flights From Toronto to Belgrad / Flights From Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, France, Great Britain, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary to Tokyo / Flights from Delhi to USA and Canada /|
Flights from Tokyo to Europe
|3 Pieces that Weigh No More than 32 Kilograms Each||2 Pieces that Weigh No More than 23 Kilograms Each||2 Pieces that Weigh No More than 23 Kilograms Each||0|
LOT Excess Baggage Policy
LOT makes it easy to purchase extra baggage space for flights. Just hop on their website, and follow the prompts. Each additional piece will cost between US$55 and US$380 depending on size and flight route.
Note that purchasing extra baggage space online at least 12 hours ahead of time costs 20 percent less than buying at the airport check-in counter.
Additionally, keep in mind that you will pay more if your luggage is larger or heavier than allotted limits.
LOT Sports Equipment
LOT allows passengers to check sports equipment. If you only have sports equipment, and your ticket allows for checked baggage, you may not be subject to excess baggage fees. If you’ve already used up your luggage allotment, then you’ll need to pay an excess baggage fee.
The airline has given lots of thought to their luggage equipment excess baggage pricing, and the result is a complex matrix based on sport and flight route. To look up your equipment, head to LOT’s sport’s equipment page here. It includes everything from skiing stuff to javelins to rubber dinghies. Information for sport weapons is here.
LOT Musical Instruments
LOT passengers traveling with a musical instrument have a few options.
- If it’s small enough — a flute, clarinet, piccolo, et cetera — you can carry it on board.
- If it fits within the luggage size standard, and your ticket includes a baggage allowance, you can check a musical instrument if it doesn’t exceed size limitations.
- If you want to check a musical instrument, but have already used up your luggage allowance, you can book bulk luggage space via LOT’s website or customer service call center.
- If your instrument is oversized, buying it a ticket is another option. However, if the ax is too large, it may not be allowed. Similarly, if it surpasses checked baggage standards, you’ll have to find an alternative transport method.
It’s always a good idea to call LOT ahead of time to secure space for musical instruments. Because remember, if a flight hold is filled, the airline may send your instrument on a separate flight — which is a recipe for lost luggage.
LOT Customer Service Line: +48 22 577 77 55
LOT Online Customer Service Portal: https://www.lot.com/us/en/contact
Alternative to Excess Baggage Fees
You’ve booked a flight on LOT airlines and have beaucoup baggage. But after reviewing the costs for excess luggage, you’re looking for less expensive options.
That’s where an international luggage shipping service, like Stasher, comes to the rescue. The award-winning travel company has long cornered baggage services — from storing, to packing, to shipping.
Stasher’s luggage shipping service is a snap to use, and they come to you — which is leagues more convenient than schlepping bags through the airport.