When traveling with Air New Zealand, there are certain things you need to be aware of concerning your hold luggage. In this article we will guide you through all the rules and regulations with regard to size, dimensions and weight of your checked in luggage.
Air New Zealand Baggage Allowance
What you can bring on a flight depends on destination, flight type, fare and frequent flyer membership. The baggage allowance for premium flight travelers for example is more than for those who have purchased an economy fare ticket. The same applies for someone who has accumulated a lot of frequent flyer miles, the weight of your checked in luggage can be more. As a Star Alliance member, Air New Zealand offers its passengers the opportunity to earn points and become a frequent flyer.
To comply with standard baggage allowance rules make sure your luggage does not exceed 23 kilograms. The total linear dimensions should also not be more than 158 centimeters.
If your suitcase or bag exceeds these size restrictions, you will have to pay excess baggage fees. The excess luggage NZ fee applies irrespective of the frequent flyer status, itinerary, or the type of fare you purchased. Air New Zealand has the following restrictions on its flights with regard to how many bags you can bring.
- Premium Economy – 2 bags
- Business Premier – 3 bags
- Economy – 1 bag on long-haul flights
- Economy – 2 bags on Flexi Plus/Works Deluxe ticket
- Economy – 1 bag on Seat + bag/ Flexi time/ the works ticket
- Economy – No free baggage allowance on a Seat only ticket
Maximum Allowed Weight Luggage
The maximum allowed weight on international Air New Zealand flights is higher than for domestic flights. The standard policy for international flights is that your hold luggage can weigh up to 32 kg. Make sure that your checked suitcase or bag weighs no more than 32 kg, since an incompliance means that you’ll have to leave part of your luggage at the airport.
As part of the Air New Zealand baggage rules the airline allows its passengers to bring car seats and strollers for their babies, free of charge. This is possible possible if your child is traveling with you. People who need medical equipment or a wheelchair, can bring these items with them on the flight.
Like any other airline, Air New Zealand is bound by the aviation rules and regulations of the country they are flying to. When flying with Air New Zealand you can check if special regulations apply for the destination you’re visiting.
Review your baggage under the excess baggage charges if you have a single ticket and have a stop over during your journey. The baggage allowance can be different for the connecting flight. There are only two exceptions to this rule when you are using Air New Zealand:
- Traveling from Brazil
All passengers have a free baggage allowance of no more than 2 pieces up to 32 kilograms each. This applies throughout your journey, irrespective of whichever stopover you make.
- Traveling to or from Canada or the US
The ‘first marketing carrier’ decides the baggage allowance and fees that will apply for the entire trip. These rules apply all through the journey. The ‘first marketing airline’ is free to apply its own baggage regulations or those of the MSC.
Any item, equipment or bag that occupies sporting material is considered to be sporting equipment. Each sports bag can contain several items, as long as they are within the accepted dimension and weight limits.
All sports items or pieces packed together for the same destination are considered as a single item. An example of this are skis: you have a pair of boots, and the poles. Together it’s 4 ietms, but packed together they are treated as one piece for your baggage allowance.
If you are traveling on an Airbus A320 or Boeing 787, 777, 767, 747 or 737, the greatest length allowed is 2 meters. For oversized sporting equipment, the maximum length allowed is 2.5 meters. The weight can be no more than 32 kilograms.
If you’re traveling with different carriers and your journey includes more than one ticket, the baggage rules can be different. To avoid charges for excess baggage you can considering packing in compliance with the lowest allowance.
Excess Baggage Fees
Before you get your boarding pass, you might want to make sure your bags and suitcases are in accordance with the Air New Zealand hold baggage rules. If you have more bags than allowed, you can use the Air New Zealand extra bags service. This helps you to avoid unnecessary charges at the airport by buying extra space for your bags.
With this service, you can buy space for up to 3 bags. This includes the free allowed checked baggage and any extra allowed baggage. This also depends on your frequent flyer status. The extra bag service is also available if you’re traveling with Virgin Australia.
The bag service is only available if the fare you purchased allows this. If you have a seat-only fare, you cannot bring any hold luggage.
What are the costs for an extra bag at Air New Zealand? Getting this information beforehand will help you plan accordingly. If you plan on using this service, you have to request the bags 3 hours before you travel for an international flight and up to half an hour for domestic flights.
The following table shows an overview of the costs for extra bags in advance and at the airport (in NZD). No need to say that the charges for a prepaid bag are so much less than when you have to purchase it at the airport.
|Itinerary||1 Extra Bag||2 Extra Bags|
|Tasman & Island Flights||60||120||100||200|
|Long distance flights (Excluding London)||105||200||155||250|
As you can see, it is cheaper to plan accordingly. You would not want to leave some of the stuff you had from tax free shopping behind because Air New Zealand baggage allowance does not cover the additional items.