Singapore Airlines Luggage Allowance: Your Guide

Samuel Clennett

Singapore Airlines is the national carrier of Singapore - and has regularly been voted one of the best airlines in the world. You can fly all over the globe with Singapore Airlines, often via its hub in Changi Airport. Changi is an experience in itself, having won hundreds of awards, and featuring an indoor waterfall and jungle garden, as well as your usual stores and restaurants.

If you’re about to go on a trip with Singapore Airlines, you’ll want to understand the luggage allowance for your flight before you leave. Airline luggage allowances can be confusing, but showing up at the check in desk with more bags than you’re allowed will result in extra charges. This guide covers all you need to know.

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Checked Luggage vs Carry on?

You’ll find that there are two different luggage allowances detailed with most airline tickets. One allowance is for checked, or hold baggage, and another is for the bags you can take into the plane cabin, which is called carry on or cabin baggage.

Your checked bags will be handed to the airline at your departure airport, and put into the hold. You won’t be able to access these bags at all during your flight, so don’t put anything essential or valuable in them.

Carry-on bags are smaller, but you’ll be able to keep them with you in the plane’s cabin, so this is the place for your important items, and things you want to use during the flight.

Read on for more about what size checked and carry on bags you can take with you when flying Singapore Airlines.

So, what does it cost?

The amount of baggage you can bring for no additional cost will depend on the route you’re flying and the ticket type you hold. Here’s a run through of the most important things you need to know¹,².

Suites and First Class

  • 2 pieces of hand luggage, up to 7kg each
  • Up to 50kg total hold luggage for most flights
  • For flights to the US, you can take up to 2 pieces of hold luggage, each weighing up to 32kg

Business Class

  • 2 pieces of hand luggage, up to 7kg each
  • Up to 40kg total hold luggage for most flights
  • For flights to the US, you can take up to 2 pieces of hold luggage, each weighing up to 32kg

Premium Economy Class

  • 1 piece of hand luggage, up to 7kg each
  • Up to 35kg total hold luggage for most flights
  • For flights to the US, you can take up to 2 pieces of hold luggage, each weighing up to 23kg

Economy Class

  • 1 piece of hand luggage, up to 7kg each
  • 30kg to 35kg total hold luggage for most flights, depending on the fare type you hold
  • For flights to the US, you can take up to 2 pieces of hold luggage, each weighing up to 23kg

As well as the cabin baggage allowance detailed above, you’ll be able to take a small item like a handbag or document case. You could also get more hold luggage allowance if you’re a PPS Club, KrisFlyer Elite Gold or Star Alliance Gold member. What you’re entitled to in this case is based on the ticket class you have chosen.

Your hand luggage bag must be small enough to fit into the overhead locker or under the seat in front of you. There are also maximum weight limits on each individual item of hold luggage - check the details for your route before you pack.

Buying additional baggage allowance³

If you need to carry more luggage than your ticket entitles you to, you can buy additional baggage allowance. There are different prices for this, depending on the route you’re flying and how far in advance you buy the extra space. You’ll get a 25% discount on the check in rate if you arrange extra baggage more than 48 hours in advance of your flight, and 10% discount if you make arrangements between 48 and 6 hours before your flight is scheduled.

The cost of extra baggage is calculated based on a per kilo rate for most destinations, and a per item rate for flights to the US. Destinations are split into bands, with different pricing for each band. Australia is in Band 3, although there are a couple of Australian routes which fall outside this price bracket.

For most flights from Australia, you’ll pay the following amounts.

Pre-purchase rate - more than 48 hours before your flight:

From/ToFrom/To SingaporeFrom/To Band 1From/To Band 2From/To Band 3From/To Band 4
Australia (Singapore Airlines Band 3 )USD15/kgUSD18/kgUSD21/kgUSD30/kgUSD36/kg

Last minute rate - between 48 and 6 hours before your flight:

From/ToFrom/To SingaporeFrom/To Band 1From/To Band 2From/To Band 3From/To Band 4
Australia (Singapore Airlines Band 3 )USD18/kgUSD21.5/kgUSD25/kgUSD36/kgUSD43/kg

If you’re flying to or from the US, the extra baggage policy is different. You’ll pay per piece of luggage, rather than weight. Check out the prices online if this is the route you’re headed on.

Can I take sports equipment as checked baggage?

You can bring sports equipment onto your Singapore airlines flight. The items must fit into the weight or baggage piece allowance covered by your ticket class, or you’ll need to buy additional baggage allowance before you fly⁴.

What are the fees for excess or oversized baggage?

Here’s what you’ll pay for extra baggage, for most flights from Australia, if you buy additional baggage at the airport³:

From/ToFrom/To SingaporeFrom/To Band 1From/To Band 2From/To Band 3From/To Band 4
Australia (Singapore Airlines Band 3 )USD20/kgUSD24/kgUSD28/kgUSD40/kgUSD48/kg

There’s also a fee of between USD40 and USD180 for oversized luggage. The exact cost depends on the route you’re taking, so check out the details online if you’re carrying something especially bulky.

Planning your packing might not be the most enjoyable thing about your break, but it’s essential to make sure you’re not hit by high fees when you arrive at the airport. You could also save while you travel by using a currency specialist like Wise to arrange your spending money.

Get a Transferwise multi-currency account online before you head off, and you can spend easily no matter where you are in the world, with great value currency exchange and low, transparent fees.

Sources:

  1. Singapore Air Check Baggage
  2. Singapore Air Cabin Baggage
  3. Singapore Air Additional Charges
  4. Singapore Air Non Standard Baggage

Sources accurate as of March 10 2020


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