Flying soon? Check here first for updated info on baggage restriction and rates of Cebu Pacific, Air Asia and Philippine Airlines as of 2017.
Pisofare.PH has updated this post today April 11, 2017, since a lot has changed with the airline rules on carry on bags and check-in baggage rates.
We hope to answer your questions like can I carry a handbag on top of one carry-on (cabin) bag?, or how much is the baggage fee for 20 kilos?, how many bags can I carry for free? What should I do to avail of baggage allowance?
Baggage Restriction – Cebu Pacific
Passengers are allowed to have 1 carry-on bag, this is Free.
This 1 carry-on bag must not exceed dimension of 56 x 36 x 23 cm for Airbus flights, 56 x 35 x 20 cm for ATR flights.
It’s maximum weight allowance must not be more than 7 kg. Max free hand-carry baggage for Caticlan flights is only 5 kg. – Cebu Pacific staff are roaming the final baggage x-ray area to intercept any passengers who may appear to be carrying big bags exceeding 7 kg. Anyone intercepted will be advise to go back to check-in area if they confirm that your bag is more than 7kg after weighing it, so you can then check-in your baggage for a fee.
Additional items allowed on top of your Free 1 carry-on bag: Laptop bag, Handbag, Coat, Camera bag, Crutches
For those who will need to check-in luggage, these are the latest Cebu Pacific baggage fee (prepaid) for domestic flights:
Small up to 15kgs = Php 257.60
Standard up to 20kgs = Php 380.80
Large up to 30kgs = Php 784.00
Extra Large up to 40kgs = Php 1,232.00
Baggage Restriction – Air Asia Zest
Strictly 1 hand-carry cabin bag per passenger, no fee.
*Plus you can bring another piece of small bag OR one laptop bag OR backpack OR one handbag. The bag dimension MUST NOT EXCEED 40 cm x 30 cm x 10 cm. Air Asia is strict when it comes to this rule, if caught you will be asked to check-in excess bags even if it’s small.
Dimension of this bag should not exceed 56 x 36 x 23 cm.
The bag should not weigh more than 7 kg.
Air Asia Prepaid Baggage Rate
*No option for 15 kilos in Air Asia.
20 kg – PHP 349
25 kg – PHP399
30 kg – PHP 999
40 kg – PHP 1,199
Baggage Restriction – Philippine Airlines PAL
1 carry-on bag, free of charge
Maximum dimension for this bag is 115 cm or 45 inches (total L+W+H )
Maximum bag weight of 7 kg
You can bring any 2 of the following on top of your 1 free carry-on bag:
Small handbag, overcoat or wrap or blanket, pocket book or purse, small camera or binoculars, laptop in its case, a reasonable amount of reading material.
Domestic Flights: PAL FREE check-in baggage allowance of 10 kg for Budget Economy tickets, 20 kg for Regular Economy tickets, and 25 kg for Premium Economy tickets.
When you get to the airport, you will see sometimes someone successfully bringing more than 1 bag at the final departure area. They are just lucky, but if rules will be imposed strictly by the airline staff, only 1 free cabin bag is allowed plus another small bag that meets the prescribed dimension requirements.
If you know that you will be travelling with more bags, we strongly suggest that you avail of prepaid baggage during the booking process. Or if you have already booked and paid for your ticket, go to the “Manage Booking” section of your chosen airline, from there you can purchase baggage allowance prior to your flight (at least four hours before).
Remember that excess baggage will be charged higher fees by Cebu Pacific, Air Asia Zest, PAL, when you are at the airport check-in counter. But if you buy and pay for pre-paid baggage allowance, it is usually 50% off. The same is true with sports equipment like surf boards, goal bag, scuba gear, bicycle, etc buy the handling service before your flight, pay the Sports Equipment Fee BEFORE your fly date to have some savings.
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