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El Al Baggage Allowance, Size, Weight & Fees 2022

Israel’s national airline, ElAl Airlines Ltd., has long been one of the safest airlines in the world. Besides being the most secure airline in the world, its passengers are noted for their strict commitment to regulations.

Make sure you understand all of EL AL Israel Airlines’ Baggage Allowance regulations before booking a flight with them this year.

El Al Airlines has a strict weight limit and size limit for the carryon bags that travelers bring on to their flights, regardless of seat class and ticket cost.

You may carry a laptop bag or personal bag that is no larger than 30 x 38 x 18 cm on most flights. You cannot check a bag for free when you have purchased a Lite ticket, but you can do so with an Economy Classic or Economy Flex seat when the weight of the luggage is 23 kilos.

Carry-on Allowance policy

Travelling with El Al, passengers are only allowed to bring one piece of carry-on luggage. Carry-on luggage can make travel more convenient, so this limit is essential to the safety of travellers.

Not all airlines will let you check your carry on luggage as a part of traveling. Even if your carry-on luggage meets their philosophy and size requirements – which it should since most airlines have these rules.

Check with your travel agent at the airport to figure out the amount of checked bags with your ticket. The total number of checked bags on your ticket depends on what you paid for that backpack.

Economy Class

EL AL Israel Airlines offers three distinct ticket categories for a fraction of what passengers on other airlines would pay. They offer rates that apply to all their flights, including those within Europe and to South Africa but not to those to and from the United States or Canada.

Make sure you know what you’re getting for your money before buying a ticket on the economy section of a plane.

Business Class

It’s possible to view the difference in luggage allowance among business class and economy class if you choose to upgrade to the higher class. EL AL Israel Airlines considers business class to be the first-class rate, and these criteria are different from those of economy class

First Class

Business class passengers are sometimes restricted on what they can pack. They have a reduced weight limit of 23 kg. First-class customers can have more baggage allowance due to the added weight allowance for their travels.

Tickets Class Number of bags allowed Weight Dimensions (Personal) Dimensions (Standard)
Economy Class: Lite 1 8 kg 30 x 38 x 18 cm 56 x 45 x 25 cm
Economy Class: Classic 1 8 kg 30 x 38 x 18 cm 56 x 45 x 25 cm
Economy Class: Economy Flex 2 12 kg; 8kg max individual 30 x 38 x 18 cm 56 x 45 x 25 cm
Business Class: Premium Class 2 20kg; 16kg max individual 30 x 38 x 18 cm 56 x 45 x 25 cm
Business Class: Business Class 2 20kg; 16kg max individual 30 x 38 x 18 cm 56 x 45 x 25 cm
First Class 2 24 kg; 16kg max individual 30 x 38 x 18 cm 56 x 45 x 25 cm

This makes it easy for those with large bags to be safely checked. Too large or too heavy bags will not have to be sent with the rest of the baggage and can still be easily carried.

El Al Checked Baggage Allowance

On many flights, the number of checked bags can vary from ticket to ticket. When you purchase a Lite ticket, you do not have access to free checked bags on most flights. You will have to pay more money on each item that you would like to check. On flights with an economy rate, your baggage allowance is one suitcase which must weigh no more than 23 kilograms.

Passengers travelling in the Premium and Business classes as well as First Class always have the option to bring with them up to three checked bags of 32 kilograms (90 pounds) per piece.

Economy Flex tickets can have a varying number of checked bags depending on the flight. Economy flights from the Far East might not have as many luggage restrictions.

  Number of bags allowed Weight
Economy Class: Lite 0 0
Economy Class: Classic 1 23 kg
Economy Class: Economy Flex 1 23 kg
Business Class: Premium Class 2 32 kg
Business Class: Business Class 2 32 kg 
First Class  3 32 kg

When shopping at the airport, always remember what you are buying. You will only be permitted to bring on your carry-on baggage. Anything additional that you may have purchased in addition to the inexpensive items not allowed on planes will require the necessary fees before you can check them.

Fees for extra baggage

El Al is strict about the weight of luggage. The airline charges an excess baggage surcharge for a few tenths of a per cent, even if the difference might not seem significant to you.

After buying your EL AL ticket, you make your ticket-sized luggage with a bag tag and put it in the designated sky baggage area. If you need to push the limit up, you call customer service or visit The addition of your baggage to your EL AL reservation is easy via a credit card. You have the choice of deciding how many more pieces of luggage you need.

Route Time before the flight First Bag Second Bag Bags 3 – 10
Within Europe & Middle East Up to 3 Hours Before the Flight $95 $185 $185
Between Far East & Africa Up to 3 Hours Before the Flight $150 $150 $150
All other routes Up to 3 Hours Before the Flight $95   $185   $185  
3 Hours or Less Before the Flight $110 $200 $200

Overweight and Oversized Piece of baggage

What to do if your luggage exceeds the weight limit by only a small amount. You should get a confirmation of the illegal excess baggage before the flight, otherwise, you will be charged. The penalty price varies from airline to airline and can be quite steep.

Type of service                     Up to 3 Hours Before the Flight 3 Hours or Less Before the Flight
23-32 kilos overweight ​​​ ​ $​95 ​ $11​0

​​An oversized piece of baggage
(158-277 cm)
$​185 ​$​200

Exclusions & Waivers

EL AL Airlines offers Platinum, Gold, and Top Platinum Frequent Flyer members two regular carry-on baggage. Although each person can only bring up to 8 kg of weight with them, this is the maximum amount for any individual.

If you’re a member of the Platinum or Top Platinum tiers, you may have the opportunity to bring an extra checked bag. Additionally, you can earn discounts on your travel to and from the airport by having our card GoWithIberia Plus or Business.


How can I avoid El Al Israel Airlines’ oversize and overweight luggage fees?

Know what the weight restrictions are for your suitcase before you leave for the airport. Cost savings may be achieved by either unpacking and keeping some of your belonging in a carry-on bag, or by dividing your contents between checked and carry on luggage depending on the weight limits at each airport.

Can I Prepay for Baggage?

El Al passengers could prepay for checked baggage on the El Al website ahead of their trip. El Al passengers can pre-order their bags before they get to Israel and have them delivered at their destination if they leave them in their homes.

How much will I pay for an added checked bag?

Depending on the route and the baggage fees, you might be able to save a small amount of money by buying an extra checked bag in advance. If you’re traveling with El Al Israel Airlines, consider getting your bags three hours before departure time to get an even smaller discount.

Is it okay to bring a personal item to El Al?

Carry-on bags can only hold up to two personal items. The ones with more than two will not be allowed on board. But you’re free to bring anything else with you either before or after security.

What if I’m travelling with special equipment?

Before you fly with your sporting goods or musical instrument, make sure to find out about the airline’s rules for flying with these items. In general, airlines won’t allow items that are larger than a certain size and expensive items like pianos, surfboards and bikes need an additional permit.

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