Passengers checking-in a second piece of luggage on many British Airways (BA) flights will have to fork out up to an extra £240 from today.
New excess baggage rules mean that flyers checking in a second bag on long haul trips will face a £120 bill per extra bag on each flight.
There is a £60 fee per extra bag on European journeys and £30 on domestic flights.
Under the changes most customers will be able to put a bag with a maximum weight of 32kg in the hold – but only in a single item of luggage. This allowance will be cut to 23kg after September 30.
Anyone who spreads the weight over more than one bag will be hit by the extra charge and the fee applies even if the combined weight of the two bags is below the limit.
However, the airline says passengers will be exempt from the rules if they cannot comfortably carry a 23kg bag.
BA has said that where it’s clear that a passenger cannot manage one bag, it will let them check in an additional bag, or more, provided the total weight is within the 23kg limit.
Until September 30, passengers will receive a discount if they pay in advance online – the extra charge per bag will be £168, £84 and £42 for return long-haul, short-haul and domestic flights respectively.
Passengers will be able to carry one piece of sporting equipment, such as a golf bag, on to the plane as well as stowing one bag in the hold.
Passengers to the US, the Caribbean, Nigeria, Mexico and Brazil will still be able to check in two pieces of luggage free of charge.
Passengers flying First and Club Class on long-haul flights can check in up to three bags free of charge.
Those flying Club Class to Europe can check in two bags free of charge.
Infants will be allowed to check one bag, plus a collapsible baby buggy and a car seat, into the aircraft hold free of charge in all classes on all routes.