AirAsia introduces a new baggage pricing policy

by on January 18, 2016

Netizens are already jumping up and down about the increases in AirAsia’s baggage prices. We’ve got all the info here, so you can check exactly how the change in pricing will affect you.

New Baggage Pricing Structure

With the new baggage pricing structure, pre-booking checked baggage via Manage My Booking will be subjected to an additional charge on top of the current price. Basically, that means, you pay more if you don’t add baggage straight away when you make the initial booking but add it later through the ‘Manage my booking’ feature.

This new checked baggage pre-booked pricing applies to all flights (carrier codes: AK, FD, QZ, Z2, i5, D7, XT, XJ) except bookings made for flights originating from Indonesia and India.

How do I still enjoy savings with the new pricing structure?

Pre-book checked baggage allowance when you book your flights as checked baggage booked after the completion of the initial flight booking process will be charged at a higher price.

This table shows the difference when you pre-book checked baggage for a one-way flight Kuala Lumpur to Singapore:
Checked baggage 20kg
Currency Pricing during initial flight booking Pricing after initial flight booking
MYR 45 52

Before you get too excited, you’ll be pleased if you pay the extra through ‘Manage my Booking’, because if you wait until you get to the airport, that’s where the pain really hits!

This table shows how excess baggage (i.e. not pre-paid either at initial booking or before going to the airport) will be charged:
Currency Pricing after initial flight booking Airport counter rate
Checked baggage 20kg Airport baggage (15kg) + Excess baggage (5kg) = Total check-in weight (20kg)
MYR 52 355
How much will my luggage cost?

As the baggage cost varies depending on the currency you use to pay, you can check the applicable costs for your flights using this link – enter your departure location and destination.

Check the weight before you head for the airport!

IMG_3044Now you know how much you can carry, get yourself a digital bag scale. The price has come down considerably since we bought our ‘brick’ some years ago, and there are quite a few types on the market. Many of the airlines sell these from their online or on-board stores, or you can purchase at travel stores.

Ours is a reliable and well known brand, Balanzza and you should be able to pick up either this one or a new smaller model. This one was purchased on board one of our flights and I have seen it in a number of in-flight sales booklets.

We have always found the measurements to be accurate.

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  • Piyali
    November 23, 2017 at 6:55 PM

    I want to add some extra weight in my flight Kolkata to Bali tonight. So it’s 5 kg extra can u give me price for that


    • November 23, 2017 at 9:08 PM

      You’ll have to do it via Manage my booking. Log in and select the flight and you should be able to do it from there. Do it as early as you can, as I believe there is a cut-off time before departure for you to do this. The cost depends on how much extra you want to add and how much you already have. It is less expensive to do it online that at the airport.


  • Linda dayberg
    February 2, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    If i buy 20kg and my bag only holds 16kg can i use another bag to make up my 20kg. Jest star said i could only put 1 bag thru even tho it weighs 16kg. So i decided to fly air Asia hopping if i buy 20kg then thats what i can put thu.

    Hooe u can help


    • February 2, 2018 at 11:27 AM

      We do that all the time when we use AirAsia and have never had any problem. You pay for the weight, not the number of bags. Some airlines do have a weight/bag restriction, but AirAsia doesn’t do that.


  • chris
    September 7, 2018 at 5:53 PM

    if I purchase extra baggage up to 30kg and I only have a surfboard bag with say 4 boards in it and it only weights 25kg will my extra cost to get to 30kg cover this , as I know they have a new surfboard policy that allows I board.


    • September 7, 2018 at 9:58 PM

      Hi Chris,
      I checked with AirAsia and received this reply:
      “- Baggage weight and Sports Equipment weight are 2 different add-ons, baggage weight CANNOT be used for sports equipment such as surfboards.
      – According to Free Surfboard policy, 1 surfboard of up to 15kg is free for each guest traveling in/out of any Australia destinations
      – In your reader’s case, 4 surfboards in the same case/bag of about 25kg, only 15kg can be waived according to the free surfboard policy.
      – So the guest must pre-book sports equipment 15kg (it goes by 15kg, 20kg, 25kg) for the remaining weight. Failing to do so the remaining weight will be charged as excess baggage at the airport as the guest checks in.”

      They added that

      “Our feedback above is only based on our understanding of your query. Your reader is advised to check with our customer care personnel directly through published channels on for further details.”

      It looks like you will get 15kg free, but I suggest you follow the advice and email them for a specific reply to help you with your calculation.



  • Jonalyn urmatam
    September 27, 2018 at 9:53 PM

    Hi i want to buy an excess 10kgs can I buy it online? I’m going home on sunday and according to my ticket it indicated there for only have 20kgs and 7kgs hand carry but I think I exceed the 20kgs to can you help me.


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