The Best and worst Airlines for Hand Luggage Allowance

With no clear universal parameters on cabin luggage allowance across airlines, it can be very difficult to determine what is and isn’t allowed at times. Add to this all the unique premises and particulars that each airline likes to offer, and it often seems easier just to book hold luggage and spare yourself the calculations. To try and make things a little more simple, we went ahead and put together a list of the best and worst airlines in terms of space that you’re allowed for hand luggage.

The Best Airlines for Cabin Luggage Allowance

Aegean Airlines

Taking the fifth spot, Aegean Airlines provide a great deal more space than many of their more expensive counterparts.

Offering a total volume of up to 126 cm², they only lose out on joint fourth place owing to their weight restriction of 8kg.

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British Airways

Ranking highly in fourth place, British Airways offer comparatively more space than their competitors, with a combined total volume of 126 cm².

Add the fact that BA don’t impose a weight limit on any hand luggage, and it’s easy to see why they remain a popular choice for travellers.

Virgin America

Third on the list are Virgin America, who narrowly trump British Airways by a single kilogram.

With 127 cm² of cabin baggage allowance and no weight limit, what’s not to like?

Alaska Airlines

Narrowly missing out on the top spot, Alaska Airlines are offering their customers a very generous 129 cm² of cabin baggage allowance with no weight limit.

It gets even better if you join their Mileage Plan, which allows you to check in a case of wine at no additional cost.

Southwest

Southwest are officially the most lenient airline when it comes to your hand baggage allowance. In what is a very close contest, they just about clinch the top spot with 130 cm² of space being permitted.

If that wasn’t enough, when you fly with Southwest, your first and second checked bags fly completely free of charge.

American Influence

It’s clear that the competition is pretty tight at the top, but as it stands the American airlines are dominating the podium.

Whilst the difference doesn’t seem so great at the top, it’s only when you look at the airlines that offer the least amount of space for cabin luggage that you see just how big the divide is.

The Worst Airlines for Cabin Luggage Allowance

United

At the other end of the scale, United are only able to offer 113 cm² of space, although they don’t have a weight limit for what you bring on.

This may not seem like much less in the great scheme of things, but when your case is close to bursting open, it could mean the difference between packing something or leaving it at home.

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Emirates

Surprisingly, given their status as a more luxurious way to fly, Emirates offer substantially less space than many airlines, with only 113 cm² being offered to passengers.

With a weight limit of only seven kilograms, Emirates are a lot less lenient with what they’ll let onboard.

Qatar Airways

Similarly to Emirates, Qatar Airways have a weight limit of seven kilograms and offer only 112 cm².

We advise to take only what you need on board with you, and nothing heavy.

FlyBE

In second place, FlyBE offer a slightly higher weight allowance than Emirates or Qatar Airways, but even less space at a mere 110 cm².

Virgin Australia

In quite a contrast to their American division, Virgin Australia can only offer 105 cm² of space to passengers, by far the lowest amount.

It’s safe to say that when booking a long haul flight, taking hold luggage is strongly recommended.

How do you feel about these hand luggage allowances?

Remote Holiday Destinations in the United Kingdom

When you plan a trip to Europe, what are some of the places you want to visit? Perhaps a sunny beach in Spain, the snowy north of Finland, or maybe the culinary hotspot of France. Wherever you go, there’s a variety of different cultures, cuisines and people to engage with. However, we usually find ourselves going to the touristy locations that everyone knows about.

The United Kingdom is one of the most popular destinations in the world to visit thanks to London’s popularity. However, hidden away in the rural countryside of the United Kingdom is a vast selection of remote locations that offer peace, serenity and a lot of comforts. Many of these locations house museums with plenty of cultural tidbits, and there is almost always fantastic local cuisine to sample as well. So instead of visiting the modern cities, take a look at these following holiday destinations that you shouldn’t miss.

Newbury

Out of all the locations to see some medieval architecture, Newbury is perhaps the full package. Not only does it sport fantastic sightseeing locations such as Highclere Castle and Donnington Castle, there’s also the Newbury racecourse if you want to indulge in a bit of classic horse racing. For food and drink, there are some fantastic establishments such as George and Dragon who offer great pubs in Andover and Newbury. Not only do they serve fantastic food and classic drinks, they also operate as a bed and breakfast, giving you a stunning location to rest for the night if you’re on a tour around the United Kingdom.

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Scotland

If you love historic monuments and amazing food, then you have to pay a visit to Scotland. All the way in the north where chilly winds rule the land and haggis is a culinary treat, you’ll find plenty of castles to explore, national galleries to tour and even parks to relax in. Edinburgh is a town steeped in history, giving it a picturesque look that will make a great location for holiday photos and memories. If you like to get active, then consider the murder and mystery walking tours where they mix historical facts with humorous jabs to create an interesting but chilling experience.

Suffolk

Suffolk sports one of the United Kingdom’s favourite parachuting locations, making it a prime destination for adrenaline junkies that want to leap from a plane while admiring the tranquil countryside views below them If you love your beer, then you owe it to yourself to take a trip to the Greene King Brewery, one of Suffolk’s most famous attractions. They offer tours, plenty of tasting sessions, and some excellent food as well.

Yorkshire

Yorkshire is another location in the United Kingdom that is drowned in culture and traditional. Take a trip to the world-famous National Railway Museum where you’ll get to see a comprehensive collection of trains and transport relics. There is plenty of historic information and sights to sink your teeth into and it’s free as well, meaning there’s no excuse not to make a stop here. If museums aren’t your type of activity, then there are also some excellent wildlife parks to explore.