This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Few experiences in the sky are as luxurious and memorable as Emirates first class. There’s made-to-order meals, motorized mini-bars, on-board showers and fine champagne. Oh, and you can check up to 50kg of baggage for no extra fee. For those who fly in the hundreds of economy seats, however, Emirates is about to put a squeeze on the amount of baggage you’re able to check gratis.

For tickets issued on or after Feb. 4, 2019, two types of economy fares will see their weight limits reduced by 5kg. It’s confusing enough that Emirates manages to market four kinds of economy tickets, and Special Economy tickets will see weight allowance shrink from 20kg to 15kg while Saver Economy tickets ratchet down from 30kg to 25kg.

The weight concept — which allows an unlimited quantity of bags until you reach the weight threshold — applies to all routes, excluding travel to and from destinations in the Americas and travel originating in Africa.

The piece concept applies to all routes to and from the Americas and flights originating in Africa. In this case, Special Economy is taking a hit by having its usual two pieces up to 23kg apiece reduced to one unless the journey originates in Africa.

Here’s a comparison with the other ME3 carriers operating in the Middle East.

  • Qatar Airways allows all economy class passengers two pieces of free checked baggage up to 23kg each for flights to/from Brazil, flights between Brazil and Argentina and all other flights to/from Argentina, Canada and the United States. Flights between Doha, Casablanca and Marrakech, along with flights originating from Africa, allow up to 45kg. Flights to/from all other destinations have a weight cap of 30kg.
  • Etihad Airways has a general policy to all destinations that allow 23kg of checked baggage for free on Economy Deal tickets, while Economy Saver and Classic tickets are allowed 30kg and Economy Flex is allowed 35kg.

If you’re flying Emirates in economy after Feb. 4, 2019, be sure to weigh your bags before getting to the airport to avoid any unexpected fees at the check-in counter.

All images by Zach Honig / The Points Guy.

For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter here!


Know before you go.

News and deals straight to your inbox every day.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

WELCOME OFFER: 60,000 Points Terms Apply.


CARD HIGHLIGHTS: Delta Sky Club and Centurion lounge access, $200 annual airline fee credit and up to $200 in Uber credits annually

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
See Terms
Recommended Credit
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.