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Dubai: Just in time for the busy summer travel season, Emirates is again expanding its free baggage allowance for flights to and from Dubai, and flyers can check in up to 45 kilos of bags without paying extra.

The UAE-based carrier has confirmed that it is giving away 40 to 45 kilos of free baggage allowance to economy-class passengers travelling this summer to at least 35 select destinations, including those bound to Pakistan, Philippines, China, Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Morocco, Egypt and Algeria, among many others.

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The bonus baggage, which effectively expands the standard weight caps by up to ten kilos, can be availed of until July 31 and is valid for trips until December 13 this year. The airline normally allows economy ticket holders to check in up to 35 kilos.

Free baggage limit from Etihad

It’s not just Emirates that is offering flyers a chance to travel with heavier bags this summer. At Etihad, passengers who head to the airport hours before the flight and avail themselves of the “moonlight check-in” service can get five kilos of additional free baggage.

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The airline’s early check-in facility will operate at Abu Dhabi Terminal 3 between 4am and 6am and between 4pm and 6pm during the following dates: June 27 to July 9 and July 12 to July 14. The incentive is valid for all Etihad travellers, regardless of where they're headed. 

For those flying with Emirates, here are the destinations on which baggage allowances have been expanded:

Free 45 kilos on all Emirates flights (outbound and inbound):
Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Accra, Ghana
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Algiers, Algeria
Cairo, Egypt
Casablanca, Morocco
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Dakar Blaise Diagne, Senegal
Entebbe, Uganda
Harare, Zimbabwe
Luanda, Angola
Lagos, Nigeria
Lusaka, Zambia
Nairobi, Kenya
Tunis, Tunisia
Manila, Philippines
Guangzhou, China

Free 40 kilos on all outbound Emirates flights
Amman, Jordan
Zhengzhou, China
Yinchuan, China
Kabul, Afghanistan
Karachi, Pakistan
Multan, Pakistan
Sialkot, Pakistan
Islamabad, Pakistan
Lahore, Pakistan
Peshawar, Pakistan

Free 45 kilos on EK 308/309
Beijing, China

Free 40 kilos on specific flights
Shanghai, China (EK 304/305)
Khartoum, Sudan (EK733/734)
Dhaka, Bangladesh (EK584/586)
Jakarta, Indonesia (EK357/358)
Cebu and Clark, Philippines ( EK338, outbound and inbound)
Colombo, Sri Lanka (EK654)

Travellers, however, are advised that the expanded baggage allowance won’t be valid for travel for the following destinations on specific dates this year:

Manila, Cebu and Clark, Philippines: June 27 to July 7; August 16 to 17 and August 20 to 22; December 5 to 13

Jakarta, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai: June 27 to July 7, August 16 to 17 and August 20 to 22

Pakistan: June 28 to July 14, August 9 to 25

Dhaka, Colombo: June 27 to July 3, August 16 to 17 and August 20 to 22

Amman, Cairo, Casablanca, Nairobi, Tunis, Yinchuan, Zhengzhou, Kabul: June 27 to July 14, August 16 to 17 and August 20 to 22

Dar Es Salaam: July 1 to 14,  August 16 to 17 and August 20 to 22

Entebbe: July 1 to 14

Khartoum: August 16 to 17 and August 20 to 22