How Strict Is SAS With Carry-On Size?

When you fly, it is important to know the airline’s baggage allowances, especially for carry-on. 

Every airline is slightly different, and SAS has its own limits for luggage that passengers must follow. 

SAS is fairly strict with its carry-on size. Passengers can usually bring one personal item measuring 16” x 12” x 6” (40 cm x 30 cm x 15 cm) that fits under the seat in front of them. Additional carry-on bags may cost extra depending on ticket type and flight route.

What are SAS Carry-On Luggage Requirements?

Carry-on requirements for SAS flights depend on your ticket type.

All SAS passengers are allowed one personal item, which is included in their fare. This item has to fit under the seat in front of you and should measure less than 16” x 12” x 6” (40 cm x 30 cm x 15 cm). 

Additional carry-on luggage that fits in the overhead bins is included with some ticket types but not others.

If you’re bringing an extra carry-on, it can’t be bigger than 22” x 16” x 9” (55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm) or weigh more than 17 lbs (8 kg). 

Can You Take More Than One Carry-On Bag on SAS Flights?

You can take more than one carry-on bag on some flights, but you’ll need a certain type of ticket to bring the bag for free.

If you’re flying SAS Go Smart, SAS Go Pro, SAS Plus Smart, SAS Plus Pro, SAS Go Bonus, and SAS Plus Bonus, you’re allowed one carry-on bag in addition to your personal item.

SAS Go Light tickets don’t have carry-on included with the fare, but you can purchase the extra bag if you need it.

Flights to/from Asia, Canada, and the US have different rules.

SAS Go Light, SAS Go Smart, SAS Go Pro, SAS Go Bonus, and SAS Plus Bonus passengers are entitled to one piece of carry-on in addition to their personal items.

Travelers flying SAS Plus Smart, SAS Plus Pro, SAS Business Smart, SAS Business Pro, and SAS Business Bonus get to bring two pieces of carry-on in addition to their personal items.

Double-check your reservation to confirm your baggage allowance for your flight.

Can You Take an Extra Carry-On Bag For an Additional Fee?

Most tickets only entitle passengers to take one carry-on bag on the plane. 

If you’re flying to/from Asia, the US, or Canada and wish to bring another, you’ll need to upgrade your ticket, which can be more costly. 

Upgrades aren’t always available, as there are limited numbers of these tickets. 

The sort-of exception is SAS Go Light tickets for routes that don’t have carry-on included in the flight fare. These ticket holders can purchase one extra carry-on bag for an additional fee.

What Happens if a Carry-On Bag Doesn’t Meet the Size Requirements?

If your bag is too large or too heavy, you’ll have to check it. 

You’ll then have to unpack anything you need during the flight and hold onto it or put it in a smaller bag. 

It can also be significantly more expensive to check the bag at the airport.

Always measure and weigh your bag before attempting to carry it on the plane.

What are SAS Checked Luggage Requirements?

Checked luggage requirements for SAS flights depend on the type of ticket. 

While SAS doesn’t have specific measurements for each side of a suitcase, the maximum total size for checked bags is 62 in or 158 cm (length + width + height).

The max weight for checked bags is either 50 lbs (23 kg) or 70 lbs (32 kg), depending on your ticket type. 

If you’re only permitted a 50 lbs (23 kg) bag and your bag is overweight, you’ll be charged Heavy Baggage fees anywhere from $40-$130.

How Many Bags Can You Check on SAS?

The number of bags you can check on your flight depends on your ticket type. 

The limits for checked baggage included with your ticket are:

  • SAS Go Smart, SAS Plus Smart, SAS Go Bonus: 1 bag at 50 lbs (23 kg)
  • SAS Plus Pro, SAS Plus Bonus: two bags at 50 lbs (23 kg) 
  • SAS Business, SAS Business Bonus: two bags at 70 lbs (32 kg) 
  • SAS Go Light: none

You can pay for additional luggage, but in some cases, it’s more affordable just to upgrade your ticket. 

Fees for extra baggage depend on the route and/or destination and whether you buy in advance or at the airport.

Additional luggage purchased online until 22 hours before departure costs between $25 and $119.

Purchasing extra bags at the airport or within 22 hours of departure costs $65 to $119.

The best time to buy is at least two weeks before your flight.

Are SAS Luggage Size Requirements the Same as Other Airlines?

Almost all airlines have different rules for luggage. 

Not only are the carry-on sizes different, but also the checked luggage as well. 

If you fly with different airlines often, it can be hard to remember which sizes are for which airline. 

You can find information regarding baggage allowances on the airline website, and most airlines provide this information within your reservation. 

Fortunately, most luggage brands are designed to fit within airline size requirements, but measuring your bag before packing for your trip is usually a good idea.

What is SAS’s Lost Luggage Policy?

SAS has a similar lost luggage policy to most other airlines. 

If your bag is missing, you will need to file a claim either online or at the airport.  

In most cases, missing luggage is located within 24 hours, but the airline will take responsibility if it isn’t. 

If your bag is damaged, you must report the damage at the airport, regardless of when you notice the problem. 

Whether reporting lost or damaged luggage, SAS will issue you a Property Irregularity Report (PIR) – an individual file reference associated with your baggage. Make sure you get a copy.

After a waiting period, SAS will address your claim, and you will be compensated for the luggage or the damage. 

Refer to SAS customer service or their website for detailed instructions on reporting delayed or damaged luggage.


When planning a trip, it’s always best to confirm your baggage allowance before you pack. 

SAS has particular rules based on flight routes and the type of ticket you buy. 

It can be confusing to figure out what applies to you, but once you do, it’ll save you time, effort, and money at the airport.