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Air Canada Baggage Policy

Air Canada is one of the leading airlines in Canada, offering a wide range of domestic and international flights. If you’re planning to travel with Air Canada, it’s important to familiarize yourself with their baggage policy to avoid any surprises or extra fees. We’ll cover everything you need to know about Air Canada’s baggage allowances, restrictions, fees, and tips to help you navigate your journey smoothly.

Air Canada Carry-on Allowance

When it comes to carry-on baggage, Air Canada allows passengers to bring one personal item and one standard carry-on bag free of charge. The size restrictions for these items are as follows:

  • Personal item: Maximum dimensions of 17 x 13 x 6 inches (43 x 33 x 16 cm).
  • Standard carry-on bag: Maximum dimensions of 21.5 x 15.5 x 9 inches (55 x 40 x 23 cm).

If you’re traveling with an infant on your lap, you can also bring an additional standard article for your child’s belongings. However, it’s important to note that larger strollers must be checked at the baggage counter.

Hot Tip: If you prefer to sit in the front of the plane, consider upgrading to business or first class. Check out our guide to upgrading on Air Canada for more information.

Air Canada Checked Baggage Allowance

Air Canada’s checked baggage allowance varies depending on the route and class of service. Here’s a breakdown of the average pricing for most routes:

Economy Class:

RouteFirst BagSecond Bag3+ Bags
U.S. to/from Canada$30 (FREE for Flex, Comfort, and Latitude fare)$50 (FREE for Latitude fare)$100 each
U.S. to/from Mexico$30$50 (FREE for Latitude fare)$225 each
U.S. to/from EuropeIncluded (excluding Economy Basic fares: $75)$100 (FREE for Latitude fare)$225 each
Canada to/from EuropeIncluded (excluding Economy Basic fares: $75)$100 (FREE for Latitude fare)$225 each
Domestic U.S.Included (excluding Economy Basic fares: $75)$100 (FREE for Latitude fare)$225 each
Domestic Canada$36 (FREE for Flex, Comfort, and Latitude fare)$60 (FREE for Latitude fare)$120 each

It’s important to note that all checked bags must adhere to a maximum weight of 50 pounds (23 kg) in economy class or 70 pounds (32 kg) for business class. The maximum linear dimensions for checked bags are 62 linear inches (158 cm).

Please keep in mind that these prices may vary slightly depending on your specific route. To calculate your official baggage costs, we recommend using Air Canada’s baggage calculator tool on their website.

Excess Baggage Fees

If you exceed the allowed baggage limits, Air Canada charges excess baggage fees based on the route and weight/size of the bags. Excess baggage fee breakdown:

RouteBy PieceOverweight (50 to 70 pounds)Oversized (63 to 115 inches)
U.S. to/from Canada$100$100$100
U.S. to/from Mexico/Costa Rica/Caribbean/Bermuda$225$100$100
Canada to/from other international destinations$225$100$100
Domestic Canada$105 to $115$105 to $115$105 to $115

It’s worth noting that no overweight or oversize charges apply when the additional bag fee is paid. If a bag is both overweight and oversize, the fee is charged only once. However, it’s always recommended to pack within the allowed limits to avoid any additional fees.

For special items such as sporting equipment or musical instruments, Air Canada has a separate policy. You can find more information on Air Canada’s website regarding the fees and restrictions for these items.

Exclusions and Waivers

Air Canada offers certain exclusions and waivers for specific groups of passengers. Here are some of the exemptions:

Aeroplan Privileges:

  • Prestige 25K: 2 bags (50 lbs/23 kg)
  • Elite 35K, 50K, 75K, & Super Elite 100K: 3 bags (70 lbs/32 kg)

Star Alliance Gold:

Star Alliance Gold members can enjoy 1 free checked bag on flights operated by Air Canada, Air Canada Express, and Air Canada Rouge, regardless of the fare purchased. This benefit is applicable to all Star Alliance Gold members, regardless of their specific airline loyalty program.


Canadian and U.S. eligible active and retired military personnel are permitted to bring 3 pieces of checked luggage weighing up to 70 pounds (32 kg) each. This exemption applies to both domestic and international flights.

If you fall into any of these categories, make sure to take advantage of these exemptions and waivers to save on your baggage fees.

Prepaying for Baggage

Air Canada allows passengers to prepay for baggage online or via their mobile app starting from 24 hours before the flight departure. This option provides convenience and helps you save time at the airport.

You can prepay for baggage in the following ways:

  • Through Air Canada’s website during the check-in process. Log in and add extras to your booking.
  • Using Air Canada’s mobile app when you check-in. To include extras in your booking, download the app, and log in.

It’s important to note that you can prepay for baggage up to 45 minutes before departure for flights within Canada and up to 60 minutes for all other flights. If you’re near the airport, you can also add baggage from 12 hours before departure using one of Air Canada’s self-serve kiosks.

Credit Cards That Cover Checked Bag Fees

If you frequently travel with Air Canada, there are credit cards available that offer benefits such as free checked bags. One such card is the AeroplanĀ® Credit Card, which provides a free checked bag for you and up to 8 companions on the same reservation. This can significantly offset your baggage fees and enhance your travel experience.

The Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card, Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card, and Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card are other options that allow you to redeem Capital One miles as a statement credit for previous travel purchases, including checked bag fees. These cards can help you save on baggage fees and earn rewards at the same time.

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