Air Canada Baggage Fees & Tips to Cover the Expenses

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Air Canada’s baggage fees are fairly straightforward when it comes to the first couple of standard bags. However, you’re guaranteed to fork over some cash in the overweight/oversize area. Make sure you’re packing within the maximum limits to avoid hefty fees!

While this isn’t the complete Air Canada Baggage policy, we think you’ll find some helpful notes here.

Air Canada Carry-On Allowance

1 personal item: FREE
1 standard carry-on bag: FREE

Size Restrictions

  • Personal: 13″ x 17″ x 6″
  • Standard: 21.5″ x 15.5″ x 9″

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

  • If you’re traveling with an infant on your lap, you can bring 1 additional standard article for your child’s belongings.

Stroller Check Policy

  • Smaller strollers can be checked at the baggage counter or boarding gate. The size of the stroller should not exceed a collapsed diameter of 25.5 cm (10 in) and a length not exceeding 92 cm (36 in). Small strollers that are checked at the baggage counter will be available for pick up at the destination’s baggage hall, while strollers that are checked at the boarding are available at the aircraft door upon arrival to your destination.
  • Large strollers must be checked at the baggage counter.

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Air Canada Checked Baggage Allowance

Listed below is the average pricing for most routes under these categories. However, these may differ slightly according to your specific route. To calculate your official baggage costs, we suggest using Air Canada’s baggage calculator tool here.

*all checked bags must adhere to a maximum weight of 23kg and maximum linear dimensions of 158cm

US to/from Canada
1st Bag: $30
2nd Bag: $50
3+ bags: $100 each

US to/from Mexico
1st Bag: $30
2nd Bag: $50
3+bags: $225

US to/from Europe
1st Bag: included
2nd bag: $100
3+ bags: $225

Canada to/from Europe
1st Bag: included
2nd Bag: $100
3+ bags: $225

Domestic US
1st Bag: included
2nd Bag: $70
3+ bags: $225

Domestic Canada
1st Bag: $30
2nd Bag: $50
3+ bags: $100

Where available to book, Latitude fares include 2 checked bags in the price of the ticket and Flex and Comfort fares include the first bag for free.

Excess Baggage Fees

RouteBy PieceOverweightOversized
US to/from Canada$100 ea$100-$105 for bags 23-32kg (50-70lb)$100-$105 for bags 158-292cm (63-115in)
US to/from Mexico$225 ea
Canada to/from Mexico$225 ea
US to/from Europe$225 ea
Canada to/from Europe$225 ea
Domestic US$225 ea
Domestic Canada$100 ea

*No overweight or oversize charges apply when the additional bag fee is paid.
*If bag is both overweight & oversize, fee is charged only once.
* Some fees may exclude taxes

For baggage fees related to special luggage (sporting equipment, musical instruments, etc.) please refer to Air Canada’s policy here. 

Can I Pre-pay for Baggage?

Air Canada allows passengers to pre-pay for baggage online or via the mobile app from 24 hours before the flight departure.

Here are the ways you can pre-pay:

You can pre-pay for baggage up to 45 minutes before departure for flights within Canada and up to 60 minutes for all other flights.

  • Based 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 Reimburse You For Checked Bag Fees

The cards below can help offset some of your checked bag fees with Air Canada.

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Exclusions & Waivers

Latitude Fares provide 2 checked bags free on any route.

Flex Fares provide 1 checked bag free on any Domestic Canada route.

Altitude Privileges:

  • Prestige 25K: 2 checked bags free (up to 23kg)
  • Elite 35K: 3 checked bags free (up to 32kg)
  • Elite 50K: 3 checked bags free (up to 32kg)
  • Elite 75K: 3 checked bags free (up to 32kg)

Military: Canadian and U.S. eligible active and retired military are permitted to bring three pieces of checked luggage weighing up to 32 kg (70 lb) each.

Aeroplan members cannot redeem points for free baggage allowances.


To see more airline baggage fees and policies, click here.

FAQ

What is the baggage allowance for Air Canada?

Air Canada includes 1 piece of checked baggage for flights within the US and flights from the US/Canada to Europe. Checked baggage can weigh up to 23kg and must not exceed maximum linear dimensions of 158cm. For other routes, checked baggage can be purchased starting at $30 for the first piece up to $70 for the 2nd piece.

Do you get a free checked bag with Air Canada?

Flights within the US and from the US and Canada to Europe get a piece of free checked luggage included with Air Canada. This bag can weigh up to 23kg and must not exceed 158cm (maximum linear dimensions). For all other routes checked baggage needs to be added on separately to the booking.

How much does Air Canada charge for baggage?

For all routes excluding flights within the US or from US/Canada to Europe, Air Canada charges the following fees for checked baggage: US to/from Canada – 1st bag: $30, 2nd bag: $50. US to/from Mexico – 1st bag: $30, 2nd bag: $50. Domestic Canada – 1st bag: $30, 2nd bag: $50.

How much can your carry-on bag weigh Air Canada?

Air Canada does not specify a weight allowance for carry-on baggage. It states that the piece of baggage must be light enough to store in the overhead compartments without assistance. They do have maximum size limits of 21.5″ x 15.5″ x 9″ for your standard piece and 13″ x 17″ x 6″ for your personal item.

Can I bring a backpack and a carry-on Air Canada?

As the maximum dimensions for your personal item is 13″ x 17″ x 6″ it is unlikely that a backpack will adhere to this allowance (unless it is a mini backpack). A backpack that adheres to 21.5″ x 15.5″ x 9″ would be fine if you want to use your standard carry-on allowance for this plus a smaller personal item.

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32 comments

  1. Susan Y. Stevenson · June 28, 2019 · Reply

    I am travelling from Vancouver, BC to Dublin Sept 2 on Flt 862 and returning on Flt 863 on Sept 18.

    I just want to ensure I get 1 bag free and one carry on and most importantly I want to ensure I can pay for an extra bag to be checked.
    Thank you.

  2. Jenny · July 1, 2019 · Reply

    American Airlines is eliminating the charge for common oversize sports and music equipment — up to the maximum size they accept for these items. They accept these oversize items as a standard checked bag without an additional oversize charge. How about Air Canada?

    • Hi Jenny, this is an interesting bit of information – thanks for bringing it to our attention! We haven’t heard anything about Air Canada adopting the same policy but will certainly update our article if we do!

  3. Pamela · July 10, 2019 · Reply

    I have a United Chase credit card that I used to purchase my flight on Air Canada. I know that United and Air Canada are partners and I earn miles but do I receive a free checked bag on Air Canada?
    Thanks!

    • Christine Krzyszton · July 10, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Pamela. Sorry, but unfortunately your United credit card qualifies you for a free checked bag (or bags depending on which United card you have) on United and United Express operated flights only.

  4. Teresa hughes · July 10, 2019 · Reply

    My husband and I are traveling from Halifax to Ottawa in economy. Is the checked luggage 1 free per person?

    • Hi Teresa,

      For domestic trips, the baggage rates are $31.50 for the first checked bag and $52.50 for the second checked bag, per person.

  5. Piyush Paul · July 12, 2019 · Reply

    Hi

    I had booked Air Canada tickets for my parents on March 26, 2019, for the flight from Delhi to Toronto (AC 043) traveling on July 13th (tomorrow) and had received a confirmation of 2 complementary check-in baggage.

    Later, the flight got re-routed to come from Delhi to Vancouver (AC 045) and Vancouver to Toronto (AC 114). In our ticket updates for re-routing, there is no mention of numbers of check-in baggage allowed. Ideally, my parents should be able to check-in 2 baggage each. However, I still wanted to confirm to avoid any last minute hassles. Please confirm at the earliest.

    • Hi Piyush,

      Yes, your parents should still be able to check their bags without issue. But please be advised that we are not Air Canada and have no affiliation with them. So I would reach out to their customer service department to ensure there will be no issues.

  6. Eranga · July 18, 2019 · Reply

    I’m travelling from Sri Lanka to London, staying there for approximately one month and then travelling to Ottawa. Sri Lankan Air Lines allowed me with 46kg(two pieces each weighing 23kg) as my checked baggage. Is that amount valid for Air Canada as well, especially when I travel from the UK after one months’s stay there?
    Thank you.

    • Catherine Luther · July 19, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Eranga,

      Air Canada’s baggage allowance is 1 x 23 kg bag for Economy passengers. This is regardless of duration of stay in a destination. For your flight with Sri Lankan, does your ticket state 2 x 23 kg bags as this is the allowance when flying to/from North, Central, and South America?

  7. Subhash Thalangalle · July 18, 2019 · Reply

    I’m travelling from Sri Lanka to UK on the 30th July 2019, staying there for 40 days and travelling from London to Ottawa on the 09th September 2019. I travel with my spouse and two kids; elder one ten and the younger one three years. We booked through Sri Lankan and Air Canada respectively (Economy). According to them, each of us can carry two pieces of baggage each weighing 23kg and the hand luggage weighing 07kg. I need to get it confirmed whether it is allowed to Air Canada too. Will we have to face any problems at the Heathrow Airport for carrying 46kg by each passenger by 9/9/2019? Need to avoid any last minute hazel.
    Thank You.

    • Catherine Luther · July 19, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Subhash,

      Please see the reply above (which may be your travel companion as the scenario sounds exactly the same?)

  8. Can I carry valuables (gold ornaments, documents) in my personal item

    • Catherine Luther · July 26, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Jyoti,

      Your personal item is usually a good place to carry valuables as this can be placed under the seat in front of you so to be always in your possession. Depending on where you’re flying to, you may need to check their customs and import rules for precious metals such as gold.

  9. Bala Kumar · August 20, 2019 · Reply

    I am traveling to Toronto in October from London with my 9-year-old. In my ticket, it says “Baggage: 0 number if pieces”. Do I need to pay for luggage?

    • Andrew Kunesh · August 20, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Bala, you will need to purchase checked baggage if you wish to check a bag. You can do this by pulling up your reservation on Air Canada’s website or by calling the airline directly. Thanks!

  10. What is the baggage allowance for an All Inclusive Air Canada Vacation to Mexico?

    • Catherine Luther · August 29, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Traci,

      The first bag is free with Air Canada Vacation packages. You can view this when you search for your flight route on AC’s checked baggage page. In the results it states that the first bag is free for AC Vacation packages.

  11. Keith Damsell · August 29, 2019 · Reply

    I am traveling from Toronto to Calgary in September and want to bring my golf clubs. Are they subject to the same baggage fees as regular luggage?
    Thank you

  12. I am travelling from Canada to Europe and back (after 21 days) using multiple airlanes. Most probably, I will use Lufthansa and/or Air Canada and/or Polish Airlines LOT and/or KLM. LOT is not charging for check-in luggage, but Lufthansa and Air Canada are charging when one is using “light economy”. Does it mean that I have to pay two separate baggage fees one way ( when choosing Lufthansa/Air Canada) and two fees when I am coming back?
    Also, how can I find out, before purchasing a ticket, that I need to pay baggage fee. I would rather bought standard economy class ticked instead of being charged for check-in luggage.

    • Catherine Luther · September 2, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Renata,

      If you are booking these flights separately then baggage fees would apply for all applicable airlines, per one way route. If you booked with one airline who uses partner airlines for certain legs of the journey then usually the baggage allowance applies for the most significant carrier. During the booking process, each fare type should state whether checked baggage is included/excluded.

  13. jaspreet gill · September 2, 2019 · Reply

    Hi
    I am travelling from Canberra (Australia) to Edmonton (Canada) by Air Canada, I am allowed to take 2 bags of 23 kg. I know there is a fee if I carry an extra bag. My question is how many extra bags am I allowed to take, is there a limit, like can I take only 1 extra bag or more than that as long as I pay the fees for them?
    Thanks for any help!

    • Catherine Luther · September 2, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Jaspreet,

      Air Canada doesn’t disclose the maximum number of extra bags a passenger can take on it’s website so we can assume there is no limit. As we’re not Air Canada we can’t confirm this for you so we advise you give the airline a call to confirm.

  14. Angela Ferrari · September 28, 2019 · Reply

    Hey there,
    I am traveling from El Salvador to the US and I want to know if I get 1 free checked bag luggage and 1 free carry on?
    Also, will there be any fees for taxes or anything like that once I get to the airport?

    • Hi Angela,

      Yes, you may bring 1 carry-on bag, and 1 checked bag with a maximum weight of 23 kg or 50 lbs.

      No, there should not be any additional taxes or fees you have to pay at the airport.

      Thanks for reading!

  15. Mark Griffiths · October 25, 2019 · Reply

    We are booking a flight/hotel package with Lastminute.com, the flight is an Air Canada out of Heathrow, do we get free checked luggage or do we have to pay?
    It’s an economy ticket.

    Many thanks

    Mark

  16. Hello,
    I’m travelling from NYC to France through Montreal on two different airlines (Air Canada/Lufthansa) and I would like to know if I will need to retrieve my checked luggage in Montreal and go through check-in again for the second leg on Lufthansa. As I will purchase only one ticket for the whole trip and both companies are part of Star Alliance I thought baggage transfer would be performed by the airlines, but then I called Air Canada who told me I will have to retrieve my luggage which got me confused. With only 2 hours connection I’m afraid it would be too tight.
    Any insight on this ?
    Thanks for reading 🙂

    • Catherine Luther · November 10, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Alex,

      This is because you have to go though Immigration, collect your luggage, and clear Customs with your luggage. This is the process for any non-domestic arrivals including flights from the U.S. You should then be able to re-check your bag at a flight connections desk. If you’re not comfortable with your connection time, then call the airline and request an earlier inbound flight.

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