Air Canada Baggage Fees & Tips To Cover The Expenses [2018]

Air Canada baggage fees

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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.

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: $25
2nd Bag: $35

US to/from Mexico
1st Bag: $25
2nd Bag: $35

US to/from Europe
1st Bag: included
2nd bag: $100

Canada to/from Europe
1st Bag: included
2nd Bag: $100

Domestic US
1st Bag: included
2nd Bag: $70

Domestic Canada
1st Bag: $26.25
2nd Bag: $36.75

 

Additional / 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.

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

Credit Cards That Reimburse You For Checked Bag Fees

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

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)

Aeroplan members cannot redeem points for free baggage allowances.


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

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