Air Canada Baggage Fees & Tips To Cover The Expenses [2017]

Air Canada baggage fees

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!

Air Canada Carry-On Allowance:

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

Size Restrictions

  • Personal: 13″ x17″ x6″
  • 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.

Air Canada Checked Baggage Allowance:

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

US to Canada
1st Bag: $25
2nd Bag: $35

US to Mexico
1st Bag: included
2nd Bag: $35

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

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

Additional / Excess Baggage Fees:

RouteBy PieceOverweightOversized
U.S. to Canada$100 ea.$100-$105 for bags 23-32kg (50-70lb)$100-$105 for bags 158-292cm (63-115in)
U.S. to Mexico$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.

Credit Cards That Reimburse You For Checked Bag Fees

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

Credit CardFee Reimbursement Details
Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard®
Annual Fee: $0 for first year, then $89
With this card, you can use your miles to cover any qualifying travel purchases of $100 or more, including baggage fees (which is perfect for families that travel and incur travel expenses). Simply apply your miles to these expenses when your statement arrives!
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Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ Card
Annual Fee: $450
$300 travel credit per calendar year (covers all travel related purchases)
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Citi Prestige Card
Annual Fee: $450
$250 air travel credit per calendar year (covers all travel related purchases)
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Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card
Annual Fee: $450
$300 airline fee credit per calendar year (covers all travel related purchases)

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.


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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

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