Air Canada Baggage Fees & Tips to Cover the Expenses

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/oversized 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: 17 x 13 x 6 inches (43 x 33 x 16 cm)
  • Standard: 21.5 x 15.5 x 9 inches (55 x 40 x 23 cm)

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 10 inches (25.5 cm) and a length not exceeding 36 inches (92 cm). 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 50 pounds (23 kg) and maximum linear dimensions of 62 linear inches (158 cm).

Premium Economy: 2 bags included

Business Class: 2 bags included


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 (excluding Economy Basic fares – $70)
2nd bag: $100
3+ bags: $225

Canada to/from Europe
1st Bag: included (excluding Economy Basic fares – $70)
2nd Bag: $100
3+ bags: $225

Domestic U.S.
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 (valid on domestic routes and flights between the U.S. and Canada.

Excess Baggage Fees

RouteBy PieceOverweight 50 to 70 pounds (23 to 32 kg)Oversized
63 to 115 inches (160 to 292 cm) 
U.S. to/from Canada$100-$105$100-$105$100-$105
U.S. to/from Mexico/Costa Rica/Caribbean/Bermuda$225-$265.50$100-$118$100-$118
Canada to/from other international destinations$225-$265.50$100-$118$100-$118
Domestic Canada$100-$115$105-$115$105-$115 for bags

*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.

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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 on any domestic route or between the U.S. and Canada.

Flex and Comfort fares provide 1 checked bag free on any domestic route or between the U.S. and Canada.

Aeroplan 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)
  • Super Elite 100k: 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.

Frequently asked questions

What is the baggage allowance for Air Canada?

Air Canada includes 1 piece of checked baggage for flights within the U.S. and flights from the U.S./Canada to Europe (excluding Economy Basic fares). Checked baggage can weigh up to 50 pounds (23 kg) and must not exceed maximum linear dimensions of 62 inches (158 cm). For other routes, checked baggage can be purchased starting at $30 for the first piece up to $100 for the 2nd piece.

Do you get a free checked bag with Air Canada?

Flights within the U.S. and from the U.S. and Canada to Europe get a piece of free checked luggage, excluding Economy Basic fares. This bag can weigh up to 50 pounds (23 kg) and must not exceed 62 inches (158 cm) (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 U.S. or from U.S./Canada to Europe, Air Canada charges the following fees for checked baggage: 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 inches for your standard piece and 13 x 17 x 6 inches 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 inches 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 inches would be fine if you want to use your standard carry-on allowance for this plus a smaller personal item.

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  1. Susan Y. Stevenson June 28, 2019

    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. 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. 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?


    • 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

    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


    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. 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

      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

    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

      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

      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. 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?


    • 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

      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

    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

      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

    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

      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

    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

    We are booking a flight/hotel package with, 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



  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

      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.


  17. Sukhpreet kaur November 30, 2019

    I am traveling from Toronto to New Delhi and I have a question. My first checked bag is free and for my second bag, I’ll have to pay $100. But can you please let me know how much weight I will be allowed to carry in the second checked bag?


  18. Does air Canada allow any free luggage for humanitarian aid? ( band-aids, school supplies, etc.)


  19. Hello,
    I’m traveling from Phoenix Sky Harbor to Montreal Canada. I’m traveling with my wife and two kids (3 years and 2 years). Do I need to purchase full tickets for both kids, and if so, how many total free bags do I get? How about two car seats and a double stroller?
    Really appreciate if you can breakdown and explain.
    Thanks in advance



    • Hi Uddin,

      Air Canada limits infant tickets to children under 2 years old, so you would need to purchase a full-fare ticket for both of your children. In which case, each person will be able to bring 1 personal item and 1 carry-on bag for free. Any checked baggage would be an additional charge. As far as strollers go, you may have one stroller per child, which does not count against your baggage allowance. Air Canada does not specify a policy on car seats, so you may need to contact their customer service team directly for an answer to that.

      Thanks for reading!


  20. Hello, I am travelling to Canada from the U.S. to Toronto via standard economy. I am a United Gold member. Do I have to pay a checked baggage fee or a carry-on fee?


    • Catherine Luther January 21, 2020

      Hi John,

      MileagePlus members receive Star Alliance Gold or Silver status recognition when flying with Air Canada. With gold status you would receive 2 free 50 pound checked bags. Your carry-on is free with the ticket.


  21. My wife will be coming from Beijing to Newark with United Airlines. This will allow for 2 checked bags free. Then she will take the Air Canada back to Toronto. I want to confirm that it is still free of charge for the 2 checked bags or not? If not, how much do we pay?


  22. I booked my parents flight to YYZ from AMD via ORD. I booked the whole route at once. I confirmed with the flight operating from AMD to ORD and they allow 2 * 23 kg bags / person. I hope that AIR CANADA also allows the baggage for their flight from ORD to YYZ.


    • Catherine Luther February 6, 2020

      Hi Aarit,

      As you booked this flight on 1 ticket, the baggage allowance from the most significant portion of the flight (AMD – ORD) should apply. It is likely that your bags will be checked through to your final destination so you won’t need to pick these up and re-check them at ORD.


  23. Anyone know: we booked a trip from Montreal to Cancun as a package. Do they charge for baggage or is that included in our package? Thanks in Advance.


    • Catherine Luther February 19, 2020

      Hi Chantal,

      Air Canada Vacations just directs customers to the Air Canada baggage policy, so baggage would only be included on specific routes. For other routes passengers would need to purchase baggage separately.


  24. what about skiis?


  25. Malvinderjit Singh February 26, 2020

    Hi, my daughter is travelling form Delhi-Toronto-Vancouver-Prince George. She is allowed to carry one check in bag by Air Canada but she is going to carry extra check in baggage. Can you please let us know whether she will be charged one time fee or for each sector wise fee and also let us know how much extra baggage fee will be. Thanks


    • Catherine Luther February 27, 2020


      If the flights were purchased as one ticket, then she should only be charged once in Delhi where it is likely her baggage will be checked through to the final destination. The cost for a 2nd bag on that route is $100 + taxes.


  26. Canada to Europe on economy basic 1 baggage not free


  27. I am flying to Cuba from Toronto. I want to take an extra suitcase. Can I pay for the extra suitcase at my travel agents?


  28. I am flying to Montreal from Vancouver. With my flex ticket I am allowed to carry one checked baggage for free. But I want to carry two more baggage, in total 3 baggage. Can you please let me know how I will get charged for 2 extra bags?. As I know for 1st checked bag it is $30+ and for second $50+, but I have one free checked in as well so want to know how they are going to charge.


    • Hi Mannu,

      Since your first checked bag is free, your first extra bag should cost $30, and your second extra bag should be $50. Bringing the total to $80 for all three checked bags.

      Thanks for reading!


  29. If I pay $105.00 for my excess baggage fee, how much of that is tax? My company needs to know.


    • Hi Kathy,

      We are not affiliated with Air Canada, so you’ll need to contact them directly for an answer to that. Their contact number is 1-888-247-2262.


  30. Hi, does my Miles&More Frequent Traveller status entitles me still to have two checked bags since Air Canada left Star Alliance?
    Thank you very much in advance for your consideration.


    • Hi Magdalena,

      Air Canada is still apart of Star Alliance. So you should still receive the baggage benefits of your Star Alliance elite level.


  31. Vimal Kumar Gupta. October 11, 2020

    My wife and I are travelling to Canada from New Delhi in business class. Since we can carry 2 pieces of 32 kg each, we wish to carry an extra bag of 32 kg. Can we carry an extra 32 kg bag and for that how much do we have to pay? Thanks.


  32. I booked a flight through Air Canada website. The second leg of the journey, after the transit, is with another airlines. Does Air Canada check-in luggages at once or will I have to collect luggages at the transit?


  33. I am moving from Seattle to Ottawa, Canada and I have 4 pieces of luggage to check. My flight will most probably be with Air Canada. How much will the luggage cost me in CDN$ to be checked in and can I pay online with my Canadian credit card before my travel date? Thank you for your time.


    • Hi Naghmeh,

      For this route, your first checked bag should be $30, your second should be $50, your third and fourth bag should be $100 each, this should bring the total to $280 or 371 CAD. Yes, you should be able to pay for your bags online with your Canadian card. Safe travels!


  34. Abhishek Gautam November 5, 2020

    I am flying from Toronto to New Delhi in economy. How many bags are permitted to me? Would it be the same flying back from Delhi to Toronto?


    • Hi Abhishek,

      You should be able to bring 1 personal item, 1 carry on bag, and 1 checked bag weighing up to 23 kgs. This should be the same when you return from Delhi.


  35. Karanpreet kaur November 7, 2020

    I’m traveling to Vancouver from Yukon and I booked my flight with points. I want to know if a check in bag is free or not for me?


  36. I am flying from Toronto to Incheon, Seoul, where Air Canada allows 2 checked bags for free. However, I also have a credit card where it allows me a free first checked bag. Does this mean I am allowed to have a total of 3 checked bags for free?


  37. I am traveling from YOW or YYZ -> DXB on AC. I am currently a Star Alliance Gold member (via United MileagePlus Premier Gold member). Whats is the excess baggage charge?


  38. I am doing a multi-city trip with Economy Flex tickets. The departing flight is from MEX to Athens, with AC Rouge and AC (stop at YUL). The returning flight is from Beirut to MEX, with MEA, AC and AC Rouge (stops at LHR and YYZ).
    To my understanding, I get 1 free checked bag on the departing flights, and 2 free checked bags on the returning flights, am I correct?


  39. Hi,
    I am flying by Qatar Airways then Air Canada from Nepal to Toronto. Qatar Airways allows free checked baggage, does Air Canada allow free baggage? If yes, how do they differ on that matter?

    Thanks in advance.


    • Catherine Luther December 10, 2020

      Hi Shovit,

      If you booked this journey on 1 ticket, your baggage allowance should be the same across both flights. This would be 2 x 23 kg bags.


  40. Hi dear,
    May I know how much Air Canada charges for extra baggage on an international flight from Canada to Asia?


  41. If I have one baggage 25 kg is that fine or do I have to pay for that also?


    • Catherine Luther January 13, 2021

      Hi Karaj,

      Air Canada has a maximum weight limit of 23 kg for a piece of checked luggage, so it’s likely you would be charged a flat excess baggage fee. The fee depends on your route but is around $100.


  42. I am flying Flex on Air Canada and my first piece of luggage is free. When I print up my boarding pass on my laptop, it asks for how many pieces of luggage I have. If I put 1 in there, it then asks me to pay for it. How do I get around this obstacle of not paying when I am checking in at home?


    • Hi Margaret,

      Could it be that it is asking you if you have are bringing any additional luggage beyond your allowance? If not then it seems that there is some sort of issue with their check-in software. In which case I would contact Air Canada directly to see if they can assist you with this or just check-in at the airport if you prefer not to deal with it. Safe travels!


  43. Are there any special features for students for Air Canada flights? e.g. free extra baggage?


  44. We are flying from Winnipeg to Timmins, Ontario. Is there a charge for luggage?


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