Avianca Baggage Fees & Tips To Cover The Expenses

Avianca baggage fees

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Avianca’s baggage policy trends along the general lines of other large carriers in that your first one to two checked bags are included (depending on cabin class/destination) with fees charged for additional pieces above your allowance.

These fees, in addition to those for overweight/oversized baggage, are a bit more complicated and are highly weight & route dependent as you’ll see in our tables below.

Avianca Carry-On Allowance

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

Size Restrictions

  • Personal: undisclosed, but the airline references items such as a wallet, backpack, or laptop bag. This should be small enough to fit under the seat in front of you.
  • Standard: 21.5 x 13.8 x 9.8 inches (55 cm x 35 cm x 25 cm), up to 22 pounds (10 kg)
  • LifeMiles Elite members (Gold and Diamond) and Gold Star Alliance passengers traveling in Business Class: 2 FREE carry-ons (22 pound/10 kg and 45/114 inches each), for all flights not originating in the U.S.

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

Stroller Check Policy

  • Umbrella type stroller: This is the type of stroller Avianca recommends using when traveling with an infant. These strollers are exempt from baggage charges and can be checked at the boarding gate.
  • Collapsible Stroller (less than 20 pounds/9 kg and 62 inches/158 cm): This type of stroller is also accepted and is exempt from charges when flying with an infant, but is required to be checked at the check-in counter or boarding gate.
  • Strollers from 20-50 (9-23 kg) pounds and/or with total dimensions exceeding 158-230 cm (62-90.5 cm): This type of stroller is not recommended for transport. Avianca will allow you to check these strollers at the check-in gate but warns travelers that an “Extra Piece” charge will apply.*

*Over-sized luggage charges are also applicable for any stroller exceeding 90.5 inches/230 cm (even if the weight does not exceed 20 pounds/9 kg).

Avianca Checked Baggage Allowance

All checked bags must adhere to a max weight of 50 pounds (23 kg) for Economy and Premium Economy; 70 pounds (32 kg) for Business and First Class fares, and max linear dimensions of 62 inches (158 cm).

On most flights within and between Central and South America

  • Economy: 1 bag FREE
  • Business: 2 bags FREE
  • Infants: 1 bag (22 pounds/10kg)

Flights between America and Europe (new baggage allowance applicable from 1st August 2019

  • Super Promo Fare (to/from Madrid, Barcelona, London, and Munich): 1 bag FREE
  • Econo and Flexi Fares (to/from Madrid, Barcelona, London, and Munich): 2 bags FREE
  • Super Promo, Econo, Flexi Fares (to the rest of Europe): 2 bags FREE

All Other Routes

  • Economy: 1 bag FREE
  • Business: 2 bags FREE

Baggage allowances can vary by fare type so it’s a good idea to check your allowance using Avianca’s baggage calculator.

For baggage fees related to Sporting Goods, please refer to Avianca’s policy here.

For baggage fees related to all other special luggage, please refer to Avianca’s policy here.

Additional / Excess Baggage Fees

Colombia/Peru/Ecuador Flights
RouteFirst pieceSecond piece Extra piece (3+bags)Overweight
(first piece)
(158cm – 230cm)
Within ColombiaXS and S Fares: COP 69.900
M, XL, and XXL Fares: included
XS, S, and M Fares: COP 99.900
XL and
XXL Fares: included
XS, S, M, XL, and XXL Fares: COP 210,00051-100 lb: COP 100,000COP 100,000
Within PeruIncluded$40$6551-100 lb: $40$80
Within EcuadorXS and S Fares: $21
M, XL, and XXL Fares: included
S Fare: $32
M Fare: $32
XL and XXL Fares: included
S, M, XL, and XXL Fares: $6051-100 lb: $15$25


International Flights – additional luggage
RouteSecond pieceExtra piece (3+bags)
Between North America and Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile$60**$185
Between North America and Colombia, Ecuador and Peru$60*$185*
Between Mexico and Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile$50**$185
Between Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru$50$185
To and from Mexico$40$175
Between the United States, Canada and Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras$60$175
Between the United States, Canada and Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama$50$175
Between the United States, Canada and Central America in High Season (from U.S. and Canada from 13 to 24 December, to U.S. Canada from 29 December to 9 January)$100$225
Between Central American countries$40$175
Between Central and South America$40$175
To and From the Caribbean$40$175
Between countries in South America$80$175
To and from Europe$100*$190*

*Price may vary depending on if you fly in high or low season. The table refers to the maximum payment amount. 

**For tickets issued on or after November 14, 2019. In these destinations, prices may vary if you fly in high or low season. The table refers to the maximum payment amount.

International Flights – overweight and oversized luggage
Between North America and Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile$260 per piece$150 per piece
Between North America and the Caribbean, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru$260 per piece$150 per piece
Between Mexico and Colombia, Ecuador and Peru$260 per piece$150 per piece
From and to Mexico$235 per piece$150 per piece
Between the United States, Canada and Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Hondura$235 per piece$150 per piece
Between the United States, Canada and Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama$235$150
Between countries in Central America$235$150
Between Central and South America$235$150
From and to the Caribbean$235$150
Between countries in South America$235$150
From and to Europe€240€100

Fares do not include taxes. 

Can I Pre-pay for Baggage?

Avianca Airlines does allow passengers the ability to pre-pay for luggage online, at Avianca sales offices, or by contacting their call center.

Here are the ways you can pre-pay:

  • At the ‘Optional requests’ area when booking your flight online.
  • At an Avianca sales office (early booking discounts may apply for baggage if booked up to 8 days before departure)
  • Contact their call center on (+001) 800-284-2622

Credit Cards That Reimburse You For Checked Bag Fees

If you’re traveling to or from South America on Avianca, check out one of these cards to get reimbursed for your extra checked bags.

Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card - This no annual fee card comes with a 20,000 bonus mile offer after spending $500 in the first 3 months. When you use your card for travel purchases (e.g. baggage fees), use your miles to pay off all, or part of, your statement balance! We've highlighted 30+ benefits of the card.
Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card - The "big brother" card to the VentureOne with a 60,000 bonus miles when you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months. This card is full of benefits and perks and you can redeem your miles on travel (flights, hotels, even paying for baggage fees etc) or transfer your miles to over 10+ travel loyalty programs.

Exclusions & Waivers

If you have LifeMiles status (Silver, Gold and Diamond) and Star Alliance Gold level, you may transport the following pieces of baggage without additional cost and in any region.

Lifemiles Diamond & Gold / Star Alliance Gold:
Economy – 2 pieces (23kg / 50 lbs) + 1 additional piece (20 kg / 44lb)
Business – 2 pieces (32kg / 70 lbs) + 1 additional piece (20 kg / 44lb)

Lifemiles Silver
Economy – 2 pieces (50lb)
Business – 2 pieces (32kg)

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

Frequently asked questions

Does Avianca charge for baggage?

No, Avianca does not charge for standard baggage. Depending on your route and cabin class Avianca includes either 1 or 2 pieces of checked baggage in a passenger’s standard allowance. It is also free of charge to bring 1 standard piece of carry-on and 1 personal item into the cabin.

Does Avianca include baggage?

Yes, Avianca includes baggage across all of its fare types and destinations. Most routes allow Economy passengers to bring 1 checked bag and Business passengers 2 checked bags. Bags must not exceed 23kg (50lb) for Economy and 32kg (70lb) for Business with max linear dimensions of 158cm for all pieces.

How many bags can you carry on Avianca?

Avianca allows passengers to bring 1 piece of standard carry-on and 1 personal item. The standard carry-on bag must not exceed 45 linear inches (115cm) and can weigh up to 22lb (10kg). Avianca does not disclose the size or weight of the personal item but this would cover a handbag or briefcase. LifeMiles Elite members (Gold and Diamond) & Gold Star Alliance passengers traveling in Business Class are allowed to bring 2 standard carry-on bags.

How much does Avianca charge for extra baggage?

Extra baggage on Avianca depends on the route you’re flying and the weight of the additional bag. Refer to the “Additional / Excess Baggage Fees” table within the article to view fees.

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  1. Marisol Meza June 2, 2018

    Do you accept boxes? What size? And how much? Please. Thanks.


    • Hi Marisol – we cannot directly answer your questions as we aren’t Avianca Airline. Upgraded Points is a website dedicated to publishing information related to points, miles, and general travel tips. That being said, we can tell you we did not come across specific information related to checking “boxes” when we compiled this article.

      We recommend contacting Avianca directly either by phone or via their online chat option.

      If you’re in the US, their call center phone number is 1-800-284-2622. If you’re outside of the US, you can find their other contact phone numbers here.

      If you’d like to utilize their online chat option, you can do so here.

      We hope you find the information you’re looking for!


    • It seems you’ve given two conflicting pieces of information on checked baggage between South Colombia and Europe.

      In one section you say only one piece of checked baggage is allowed, in another you say two checked pieces are allowed. Could you please clarify


      • Catherine Luther April 23, 2019

        Hi Cameron, this has been corrected after a recent update to Avianca’s baggage policy. Economy passengers are permitted to bring 1 piece of checked luggage for routes to Europe weighing up to 23kg.


  2. How much do you charge for over sized bags?


    • Catherine Luther April 13, 2019

      Hi Roxana,

      Just to make you aware, we are not Avianca – we are Upgraded Points, so the information we advise is based on what we have sourced from Avianca’s baggage fee page.

      Excess charges are route dependent and you can view these fees in the table above in the last column. Oversized checked baggage is anything measuring a linear total of 158cm – 230cm.


    • Cynthia Aguirre January 2, 2021

      I will be flying from LAX to El Salvador and I’m trying to figure out how many bags I am allowed to bring. I know that I have a personal item bag and a carry on bag. Does it also include a 50lb bag? I’m not sure what fare type I purchased but in my email, it says coach – medium, I don’t know if that helps!


      • Catherine Luther January 4, 2021

        Hi Cynthia,

        Avianca has a baggage calculator that you can use. For your route and fare type M, the calculator states that 1 x 50lb bag would be included in your ticket.


  3. Can I travel with air rifles from the USA?


  4. Hi, I’m trying to find out how many checked bags I am allowed to bring… I am traveling from LAX to Guatemala. I am not sure if I am only allowed to bring one 50lb bag or 2 50lb bags. I really need an answer…!!


  5. Hi I bought 3 tickets in January this years for 2 adults one child from London to Cali ( Colombia) with two bags of 23kg allowed to each person plus cabin bag, I paid for the ticket for my 3 years old and she is allowed also to two bags of 23kg plus cabin. Can we take the small stroller free of charge? Thanks


    • Catherine Luther July 15, 2019

      Hi Danny,

      According to Avianca’s baggage policy an umbrella stroller or fully collapsible stroller, weighing less than 20 lbs. / 9 kg is exempt from baggage charges. Any strollers 20 lbs./9 kg up to 50 lbs./ 23 kg and/or with total dimensions exceeding 158 cm/62 linear inches up to 230 cm/90 inches may be subject to oversized charges.


  6. Hi, I am traveling with Avianca to San Salvador and I have 2 extra bags. I just wanted to know how big or tall my suitcases should be to be within the range for 50lbs.


    • Catherine Luther July 30, 2019

      Hi Claudia,

      Avianca’s maximum size for a piece of checked luggage is 158cm (max linear dimensions). To calculate this, add the length + width + depth of your bag.


  7. Judy McLaughlin August 19, 2019

    I am flying from Quito to Baltra. Am I allowed one personal item (purse) as well as a carry-on?


  8. I am traveling from LAX to Medellin Colombia. Is it 1 or 2 checked luggages that I am allowed? I am a little bit confused. This will be an economy international flight.


  9. Hello, I’m traveling to El Salvador from California. Business class.
    I understand I can bring 2 pieces 70 lbs each, plus a carry on and a personal item free of charge.
    If I want to bring an extra bag same size and weight as the two above, how much would I have to pay for it?
    Thank you very much.


  10. Hello. I am traveling from Orlando, Fl to Bogota with my son, who is 10 years old and who, of course, has his own economy ticket. Is a check bag included in his ticket too? Thank you


  11. HECTOR J BERRIOS November 6, 2019

    Does Avianca consider a backpack a carry-on?


    • Hi Hector,

      If your backpack can fit underneath the seat in front of you then it will count as a personal item. If it is larger than that then they will likely count it as a carry-on.


  12. Hi, I will be traveling to Guatemala in Dec. and just to be sure I can bring 1 personal item bag plus my carry on bag?


    • Catherine Luther November 8, 2019

      Hi Jacky,

      Yes, Avianca allows passengers to bring a piece of standard carry-on and a personal item.


  13. Daniel Knudsen January 5, 2020

    What is the price for the first checked baggage, when it’s not included in the ticket?

    I bought a ticket from another page than Avianca’s own homepage.


  14. We are traveling to Mexico on economy ticket. Does our ticket include a checked bag in addition to the carry on and personal?


    • Hi Rebecca,

      If you’re flying from the U.S. then yes you should also be able to bring a checked bag with you weighing up to 50 lbs.

      Thanks for reading!


  15. Traveling from United States to Colombia in April. Buying ticket from travel app. Is 1st checked bag free?


  16. I will be flying with Avianca airlines from San Francisco to Costa Rica. My debit card has just expired. Can you accept cash to pay for my 2nd checked luggage?


  17. reza hoseinzadeh November 1, 2020

    How much does it cost for each extra piece of luggage from Quito to Panama and Panama to Istanbul?


  18. Jason Rider January 15, 2021

    Where would I find out if I can get a refund for extra baggage on Avianca? There are no details on their website. I paid a few hundred GBP so I can take my belongings from the UK to Colombia where I now reside but can no longer fly as they have cancelled the flight. I know I can refund the ticket but I don’t think they will include the extras.


    • Hi Jason,

      I recommend you call the Avianca customer service line directly and they should be able to give you a straight answer, the number is 1-(800)-284-2622.


  19. I am traveling to Guatemala from the US. My ticket is an S fare. How much would the 1st checked luggage be? I checked on the website but it’s confusing. Thank you!


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