Copa Airlines Baggage Fees and Policy (And Tips to Cover the Expenses)

Copa Airlines baggage

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Copa Airlines has clear-cut fees for additional baggage and excess charges, which must be paid at the airport.

Checked luggage is included with all fares on Copa Airlines and 2 checked bags are permitted for all business class tickets and on international routes for economy full fares.

Copa Airlines Carry-On Allowance

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

Size and Weight Restrictions

  • Personal: No weight limit disclosed and 17 x 10 x 9 inches (58 x 35 x 22 cm)
  • Carry-On: 22 x 14 x 10 inches (56 x 36 x 26 cm) and 22 pounds (10 kg)

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

  • 1 additional item can be carried onboard such as a diaper bag, car seat, or collapsible stroller, provided they adhere to the maximum size restrictions.

Stroller Check Policy

  • Passengers may check 1 item free of charge such as a stroller or car seat.

Copa Airlines Checked Baggage Allowance

Individual bags must not exceed 62 inches (158 cm).

Domestic flights

  • Economy: 1 x 50 pound (23 kg) bag
  • Business class: 2 x 50 pound (23 kg) bags

International flights

  • Economy promo/classic: 1 x 50 pound (23 kg) bag
  • Economy full (Y, B, M): 2 x 50 pound (23 kg) bags
  • Business class: 2 x 70 pound (32 kg) bags

Additional Baggage Fees

Domestic Flights

  • All classes: $40

International Flights

  • Economy Promo/Classic:
    • Second bag: $40
    • Extra bag: $175
  • Economy Full (Y, B, M):
    • Extra bag: $175
  • Business Class: $175

Excess Baggage Fees

Overweight fee:

  • Domestic flights: $30 (51-70 pounds (24-32 kg))
  • International flights:
    • 51-70 pounds (24-32 kg): $100
    • 71-100 pounds (33-45 kg): $200

Individual pieces over 70 pounds (32 kg) are not allowed on flights to/from the Bahamas and Cuba. 

Oversized fee (applies to international flights only, no oversized luggage permitted for domestic flights):

  • 62.6-107 inches (159-272 cm): $150

Copa Airlines has restrictions on oversized and overweight luggage for certain dates. View the embargo periods here.

For baggage fees related to special luggage (sporting equipment, musical instruments, etc.) please refer to Copa Airlines’ policy.

Can I Pre-Pay for Baggage?

Copa Airlines, unfortunately, does not allow passengers to pre-pay luggage online. Therefore, passengers must purchase excess baggage at the airport.

Credit Cards That Wipe Away Your Baggage Fees

You’re not likely to pay baggage fees when flying Copa Airlines, but you can use the Capital One® Venture® Rewards card or Capital One® VentureOne® Card to cover any charges you do incur. Capital One’s Purchase Eraser tool lets you “erase” any type of travel charges from your statement at a rate of 1 cent per point, including baggage fees.

This means that a $40 additional bag fee would only cost 4,000 Venture points — far better than paying out of pocket. Just make sure that you erase your charges within 90 days of making the baggage purchase.

Exclusions and Waivers

  • PreferMember Silver: 2 x 50 pound (23 kg) bags
  • PreferMember Gold/Platinum/Presidential: 3 x 70 pound (32 kg) bags (international) and 2 x 70 pound (32 kg) bags (domestic)
  • Star Alliance Gold: 3 x 70 pound (32 kg) bags (international) and 2 x 70 pound (32 kg) bags (domestic)

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

Frequently asked questions

How much baggage is allowed in Copa Airlines?

Copa Airlines has the following baggage allowance:

Domestic flights

  • Economy: 1 x 50 pound (23 kg) bag
  • Business class: 2 x 50 pound (23 kg) bags

International flights

  • Economy Promo/Classic: 1 x 50 pound (23 kg) bag
  • Economy Full (Y, B, M): 2 x 50 pound (23 kg) bags
  • Business Class: 2 x 70 pound (32 kg) bags

How early can I check my bags Copa Airlines?

Copa Airlines allows passengers to check luggage 4 hours in advance of an international flight and 6 hours of a domestic flight.

How much is an extra bag on Copa Airlines?

Copa Airlines charges $40 for a second bag (where this is not included in the fare) and $175 for subsequent bags.

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  1. alan jones April 26, 2020

    Does Copa still not allow you to prepay for luggage?


  2. Mr. Matthew Andrew February 19, 2021

    Could I bring a personal item, carry on and checked luggage on United and Copa airlines flights?


    • Hi Matthew,

      On Copa Airlines the answer is yes. With United, it will depend on the route you’re flying whether or not you can bring a checked bag. If you’re flying basic economy with United then you also will have to pay to bring a carry on bag.


  3. randy harman February 19, 2021

    From Panama to the United States, when are the embargo periods for oversize or overweight luggage?


  4. maria fernandez March 19, 2021

    Is the first bag 50lb free of charge or do I have to pay for it? I’m traveling to Colombia.


  5. Do active duty personnel pay to check their baggage or is it free like other airlines?


    • Hi Kelly,

      US Military should be able to get their bag fees waived if they are traveling on official orders. Otherwise, you likely will need to pay.


  6. Muhammad Mustafa August 13, 2021

    So if I have 4 bags and each has 23kg,
    The first one is free
    The second one is $40
    So the third bag is $175?
    And the fourth one is $175?


  7. Luciano D'Errico August 26, 2021

    Are the first 2 bags $40 each? Or is just the first one $40?


    • Hi Luciano,

      If you are flying internationally your first checked bag should be free, and the second one should be $40. Safe travels!


  8. If I purchased an economy ticket (A) which only includes carry-on and not checked bags, how much does the checked bag cost? It is an international flight.



  9. I am bringing 5 bags weighing 23 kg to Uruguay. Are these prices correct?
    Bag 1: Free
    Bag 2: $40
    Bag 3-5: $175 each


  10. I’m traveling from Mexico to Kingston. Will you please tell me the exact baggage allowance policy?


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