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

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Sun Country Airlines charges for everything but a personal item and the baggage fees depend on when and how you purchase your baggage. That said, there’s only $10 between purchasing a bag at the time of booking compared to at the airport, so it’s not the biggest difference that we’ve seen.

Sun Country Airlines Carry-On Allowance

1 personal item: FREE
Standard carry-on bag:

  • At the time of booking online: $30
  • At the time of booking via the contact center: $38
  • Online post-booking or during online check-in: $38
  • Post-booking via the contact center: $38
  • Purchased at the airport: $45

Size and Weight Restrictions

  • Personal: No weight limit disclosed and 17 x 13 x 9 inches (43 x 33 x 22.9 cm)
  • Carry-On: 35 pounds (15.9 kg) and 24 x 16 x 11 inches (61 x 40.5 x 28 cm)

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

  • Infants are not permitted any carry-on allowance, so any items would need to be carried in the adult’s carry-on.

Stroller Check Policy

  • Passengers may check a stroller and/or a car seat free of charge either at the ticketing desk or at the gate.

Sun Country Airlines Checked Baggage Allowance

Individual checked bags may not exceed maximum linear dimensions of 62 inches (158 cm) including handles and wheels. Checked bags can weigh a maximum of 50 pounds (23 kg) or will be subject to overweight fees.

First BagSecond BagThird Bag
Online at the time of bookingUp to $30$40$40
Post-booking online or during online check-in$38$45$50
At the time of booking via the contact center$38$45$50
Post-booking via the contact center$40$50$60
At the airport$45$50$60

Excess Baggage Fees

Oversized Bags

  • 51-60 pounds (23-27 kg): +$20
  • 61-100 pounds (27.7-45.4 kg): +$60
  • 63+ linear inches (160 cm): $100

For baggage fees related to special luggage (sporting equipment, musical instruments, etc.) please refer to Sun Country Airline’s policy.

Can I Pre-Pay for Baggage?

Sun Country Airlines does allow passengers the ability to pre-pay luggage.

These are the ways you can pre-pay:

  • Log-in to your booking via the “My Trips” tab and add the number of bags that you would like to purchase.
  • Call the contact center at 651-905-2737.

Credit Cards That Wipe Away Your Baggage Fees

While Sun County’s credit card doesn’t offer free bags, there are ways to avoid paying carry-on, checked, and oversized baggage fees. The best way to do this is to charge your Sun County baggage fees to a Capital One® Venture® Rewards card or a Capital One® VentureOne® Card. You can then use the card’s Purchase Eraser tool to “erase” the fee from your statement.

In short, the Purchase Eraser lets you use your Capital One points to cover any type of travel purchase. For example, if you pay $30 to buy a Sun County carry-on bag online, you can use 3,000 points to erase the charge. Just note that you have 90 days from the date of purchase to erase travel charges.

Alternatively, you can use the Sun Country Airlines® Visa Signature® Card to save 50% on your first bag. Other card benefits include complimentary premium beverages, priority boarding, and more.

Exclusions and Waivers

  • Active U.S. Military: 3 free bags (2 checked and 1 overhead) are permitted. A valid Common Access Card (CAC) with “Uniformed Services” must be presented at the airport. Oversized bag fees are waived on the first 2 checked bags.
  • Sun Country Airlines® Visa Signature® Cardholders: 50% off the first bag when purchased online via the contact center.

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


Frequently asked questions

Do you get a free checked bag with Sun Country?

Only select passengers get free checked luggage with Sun Country Airlines. These include active U.S. military and Sun Country Airlines® Visa Signature® Cardholders. All other passengers must purchase luggage separately.

What is a personal item on Sun Country?

A personal item on Sun Country Airlines includes things such as a purse, backpack, duffel bag, or other item that fits under the seat in front of you and meets size restrictions of 17 x 13 x 9 inches (43 x 33 x 22.9 cm).

How much does it cost to check a bag on Sun Country Airlines?

Sun Country Airlines charges $30-$45 for the first checked bag with the fee depending on when and how the bag is purchased.

Does a backpack count as a personal item on Sun Country?

A backpack would count as a personal item providing it does not exceed the maximum size restrictions of 17 x 13 x 9 inches (43 x 33 x 22.9 cm).

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10 comments

  1. David Stewart November 11, 2020

    Do you charge for medical devices (ie CPAP)?

    Reply

    • Hi David,

      You should not be charged extra for medical devices that fit within your luggage.

      Reply

      • Tanya Redfield January 7, 2021

        Not in your luggage, but other airlines allow you to carry a cpap, medicines, etc, in a bag separate from allowable luggage. Does Sun Country also honor this?

        Reply

  2. If I want to upgrade from a carry on to a checked bag will I be charged a fee?

    Reply

    • Hi Katie,

      If you purchased the carry-on during booking, you might be charged a small fee to upgrade to a checked bag since you’d be doing so post-booking. I’d give Sun Country a call and ask, they might even be willing to waive the fee!

      Reply

  3. We will be traveling for baseball. What will we be charged for an equipment bag (I’m assuming a bat is considered a weapon).

    Reply

    • Catherine Luther December 29, 2020

      Hi Andrea,

      Sun Country Airlines states that “Sport bags (baseball, softball, hockey, lacrosse, bowling, golf, dance, etc.) are considered bags and are subject to normal or additional bag charges.” Baggage fees depend on when you add them to your booking, so take a look at the table above for pricing.

      Reply

  4. Peter Everts February 6, 2021

    Is a small guitar(34”x11”x3”) allowed as a personal item carry-on to fit in the overhead, or is there a fee?

    Reply

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