Virgin America Baggage Fees (And How to Avoid Paying Them)

Virgin America baggage fees

Virgin America has one of the cheapest baggage fee policies out there.  At $25 a bag (after free bags included in your base fare allowance), it’s hard to beat.

Plus, 10 bags are allowed per passenger – that’s a lot of stuff.  Even their overweight/ oversize fees are below the average in some cases.

Virgin America Carry-On Allowance:

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

Size Restrictions

  • Personal: undisclosed
  • Standard: 24″ x 16″ x 10″

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

  • undisclosed

Virgin America Checked Baggage Allowance:

All checked bags must adhere to a max weight of 50lbs and must adhere to max linear dimensions of 62 inches.

A maximum of ten (10) bags may be checked per Guest.

Main Cabin: $25 per bag
Main Cabin Refundable: 1st bag included, each additional bag $25
Main Cabin Select: 1st bag included, each additional bag $25
Main Cabin Select Refundable: 1st bag included, each additional bag $25
First & First Refundable: 2 bags included, each additional bag $25

Additional / Excess Baggage Fees:

Overweight Fee
Bags 51lb – 70lb: $50
Bags 71lb – 100lb: $100

Oversized Fee: $75

Credit Cards That Reimburse You For Checked Bag Fees

Virgin America has more reasonable checked bag fees, but you can still get them reimbursed by one of the cards below:

Credit CardFee Reimbursement Details
Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®
Annual Fee: $0 for first year, then $89
$100+ in baggage fees? Pay for them with Arrival+ miles.
Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ Card
Annual Fee: $450
$300 travel credit per calendar year
Citi Prestige Card
Annual Fee: $450
$250 air travel credit per calendar year
Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card
Annual Fee: $450
$300 airline fee credit per calendar year

Exclusions & Waivers:

During airport check-in:

  • Elevate Gold members receive up to 3 free checked bags
  • Elevate Silver members receive 1 free checked bag
  • Virgin America Visa Signature card holders receive 2 free checked bags.

* Bag fees are not eligible for purchase with Elevate points or for Elevate points earning.

Active Duty Military Guests are permitted*:

  • 10 bags free of charge when traveling on orders
  • up to 5 bags free of charge when traveling for leisure.

* Military family and dependents with travel orders and current ID may check up to 5 bags free of charge, when traveling for leisure normal baggage rules apply.

** All bags are subject to Virgin America’s checked bag weight and size allowances.

*** For Military Guests, one duffel bag, b-4 bag, or sea bag which exceeds the 62 outside linear dimensions will be accepted as two checked bags.


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