Virgin Atlantic Baggage Fees & Tips To Cover The Expenses

Full Disclosure: We may be financially compensated when you click on links to credit card products from our advertising partners, such as American Express, Chase, Citi & Capital One. Opinions and product recommendations on this site are ours alone, and have not been influenced, reviewed or approved by the issuer. See our Advertiser Disclosure for more details. Thanks!

Virgin Atlantic’s baggage policies and fees are some of the clearest we’ve seen, which makes it a heck of a lot easier to determine your total luggage costs than with most other airlines!

Virgin Atlantic Carry-On Allowance

1 personal item: FREE
1 standard carry-on bag: FREE (Economy Light, Economy Classic, & Premium Economy)
2 standard carry-on bags: FREE (Upper Class)

Size Restrictions

  • Personal: undisclosed
  • Standard: 23 x 36 x 56cm, 10kg economy; 12kg individual & 16kg combined for upper class

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

  • 1 standard carry-on bag, 23 x 36 x 56cm, up to 6kg

Stroller Check Policy

  • Strollers can be checked in at the ticket counter or can be used up to the boarding gate. If being checked at the gate, the stroller will be put in the hold for the flight and will be ready for you outside of the aircraft doors (however, at some destinations you may have to reclaim it at the baggage hall, due to local customs restrictions).

Virgin Atlantic Checked Baggage Allowance

All checked bags must adhere to a max weight of 23kg for Economy & Premium Economy fares, 32kg for Upper-Class fares; must adhere to max linear dimensions of 90 x 75 x 43cm.

Economy Light: No checked baggage
Economy Classic/Delight: 1 bag (23kg) included*
Premium Economy: 2 bags (23kg) included
Upper Class: 3 bags (32kg) included

*In Economy, on flights to and from the UK to India, flights from the US & Canada to India, flights from the US to South Africa and flights from the UK & US to Lagos the allowance is two bags.

Additional / Excess Baggage Fees

Please note, Virgin Atlantic charges excess baggage fees on a per flight basis.

Economy Light:
1st additional bag: £45 / $60
2nd additional bag: £65 / $100
3+ additional bags: £140 / $200

Economy Classic/Delight
1st additional bag: included
2nd additional bag: £65 / $100
3+ additional bags: £140 / $200

1st and 2nd additional bag: included
3+ additional bags: £140 / $200

Upper Class
1st – 3rd additional bags: included
4th additional bag: £140 / $200

Overweight Fee: £65 / $100
Oversized Fee: £65 / $100

*If a bag is both overweight and oversized, both fees will apply.

Lap Infant Checked Bag Policy

  • Infants too young for their own seat on the aircraft (traveling on the lap of a parent or carer) can have one piece of hold baggage weighing up to 23kg.

For baggage fees related to special luggage (sporting equipment, musical instruments, etc.) please refer to Virgin Atlantic’s policy here. 

Can I Pre-pay for Baggage?

Virgin Atlantic does allow passengers the ability to pre-pay for luggage online or via their mobile app when you check-in from 24 hours before the flight departure.

Here are the ways you can pre-pay:

Credit Cards That Reimburse You For Checked Bag Fees

Virgin Atlantic has a better-checked bag policy than most airlines, but if you need an additional checked bag, these three cards will reimburse you.

Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card - This no annual fee card comes with a 20,000 mile welcome bonus (worth $200) once you spend $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening. When you use your card for travel purchases (e.g. baggage fees), use your miles to pay off all, or part of, your statement! This is why we like this card.
Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card - The "big brother" card to the VentureOne® with a larger 50,000 welcome bonus (worth $500) once you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening and you'll earn 10X miles per $1 spent across thousands of hotels.

Exclusions & Waivers

Flying Club Gold members can check in an extra piece of luggage on all Virgin Atlantic operated flights for no extra charge (weighing up to 23kg). It doesn’t matter which cabin you’re flying in.

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


How much luggage can you take on Virgin Atlantic?

Flying Virgin Atlantic, Economy Classic/Delight passengers can bring 1 piece of checked baggage (23kg) across most routes (2 bags for some destinations), Premium Economy can bring 2 bags (23kg each) and Upper Class 3 bags (32kg each). Customers who booked Virgin’s Economy Light fare will not receive any free checked baggage.

Can you take a handbag as well as hand luggage on Virgin Atlantic?

Yes, you can take 1 personal item such as a handbag and 1 standard carry-on bag when flying Virgin Atlantic in Economy or Premium. Passengers in Upper Class can bring 2 standard carry-on bags. The maximum size of a carry-on bag is 23 x 36 x 56cm.

How much does it cost to check a bag on Virgin Atlantic?

Outside of your baggage allowance with Virgin Atlantic, your first piece of extra baggage can be purchased for £45/$60 when you’ve booked Economy Light. For Economy Classic/Delight a 2nd piece of luggage can be purchased for £65/$100. Premium/Upper Class can purchase extra luggage from £140/$200.

What is the weight limit for Virgin Atlantic?

Virgin Atlantic’s checked baggage weight limits are 23kg for Economy & Premium Economy and 32kg for Upper Class. If your bag is overweight then Virgin will charge £65/$100 per bag and the same if your bag exceeds 90 x 75 x 43cm.

Erin Miller

About Erin Miller

Erin currently maintains her status as Alex's adventure-seeking partner-in-crime and contributes to Upgraded Points through content creation & relationship management.
She caught the travel bug just after high school when her grandmother took her on a two-week, whirlwind trip around Europe. That was that - she's been gallivanting around the globe ever since (22 countries & counting)!


Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Bonus Valuation*: $1,150+

Why We Like It: This card is our #1 recommended rewards card (especially for those getting into points and miles) because it’s easy to earn points, they’re extremely valuable and the bonus is worth $1,150 in our valuations!

*Our bonus valuation is calculated internally by experts at Upgraded Points, not the card issuer. See our latest valuations here.

  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees

Disclaimer: Any comments listed below are not from the bank advertiser, nor have they been reviewed or approved by them. No responsibility will be taken by the bank advertiser for these comments.


  1. If traveling on ‘Economy Light’ can you take hand luggage free to the USA?

    • Hi Mike! Yes, Economy Light passengers are allowed one personal item and one carry-on item free of charge. We’ve updated our piece above to reflect the information… thanks so much for weighing in!

      • Aldo Palacios · June 27, 2019 · Reply

        Hi Michelle,

        I am flying to Belgium on Virgin Atlantic with a connecting flight in London on British Airways. I am taking my road bike in a bike case, the dimensions are 50 x 34 1/4. I would like to know what it could cost? I am flying economy light. Will I have to pay two different fees?

        Thank you


        • Catherine Luther · June 28, 2019 · Reply

          Hi Aldo,

          Did you book the entire journey on 1 ticket or as 2 separate tickets? Are you only taking the bike box or another piece of checked luggage as well?

  2. Michelle · April 9, 2019 · Reply

    Hi, if you are flying Economy Light, is the baggage allowance you need to pay (ie.£45.00) for the 1st suitcase only one way? So it would be £90.00 for outward and return flight, or £45.00 for both?

    Please confirm.

    Many thanks

    • Hi Michelle, almost every airline charges baggage fees on a one-way basis. Meaning, you would pay £45 for the outbound flight and another £45 for the incoming flight, for a total of £90. Hope this helps!

  3. I’m traveling from India to USA. How many checked bags are allowed for free?

    • Catherine Luther · April 12, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Naren,

      Flights from India to the US are permitted an additional checked bag for Economy or Premium Economy passengers (as long as there is not a stopover of more than 24 hours between flights). Therefore, Economy passengers (Classic or Delight) are permitted to bring a total of 2 checked bags and Premium passengers can bring a total of 3 checked bags.

  4. If I am traveling from the UK to South Africa, can I take two checked bags?

  5. Mary Whitehead · April 26, 2019 · Reply

    We are traveling from USA to the UK on Virgin. Is it cheaper to check in excess baggage online before we travel or not?

    • Hi Mary, Virgin doesn’t report a difference in fees whether you pay for your luggage in advance or at the airport – costs should be the same either way. If anything, pre-paying may just save you some time and stress.

      • saifullah · August 21, 2019 · Reply

        Hello. I will travel from UK to USA and I booked a economy light ticket. Am I allowed a free checked in bag or do I have to pay for it?

        • Catherine Luther · August 22, 2019 · Reply

          Hi Saifullah,

          Economy Light tickets do not include any checked luggage so you will need to purchase this separately. The first bag on an economy light ticket costs £45 / $60.

    • Rishabh narula · July 13, 2019 · Reply

      I am traveling from India to Boston, via London, my carry on luggage is Skybag Tropper hard luggage. As mentioned the allowed dimensions for carry on bag is 56*36*23 cm, but the sky bag dimensions are 55*38*21 cm, is this a problem 2 cm larger.

      • Catherine Luther · July 15, 2019 · Reply

        Hi Rishabh,

        Any airline that imposes size restrictions for carry-on luggage may measure and reject a bag that exceeds these restrictions, so if you choose to take this bag, you would need to be prepared to check the item if requested.

  6. Sebastian Roldan · April 27, 2019 · Reply

    Hi. Any idea if booking with Delta using an Amex Skymiles, will I be able to receive the first bag free allowance that Delta Skymiles Amex allows me? Thank You.

    • Christine Krzyszton · April 29, 2019 · Reply

      Hello Sebastian. I think you’re asking, if you book a Delta award ticket using Skymiles, will you receive a free checked bag because you have the American Express Delta SkyMiles card? If so, the answer is yes. For more information on Delta baggage fees and tips, check out our article. If you’re asking about booking a Virgin Atlantic flight with SkyMiles and getting a free checked bag by using your Delta SkyMiles Amex card, the answer is no, as codeshare flights are excluded for the free checked bag per the terms/conditions on the SkyMiles card.

  7. John Kochenower · April 29, 2019 · Reply

    Do active duty military get free baggage?

    • Hi John, we can’t confirm that Virgin Atlantic allows free baggage for active duty U.S. military. Generally, we’ve found that most U.S. based airlines DO offer this perk, but many international airlines do not.

      I personally can’t find any information about this from researching their website and baggage policies online, therefore I suggest calling Virgin Atlantic’s customer service line to confirm/deny. (1 (800) 862-8621 from the U.S.)

      Virgin Atlantic does have a page on Armed Forces Discounts but this appears to apply to the UK Armed Forces community which, if you’re a part of, would be worth looking into.

  8. Dianne · May 5, 2019 · Reply

    Does anyone know the maximum weight and size allowed for a personal item on Virgin Atlantic to the UK, like a medium size tote bag. We are flying on Wednesday to the UK and I don’t want to have any problem going through security or at the gate😉

    • Hi Dianne, most airlines (Virgin included) are pretty vague in terms of what constitutes a personal item. Virgin Atlantic does not list a size/weight restriction for a personal item and simply states under the heading ‘Additional Items You Can Take With You’: “Your handbag, small backpack/rucksack, pocketbook or purse, as you would normally use it (in other words, not just being used to contain items that would otherwise be regarded as baggage)”.

      Maybe some other readers have some advice, but when in doubt, I’d say call the airline’s customer service number. It’s unlikely they’ll be more helpful since they don’t actually like max weight/size online but you never know… sorry we can’t be of more help!

  9. Samita Aggarwal · May 20, 2019 · Reply

    Hi, I just wanted to ask whether the provision of carrying checked in baggage is instated for a person flying through economy lite from India to the UK and vice versa?

    • Catherine Luther · May 20, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Samita,

      No checked baggage is included with an Economy Lite ticket to any destination. This would need to be purchased, with the 1st bag costing £45, 2nd bag £65, and any further bags costing £140 each.

  10. Mark Haley · May 20, 2019 · Reply

    I’m flying Virgin Atlantic from SFO to Milan July 3rd. I want to check my bike but I can’t find clear info on whether I can. From what I read it’s linear inches are larger than allowed. It measures 47 1/2 “ x 29 1/2” x 10” which equals 87”. Your max baggage limit says 80”.

    I would imagine you take bike carry cases. It’s a plastic case that I would have my lightweight road bike in… thinking 35-40 lbs.


    • Hi Mark! This is the information Virgin Atlantic lists on their website regarding transporting sporting equipment, specifically bicycles:

      “If you’re planning a cycling trip and only your own ride will do, you’ll be glad to know you can bring your bicycle with you, as part of your baggage allowance – as long as it doesn’t weigh more than 23kg.

      This applies to non-motorised bicycles (including tandems), which should be transported in a protective box or bag – which you will need to provide yourself.

      You should also take the following measures to protect your trusty steed:

      Partially deflate the tyres to reduce the risk of damage.
      Turn the handlebars so they’re in line with the frame.
      Remove any attachments, including pedals.
      Ensure the gearing is especially well protected.
      Protect the frame with bubble wrap.
      As with all your luggage, we’ll treat your bicycle with lots of care, but note that we can’t consider compensation claims for cosmetic damage such as paint chips. We recommend you specifically insure your bicycle for extra peace of mind.

      Happy riding!”

  11. Ana Maria Rodrigues · June 5, 2019 · Reply

    I bought a ticket from UK-US – US-MEX in upper class and I have been charged GBP 284,90 when it should be GBP 140,00 as per the information above.

    Could you please explain to me why there is such a difference in the amount?

    Does the amount vary either I buy the baggage in advance or buying before the actual flight?

    • Hi Ana, Virgin Atlantic charges excess fees on a PER FLIGHT basis. So, if you have one flight UK to US then another flight US to MEX, that’s two flights so would be GBP 140×2… and then I’m assuming maybe the extra 4.90 is taxes?

  12. Lauren · June 6, 2019 · Reply

    If you are flying on a non-direct flight in economy light do you pay £45 baggage fee for both of the flights or just pay the once?

  13. shradha · June 14, 2019 · Reply

    Hi there, i need to take a large tent to Bali, it is approx 60 much would i need to pay to add this on my flight? Thank you

    • Catherine Luther · June 15, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Shradha,

      Virgin Atlantic will not accept a single piece of luggage that weighs more than 32kg so you will need to contact the airline to discuss your options for sending this as cargo.

  14. Alison · June 15, 2019 · Reply

    Hi. My husband & I fly home with Virgin Atlantic on Monday. We’re in economy classic in the bubble & we flew out with the 23kg hold luggage each and the 10kg carry on each. We’ve bought gifts and personal items so we want to put another piece of luggage up to 23kg in hold (so 3 cases in total). Are we correct in thinking a third case will be free for Economy Classis or are we miss understand the above info and will need to pay an additional £65? Thank you.

    • Catherine Luther · June 16, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Alison,

      I don’t know where you’re flying back from but if it is any of the below routes, then your standard checked baggage allowance is 2 x 23kg bags (per passenger):
      UK or US – India
      UK or US – Lagos
      US – Johannesburg

      For any other routes you would need to purchase an additional bag for 65 GBP / 100 USD.

  15. Tristan · June 26, 2019 · Reply

    Here is my situation,

    I will be flying to Geneva from New York. My itinerary has a connecting fight in London and I will fly with British airways from London to Geneva.

    I have to carry 2 guitars and 3 suitcases.

    I read that I can carry a guitar as a carry on bag. Thus I was planning to check in my 3 suitcases + 1 guitar.

    As I am flying in Economy Classic I already have a checked bag. This means that I have to buy 3 extra bags.

    My estimated cost of extra bags is $500 (100 + 200 + 200).

    Can you confirm that I can indeed proceed as follow?
    The charges for additional baggage is PER FLIGHT. Does this means that I’ll have to pay $1000 because I have a connecting flight?

    Thank you

    • Catherine Luther · June 26, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Tristan,

      Please be aware that we are not Virgin Atlantic – we are Airlines have different policies for musical instruments so you would be best to contact both Virgin Atlantic and British Airways to confirm this.

  16. Michelle · July 16, 2019 · Reply

    If I am flying to London on a premium flight, how much carry on baggage am I allowed?

    • Hi Michelle,

      Are you flying Virgin Atlantic? If so, are you flying Premium Economy or Upper Class? If you’re flying Premium economy you may bring 1 carry on bag. If you’re flying Upper Class, you may bring 2 carry on bags.

      Thanks for reading!

  17. Hi, I will be traveling from London to Los Angeles and back from New York to Los Angeles on economy class. (Not specified which economy-booking being done through Jetabroad). Is check in luggage free or is it payable and if so, how much ?

    • Catherine Luther · July 28, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Kim,

      You’ll need to check with Jetabroad which Economy ticket has been booked for you as Economy Light does not include any checked luggage. Which airline are flying with from New York to Los Angeles?

      • I am traveling from London to India and three connective flights.

        Please could you tell me if I need change luggage myself or they’ll give me last stop.

  18. Hi there,
    I am flying UK to India in September.
    And i have got 2 check in bags 23 kg as free allowance.
    If i want to check in an additional 25 kg bag please let me know the fees for that.

    • Catherine Luther · September 6, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Sumit,

      To check a 3rd bag, the cost would be £140 / $200 (23 kg). If your bag is 25 kg, then you would also incur an additional fee of 65 GBP / 100 USD.

  19. Luz Marina · October 4, 2019 · Reply

    Hi, my brother is flying to London from USA (New Jersey) in economy light ticket could you tell us if there is a free hand luggage allowance?

  20. Mala Srivastava · October 5, 2019 · Reply

    I am booked to fly to London from New Delhi in mid-October, and back to Delhi in November. Just looking for confirmation that I can take two checked bags, each not more than 23 kg, and one carry-on of your
    given specification, weighing up to 10 kg, and one lady’s bag, or a laptop bag.

    • Hi Mala,

      If you are flying Premium Economy then yes, you can bring 2 checked bags up to 23kgs each. If you are flying in classic economy then you may only check 1 bag up to 23kgs.

      Thanks for reading!

Any thoughts or questions? Comment below!

Email needed if you'd like comment updates. It will NOT be published.

Advertiser Disclosure

Many of the credit card offers that appear on this site are from credit card companies from which we receive financial compensation. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site (including, for example, the order in which they appear). However, the credit card information that we publish has been written by experts who know these products inside out, and what we recommend is what we would (or already) use ourselves. This site does not include all credit card companies or all available credit card offers that are on the market. For more information on our advertisers, see here.