Virgin Atlantic Baggage Fees & Tips To Cover The Expenses

Virgin Atlantic baggage fees

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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 & 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:

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

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

Upper Class
1st – 3rd additional bags: included
4th additional bag: £140 / $120

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

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. 

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.

Credit CardFee Reimbursement Details
Barclays Arrival® Premier World Elite MasterCard®

Barclays Arrival® Premier World Elite Mastercard®
  • Use your miles to cover any qualifying travel purchases of $100 or more, including baggage fees.
  • Earn 2X miles on every purchase made with the card.
  • Plus, EACH YEAR earn up to 25,000 loyalty bonus miles
  • Annual Fee: $150 (waived first year)
  • Rates & Fees
Chase Sapphire Reserve℠$300 travel credit per calendar year (covers all travel related purchases). Annual Fee: $450
Citi Prestige Card$250 air travel credit per calendar year (covers all travel related purchases). Annual Fee: $450

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.


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