Virgin Atlantic Baggage Fees & Tips To Cover The Expenses

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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

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

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.

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.

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