Virgin Atlantic Baggage Fees & Tips To Cover The Expenses [2017]

Virgin Atlantic baggage fees

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

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: 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:

1st additional bag: £65 / $100
2nd+ additional bags: £140 / $200

Overweight Fee: £65 / $100
Oversized Fee: £40 / $60

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.

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
Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard®
Annual Fee: $0 for first year, then $89
With this card, you can use your miles to cover any qualifying travel purchases of $100 or more, including baggage fees (which is perfect for families that travel and incur travel expenses). Simply apply your miles to these expenses when your statement arrives!
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Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ Card
Annual Fee: $450
$300 travel credit per calendar year (covers all travel related purchases)
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Citi Prestige Card
Annual Fee: $450
$250 air travel credit per calendar year (covers all travel related purchases)
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Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card
Annual Fee: $450
$300 airline fee credit per calendar year (covers all travel related purchases)

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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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

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