Air Canada Is Raising Its Baggage Fees & Here’s How Much It’ll Cost You In 2024

Air Canada Is Raising Its Baggage Fees & Here's How Much It'll Cost You In 2024 © Provided by Narcity Canada

If you’ll be flying with Air Canada anytime soon, you’ll want to take note of new luggage fees that may apply to your trip.

Air Canada has raised its baggage fees, and, depending on where you’re going, you could be paying more for your checked luggage.

While your fare, destination and loyalty program status can affect what your bags will cost you, here’s a breakdown of Air Canada’s baggage allowance and new fees in 2024.

Air Canada baggage fees 2024

Air Canada recently upped its baggage fees, and is now charging $5 more for the first checked bag on economy-class fares.

For trips booked on or after February 28, the airline will now charge between $35 and $42 for the first checked bag for basic and standard economy fares in North America, the Caribbean, and Central America.

Previously, Air Canada’s baggage policy stated that the first checked bag on trips within Canada, between Canada and the U.S., and between Canada and Mexico or the Caribbean would cost passengers $30, with the second checked bag costing $50.

Currently, travellers can expect to pay $50-60 for their second checked bag on basic and standard fare trips within Canada and between Canada and the U.S.

Narcity has reached out to Air Canada for comment on its fee changes and will update this story when we receive a response.

What is Air Canada’s baggage policy?

Air Canada’s baggage fees apply to flights operated by Air Canada, Air Canada Express and Air Canada Rouge. According to the airline, additional or different fees may apply if your flight is being operated by one of its airline partners or if you’re travelling with Air Canada Vacations.

As of Air Canada’s most current baggage policies, no fees apply to carry-on baggage, provided it respects the airline’s carry-on baggage guidelines.

For checked baggage, Air Canada says your free baggage allowance is determined by your fare, destination, date of ticket purchase and loyalty program status.

For all passengers, checked baggage must have a maximum weight of 50 pounds per bag, and maximum linear dimensions of 62 inches per bag.

For economy class travel within Canada and between Canada and the U.S., travellers can expect to pay $35-42 for their first checked bag and $50-60 for their second checked bag when flying with basic and standard fares.

For economy comfort and flex fares, travellers’ first checked bag is free, while their second will cost $50-60.

Economy latitude fare passengers can enjoy two free checked bags.

For economy class travel between Canada and Mexico or the Caribbean, travellers will pay $35 for their first bag and $50 for their second in basic and standard fares; get their first bag free and pay $50 for their second in comfort and flex fares, and get two bags free when flying economy latitude.

For other international travel from Canada, your baggage allowance varies based on the route selected and the date your ticket was issued. You can check what your allowance is by using their online checked baggage calculator.

However, the airline notes that a fee of $75 applies for your first checked bag when flying in economy basic fare with Aeroplan Standard Rewards.

A fee of $100 also applies for your second checked bag.

Ahead of the busy March break travel period, you’ll want to be aware of exactly what you can and can’t bring on board your Air Canada flight — last year, some travellers took to TikTok after they were caught off-guard by Air Canada’s strict carry-on size requirements.

If you need help packing, check out our guide to the airline’s baggage policy, including size restrictions, Air Canada’s liquids policy and more.

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