Are you flying with Air Canada? Keep up to date on the baggage restrictions for your ticket type, as well as what items you must pack and where. Don’t be caught off guard by unexpected baggage fees.
Send Your Luggage
Luggage delivery companies make it easy for you to conveniently and quickly ship your luggage no matter the size. For a flat fee, you can save yourself valuable time by letting a professional handle each piece of luggage you have, saving yourself hours at gate check-in, security, and baggage claim.
Air Canada Checked/Hold Baggage Allowance
Each passenger is subject to a maximum weight of 23 kg of 50 lb for every bag they bring and total dimensions of 158 cm or 62 in. Anything beyond either of these will be subject to additional fees, per bag.
For domestic flights within Canada or any flights going between the United States and Canada, there are no free checked bags. The first bag you check is subject to a fee of $31 and the second checked bag is subject to a fee of $52.
For international flights, you get one free checked bag but checking a second bag costs $100. Flights between Toronto and Dubai allow for two free checked bags.
Luggage Delivery Company your Air Canada Baggage Alternative
If your ticket doesn’t give you any free checked bags or your baggage allowance is limited to just one bag, consider using a luggage delivery company. Luggage delivery companies provide a seamless service whereby your bags, no matter how many, are picked up from your doorstep and delivered immediately to your destination. Your bags arrive when you arrive.
Air Canada Cabin Allowance for Infants
If you have an infant travelling on your lap, Air Canada allows you to bring one standard item of carry-on luggage containing your infant’s belongings. If you bring a diaper bag it cannot exceed 25.5 x 95 cm or 10 x 36 in.
Anything beyond that will count toward your carry-on or checked baggage.
Your carry-on allowance is subject to one bag and one personal item. The one bag you bring has to fit into the overhead locker without any help and this applies to bags you bring as well as back to bring for your infant. It is also subject to dimensional limitations of 23 x 40 x 55 cm, or 9 x 15.5 x 21.5 in.
Your one personal item is subject to maximum dimensions of 16 x 33 x 43 cm or 6 x 13 x 17 in unless it is a small purse. Small purses are given different dimensions of 25 x 30 x 14 cm or 10 x 12 x 5.5 in.
Air Canada Prohibited items
There are many items that are not outright prohibited but just required to be in your carry on or your checked bags.
If you have spray cans of insecticide you cannot put them in your carry on bag and as long as they are not labelled as hazardous material you can pack them in your checked bag.
Alcoholic beverages that are more than 24% alcohol and less than 70% alcohol can be checked into your bags. You can also carry mini bottles of alcohol if you can if it’s a 100 ml or 3.4 oz bag in a single, quart-sized Ziploc but all other alcohol is banned.
Air Canada Extra Baggage and Overweight Fees
In terms of extra baggage beyond what your ticket allows or baggage that weighs more than the limit for your flight, you will be charged extra fees for either or both. These are based on domestic flights within Canada or between Canada and the United States, and international flights.
For example: If you have an extra bag that you want to check but it falls within the total dimensions and the weight limits, you will pay one fee only for having an extra bag. But if you have an extra bag, which is also overweight, then you might pay two fees.
- For economy flights within Canada or between Canada and the United States, any additional bag will cost $105.
- For international flights any additional bag will cost $225.
- For economy flights within Canada or between Canada and the United States, any overweight bag will cost $105.
- For international flights any overweight bag will cost $100.
- For economy flights within Canada or between Canada and the United States, any oversized bag will cost $105.
- For international flights any oversized bag will cost $100.
Air Canada Excess Baggage Allowance for Sports Equipment
Air Canada charges fees for exceptional items and this qualifies as oversized musical instruments or sporting equipment. Typically sporting equipment falls subject to the same fees as your checked baggage but things like bicycles will incur an additional fee of $50 each way. If you have sporting equipment, Air Canada asks that you book the extra checked baggage allowances at least 24 hours before your flight. So if you are going hiking in the Rocky Mountains of Canada or Skiing in Whistler. Plan ahead and send your luggage to your destination.
Air Canada Carry-On Baggage Allowance and Musical Instruments
If you are bringing musical instruments, they will count toward your carry-on allowance as long as they fit within the confines of the dimension limits and can be placed safely under your seat or in the overhead Locker. If your instrument doesn’t fit in either of these places you may have to purchase an additional seat for your instrument, but Air Canada will charge you 50% of any published fare for an instrument seat. Be advised that any instrument you carry on the plane cannot exceed 162.5 cm or 64 in length nor can it weigh more than 36 kg or 80 lb.
Anything beyond this will be checked under the plane and subject to your checked baggage allowance and fees. You can also avoid paying for the extra ticket by simply paying for an additional checked bag at the onset.