Checked Baggage Allowance

Checked Baggage Allowance

*Updated April 2015

Each airline has its own checked baggage allowance, and the list of links below will direct you to their specific webpages. Note that the free checked baggage allowance will differ depending on where you are flying from, your destination, and even the fare level you purchased. For example, Air Canada usually allows one normal size piece of luggage checked for free, sometimes two, while other airlines charge a fee even for one bag.

Some US carriers charge for each and every checked piece, and what seemed like a great deal turns out to be more than you expected. If you are flying on a charter flight to a sunny destination, the normal baggage allowance is usually one piece totaling no more than 20kg. Most flights to Europe or Asia from Canada allow one piece as well. One normal sized suitcase, provided it is not packed with heavy items, will weigh approximately this amount.

Excess baggage charges are punitive. Some airlines charge $5 per kg over, others up to $40 per kg, and others have odd tariffs such as a percentage of the full economy fare per unit of weight in excess.

Bottom line, if you are traveling with more than a normal sized suitcase, with normal weight of clothes, you need to check the baggage restrictions carefully.

The size of your baggage also matters, not the weight. Many airlines have a size principle where the length, depth, and height cannot exceed a specified amount, or a total amount of all three. Again, if you have anything other than a normal sized suitcase, it’s important to check this in advance. Some airlines are very stringent with this, and you will see people re-packing on the floor at checkin, or throwing articles out to meet the weight and size restrictions.

Here are quick links to the baggage allowance and restrictions pages for each airline:

Air Canada
Air Transat
Sunwing Airlines


Full list of airline baggage allowance:

Adria Airways
Aer Lingus
Aero Mexico
Aerolineas Argentina
Aerosvit Airlines
Air Astana
Air Berlin
Air France
Air Malta
Air Moldova
Air New Zealand
Air Seychelles
Alaska Airlines
All Nippon Airways
American Airlines
Asiana Airlines
Austrian Airlines
Avianca Airlines
Bangkok Air
British Airways
British Midland
Brussels Airlines
Caribbean Airlines BWIA
Cathay Pacific
China Southern Airlines
Condor Airlines
Copa Airlines
Czech Airlines
Egypt Air
El Al
Ethiopian Airlines
Frontier Airlines
Gulf Air
Hainan Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines
Iberia Airlines
Air India  – Indian Airlines
Jet Airways
Kuwait Airways
LAN Airways
LOT Airlines
Malaysia Airlines
MIAT Mongolian Airlines
Montenegro Airlines
Olympic Air
Phillippine Air
Royal Air Maroc
Royal Brunei
Royal Jordanian 
SATA International
Saudi Arabian Airlines
Scandinavian Airlines
Siberian Airlines
Singapore Airlines
Swiss Airways
TAP Air Portugal
Thai Airways
Thomas Cook Airlines
Tunis Air
Turkish Airlines
Ukraine International
United Airlines
Virgin Atlantic