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Air Canada Baggage Report Card

Carry-on Allowance8/10
Checked Baggage Allowance6/10
Excess Baggage Fees6/10
Overall Grade6.7/10

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Carry-On Summary

Air Canada allows you to bring 1 piece of standard carry-on baggage, in along with 1 "personal article", such as a laptop, purse, jacket, etc.

You carry-on baggage is limited in size to 23cm x 40cm x 55cm (9in x 15.5in x 21.5in). There is no defined weight-limit, although you must be able to place it in the overhead bin yourself.

The second item (personal article) is limited in size to 16x33x43cm (6x13x17in).

Please note that carry-on sizes are more strictly enforced now that Air Canada no longer allows any free checked baggage on some flights.

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Carry-On Security Rules

TSA - (USA): TSA Carry-On Regulations and Carry-On Liquid Restrictions

CATSA - (Canada): CATSA Carry-On Prohibited Items and CATSA Carry-On Liquids and Gel Restrictions

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Checked Baggage Summary

Air Canada Economy passengers are no longer allowed any free checked baggage on flights within Canada. Your first checked bag will cost $25, and a second will set you back $35 per direction. Additional bags cost an extra $100 each. Bags are limited 23kg/50lbs each. With the self-service bag-drops now implemented at some airports, limits are very strictly enforced, so even a 1/2 pound of excess weight will be red-flagged.

Flying between Canada and the US, Air Canada does not allow any free checked baggage allowance, and charges $25 for the first checked bag. A second checked bag will cost another $35. Bags are limited to 23kg/50lbs.

On intercontinental routes, Air Canada typically allows one free bag of 23kg/50lbs, with a fee for the second bag dependent on your destination, with some exceptions on specific routes where there are increased weight limits.

Executive Class and Executive First passengers are usually entitled to 1 additional free bag when compared to Economy Class passengers. The weight limit is also increased, allowing for up to 32kg (70 lbs) per piece.

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Useful Links

Linear Dimensions: What are Linear Dimensions?

Piece vs Weight: What is Piece Concept vs Weight Concept

Packing List: Travel Packing Checklist

Musical Instruments: Flying with Musical Instruments on Air Canada

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Excess/Oversize/Overweight Summary

Oversize and Overweight bags are usually charged $100 for domestic and continental flights, and $100 for international/intercontinental routes. On most Air Canada flights, bags are considered overweight if they exceed the 23kg (50 lbs) weight limit. You can exceed it up to a maximum total weight of 32kg/70lbs, but be prepared to pay an overweight baggage fee. On some routes, the allowance is for 32kg/70lbs bags, in which case no overweight fee applies.

Extra bags in addition to the standard Air Canada free baggage allowance will cost between $35-$100 for a second bag, depending on the route, and additional bags will cost between $100 and $225.

If planning to fly with sports equipment, be sure to pre-register it by contacting Air Canada directly, otherwise it may not be accepted at check-in.

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