Air Canada domestic checked bag policy

Air Canada aligns domestic first checked bag policy with other carriers

MONTREAL — Air Canada has adjusted its first checked bag policy for North American travel “to align it with prevailing North American industry practices”.

The carrier’s fee for a first checked bag on U.S. transborder routes, in place since 2011, remains unchanged.

Starting Sept. 18, 2014, customers purchasing Air Canada’s lowest Economy Class Tango fare for travel on or after Nov. 2, 2014 on domestic flights within Canada and to and from the Caribbean and Mexico will now be charged $25 for a first checked bag, in line with the baggage allowance policies of other North American carriers.

This change is expected to affect an estimated one in five Air Canada passengers on domestic flights within Canada, representing approximately 5% of the airline’s customers system-wide.

The fee for a first checked bag does not apply to Economy Class tickets purchased using Flex and Latitude fares that offer additional flexibility. In addition, the first checked bag fee does not apply to Altitude Prestige, Elite and Super Elite members, Star Alliance Silver and Gold members and customers purchasing Air Canada Vacations packages.

Business Class customers continue to receive an allowance of two checked bags, and military personnel (with identification) up to three checked bags, regardless of destination. Air Canada’s baggage allowance policy continues to allow for a car seat and stroller to be checked as additional pieces of baggage free of charge.

For details on Air Canada’s baggage policies, visit

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