Checked Baggage

Use our checked baggage calculator to determine your free checked baggage allowance, and any additional fees should you exceed it.

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Final baggage allowance and service fees ultimately charged may differ from those displayed as they are based on the date of ticketing, and are available on the itinerary-receipt once a booking has been completed. The baggage allowance displayed by our calculator applies to all Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge flights, as well as to Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz, Sky Regional, Air Georgian and Exploits Valley Air. When an itinerary includes travel with one of our codeshare partners or with another airline, the baggage policies of the other carrier may apply. Customers may be reassessed checked baggage fees when itineraries include an enroute stopover in excess of 24 hours.
For travel between Canada or the United States and Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Barbados, an applicable local sales tax of $4.00 CAD may apply to baggage fees. For all other itineraries to/from Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Barbados as well as itineraries to/from South America, an applicable local sales tax of $21.00 CAD may apply to baggage fees. All above tax amounts are based on the maximum applicable tax amounts per itinerary type. Actual amounts may vary and will be charged in the currency used in your departure airport. Tax amounts are subject to change without notice by local government.

You can pay any applicable baggage fees when you check in for your flight:

Note: For transactions conducted outside Canada, baggage fees will be charged in the local currency of the country in which the transaction occurs.

Baggage fees are not refundable if your bags are delayed.

Travelling from Ottawa Int. Airport?

Please note that cash payments are not accepted at Air Canada counters located at Ottawa’s Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW). Customers have the option of paying tickets as well as baggage and other fees with any major credit or debit card.

Prepaid MasterCard credit cards are also available for purchase at ReadySTATION™ kiosks located at the airport. If you do choose this option, please make sure to keep your prepaid credit card (even if its value has reached zero) until all travel associated with the card has been completed. This is because, in the event of a refund, the amount will be returned to your original form of payment.

If your bags exceed the allowance allowed by your fare type (in number, size and/or weight), additional checked baggage charges will apply. Please refer to the table above for additional checked baggage charges that apply to your itinerary.

  • Please arrive at the airport at least 120 minutes before departure if checking additional bags, or overweight or oversized pieces.
  • You will need to contact Air Canada Cargo* if you're travelling with bags that exceed:
    • 32 kg (70 lb) in weight,
    • 292 cm (115 in) in linear dimensions, and/or
    • 203 cm (80 in) in length.

* Shipments from or via the U.S.

Because passengers are considered unknown shippers for cargo purposes, Air Canada Cargo can ship only cats and dogs from or via the U.S. For any other type of shipment, please contact another shipping company (e.g. UPS or FedEx).

Members of the Canadian and U.S. military benefit from an enhanced baggage allowance whenever they travel on a flight operated by Air Canada, Air Canada rouge or Air Canada Express. Eligible active and retired members of the Canadian and U.S. military are entitled to up to three pieces of checked baggage, each weighing up to 32 kg (70 lb) each.

If you are an eligible customer, please proceed as follows to benefit from this enhanced baggage allowance:

  • When prompted at check-in (online, on your mobile or at an airport kiosk), indicate that you are travelling without checked bags.
  • At the airport, see an Air Canada agent to have your bags tagged and checked free of charge, upon presentation of military identification.

After completing their check-in, eligible customers are invited to see an airport agent to have their baggage fee waived, upon presentation of military identification. Learn more

If you purchase travel on a codeshare flight or a flight with another airline, you may be subject to the baggage policy and other rules of the airline operating the first flight in your itinerary. For the specific terms and conditions of any Air Canada codeshare partner or other airline sold on, visit the operating carrier's website directly.

Baggage Screening and Locked Bags

For your security, all checked bags must be screened and cleared for travel. In some cases, bags may have to be opened and searched. If you choose to lock your bag, it is recommended to use a lock that can be opened by airport security agencies, (e.g. Travel Sentry Approved or Safe Skies lock). You may use other means of locking your bags; however, it is with the understanding that the screening process may result in damage to the lock or to the bag itself, and may cause baggage delays.

The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) also provides essential information on the many aspects of the pre-board screening process.

Special Packing Tips

  • The following items must always be placed in your carry-on baggage:
    • laptop computers*,
    • car and house keys,
    • medication,
    • cash,
    • high value items such as cameras, jewellery and electronic devices.
  • Do not wrap bungee cords, ties or straps around baggage.
  • Remove all old airline tags from your luggage.
  • Attach identification tags to the inside and outside of the bag, noting your destination as well as home address and relevant contact information.

* On smaller aircraft (e.g. Jazz Dash-8 or CRJ) with limited onboard storage space, customers are asked to deposit their carry-on items on a cart as they board the plane. Laptop computers must be removed from any carry-on baggage that is deposited on such carts.

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Travelling with a 'smart bag'?

If you plan on checking it in, you'll need to first remove the battery and carry the battery into the cabin with you.

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