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Air Canada baggage rules for 2021

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Booked a flight with Air Canada? It’s important to know your airline’s luggage allowances before heading to the airport to avoid any unnecessary fees, delays, or stress. Read on and learn all about the Air Canada baggage rules so you’ll be prepared for your trip.

Air Canada baggage allowances

  • Carry-on luggage: One standard piece and one personal piece of luggage (e.g. a camera bag, purse, laptop) per passenger.
  • Liquids and gels: Liquids and gels must not exceed 100 ml or 100 grams (3.4 ounces). Anything over will be confiscated at a security checkpoint.
  • Checked baggage: Allowance varies depending on the route, the class of service, and the Air Canada Altitude status.
  • Other equipment or baggage: Medical equipment, sports equipment, or hunting equipment must be registered with Air Canada. Make sure to advise the airline at least 24-72 hours prior to departure.

Looking for more baggage policies from Canada’s top airlines? See below.

Three people holding wheelie suitcases for cabin baggage
Air Canada Baggage Rules 2021

Air Canada carry-on baggage

AllowanceSizeConditions
One carry-on
suitcase and
one personal
item.
Carry-on dimensions
must not exceed
55 x 23 x 40 cm
(21.5 x 9 x 15.5 inches).
Personal items
must not exceed
33 x 16 x 43 cm
(13 x 6 x 17 inches).
Personal items include:
camera bags, purses, 
laptops
.
Luggage must fit in 
overhead bins
or under your seat,
unassisted.
Excess Carry-onFeesSpecial Conditions
Items that exceed
the carry-on size limits
may need to be
checked.
Unpublished fees but
expect checked baggage
rates.
When travelling with an infant on your lap,
you can bring an extra
standard item
(ex: diaper bag).

Information valid as of March 1, 2021. For more information on Air Canada’s carry-on baggage prices and rules not listed on this guide, visit their website.

Air Canada checked baggage fees

Travel TypeBaggage PricesBaggage Included
Domestic
(within Canada)
US
Mexico
Caribbean
1st bag: Depending
on your route, checked bags
will cost $30-$36
per bag each way (tax incl.)
2nd bag: up to $59
Additional bags:
approx. $100/direction.
Flex & Comfort fares:
1st bag is free
Latitude fare:
2 bags are free.
International 1st bag: Included in fare*
2nd bag: up to $118
*Economy fares between
Canada and Europe will incur
fees between $71-$118.
All fares except:
Economy Basic
from Canada to Europe.

Prices will vary depending on your route, class, and status. Air Canada has an easy way to check your baggage fees on their website.

NOTE: you can’t always pay in cash for excess baggage fees. You can purchase your baggage on their website or by card at a self-service kiosk at the airport.

Checked baggage allowances & fees

AllowanceVital InformationConditions
Size & Weight
Checked baggage
size: max 292cm (L+W+H),
and weight up to 50lbs
(23kg), depending on route.
Fees for oversized
luggage is
around $115.
MilitaryEligible (active or retired)
members of the Canadian
and US military are entitled
to three pieces of checked
baggage each weighing up to 32kg.
Military ID
is required.
Sporting &
Hunting
Equipment
Sporting and hunting
equipment will incur fees
between $50 and $177 per
item.
All items must be
pre-arranged with
Air Canada. Contact them
at least 24 hrs in advance.
Young woman standing at the airport security checkpoint and giving a small water bottle to security staff.
Air Canada Baggage Rules 2021

Restricted items on Air Canada

Note about Air Canada carry-on liquids: The TSA regulates the carry-on liquid policy, which means the limit of liquids allowed in your carry-on is the same for all airlines. Read our table below for a quick reference on the latest restricted items when flying with Air Canada.

AllowanceVital InformationCaution
Carry-on
Liquids
You cannot bring liquid
or gel items more than
100ml/100g (3.4 oz)
in your carry-on. Items must
be in original bottles
and packaging.
Any liquid or gel
exceeding 100ml will
be confiscated at a
security checkpoint.
Medical
Equipment
Mobility aids allowed
on board. Needles
and syringes 
with a needle guard. 
Labelled medication in 
its original container.
Things like pressurized
oxygen canisters may
be allowed if needed for
health reasons. Inform
Air Canada at least
48-72 hours prior to
departure, depending on
your destination.
General
Restrictions
Camping equipment
including fuel tablets
or gas cartridges, items
that are explosive or
flammable, and some
types of paint are not permitted.
Blades exceeding 6cm
aren’t allowed on board.

Information valid as of March 1, 2021. For the latest information on Air Canada’s 2021 restricted and prohibited items, check their website.

More Air Canada baggage rules and tips

Airport rules: A particular airport may prohibit certain items or liquids in your checked suitcases or carry-on luggage even if those items are acceptable to Air Canada. Always check that you’re following the rules of the airport, as well as the airline.

Star Alliance partner rules: If you’re flying with a Star Alliance partner or codeshare partner, you may be subject to the baggage policy of that airline.

Tips for carrying liquids: You can’t purchase a drink before security and pass through security if it’s above 100ml, so plan to buy a drink once you’ve passed through security. A great travel tip to save money (and water!) is to bring an empty water bottle or thermos through security and fill it at a water fountain after clearing security. Water stations may be closed off if you’re flying during COVID.

Baggage size and weight: Air Canada luggage size and weight may be different from other airlines. So if you’re flying with other airlines on the same trip, be sure you know their baggage rules before you pack your suitcases.

Need to know the baggage rules for other airlines?

Information updated March 1, 2021, obtained from www.aircanada.com. Always check the latest guidance with Air Canada before booking a trip.

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Air Canada baggage: FAQs

What is the baggage allowance for Air Canada?

Your Air Canada baggage allowance depends on your route, your Aeroplan status, and your class of service. Most often you’re able to check in a suitcase weighing up to 23kg.

Do I get a free checked bag with Air Canada?

On International routes, you will most likely be allowed a free checked bag weighing up to 23kg. On flights within North America, Flex, Comfort and Latitude fares receive a free checked baggage when flying Air Canada.

How many suitcases can you bring on a plane?

On most flights, you’re allowed to bring on board one carry-on bag and one personal item. Your carry-on bag can be a suitcase if it does not exceed 55 x 23 x 40 cm (21.5 x 9 x 15.5 inches).

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