Posted on May 27th, 2022 by Heena Ganotra, Last updated on Aug 8th, 2022
Every airline has some carry-on size and checked baggage weight requirements. If you plan to travel somewhere, it is a good idea to become familiar with the requirements of the different airlines and pack accordingly. Canada has several domestic and international carriers that have their own guidelines.
Planning your packing carefully will help you avoid unnecessary delays at the time of boarding. It is always a good idea to stay within the requirements of the airline instead of dealing with additional fees. If your airplane carry-on size exceeds the recommended size, you may have to place it in cargo and pay baggage fees.
The carry-on luggage size in Canada may vary from one airline to another, but the difference is usually a few centimeters. In most cases, airlines expect passengers to limit their carry-on bag size to:
This includes wheels and handles. The size of the luggage shouldn’t exceed 118 centimeters when all dimensions are added up. Many airports will have a sizer that your bag needs to pass through before you’re allowed to board.
Airlines like Air Canada and WestJet don’t have any carry-on weight limit but you need to be able to place your carry-on in the overhead cabin without assistance.
Canada has several domestic and international carriers. The most popular airline is Air Canada but the country also has Swoop, Flair, Sunwing, WestJet, Air Transat, and more. We already have a detailed post on Air Canada baggage allowance (add internal link) Here’s a look at some of the guidelines provided by individual carriers:
Swoop allows one carry-on and one personal bag. There are no weight requirements but you should be able to lift your carry-on suitcase and place it in the overhead compartment without any assistance unless you are a child, disabled, or elderly.
Passengers are also allowed to carry one diaper bag if they’re traveling with an infant but they must show that the bag includes items your child may need.
While the personal bag is allowed free of cost, you need to pay for the carry-on bag. The cost can range between $36.75 to $79.10 based on the season, distance, and where you purchase the carry-on baggage add-on.
Overweight and oversized bags carry additional fees.
Flair is also a low-cost airline that is popular in Canada. Like Swoop, the carrier allows passengers to carry one personal item free of cost. Here’s a look at the maximum carry-on size and weight requirements by the airline:
The Flair carry-on fees can range from $29 to $59 plus taxes depending on when and where you buy the add-on.
Sunwing offers a fairly generous baggage allowance for a low-cost carrier. Passengers are allowed to carry one personal bag and a carry-on suitcase and one checked bag free of cost. Here’s a look at the carry-on luggage weight Sunwing allows:
People traveling with infants can carry a diaper bag if it complies with the airline carry-on luggage restrictions mentioned above.
These are the carry-on baggage requirements of most Canadian airlines. Carriers like Air Canada and WestJet don’t charge extra for carry-ons but they aren’t low-cost airlines.
The checked baggage allowance is usually higher than the carry-on allowance. If you’re going on a long vacation and trying to decide whether you need carry-on luggage vs. checked baggage, consider how much you need to pack. Here is a look at checked baggage size, weight, and cost details for different airlines:
Swoop allows passengers to carry a maximum of four checked baggage pieces but charges apply. The bags shouldn’t exceed the size and weight requirements mentioned. The checked bag size limit is:
The baggage fees can range from $36.75 for the first bag online to $110.25 for the fourth bag at the airport. The baggage rates change based on when you buy, when you travel, where you buy, and how soon you’re about to travel. Check the Swoop website for more details on the check-in luggage fee.
Flair allows two checked bags at an affordable rate but will charge extra for additional, oversized, or overweight bags. The checked baggage dimensions and weight requirements are:
The cost of the first and second checked bag can range from $49 to $79. For additional bags, you may need to pay $79 to $99. All fees mentioned are excluding taxes.
The Sunwing airline checked bag size and weight restrictions depend on the class of flight. If you travel by the Elite Plus class, you may be able to carry more items in your bag. Passengers are allowed:
The cost of checked baggage can range from $21 to $78.75 per bag. The first two checked bags are affordable but the third and fourth checked bag fees can be up to $210.
This is a brief outline of the different carry-on and baggage requirements for different Canadian airlines. You can easily find more information on the carrier’s website. It is a good idea to confirm the details before you pack for your trip.
Ans. A personal bag is a purse, briefcase, small backpack, tote bag, or any such item that can easily fit under the seat before you. If you can carry the item comfortably on your lap, it is considered a personal bag. Most airlines provide size guidelines to help you understand the difference between a personal bag vs. carry-on.
Ans. The total linear dimension is the sum of the length, width, and height of the bag. You need to measure these three sides and then add them up to get the total linear dimension. Make sure you include the wheels and handles when you measure.
Ans. Most airlines allow parents to carry strollers or car seats with them. If you’re traveling with a child and paying for a seat, you can carry the stroller or seat free of cost. If you intend to seat the infant on your lap, you may carry a car seat free of cost. Collapsible strollers can be carried onboard but large ones may need to be checked in. We recommend looking at the carrier’s website for more information.
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