Air Canada will now charge a first checked bag fee of $25 on some flights within North America, the airline announced today.
As of today, customers purchasing Air Canada's lowest Economy Class Tango fare for travel on or after Nov. 2, 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. Air Canada expects the change to affect an estimated one in five of its passengers on domestic flights within Canada, representing approximately five per cent of the airline's customers system-wide.
The carrier's fee for a first checked bag on U.S. transborder routes, in place since 2011, remains unchanged.
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.
The announcement comes following WestJet's introduction of a similar fee last week.