Archived Newsletters

September 2022

Checked Baggage Fee Changes

Air Canada will be streamlining and revising its checked baggage policy in various markets. The revised checked baggage policy will be effective for tickets issued on/after August 23, 2022.  These new rates apply to Basic, Standard and Flex fares.
The below provides an overview of the streamlined checked baggage allowance and fees, removing all exceptions:

  • Baggage fees for passengers travelling domestic or to/from the U.S. remain unchanged.
  • Baggage fee alignment for passengers travelling between Canada/U.S. and the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America:
    • 1st bag: $30 when purchasing Basic fares, Standard fares to align across all markets.
    • 2nd bag: $50 when purchasing Basic or Standard, Flex fares remain unchanged.
  • The 2nd bag fee will be $100 each direction, effective on all markets when purchasing Basic, Standard or Flex fares:
    • For travel between Canada/U.S. and South America
    • For travel between Canada/U.S. and Europe, Middle East and Africa
    • For travel between Canada/U.S. and Asia and the South Pacific
    • For travel from international destinations to other international destinations

NOTE: The baggage allowance and fee is per direction and is determined by the fare, destination, date of ticket purchase and frequent flyer status.  Allowance and fee may differ if the itinerary includes codeshare flights or flights with another airline.

For details of Air Canada's current allowance and fees, please refer to the checked baggage calculator 



How to Pack Your Carry-On

Here are some helpful hints from CATSA (Canadian Air Transport Security Authority).  Your carry-on baggage and bins will go through the X-ray machine so that a screening officer can examine their contents. Sometimes carry-on bags require an additional search if screening officers see items that aren’t permitted. 

If you are not sure what items are allowed in your carry-on, check the What Can I Bring? list before you pack.

  • Ensure you can easily remove your laptop computer, video and film cameras from your carry-on.
  • Place personal toiletry items in a clear plastic bag. Only bring liquids, aerosols and gels that are packaged in containers with a capacity of 100 ml / 100 grams (3.4 oz) or less.  All these items must fit into one transparent, closed and resealable plastic bag with a capacity of no more than 1L (1 qt).
  • Certain powders and granular materials (e.g. baby powder, foot powder, some cooking powders and seasonings, sand) in your carry-on are limited to a total quantity of 350 ml or less.
  • Exempted liquids – like medication, baby formula or breast milk– should be packed so that they can easily be removed from carry-on baggage for inspection.
  • Avoid packing gifts and souvenirs containing liquids, aerosols and gels in your carry-on. These include: liquor, wine, beer, snowglobes, cans of condensed soup, maple syrup, perfume, and lotion. Put them in checked baggage or ship them separately.
  • Fragile items such as prescription eyewear and sunglasses, dishes, figurines and glassware should be properly packed inside of your carry-on bag so that you can ensure the item does not get broken.

Use the search box or view the complete list (alphabetical) to determine if an item can be packed in your carry-on or if it has to be placed in your checked baggage.



Duty of Care

Let Uniglobe Travel help you with the appropriate protocols that will protect your travellers’ safety, health, and security when travelling on company business. Our comprehensive Duty of Care solution includes advisories, real-time location awareness, and reporting services which help eliminate the inherent travel risks you could face. Uniglobe provides essential tools for your company's compliance with duty of care responsibilities. 

We have partnered with FocusPoint International a global assistance company in the critical event management space. FocusPoint delivers an integrated suite of health, security and incident response services through information, technology, and people including but not limited to:

  • Medical Evacuation
  • Security Evacuation
  • Pandemic (like COVID-19) / Mandatory Quarantine
  • Natural Disaster (or threat of one)
  • Violent Crime
  • Kidnap for Ransom
  • Hijacking
  • Wrongful Detention
  • Political Threats (such as those caused by riots, strikes, and civil commotion)
  • Loss of Contact (disappearance of persons)

Contact Uniglobe  for more information.