New Luggage Weight Limits

Pack lighter next time you travel overseas, or you may have to pay a $50 fee for excess weight.


New baggage rules took effect this summer on several major airlines. United Airlines, Air Canada, and Continental have reduced the weight limit for free baggage to 50 lbs (23 kgs) each for passengers checking two bags (reduced from 70 pounds, 32 kgs). Passengers checking one bag only are allowed up to 70 lbs (32 kgs) at no additional charge (reduced from 100 lbs (45 kgs).

On United and Continental, the new policy took effect for tickets issued on or after September 7. Air Canada's new policy applies for tickets issued on or after August 29 for travel on or after October 12.

Continental OnePass Elite members, as well as passengers traveling in business or first class, are exempt and may travel with two bags weighing up to 70 kbs each (three bags allowed for business and first class passengers).

For a great selection of carry-on rolling bags it's Travel Essentials.

November 2005