Virgin baggage allowances faq

5th October 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Virgin

Flying can be tiring and tedious at times, and having personal items on board with you in the cabin can occupy your mind and make your journey altogether more enjoyable. Similarly, there may be some belongings that you would feel more comfortable having close by, rather than inside the aircraft’s cargo hold. As each airline has different rules and allowances for what you are allowed to take on board with you, you should check how much hand luggage you can take with you before you travel, and pack accordingly. You should also check the weight limits that apply to the luggage that you can check-in to the hold, to avoid expensive excess baggage charges.

Virgin baggage allowances

The amount of luggage you can check-in on a Virgin flight (that is, the luggage that will travel in the cargo hold of the plane) depends on the type of ticket you buy.

Economy passengers: you are permitted to check in one bag per passenger, weighing up to 23kg and measuring no larger than 90cm x 75cm x 43cm (35.5in x 29.5in x 16in). On some flights, you will be allowed to take two bags, so check before you travel.

Premium economy passengers: you may check-in up to two bags per passenger, with a maximum weight of 23kg per bag and dimensions of no greater than 90cm x 75cm x 43cm (35.5in x 29.5in x 16in) each. On certain flights, you will be allowed to check-in up to three bags.

Upper class passengers: each passenger will be able to check-in up to three bags weighing up to 32kg each, so long as each bag is no larger than 90cm x 75cm x 43cm (35.5in x 29.5in x 16in).

Virgin Cabin Bags

If you wish to bring sports equipment, the Virgin luggage allowances enable you to do so, in place of one of your checked-in pieces of luggage. Set dimensions must be adhered to, though, so check whether your sports equipment will be permitted without additional charge before you travel.

Children are allowed to check-in one bag (weighing up to 23kg and measuring up to 90cm x 75cm x 43cm / 35.5in x 29.5in x 16in) plus a collapsible pram and car seat. If your child will be sitting on your knee rather than having their own seat, they can still check-in one 23kg piece of luggage as above, plus one piece of hand luggage of up to 6kg.

If you are a Gold Flying Club Member, you can check-in one extra piece of luggage of up to 23kg.

To avoid problems at check-in with oversized bags, consider investing in some new luggage that meets the size requirements for your flight, and a set of travel luggage scales to check the weight of your bags when you have packed.

Virgin cabin baggage allowances

Again, the amount of hand luggage you can take on board depends on your ticket type.

Economy passengers and Premium Economy passengers may each take on board one cabin bag weighing up to 10kg and measuring up to 23cm x 36cm x 56cm (9in x 14in x 22in).

Upper class passengers may each take on board two cabin bags with a combined weight of 16kg, each measuring no greater than 23cm x 36cm x 56 cm (9in x 14in x 22in).

These measurements must include the bags’ wheels, handles and any external pockets as space in the overhead compartments is strictly limited. Any hand luggage larger and/or heavier than these limits will have to be checked-in, for which an additional charge may be payable. One way to avoid anxiety over whether or not you have measured your hand luggage correctly can be overcome by buying an approved Virgin cabin bag before you travel. Be sure not to over-pack your cabin bag and distort the dimensions, though.

You must be able to lift your bags into the overhead compartments yourself.

Virgin Baggage Allowances

In addition to the cabin bag(s), you can also take on board a small bag such as a handbag or small backpack that you would normally carry with you, plus your coat, an umbrella, some reading material, your child’s food (to eat on the flight) and a compact camera and/or pair of binoculars.

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