The past few years there has been a never ending series of changes in terms of what we must pay for the privilege of checking in bags after already paying for the cramped seat we so often must be squeezed into.

And, while weight restrictions have always been there, in the past there was a lot of leeway given to those who went a pound or four above the designated level.

Not anymore. Overweight fees are just one more ancillary fee to add to the airlines now healthy bottom lines.

What many do not realize is that there are differences in weight restrictions depending on the nature of travel you will be undertaking. And even size restrictions will differ depending upon airline, particularly those in the United States.

Why is there such a dramatic difference in check in weight restrictions and carry on sizes between charter airlines like Sunwing and Air Transat in Canada as example, and regular scheduled carriers like Air Canada?

There are many more rows of seats in most charter aircraft than in regular schedule carriers.

While the extra passenger counts may mean more uncomfortable seating, it is the reason why charter prices always tend to be lower than the others. As you add people on board, you are also adding significant number of checked in bags in the hold.



The weight factor can add up. Today passengers who don’t heed the weight restrictions, especially on the return journey, find out the hard way there is a price to pay. Vacationers should plan in advance for out of country purchases and think about ways to travel lighter going out.

 Other than for their wallets, they likely will not be traveling as lightly on their return with souvenirs they found irresistible on their holiday. I have already posted information on luggage scales in a recent blog.

 Addressing the second part of this issue, similarly, more passengers mean some overhead space is required for each passenger. This can result in those overhead bins filling up pretty quickly.



Curiously the size restrictions for carry-on baggage on charters is not that much different from schedule carriers. No one is really sure why US airlines allow bigger pieces at 22 inches compared to the Canadian equivalent in metric of approximately 21 inches.

 From a retail perspective the shift to lighter weight luggage purchases was almost overnight.

 A few years ago, retailers found themselves selling off high quality brands with high ballistic nylon denier counts, and the best, but heaviest frames, at seventy percent or more off the original price. This made for some great deals for those whose travel is only by automobile.


If you are travelling on low-cost airlines in Europe you really need to stay on top of the airlines website from carrier to carrier. They too are often different.

 If you are looking for great luggage you have great choices online now at extremely attractive prices.