Baggage allowance

One checked in bag*

Maximum weight 23kg

Maximum dimensions 90 x 75 x 43cm (35.5 x 29.5 x 16ins)

*Economy Light tickets don't come with a free checked in bag,  but you can buy additional baggage when you check in if you need it.

Two checked in bags

Maximum weight 23kg each

Maximum dimensions 90 x 75 x 43cm (35.5 x 29.5 x 16ins)

Two checked in bags

Maximum weight 32kg each

Maximum dimensions 90 x 75 x 43cm (35.5 x 29.5 x 16ins)

Children's baggage allowance

For children and seated infants, the baggage allowances above will apply. For lap infants (this is what we call children that don't need their own seat), the baggage allowance is 1 x 23kg (50lb) bag in any cabin apart from Economy Light, where there is no baggage included.

When travelling with infants or children you can bring a fully collapsible pushchair (which we can take from you at the gate and pop in the hold) and car seat, in addition to the free check in allowance. If you are travelling to London Heathrow, please be advised that pushchairs (with the exception of special assistance pushchairs) won’t be delivered to the aircraft door when you arrive and will be available to collect from baggage reclaim.

Children's hand baggage

Baggage allowance exceptions

 

Extra baggage allowance for Flying Club Gold members

If you've reached the heady heights of our Flying Club Gold tier, you can check in an extra piece of baggage on all Virgin Atlantic operated flights for no extra charge (weighing up to 23kg). It doesn’t matter which cabin you’re flying in. Find out more about Flying Club Gold benefits.

 

Extra baggage allowance on selected routes

To/from India

2 x bags (maximum 32kg each) in Upper Class

2 x bags (maximum 23kg each) in Premium, Economy Classic or Economy Delight

Note: 2 x bags in Economy Classic or Delight only applies when flying UK/USA to India or India to UK/USA

To/from Nigeria

2 x bags (maximum 32kg each) in Upper Class

2 x bags (maximum 23kg each) in Premium, Economy Classic or Economy Delight

To/from South Africa

2 x bags (maximum 32kg each) in Upper Class

2 x bags (maximum 23kg each) in Premium

1 x bag (maximum 23kg each) in Economy Classic or Economy Delight

To/from Pakistan

2 x bags (maximum 32kg each) in Upper Class

2 x bags (maximum 23kg each) in Premium, Economy Classic or Economy Delight

Note: 2 x bags in Economy Classic or Delight only applies when flying UK/USA to Pakistan or Pakistan to UK/USA.

Special baggage

 

Musical instruments

Some instruments might be small enough to fit into your hand baggage. To find out the sizes of bags you can take into the cabin, take a look at our Hand baggage allowance page.

If it's too big to take as hand baggage, you can take it as part of your checked bag allowance, or pay an additional baggage fee. More on taking musical instruments

 

Sports equipment

If you have a piece of sports equipment that you'd like to take, such as skis, you'll be able to take it in place of one of your included bags as long as it weighs 23kg (50lb) or less. Take a look at our Sports equipment page for more information on the dimensions allowed for each sports item.

Extra baggage

 

Taking extra bags

You can check in extra baggage beyond the limits outlined here, but you’ll need to arrange this before you fly and pay an extra baggage fee. You’ll find all the details on our Additional baggage page.

Taking oversized bags

If your bags are bigger than the standard 90 x 75 x 43cm (35.5 x 29.5 x 16ins), find out more on our Oversized baggage page.

Baggage on partner airlines and connecting flights

 

If your flight is to or from the USA and operated by one of our codeshare partner airlines (like Delta) and the ticketed flight number starts with “VS”, then the Virgin Atlantic baggage allowance will apply. If your ticketed flight number is not “VS” then our partner airlines' baggage allowance may apply.

If your flight is not to or from the USA and you are travelling with one of our codeshare partner airlines, their baggage allowance may apply. Please take a moment to check their baggage allowances:

  • AeroMexico for flight numbers starting AM
  • Air France for flight numbers starting AF
  • Air New Zealand for flight numbers starting NZ 
  • Delta Air Lines for flight numbers starting DL 
  • KLM for flight numbers starting KL
  • Singapore Airlines for flight numbers starting SQ 
  • WestJet for flight numbers starting WS.