Air Transat has announced a new checked baggage allowance policy. The airline says the changes aim to simplify and standardize its policy, while aligning itself with current industry practices. The new rules are in effect for bookings departing 01NOV and later.
TS says the policy will now take into consideration the number of pieces of checked baggage in addition to the weight and will apply to flights and packages to the U.S., Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America and Europe, as well as to domestic flights.
New fees applicable on the first piece of checked baggage
TS will now charge a $25 fee on the first piece of checked baggage, per flight segment, for Economy Class passengers who have booked flights only to the Caribbean, Mexico and Central and South America. This policy was already in effect on U.S. flights.
However, for Economy Class pax who have booked all-inclusive packages to the South, Air Transat will include one free piece of checked baggage of 23 kg, compared to 20 kg under the previous policy.
TS will continue to allow one free piece of checked baggage of 23 kg for all Economy Class pax travelling to Europe.
The maximum weight per bag will also be increased and standardized. For Economy Class pax travelling to these destinations, the baggage allowance will be increased from a total weight of 20 kg to one piece of 23 kg. For Economy Class pax who have booked cruise packages, the baggage allowance will be increased from a total weight of 25 kg to one piece of 28 kg.
Increased baggage allowances for Option Plus and Club Class pax
Option Plus pax in Economy Class will benefit from an additional piece of checked baggage of 23 kg. This new privilege will make an upgrade to Option Plus more attractive, TS says, in particular to pax who book packages to the South or Europe, as they will see their baggage allowances increase to two pieces of 23 kg each, for a total of 46 kg.
Club Class pax will also benefit from an increased baggage allowance. Those travelling to the South, the U.S. or within Canada will be allowed two pieces of 25 kg each, for a total of 50 kg, while those travelling to Europe will be allowed two pieces of 32 kg each, for a total of 64 kg, compared to 40 kg under the previous policy.
The sporting equipment baggage policy remains unchanged.