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Virgin Atlantic luggage restrictions explained and how to maximise your hand luggage allowance

What's Virgin Atlantic cabin luggage allowance? How much checked luggage you can take with you for free? Read up on Virgin Atlantic's baggage restrictions and avoid paying excess fees.

Virgin Atlantic hand luggage allowance: weight, size and fees

Virgin Atlantic cabin bag size Virgin Atlantic hand luggage weight allowance Number of bags allowed onboard Cost to check in oversized hand luggage
23x36x56cm maximum cabin baggage dimensions

Laptops must fit your original cabin bag

10kg maximum weight

Two pieces with a combined weight of 16kg

1 hand luggage bag per passenger.

Upper class passengers can take two pieces

Excess luggage is £65* per item

Virgin Atlantic hold luggage allowance: weight, size and fees

Virgin Atlantic hold baggage size Virgin Atlantic hold luggage weight allowance Number of hold bags allowed Cost of Virgin Atlantic hold luggage
Up to 90x75x43cm maximum dimensions 23kg Overweight bags cannot weigh more than 32kg per item 1 free bag for Economy classic and delight, 2 for Premium cabin and 3 for Upper Class £65 for your first extra bag, £140 for subsequent bags

Fees can vary if you’re on a codeshare flight

FAQ about Virgin Atlantic’s Baggage Allowance

Can I take sports equipment on board Virgin Atlantic flights?

Yes. You may take sports equipment in place of your standard baggage allowance, so long as the dimensions are no larger than 190 x 75 x 65cm, and it weighs no more than 23kg. If you want to take your standard bag as well as sports equipment, you can book an extra bag online.

How many extra bags can I buy with my Virgin Atlantic plane seat?

You can purchase up to 7 extra bags online, each weighing 23kg. That’s 161kg you could take with you to the US, Caribbean or Canada. If you wait until you’re at the airport, you can check in up to 10 extra bags. After that, you’ll have to go through Virgin Cargo.

What’s the fee for an overweight bag at check in?

It’s £65 for an overweight bag, and £40 for an oversized bag.

How to best excess baggage fees and maximise Virgin Atlantic’s luggage allowance

1. Learn how to travel light, for real!

Don’t count yourself as an organised or minimalist packer? Get into our packing guides and you’ll find yourself going from 28kg down to 15kg (or something similar!). We usually only use 50% of our suitcase when we overpack, so it’s well worth drilling it down into a capsule collection. These luggage accessories will help you become the most organised packer on the plane, and our 16 best packing tips ever are sure to help with hand luggage too.

Virgin Atlantic cabin luggage

2. Upgrade to Premium Economy

As any oversized baggage will cost you £65, if you know you need to take extra luggage then it pays to check out the difference between the fares when you book. In Premium Economy, you can check in two hold bags each weighing 23kg, which means you’ll have a combined weight of 56kg once you add hand luggage into that. Upper Class have a checked luggage allowance of three 23kg bags, and 16kg in the cabin too.

3. Invest in wearable luggage

In previous years, wearable luggage has been bulky, unstylish and not exactly the most subtle way to pack. Nowadays, wearable luggage jackets and waistcoasts don’t have to look completely ridiculous and could save you some cash when it comes to not having to pay for checked luggage. Have a nosey at this offering from SCOTTeVEST, which can hold your iPad in a side pocket, or get thrifty with the Stuffa – it can hold 5kg of clothing!

4. Book with a different airline

Whilst Virgin Atlantic offer a hefty 23kg in checked luggage, British Airways offers 23kg in the cabin alone, as do KLM. So it may be worth considering flying with another airline with a larger luggage allowance if you’re trying to skirt past paying excess baggage fees.

See baggage restrictions for all major airlines

5. Buy new cabin luggage

There are plenty of ways to fit far more into your hand luggage besides trying out wearable luggage. The Cabin Max 44l may mean that you don’t even need the 23kg that you’ll receive with your economy ticket. Check out the best cabin bags on the market, and pick a roomier carry on to take with you on your next Virgin Atlantic flight.

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How will the laptop ban affect travel plans?

There’s currently a UK travel ban on laptops and tablets in the cabin when travelling to certain countries, make sure you know what you can and cannot take in your hand luggage.

What liquids can you carry in your hand luggage?

You are still limited to a max of 100ml per container, and it must all fit into a plastic bag. What about soft cheese, though?

Cabin luggage: Guide to hand baggage sizes and weight restrictions

Check out all of the airlines luggage policies before you book.

Information correct as of 12th August 2018, obtained from,, and Please always check the latest guidance at,, and before booking a trip.

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