Sunwing baggage allowance : watch out!
I need to fly one-way Calgary to Toronto this next week so I checked the three airlines for pricing and found the following after-tax pricing:
So sunwing comes in $68 cheaper and includes an in-flight meal with wine. Not bad!
However, I thought I'd check sunwing's baggage allowance since the other two airlines have tacked on the extra fee for a second bag. Here is sunwing's new baggage allowance as of July 26:
So, Sunwing allows you to carry two bags rather than just one but with a combined weight of 20KG which is less than the 23KG single bag allowed by AC and WJ. ADDITIONALLY, whereas AC and WJ allow you to check a second bag (up to 23KG) for $25, Sunwing charges $20 per KG for any extra baggage!You may travel with up to 2 pieces of checked baggage for which the total weight of both pieces together cannnot exceed 20KGs, (except when a higher weight is stipulated on the ticket). The overall dimensions (total of length, width and height) cannot exceeding 158cm (62in) for the first piece, and 139cm (55in) for the second piece. Any items exceeding these limits will be subject to the applicable excess baggage charge.
That means that to bring my *empty* suitcase (5KG) as a second bag on Sunwing it would cost $100! A full (23KG) suitcase would incur a whopping $460 fee!
I'm glad I checked this before I booked my flight. Sunwing is still a good way to save money on a flight, but not if you need to bring a normal amount of luggage!