Just days after United increased its second bag fee to $50, Air Canada announced it is eliminating the $25 fee to check a second bag for all coach fares, which was introduced May 15 for non-elite coach passengers. Air Canada is the first carrier to remove a second checked bag fee. The airline stated in a press release, “Although the cost of fuel remains highly volatile and far above historic norms, the recent retreat in oil prices is enabling us to reinstate our previous baggage policy.” Naturally, just days after this announcement the price of oil saw its largest ever one-day gain in price.
And as of Oct. 14, 2008, Air Canada introduced a single $75 fee ($100 international) that will apply to overweight and/or oversize baggage. And if you check extra baggage (more than two bags), you’ll only be charged the $100 excess bag fee and no overweight or oversize fees.
The airline is also incorporating fuel surcharges into the base fare, making the total cost of a ticket more transparent.