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Virgin Australia Baggage Allowance 2024 Luggage Travel Guide

Published on November 30, 2023

Virgin Australia is one of the biggest names in the aviation industry. The airline takes good care of its passengers by offering them excellent facilities. Baggage allowance is one of them that allows you to carry your baggage according to your needs. Virgin Australia baggage allowance depends on the cabin class you choose. You must purchase the checked luggage allowance in Lite class by paying an additional amount. All other cabin classes, such as Choice, Flex, Business, and Virgin Australia Reward Seat, allow you to bring one or more baggage.

Virgin Airlines Carry On Size Allowance

Virgin Airlines Carry On Size Allowance

Virgin Australia Baggage allowance depends on the cabin class and velocity tier (membership) booked. Passengers traveling in Economy and Economy X Cabin class can carry one standard piece of luggage and a personal item. The cabin luggage weight must not exceed an overall weight of 7 kg. Additionally, the dimensions of the baggage must be under 56 x 36 x 23 cm

Virgin Airlines provides passengers with other options to choose any one based on their requirements. Virgin Australia carry on size allowance allows one standard luggage piece or two small pieces. Alternatively, you can take one standard bag, a suit pack, and a personal item. 

The Virgin Australia baggage limits and weight must be the same for all the options, i.e., 7 kg total. The maximum size dimension for two small bags must not exceed 48 x 34 x 23 cm. However, the third option allows you to carry one standard bag with a maximum size of 56 x 36 x 23 cm. The suit pack size dimension must not exceed 114 x 60 x 11 cm.

Virgin Australia Checked Baggage Allowance

Virgin Australia Checked Baggage Allowance

Whether traveling on a domestic or an international short-haul flight, you can carry checked baggage for free (except Lite Cabin Class) up to the restricted limit. Passengers must ensure that the bags do not exceed the maximum linear size dimensions of 140 cm (55 in). Check the table below to know everything about the checked baggage allowance:

Cabin ClassChecked Baggage Allowance
LiteNot included (Available for Purchase)
Choice1 x 23kg
Flex1 x 23kg
Business2 x 32kg
Virgin Australia Reward Seat1 x 23kg

Virgin Australia Baggage Rules for Infants

Passengers traveling with infants and children can carry some special items as their checked baggage for free. Travelers can carry a check-in bag with a maximum weight of 23 kg as a Virgin Australia special baggage allowance, excluding Economy Lite class passengers. Check the table below for detailed information on Virgin Australia baggage allowance for infants:

Infant (Any 3 Special Items)
(without a seat)
Infant (Any 3 Special Items)(with a seat)Child (Any 2 Special items)
Portable cotPortable cotPortable cot
Car seatCar seatCar seat
Baby capsuleBaby capsuleBaby capsule

Key Points to remember (For Checked and Infants Baggage Allowance:

  • Each bag or item will only be accepted by the airline.
  • Additional charges may apply to the multiple items it tries to carry as a single bag.
  • At most, the single bag or item must be a maximum size of 32 kg.
  • Items heavier than 32 kg and unaccompanied luggage must be sent as cargo luggage.
  • The airline may charge additional overweight baggage fees for Economy Classes and purchased checked baggage if more than 23 kg of baggage weight is carried.
  • 1 x 23kg checked bag (not included if traveling on an Economy Lite Fare).
  • There are no restrictions on special items and essential baby products.

Virgin Baggage Allowance for Velocity Members

Virgin Australia offers passengers various Virgin Australia baggage limits and allowances for different age groups, cabin classes, and memberships. Therefore, Virgin domestic and international airline flights for Velocity Members may have another baggage allowance. Check the table below to know if the restricted limit applies:

Fare typeNone/RedSilverGoldPlatinum
LiteNot included (Available for Purchase)
Choice, Flex, and Economy Reward1 x 23kg2 x 23kg2 x 23kg3 x 23kg
Business and Business Reward2 x 32kg2 x 32kg2 x 32kg3 x 32kg


  • Complimentary Virgin Australia baggage allowance for Velocity Members may be available depending on the status at the time of travel, not the booking. 
  • Passengers traveling with Velocity Silver, Gold, and Platinum members have additional baggage allowance depending on the operating carrier.

Virgin Australia Extra Baggage Allowance

Virgin Australia Extra Baggage

Additional baggage allowance can be a huge saving option. The airline offers a purchasing facility to add extra baggage to your allowance. This option can protect you from penalty charges if you exceed the restricted baggage limit. Virgin Australia offers to purchase additional baggage allowance in 50% lesser amount if you pre-purchase it online or through the Guest Care Centre before the check-in. The airline allows you to add a maximum of 2 bags with not more than 23 kg each per person before arriving at the airport. 

Pre-Purchase Online: Passengers can pre-purchase the additional baggage allowance through the official website’s “Manage Booking Option.” 

Guest Care Centre: If the passengers are concerned about safety and security, they can contact the airline’s Guest Care Centre at 866 810 7162. 

At The Airport: There is another option to purchase the additional baggage allowance at a much higher rate than online pre-purchase. The purchase can also be made at the self-serve kiosk or the check-in counter.

Virgin Australia Extra Baggage Cost

Virgin Australia extra baggage fees apply to each bag added for a single-way journey. Also, these charges can change any time from the airline’s side without further notice. Additionally, the airline doesn’t offer any refund policy if passengers cancel the flight, and it doesn’t come under Australian Consumer Law.

Note: Virgin Australia flights have a limited additional baggage allowance facility that flies to and from Hand Apia, Samoa. That is why the flight offers additional baggage allowance depending on the space availability. Also, the airline needs to ensure the uplift and try to carry the extra luggage on the same flight. But, if the space is unavailable, the airline will transport the bags on the next flight.

Virgin Australia Domestic Baggage Allowance for Extra Luggage

The airline charges additional baggage fees for each piece of bag with a maximum weight of 23 kg. The passenger can purchase two extra bags online or through the Guest Care Centre. However, a single passenger can carry up to 9 bags, depending on the available space.

Purchase Mode>3 Hours of Flight DurationFlights with 3+ Hours of Duration
Online Check-in$70$90
Guest Care Centre$70$90
At the Airport$120$170

Virgin Australia Japan Baggage Allowance for Extra Luggage

Passengers traveling with an Economy Lite fare can purchase additional baggage allowance online or by calling. Passengers traveling on any other cabin class, such as Choice, Flex, and Business Fares, can travel with the allowed baggage in the fare. If applicable, other cabin class passengers can also carry additional luggage from their Velocity Membership.

Departing FromOnlineGuest Contact CentreAt the Airport
AustraliaAUD 120AUD 140AUD 200

Additional Baggage Allowance for the specific cabin class for the flights to and from Japan:

Departing FromLiteChoiceFlexBusiness
Australia to Japan1000
Japan to Australia1000

Virgin Australia Samoa Baggage Allowance for Extra Luggage

Passengers traveling on the flight to Apia, Samoa, only the Economy Lite cabin class passengers are eligible to purchase additional baggage allowance. The extra baggage fees will be applicable per piece with a maximum weight of 23 kg. Only Choice, Flex, or Business fares passengers can purchase additional checked baggage

Departing FromOnlineGuest Contact CentreAt the Airport
AustraliaAUD 85AUD 110AUD 170

Additional baggage allowance is available for pre-purchase for the flights traveling to and from Samoa:

Departing FromLiteChoiceFlexBusiness
Australia to Samoa1000
Samoa to Australia2222

Virgin Australia International Baggage Allowance for Extra Luggage

Passengers traveling on International short-haul flights can purchase up to 2 bags through the official website or Guest Care Centre. A passenger can purchase up to 9 bags at the airport in total. That, too, depends on the availability. Check the table below for the International short-haul flight baggage fee:

Departing FromOnlineGuest Contact CentreAt the Airport
AustraliaAUD 85AUD 110AUD 170
New ZealandNZD 85NZD 110NZD 170
Indonesia (Bali)IDR 842000IDR 1090000IDR 1684000
FijiFJD 126FJD 163FJD 252
VanuatuVUV 6800VUV 8800VUV 13600
SamoaWST 155WST 200WST 310

Virgin Australia Overweight Baggage Allowance

Passengers traveling with Economy class and carrying a light excess baggage weight of more than 23 kg up to 32 kg will have to pay the applicable fees. The airline may transport the luggage as cargo that weighs more than 32 kg. Also, there is a specific fee slab for domestic flights, flights to or from Japan, and all other international short-haul flights. 

Overweight Baggage Fees for Domestic Flights: Passengers traveling to any domestic destination must pay an overweight baggage fee of $60 for each piece of bag that weighs more than 23 kg up to 32 kg.

Overweight Baggage Fee for Japan Flights: Check the table below that shows the overweight baggage fees per piece between 23 kg to 32 kg for the flight to or from Japan:

Departing FromAt the Airport
AustraliaAUD 140
JapanJPY ¥13,300 

Overweight Baggage Fees for International Short-Haul Flights: Passengers traveling on any international short-haul flight carrying excess luggage between 23 kg and 32 kg will have to pay overweight baggage fees for each piece. Check the table below:

Departing FromAt the Airport
AustraliaAUD 110
New ZealandNZD 110

Virgin Oversized Baggage Allowance: Passengers traveling with Virgin Australia must pack their baggage under the restricted limits. If they carry overweight or oversized luggage, additional charges will be applicable. Virgin states they may accept baggage exceeding the maximum size dimensions but must not exceed the maximum weight. Otherwise, the baggage falls under the overweight category, and overweight charges will apply. This applies to both domestic and international oversized baggage allowance.

Virgin Australia Baggage Policy for Special Items

Virgin Australia Baggage Policy

Passengers often carry a few items that come under a particular category. It means that a traveler can only take exceptional items with special permission. The special items include medical equipment, kids, prohibited items, musical instruments, etc.

Musical Instruments

Virgin Australia baggage allowance allows passengers to carry their musical instruments with them. To make this happen, travelers must follow some restrictions that help them avoid paying additional charges. The airline allows passengers to carry small instruments inside the cabin. They can bring their instrument as carry-on luggage if it follows the maximum dimensions of 85 x 34 x 23 cm (Total Linear Dimension: 142 cm).

Each instrument a passenger carries will replace cabin luggage with a total linear dimension of 105 cm and a maximum weight of 7 kg carry-on allowance. 

Larger musical instruments under Virgin Australia baggage allowance that exceed a maximum dimension of 85 x 34 x 23 cm will come under a different baggage policy. The airline will consider it a complete luggage if it exceeds the dimensions. Musical instruments exceeding 23 kg and up to 32 kg are considered overweight baggage. Alternatively, if the baggage exceeds 32 kg, it will be transported as a freight. Additionally, if the passengers are willing to travel with their guitar or cello and keep it inside the cabin, they can purchase a separate additional seat for the instrument. 

Medical Items: Medical items such as CPAP machines, wheelchairs, etc., are free from prohibited item restrictions. 

Kids Items: Travelers traveling with the kids and infants can carry additional nappies and baby food bags. 

Prohibited Items

Virgin Australia baggage allowance for special items includes sports equipment, sharp-edged objects, firearms, weapons, ammunition, etc., that can cause serious injury to the passengers traveling on a flight. The airline doesn’t allow these items inside the cabin and recommends packing all these things inside the cabin luggage. Check below the list of items that are prohibited in Virgin Australia:

  • Chainsaws, Screwdrivers and Hammers
  • Firearms
  • Pointed Scissors
  • Razors
  • Blades
  • Flares
  • Pepper Spray
  • Baseball, Softball
  • Billiard and Pool Cues
  • Numchucks and Knuckle Dusters
  • Hockey Sticks
  • Golf Clubs
  • Fireworks
  • Petrol

Note: To bring these prohibited items, passengers must inform the airline beforehand. Otherwise, the airport’s authority may seize all the available items under restricted things.

Inflatable Items: If you carry any inflatable items, deflate them before bringing them on board. Alternatively, the inflated items must be carried as checked luggage in the hold. The inflatable items include sports balls, footballs, basketballs, etc.

Cremated Remains: Virgin Australia allows passengers to carry cremated remains as ashes (human or animal). The remains must be appropriately packed in a funeral urn and can be stored as a carry-on or checked luggage. 

Seafood, Meat and Frozen Products 

The airline provides a facility to carry seafood, meat, frozen products, etc., as checked baggage on the flight. The passenger must ensure the below-mentioned points:

  • The products must be completely frozen.
  • The product must be packed in approved containers such as fiberglass eskies, solid plastic, solid styrofoam, etc.
  • Passengers must ensure that the products are not packed in cardboard bags or soft-sided containers.
  • The airline only allows a maximum of 2.5 kg of dry ice. 
  • If the container exceeds an overall weight of 23 kg, the airline will charge an overweight fee. 
  • The total weight of styrofoam or polystyrene containers, including a lid, must not exceed 20 kg.

Sports Equipment

Virgin Australia baggage allowance states that every sports equipment will count as one piece of checked baggage. Passengers can purchase additional luggage through the “Manage Your Booking” option or the Guest Care Centre. Additionally, the airline doesn’t allow sporting equipment weighing more than 32 kg. However, an overweight baggage fee will apply if the equipment weight exceeds 23 kg. Here is a list of all sports equipment that a passenger can carry while traveling with Virgin Australia:

  • Bikes
  • Golf Clubs
  • Snow Skis
  • Snowboards
  • Surfboards
  • Cricket 
  • Tennis bags
  • Skateboards
  • Fishing rods

Bike: Passengers can carry a bicycle as checked luggage only if packed in a bike box specially used to pack bikes. Passengers must ensure the cycle is completely disassembled as much as possible to avoid damage. Also, turn the handles sideways, remove the pedals, deflate the tires, and remove the seat to pack the bicycle properly. Also, if it is a battery-operated bike, the lithium battery must not exceed 160 Wh and be removed.

Note: Passengers must be available for the bike check-in before one hour of flight departure. Otherwise, the airline may not accept the bicycle.

Surfboard: Surfing enthusiast or professional surfer can carry their surfboard. The airline will only accept it if the board is packed appropriately in a protective covering. Also, the fin of the board must be removed and packed separately.

Firearms & Ammunition: Virgin Australia allows passengers to carry weapons and ammunition as checked luggage, an exceptional item. To do so, the passengers must inform the airline during check-in. Also, the passenger must ensure that all the required documents and licenses are available for the specific country to which you are traveling. Remember the below-mentioned points carefully to avoid any loss or hassle:

  • Inform the airline about the firearm at the time of check-in.
  • Make sure that the firearms are correctly locked in a case.
  • The firearms must not be in operational condition and must be unloaded.
  • Pack all the ammunition in a separate case.

Banned Dangerous Goods

Many items are entirely restricted and not allowed to be carried on board. If any passenger tries to bring the items during travel, either all the things will seized or severe penalties apply to the passenger. Here is a list of completely banned/prohibited items:

  • Battery-Operated Small Vehicles
  • Lithium-Battery Powered Motor
  • Aero Wheels, Hoverboards
  • Self-Balancing Vehicles
  • Peroxide Powders and Liquids
  • Blue Flame Cigarette
  • Chef Torches
  • Engines
  • Explosives and Fireworks
  • Fertilizers
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Flammable Aerosols and Gas Cylinders/Cartridges
  • Pool Cleaning Products
  • Poison

Wheelchairs and Mobility Aids

Passengers can carry wheelchairs and mobility aids without paying any additional amount. The airline allows passengers to have electric wheelchairs under some restrictions. Also, pack the items properly to avoid any loss. Check the table below to know the restricted limit for the wheelchair:

Wheelchair/Mobility AidsB737
Number (per flight)4
Height84 cm (33in)
Width100 cm (39in)
Length125 cm (49in)

Virgin Australia Pet Allowance policy

Passengers traveling with pets will not have to worry as Virgin offers one of the best facilities. Travelers can bring their pets on most domestic flights with any exceptions. The airline cares about the passengers and has also introduced some pet restrictions. The airline allows only authorized service and assistance dogs to travel inside the cabin. All other pets must travel inside the cargo hold as checked luggage. This cargo hold is temperature-controlled like the other cabin of the aircraft. 

Passengers can only carry dogs and cats because of the container restrictions. The airline doesn’t accept any other animal as checked luggage. If you are going to travel with your pet, all the below-mentioned points must be fulfilled:

  • The pet must be over eight weeks old.
  • The health of the pet must be good.
  • The container must have an overall weight of 65 kg, including the pet.
  • The container must be the correct size so the pet can stand up and lie down comfortably without any problem.

You must carry a veterinary certificate if the pet is pregnant, given birth within 48 hours, over 12 years of age, between 8 and 12 weeks old, sick, injured, sedated, or recovering from surgery.

Container Requirements for Pets

Passengers must ensure that the pet container will be comfortable enough for the pet to stand with their head up and lay down/sleep appropriately inside the container. Virgin Australia may refuse to accept the pet if the container is not of the right size and or meets the airline’s requirements. Follow the below-mentioned things to avoid such issues:

  • Ensure that the pet can turn around freely inside the container.
  • Wire containers are not acceptable.
  • There must be proper ventilation.
  • A water bowl must be there.
  • The container must be strong enough to resist any damage or escape of the pet.
  • The container must be made of wood or polypropylene material.
  • The overall weight of the container must be at most 65 kg.

Pick-up and Drop-Off Facility: The airline offers a drop-off facility where passengers can drop off their pets between 90 and 50 minutes before the scheduled flight departure. Collection locations may vary depending on the port.

Virgin Airlines offers many excellent services to the passengers. This is the only reason the airline is one of the favorite and popular airlines. Virgin Australia baggage allowance allows passengers to carry cabin luggage for Economy class, excluding the Economy Lite with an overall maximum weight of not more than 7 kg. Additionally, the size must be at most the maximum dimensions of 56 x 36 x 23 cm. Check for the airline’s other options for cabin luggage to make you comfortable and travel hassle-free.

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs

How much luggage is allowed on Virgin Australia?

Virgin Australia allows passengers to carry one checked luggage of not more than 23 kg for Economy Class (excluding Lite fare) and two checked bags with a maximum weight of up to 32 kg. The overall linear size dimension must not exceed 140 cm.

Can I check in 2 bags with Virgin Australia?

You can carry a maximum of 2 cabin luggage and a personal item with a maximum weight of 7 kg. The size dimensions must not exceed 48 x 34 x 23 cm on Virgin Australia Economy Class, excluding the Economy Lite fare.

How strict is Virgin Australia carry-on weight?

Virgin Australia is very strict about the carry-on weight and must be followed at any cost. Otherwise, the airline may refuse to carry the luggage.

Do you get hand luggage with Virgin Australia?

Passengers traveling with Virgin Australia can carry hand luggage for all the cabin classes and Velocity Tier except Economy Lite fare.


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