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Volaris Baggage Fees: What You Need to Know to Save in 2019

Fast Facts About Volaris Baggage Fees

  • Mexico’s Volaris Airlines has restrictions on both carry-on and checked baggage
  • Additional fees apply to oversized baggage transported via Volaris
  • Members of the Volaris frequent flyer program enjoy baggage discounts
  • Volaris baggage fees are different for domestic and international passengers
  • Volaris doesn’t have a business class, but some seats are better than others
  • Keeping Volaris baggage fees in mind, flying this low-cost Mexican airline isn’t always cheap

An Overview of Volaris Baggage Fees

Volaris Baggage Fees: Carry-On

Unlike many low-cost carriers (for example, the United States’ Spirit Airlines) Volaris has a generous allowance for carry-on bags, though these items must adhere to strict specifications. Neither of your two items can exceed 22 lbs in weight, or have dimensions greater than 22.4″ x 15.7″ x 12.9″. Volaris gate agents strictly monitor the size of carry-on bags at boarding, so if yours are oversized, contact the airline in advance of travel to arrange payment at a low rate than what you’ll pay on the day of departure.

Checked Volaris Baggage Fees

All Volaris international passengers need to pay for checked baggage, though the fee varies depending on your origin and final destination. The only way to know how much you can expect to pay for each checked Volaris baggage, each piece of which is limited to 55 lbs with no physical dimension exceed 62″ in length, is at the time you book your Volaris flight.

Volaris Oversized Baggage Fees

Volaris allows for the transport of certain oversized baggage, as well as specialty items such as musical instruments and sports equipment. While the fees for these also vary, you should keep in mind that in no case can the weight of a checked bag on Volaris exceed 99 lbs. Regardless of your baggage size, keep in mind that an alternate set of fees applies when you book a flight to Costa Rica with Volaris.

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If you are a frequent Volaris flyer (or expect to become one in the future), joining the loyalty program is an easy way to save on baggage fees. Membership for this program costs 49 Mexican pesos (about $2.50 per month, based on an annual subscription) and includes a discount on checked bag purchases, in addition to 20 percent off base fares on all flights.

Another benefit of joining is that you’ll receive exclusively access to invitation-only fare sales, above and beyond the 20 percent fare discount and lower baggage fees. This will allow you to enjoy maximum savings, of a magnitude that will almost certainly exceed your membership dues if you fly Volaris at least once a month.

Domestic vs. International Volaris Baggage Fees

If you fly Volaris domestically within Mexico, your first checked bag is included free of charge, in addition to your two carry-on items. You’ll still need to pay Volaris baggage fees if you wish to check a second bag, and also if you want to travel with specialty items or oversized ones, provides they don’t exceed 99 lbs in weight.

Most of the Volaris baggage fees guidance in this article applies to international flights, for which all checked baggage requires the payment of a fee. Note that all Volaris passengers with an international origin or final destination need to pay to check the first bag, even those whose itineraries include domestic segments within Mexico.

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Volaris Business Class Baggage Fees

Volaris doesn’t have a business class cabin, though all its seats are not created equally. Whether you fly domestically or book flights from the United States to Mexico, seats in the front row and emergency exit rows provide the most legroom, while the first several rows of the plane are also on the roomier side when compare to those in the back section of Volaris’ Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft.

While normal carry-on baggage protocol applies to the extra legroom seats from Row 2 to the exit rows, you’ll need to store all of your carry-on bags in the overhead bin if you sit in the first row or in an emergency exit row. You won’t have to pay additional Volaris baggage fees, of course, but if you plan to carry two bags onto the plane this could be a problem, since overhead bin space fills up quickly.

The Bottom Line

Don’t let Volaris baggage fees ruin the value of flying this Mexican low-cost carrier. Whether  pay for baggage in advance to avoid a nasty surprise at the airport, or simply pack lighter on your next trip to avoid checking bags in the first place, Volaris baggage fees won’t necessarily bankrupt you. Frequent Volaris passengers, meanwhile, can join the airline’s loyalty program to save on baggage fees for every flight.

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