Virgin Atlantic Airways has amended its checked baggage policy to introduce a "piece system" across its network from November 25 for all tickets booked...

Virgin Atlantic Airways has amended its checked baggage policy to introduce a “piece system” across its network from November 25 for all tickets booked after that date.

From November 25, Virgin Atlantic’s Economy-class passengers will only be able to check in one bag, weighing up to 50 lb (23 kg), for free. Premium Economy passengers will be able to check in two bags, weighing up to 50 lb each, for free. Virgin Atlantic Airways’ Upper Class passengers will be able to check in three bags, each weighing up to 50 lb, for free.


However, holders of Virgin’s Flying Club Gold Cards flying in any cabin will be able to take one additional bag for free on top of their free allowance. This means that, if they are traveling in Upper Class, Gold Card passengers can check-in up to four bags free.

Additionally, Virgin Atlantic is also continuing to allow all passengers to check in for free one additional bag weighing up to 50 lb that contains sporting equipment, such as a golf bag, scuba diving equipment, or ski equipment. Virgin Atlantic says it is the only UK long-haul airline enabling passengers to check in surfboards.

A Virgin Atlantic Airways Airbus A340 on short final at London Heathrow Airport

A Virgin Atlantic Airways Airbus A340 on short final at London Heathrow Airport

Also, Virgin Atlantic Economy passengers traveling between Heathrow and Nairobi or Lagos will continue to be able to check in two bags free.

Outside these new rules, passengers wishing to check in one extra bag will pay an additional fee of US$48 if paid for online and US$60 at airport check-in.

Any passenger holding a ticket booked and ticketed before November 25, 2009 will be entitled to Virgin Atlantic’s existing baggage allowance. Any bags weighing over 70 lb (32 kg) will not be accepted.