Posted December 10th, 2017, 10:00 AM
Flying transatlantic on American (I just randomly choose an airline) the first bag is free but the second bag is $100. Deciding to pack a tuxedo might make the difference between needing one suitcase and needing two.
Flying domestically I choose Southwest whenever possible so we each get two free checked bags.
Although we have never checked a second bag per person (even when it is free) I checked the transatlantic allowance from Canada on Air Canada and Air Transat. In economy, the first bag (50 lb.) is free and the second costs $100. In Business Class/Club Class two bags up to 70 lb. each are free.
For flights within Canada or to the U.S., Air Canada and Westjet charge under $30 for the first bag - a bit more for the second one - on the cheaper economy fares with no charge for full fare economy or Business Class.
If a person cannot pack everything in one 50 lb. bag they are not trying hard enough. On our recent trip our two checked bags weighed 43 and 40 pounds respectively. We spent two weeks on the QM2 and a week in England. We paid the modest fee to check our bags on an economy flight from Toronto to Québec City. There was no baggage charge for the flight home from London Gatwick.