Copa Airlines Baggage Policy 2021 And Fees For Your Backpack

Copa Airlines Baggage Policy And Fees For Your Backpack

Copa airlines are making changes to their baggage policy information for the different regions. You may allow free baggage depending on your types of Copa airlines tickets and the route of your international or domestic flight. The baggage allowance depends on your travel point of origin and destination. There are some rules to baggage weight and size, overweight and oversize baggage are not allowed. 

Checked Baggage Allowance

Passengers may have to pay some baggage allowance or fees if they carry any extra bag, overweight, or oversize and restricted items while baggage embargo periods. Baggage allowance will depend on your date of travel, arrival and departure destination, fare class, and PreferMember status. 

Keep in Mind
  • Passengers cannot transfer their weight and baggage allowance per passenger to any other passengers. 
  • Taxes applied to baggage fees will be based on origin country.
  • Exceeding Baggage items and exceeding weight or size will be allowed according to the available space in the aircraft.
  • Some item’s transformation requires a signed declaration form. You can see the list of items here.

Note: All Baggage size must be 62 inches (158 cm) when calculated in total height + length + width.

Baggage Allowance for international flights

Business ClassEconomy Class – Full FareEconomy Class – Promo & Classic Fares
1st BagIncluded32kg (70lbs)Included23kg (50lbs)Included23kg (50lbs)
2nd BagIncluded32kg (70lbs)Included23kg (50lbs)$4023kg (50lbs)
Extra Bag (3rd & 4th)$175 per bag23kg (50lbs)$175 per bag23kg (50lbs)$175 per bag23kg (50lbs)
ConnectMiles and Star Alliance

ConnectMiles PreferMembers Presidential / Platinum / GoldConnectMiles PreferMember SilverStar Alliance Gold Status
1st BagIncluded32kg (70lbs)Included23kg (50lbs)Included32kg (70lbs)
2nd BagIncluded32kg (70lbs)Included23kg (50lbs)Included32kg (70lbs)
3rd BagIncluded32kg (70lbs)USD 175 each23kg (50lbs)Included32kg (70lbs)
4th Bag$175 each23kg (50lbs)USD 175 each23kg (50lbs)USD 175 each23kg (50lbs)
5th Bag$175 each23kg (50lbs)N/AUSD 175 each23kg (50lbs)

Baggage Allowance for Domestic Flights

1st Bag2nd BagExtra Bag (3rd & 4th)
Business Class (Domestic Flights)Included23kg (50lbs)Included23kg (50lbs)$40 each23kg (50lbs)
Economy Class (Domestic Flights)Included23kg (50lbs)$40 each23kg (50lbs)$40 each23kg (50lbs)
ConnectMiles PreferMembers Presidential / Platinum / Gold (Domestic Flights)Included32kg (70lbs)Included32kg (70lbs)$40 each23kg (50lbs)
ConnectMiles PreferMember Silver (Domestic Flights)Included23kg (50lbs)Included23kg (50lbs)$40 each23kg (50lbs)
Star Alliance Gold Status (Domestic Flights)Included32kg (70lbs)Included32kg (70lbs)$40 each23kg (50lbs)

Checked Baggage Size

  • Each baggage size should be 62 inches (158 cm) combined height + length + width and wheels are not considered in the measurement of the baggage.
  • Baggage which is measured 63 inches (159 cm) to 115 inches (294 cm) will be considered as excess baggage and passengers have to pay an extra amount.
  • Luggage which is measured more than 115 inches (294 cm) will not be accepted as baggage by the aircraft team and it will be transported as cargo.

Overweight and Oversize Fees (per bag)

  • If passengers carry overweight baggage between 24 – 32kg (51 – 70 lb) then you should pay $100 for each baggage or 33 – 45kg (71 – 100 lb) you must have to pay $200. 
  • If passengers carry oversize baggage combined height + length + width = 63 inches (159 cm) – 115 inches (294 cm) then they have to pay USD 150 per baggage.

Carry-On Baggage

Most of the passengers carry their luggage during the flight but one thing you must keep in mind is that your luggage must fit easily in the overhead bin. The measuring size of the carry-on baggage item is up to 46 linear inches (118 cm): 22 inches (56 cm) high + 14 inches (36 cm) long + 10 inches (26 cm) wide and it does not include suitcase wheels. 

If your carry-on baggage is more than the above measurements, it will be considered as the checked luggage and you will have to pay the appropriate charges for your weighted luggage. More light carry-on luggage will be more beneficial. 

Carry-On luggage for International Flights

Carry On
Business and Economy classesOne included10 Kg(22 Lbs)
ConnectMiles Prefer Member Gold / Platinum / PresidentialTwo included10 Kg(22 Lbs)
ConnectMiles Prefer Member SilverOne included10 Kg(22 Lbs)
Star Alliance GoldTwo included10 Kg(22 Lbs)
Flights within PanamaOne included10 Kg(22 Lbs)

Passengers can carry one personal item within the flight. And personal items include:

  • Food to be eaten on board the aircraft
  • Products purchased at the airport
  • A purse or handbag
  • A backpack
  • A briefcase
  • A laptop case or bag
  • A video game console

Measuring size of the personal item is up to 36 linear inches (90 cm): 17’’ (43 cm) high + 10’’ (25 cm) long + 9’’ (22 cm) wide. And if your personal item is more weighed then it can be held as the checked luggage and have to pay the applicable charges for your personal luggage.

Other than the carry-on luggage and the personal item you can also carry these items in Copa Airlines:

  • A Coat or Jacket
  • Infant Items
  • A compact folding stroller
  • A diaper bag

You can also carry the Assistive devices with you. Sometimes passengers only depend on assistive devices. Therefore, Copa Airlines always allows carrying your special needs devices. Below given some of the assistive devices that you can carry in Copa Airlines:

  • A walker
  • An orthopedic aid
  • A walking cane
  • Crutches
  • A wheelchair and wheelchair batteries
  • A portable respirator

Special Baggage

Passengers always carry their special luggage such as sports equipment, musical equipment, perishable items, and many more and also have to pay the appropriate charges for their luggage. The cost of the bag totally depends upon the size and weight of the luggage.

Sports equipment

Copa Airlines allows you to carry your sports equipment during the flight. Although, Copa airlines classified Sports Equipments into two categories:

  • Small sports equipment
  • Large sports equipment
Small sports equipment

Passengers who carry the small size of sports equipment, never have to pay any kind of charges for the particular sports equipment whereas those passengers carry the large size of the sports equipment they must have to pay the appropriate charges for their large sports equipment.

Here is the list of small sports equipment that you can carry during flying with Copa Airlines:

  • Archery Equipment
  • Bowling Equipment
  • Camping Equipment
  • Fishing Equipment
  • Golf Equipment
  • Paintball equipment
  • Parachuting Equipment
  • Tennis Equipment
Large sports equipment

Here is the list of large sports equipment that you can carry during the flight:

  • Bicycle
  • Diving Equipment
  • Inflatable Kayaks
  • Kitesurfing equipment
  • Paddle Boarding equipment
  • Ski equipment
  • Surfing/Bodyboarding equipment
  • Windsurfing equipment
  • Pole vaulting equipment

Musical instruments

Passengers can carry their musical instruments during the flight. But there are some of the instruments that can be carried as for the personnel items which are given below:

  • Ukulele
  • Traverse Flute
  • Clarinet

The measuring size of the musical instrument is up to 36 combined linear inches (90 cm) (high + long + wide). And if you want to carry a large instrument while flying then you have to pay the appropriate charges for the oversized musical instrument.

Here is the list of musical instruments that can be carried as carry bag is given below:

  • Guitar
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Bass Guitar
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet

Note: Measuring size of the musical instrument is up to 46 combined linear inches(118 cm).

Here is the list of musical instruments that can be carried as the checked baggage:

  • Trombone
  • Keyboard
  • Drum Set Cymbals
  • French Horn

The measuring size of the above musical instrument is up to 62 combined linear inches (158 cm) and weight should be 23kg.

Here is the list of the musical instruments when you carried during the flight, you have to pay the charges are:

  • Cello
  • Double Bass
  • Tuba
  • Bass Drum

The above musical instrument size should be up to 115 combined linear inches (294cm) and the weight of the musical instrument is up to 45kg and the applied fee on the musical item is $150. Sometimes it happens that due to more weighted items your instrument will be damaged. In this case, Copa Airlines will never be responsible and it is advised to book an extra seat for your weighted musical instrument.

Perishable items

Passengers should have to pack their perishable items in the containers with dry ice and the containers should be made of plastic. The size of the perishable item should never be more than 4.4lb(2kg). It may happen that your items will be damaged due to flight delays. In that case, Copa Airlines will not be responsible for it.

The List of the perishable items is considered as:

  • Medicines
  • Candy and pastries
  • Flowers and Plants
  • Fresh Meat
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Seafood and fish
  • Frozen Meat
  • Cheese

Some of the items that are considered as restricted in the Copa airlines:

  • Seeds
  • Flowers
  • Fruits
  • Aromatic Herbs
  • Vegetables
  • Meat Products
  • Biopesticides
  • Plants


If you travel with Copa airlines then you should have to follow these terms and conditions of Copa airlines’ baggage. Pack your bags according to these Copa airlines baggage policies and visit the various destinations with your family members and friends and make your journey full of happiness. If you have any query then you can ask by commenting below.

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