American Airlines Baggage Policy: Weight, Size, Fees, and Specific Policies

Don't get caught with unexpected fees while traveling with American Airlines. Read this article for baggage policies on weight, size, fees, and more.

Traveling with American Airlines? Understanding the airline’s baggage policy can help you avoid unexpected fees and ensure a smooth journey. This article covers everything you need to know about American Airlines’ baggage weight, size, fees, and specific policies for various destinations.

Carry-On Baggage

American Airlines allows passengers to bring one carry-on bag and one personal item on board. The carry-on bag should not exceed 22 x 14 x 9 inches (56 x 36 x 23 cm), including handles and wheels, and must fit in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you[1]. The weight limit for carry-on bags is 40 pounds (18 kg) [2].

Personal items can be a purse, small backpack, laptop bag, or similar item, and should not exceed 18 x 14 x 8 inches (45 x 35 x 20 cm) [1].

Checked Baggage

For most destinations, excluding Australia and New Zealand, American Airlines‘ checked baggage allowance is as follows:

  • Dimension: 62 inches (158 cm) in total (length + width + height)
  • Weight: 50 lbs (23 kg) [3]

For flights to and from Australia or New Zealand, the checked baggage allowance is:

  • Dimension: 62 inches (158 cm) in total (length + width + height)
  • Weight: 70 lbs (32 kg) [4]

Baggage Fees

Baggage fees vary depending on the type of fare purchased, active military status, and the itinerary. For domestic flights within the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the fees are as follows:

  • First checked bag: $30
  • Second checked bag: $40
  • Third checked bag: $150
  • Fourth and additional checked bags: $200 each[5]

For international flights, fees may vary depending on the destination. For example, flights to/from South America start at $65 for a second bag[6].

Overweight and Oversized Baggage

If your checked bag exceeds the weight or size limits, additional fees will apply:

  • Overweight bags (51-70 lbs / 23-32 kg): $100
  • Overweight bags (71-100 lbs / 32-45 kg): $200
  • Oversized bags (63-126 inches / 160-320 cm): $200[7]

Please note that American Airlines does not accept checked bags over 100 lbs (45 kg) or 126 inches (320 cm) [7].

Specific Baggage Policies

American Airlines has specific baggage policies for certain destinations and situations:

  • Military: Active U.S. military personnel and dependents traveling on orders are allowed up to five checked bags free of charge, while those traveling for leisure can check up to three bags free of charge[3].
  • Cuba: Seasonally, three checked bags are allowed for flights to Havana[8].
  • Dominican Republic: Baggage policies may vary depending on the destination airport[3].
  • Golf clubs: Golf clubs can be included as part of your checked baggage allowance, but additional fees may apply if they exceed weight or size limits[3].
  • Liquids: American Airlines follows TSA guidelines for liquids in carry-on and checked baggage[1].
  • Main Cabin: Baggage policies for the Main Cabin may vary depending on the fare type and destination[3].

Before you fly, it’s essential to check American Airlines’ website for the most up-to-date baggage policies and fees for your specific itinerary.


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