Check Baggage Policy
The American Airlines Baggage Policy aims to ensure you are well-informed and equipped with all the necessary information about your luggage, from the time of packing to the end of your journey. These guidelines vary depending on factors such as ticket type, selected cabin class, and your loyalty status with American Airlines.
American Airlines Checked Baggage Policy specifies the number of bags, the weight and the size limit allowed on the flight, and the baggage fees. These factors can vary based on the passenger's itinerary and fare class.
|Destination||Maximum Number of Checked Bags|
Take a look at the seat options on an American Airlines flight.
|Class of Seat||Number of Complimentary Bags|
|Premium Economy Class||2|
|Membership Category||Number of Complimentary Bags|
For detailed information, go to the American Airlines Check-in Policy.
American Airlines Carry-on Baggage Policy allows passengers to bring one personal item and a carry-on bag on the plane. The personal item and carry-on bag must follow the following restrictions:
The weight and dimensions of luggage are based on the cabin you are traveling in.
These are the following weight limit based on the cabin (for all regions, except to/from Australia or New Zealand)
|Cabin||Complimentary Bag Weight Limit||Excess Charged Bag Weight Limit|
|Basic Economy Class||50 lbs / 23 kg||N/A|
|First Class/Business Class||70 lbs / 32 kg||50 lbs / 23 kgs|
The size limits of the bag are calculated by summing up the total outside dimensions of each bag: Length + Width + Height.
The American Airlines Baggage fees are applicable at every check-in location, and the base rates may vary depending on the travel dates and destination. The applicable taxes are not included in the displayed rates.
|Region||Bag 1||Bag 2||Bag 3||Bag 4+|
|Haiti||$0 / $30*||$65||$200||$200|
|Central America (except Panama)||$30||$40 / $65**||$200||$200|
|Caribbean (except Cuba and Haiti)||$30||$40||$200||$200|
|Panama / South America (except Guyana, and Suriname)||$0 / $45*||$65||$200||$200|
|Guyana and Suriname||$30||$40||$200||$200|
|Transatlantic||$0 / $75*||$100||$200||$200|
* Basic Economy fares do not include a free bag. Bag fees apply, including $30 for the first bag for travel to/from Haiti, $45 for the first bag for travel to/from South America (excluding Guyana and Suriname), and $75 for the first bag for Transatlantic Basic Economy travel (excluding Israel)
** A $65 2nd bag fee applies seasonally for travel to/from Honduras
The American Airlines baggage fees for overweight and oversized luggage depends on your destination. The fee will be charged per person and non-refundable even after canceling. If your bag is both oversized and overweight, then more than one fee may apply.
|Region||51 lbs (23 kgs) - 70 lbs (32 kgs)||71 lbs (32 kgs) - 100 lbs (45 kgs)|
|Europe, Israel, Qatar||$100||Not accepted|
|Mexico / Caribbean (excluding Cuba) / Central and South America||$100||$200|
|Between the U.S., U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Canada||$100||$200|
|China, Japan, Hong Kong, India, South Korea, New Zealand, and Australia||$100||$450 (Not accepted to/from Australia)|
The baggage fee varies depending on the destination if the dimensions are between 62in (158cm) and 126in (320cm):
|Region||62 in / 158 cm – 126 in / 320 cm|
|Europe, Israel, Qatar||$150|
|Panama / South America (except Guyana / Suriname)||$150|
|Between U.S., U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Canada||$200|
|Mexico / Caribbean / Central America (except Panama) / Guyana / Suriname||$200|
|China, Japan, Hong Kong, India, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand||$200|
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