Airlines

American Airlines Baggage Allowance

American Airlines and US Airways now have a commonly aligned baggage allowance policy, post merger.

Checked In Luggage: The checked in luggage allowance of American Airlines varies as per the route of travel and class of travel. Though there is a provision for charging for the checked in baggages, in certain cases and for certain routes, there is a provision for providing up to 3 checked in baggage pieces as complimentary which means that these do not attract fees or charges.

Let us first discuss situations when the complementary baggage is allowed. Each bag shall be of 158 cms total dimension and 23 kgs of weight (32 kgs in case of flights to/from Brazil).

Complimentary check in baggage:

1st Baggage

  • Eligible AAdvantage® Citibank card members (on Domestic American Airlines flights only)

  • Eligible US Airways MasterCard® and US Airways Visa® card members (on Domestic US Airways flights only)

  • AAdvantage Gold

  • oneworld Ruby

  • Alaska MVP members

In addition, 1st baggage is complementary while traveling to/from 12 select cities in Caribbean and Central America.

1st and 2nd baggage

  • AAdvantage Platinum

  • oneworld Sapphire members and any companions traveling with you (excludes corporate bookings)

  • Alaska Airlines MVP Gold 75K and MVP Gold

In addition, 1st and 2nd baggage is complimentary for China, Japan, South Korea and countries of South America.

1st, 2nd and 3rd baggage

  • Confirmed First and Business Class customers

  • AAdvantage Executive Platinum

  • oneworld Emerald

  • Active U.S. military and/or dependents with ID traveling on orders (1st - 5th bags free of charge)

  • Active U.S. military with ID on personal travel

In cases where the above is not attracted, the schedule of charges is given as below:

Region

Bag 1

Bag 2

Bag 3

Bag 4+

Domestic

$25

$35

$150

$200

Mexico / Caribbean / Central America

$25

$40

$150

$200

Brazil

$0

$0

$85

$85

South America

$0

$0

$150

$200

Transatlantic

$0

$100

$200

$200

Transpacific

$0

$0

$200

$200

The charging of fee by the carrier does not mean that you will be allowed to carry any number of baggage pieces as checked in luggage.

For domestic, transatlantic and transpacific routes, the maximum number of pieces you can carry are 10 and for the southbound routes, maximum of 5 bags are allowed. These are subject to their respective weight and dimension restrictions.

Overweight Baggage

Following overweight baggage charges apply:

Region

23 kgs - 32 kgs

32 kgs - 45 kgs

Domestic

$100

$200

Mexico/Caribbean/Central and South America

$100

$200

Brazil*

$0

$200

Transatlantic

$100

Not accepted

Transpacific

$100

$450

In case you are traveling First or Business Class or you are a Executive Platinum or oneworld Emerald member, then you are allowed to carry 3 bags up to 32 kgs each as free allowance. If more than 3 bag pieces are sought to be carried, then charges will have to be paid.

Baggage more than 45 kgs is not accepted as checked in luggage.

Oversized Baggage

Checked in baggage of sum of dimensions more than 158 cms but less than 320 cms will attract following charges:

Region

Larger than 158 cm

Domestic

$200

Mexico / Caribbean / Central and South America*

$200

Brazil*

$150

Transatlantic

$150

Transpacific

$200

Carry-on (Hand or Cabin) Baggage: American Airlines allows carriage of 1 carry on bag and 1 personal item for each passenger in the cabin. There are restrictions of dimension for the cabin luggage. The carry on bag shall be upto 115 cms in sum total of dimensions and of individual dimensions of 56 cm, 36 cm and 23 cm. A soft-sided bag of up to 130 cm in sum total of dimensions is also permitted to be carried.

The 1 personal item which can be carried aboard could be a purse, briefcase, laptop bag, tote. Other items which are also permitted to be carried in the cabin are outerwear, book or newspaper, small food bag, approved safety seat, pillow, blanket, umbrella stroller, diaper bag, duty free items, breast pump and assistive devices such as walkers and wheelchairs.

Ask Your Questions Temporarily Disabled

tushna bhumgar

Posted on 11-Aug-2017
i have a connecting flight from dallas to san antonio. British airways flight 1818. I wanted tot know the dimension and weight of the cabin baggage.

Admin Reply :

Please share the route wise airline and also mention on which airline ticket was booked. 

Jane deyong

Posted on 07-Aug-2017
we are flying on AA6143 from JFK to LHR on 28th august in Business Class.. I want to travel with hand luggage only. how many pieces per person and what size is permitted in Business Class

Admin Reply :

2 bags of 32 kg each is your check in baggage allowance since you have a confirmed ticket in business class. Cabin allowance is not in terms of weight. AA allows you to take any weight in cabin baggage on condition that it shall meet its size guidelines. You can take 1 personal item of size 18 x 14 x 8 inches (45 x 35 x 20 cm ) and 1 cabin bag of size 22 x 14 x 9 inches / 56 x 36 x 23 centimeters. 

Fayaz

Posted on 02-Aug-2017
Hi, I am travelling from (Kerala,India - AbuDhabi,UAE - Wichita, USA) and travelling through AA from Abu Dhabi, UAE to Wichita. I am allowed a total of 2 bags + 1 hand bag (23+23+7), I want to know the excess baggage charges that would apply and how do I pay. Please help

Admin Reply :

Which airline are you flying on india route?

Madhumitha

Posted on 30-Jul-2017
Hi. I have booked BA for travel from Chennai to Philly. The first leg of the journey is BA and second leg is AA. Both have BA code only. BA allows hand carry of 127lcm of 23kgs. And AA gives 107Lcm. Which is applicable to my ticket?

Admin Reply :

This shall not be the problem. BA would apply. 

Bettie Lewis

Posted on 28-Jul-2017
We are flying from Perth Australia and connecting with AA from LA to Phoenix and on from Phoenix to Dallas, then Dallas to Cleveland all on AA. Will our baggage (1 bag each) cost us or does the 'Transpacific' rule apply as we started our journey there, apply?

Admin Reply :

Which airline are you ticketed on and which is the other airline? 

Ayushee Bandi

Posted on 23-Jul-2017
Hi I am traveling to US by the connected flights of Jet Airways and American Airlines. I have been allowed 3 bags which should be 23kg each, a total of 69kg. Can I have a luggage of 24kg, the other 25kg and the third luggage as 20kg? So that collectively it will be 69kg? And all the three luggages are under 158cm. Thankyou Ayushee

Admin Reply :

If you carry these in this way, you will have to pay excess baggage charges for increased weight of each bag. 

Dikkala Lakshmana rao

Posted on 01-Mar-2017
We are couple traveling from India,ie from New Delhi to JFK and from new York we have to go to Boston.we are flying by air India upto newyork where two baggages are allowed.Are we allowed to carry the the same two baggages to Boston?Or one of them is chargeable?

Admin Reply :

If tickets are booked separately, then it will be chargeable. 

Lorna Law

Posted on 05-Feb-2017
I have purchased an airticket on American airlines from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Denver, Colorado via Narita airport, Japan and Dallas. I purchased the ticket on expedia and there is no information on checked in baggage allowances. I would like to know what is my allowance. My return journey is from Denver Colorado to kuala lumpur, Malaysia via Dallas and hong kong. I wish to know my baggage allowances for this journey. Please advice. Thank you.

Admin Reply :

To help you in this matter, we believe this link would help https://www.tripadvisor.in/Travel-g41707-c211983/Newton:Massachusetts:Baggage.Rules.For.Multi.Airline.Trips.html. As per this article, it is the baggage allowance policy of AA which applies in case of flights from USA since it is the first marketing carrier. 

Lorna Law

Posted on 03-Feb-2017
I am travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Denver via narita and dallas on american airlines. what baggage allowances do I have.

Admin Reply :

2 bags of 23 kg each would be free in check in and 7 kg in cabin allowance. In the absence of the flight number, this is expected to be a transpacific flight only.
 

Lorna

Posted on 03-Feb-2017
Kuala Lumpur to denver narita and denver is this considered transatlantic or transpacific

Admin Reply :

Please mention the route clearly. This routing is not very clear too us.

Bonjo

Posted on 09-Sep-2016
I am travelling from Indianapolis to Bangalore. Flight starts from Indianapolis (American Airlines) to Chicago. In Chicago I need to board Ethihad airways to abu dhabi and from abu dhabi need to take next flight to Bangalore. I am planning to carry 55 inch TV with package size will be (62.4" x 35.4" x 7.9") . Will it be considered as oversize baggage Weight will be around 30 kg.

Admin Reply :

Since it will be considered a part of the check in baggage by AA as well, there will be charges for carrying it due to its weight and size, 

Guru

Posted on 05-Aug-2016
I am travelling from Milwaukee to Bangalore. Flight starts from Milwaukee (American Airlines) to Chicago. In Chicago I need to board Qatar airways to Doha and from Doha I need to take next flight to Bangalore. PNR is provided by Qatar airways and they code share with American airlines. Both American airlines and Qatar airways have different baggage charges. Which policy is applicable for me? Please advice. Also I am planning to carry 40 inch Tv and with package size will be (43.5 x 24.4 x 6.5) around 75 inch. Will it be considered as oversize baggage or will they allow as normal luggage? Weight will be around 16 kg.

Admin Reply :

AA baggage allowance would be applicable since Qatar Airline clearly states that any interline or codeshare flight originating from USA, the first carrier baggage allowance policies would be applicable. 

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