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.

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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.