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American Airlines Baggage Allowance

Number of Check-in Bags Allowed

  • Upto 10 check-in bags on AA operated domestic, transatlantic and transpacific flights.
  • Upto 5 check-in bags are allowed on AA operated flights on Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America and Brazil.

We use the word 'Domestic' to mean within US, Canada, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands

Check-in Baggage

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 (Free Baggage):

1st Free Eligible AAdvantage® Aviator® and Citi® / AAdvantage® cardmembers (on domestic American Airlines operated itineraries)
AAdvantage Gold
oneworld Ruby
In addition, 1st baggage is free when flying to/from these countries- Argentina*, Australia, Brazil*, Chile*, China, Colombia*, Ecuador*, El Salvador*, Haiti*, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Panama*, Paraguay*, Peru*, Qatar, South Korea, Transatlantic*, Uruguay*.
*excluding Basic Economy
1st and 2nd Free AAdvantage Platinum
oneworld Sapphire members and any companions traveling with you (excludes corporate bookings)
TrueBlue Mosaic members^
Confirmed Business customers
Confirmed Domestic First customers
Confirmed Premium Economy customers
1st, 2nd and 3rd Free Confirmed Flagship® First customers*
AAdvantage Executive Platinum®
AAdvantage Platinum Pro®
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:

Check-in Baggage Fees

First bag
  BE MC PE BC FC
Within and between U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands $30 $30 $0 $0 $0
Between Mexico, Caribbean (excluding Cuba / Haiti), Central America (excluding Panama) and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada $30 $30 $0 $0
Or between Mexico, Caribbean (excluding Cuba / Haiti), and Central America (excluding Panama)          
Between Panama and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (excluding Cuba / Haiti), Central America $45* $0* $0 $0
From U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean (excluding Haiti) to Cuba $30* $0 $0
From Cuba to U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean (including Haiti) $0 $0 $0
To or from Haiti $30 $0 $0 $0
Between U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (including Haiti), Central America (excluding Panama) and Guyana, Suriname $30 $30 $0 $0
Between U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (including Haiti), Central America and South America (excluding Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Suriname) $45 $0 $0 $0 $0
Between Israel and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (including Haiti), Central America, South America $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Between Qatar and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (including Haiti), Central America, South America NA $0 $0 $0 $0
Between Europe and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (including Haiti), Central America, South America $75 $0 $0 $0 $0
Or connecting via Europe to another destination
To or from India, China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
^Main Plus includes 1 more free checked bag (in addition to the Main Cabin allowance).

 

Second bag
  BE MC PE BC FC
Within and between U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands $40 $40 $0* $0 $0
Between Mexico, Caribbean (excluding Cuba / Haiti) or Central America (excluding Panama) and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands or Canada $40* $40* $0 $0
Between Haiti and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (excluding Cuba), Central America $65 $65 $0 $0
From U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean (excluding Haiti) to Cuba $200* $0 $0
From Haiti to Cuba $200* $0 $0
From Cuba to U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean (excluding Haiti) $0 $0 $0
From Cuba to Haiti $0 $0 $0
Between U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (including Haiti), Central America and Panama $65* $65* $0 $0 $0
Between U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (including Haiti), Central America (excluding Panama) and Guyana, Suriname $40 $40 $0 $0
Between U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (including Haiti), Central America and South America (excluding Guyana, Suriname) $65 $65 $0 $0 $0
Between Europe, Israel, Qatar and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (including Haiti), Central America, and South America $100 $100 $0 $0 $0
To or from India, China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand $100 $100* $0 $0 $0
^Main Plus includes 1 more free checked bag (in addition to the Main Cabin allowance).

 

Third bag
  BE MC PE BC FC
Within and between U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands $150 $150 $150 $150 $150**
Between Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada $200 $200 $200 $200 $0**
Or between the Caribbean and Central America          
Between Europe, Israel, Qatar and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America $200* $200* $200* $200* $0**
To or from India, China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand $200 $200 $200 $200 $0**

*Seasonal and / or year-round limitations apply on checked bags and the number of boxes allowed for travel to select cities.

         
**Third checked bag fees apply in First Class on domestic 2-cabin aircraft. There is no charge for the third checked bag when traveling in Flagship® First International and Flagship® First Transcontinental.          

 

Fourth bag +
  BE MC PE BC FC
Within and between U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands $200 $200 $200 $200 $200^
Between Mexico, Caribbean or Central America, South America and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada $200 $200 $200 $200 $200^
Or between Mexico, Caribbean and Central America, South America          
Between Europe, Israel, Qatar and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America and South America $200* $200* $200* $200* $200**^
To or from India, China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand $200 $200 $200 $200 $200^

 

Oversized Check-In Bag Fees

Over 51 lbs/23 kgs to 70 lbs/32 kgs*
  BE MC PE BC FC
Within and between U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands $100 $100 $100 $0 / 100^ $0 / 100^
To / From Cuba $200 $200 $200 $0 / $200^ $0 / $200^
Between Mexico, Caribbean or Central America, South America and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada $100* $100* $100* $0 / 100^ $0 / 100^
Or between the Caribbean and Central America
Between Europe, Israel, Qatar and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America $100* $100* $100* $0 / 100^ $0 / 100^
To or from Australia and New Zealand $0 / $100^ $0 / $100^ $0 / $100^ $0 / $100^ $0 / $100^
To or from India, China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand $100 $100 $100 $0 / 100^ $0 / 100^
           
Cuba overweight fee is $100 for tickets issued before April 26, 2022 and $200 for tickets issued on / after April 26, 2022 and travel on / after May 26, 2022.
$150 AUD/NZD for travel originating in Australia or New Zealand
10,000JPY for travel originating in Japan

 

Over 71 lbs/32kgs to 100 lbs/45 kgs*
  BE MC PE BC FC
Within and between U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands $200 $200 $200 $200 $200
Between Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada $200* $200* $200* $200* $200*
Or between the Caribbean and Central America
Between Europe, Israel, Qatar and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America NA NA NA NA NA
To or from Australia and New Zealand NA NA NA NA NA
To or from India, China, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong $450 $450 $450 $450 $450
45,000JPY for travel originating in Japan

Oversized Check-in Bag Fees

Larger than 62 in/157 cm* upto 126 in/320cm
Regions BE MC PE BC FC
Within and between U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands $200 $200 $200 $200 $200
Between Mexico, Caribbean, Central America and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada $200*^ $200*^ $200*^ $200*^ $200*^
Or between the Caribbean and Central America
Between South America and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America $150 $150 $150 $150 $150
Between Europe, Israel, Qatar and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America and South America $150* $150* $150* $150* $150*
To or from India, China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand $200 $200 $200 $200 $200
^ For Panama a $150 oversize fee applies for tickets issued on / after November 9, 2021. For tickets issued on / before November 8, 2021, the oversize fee is $200.
20,000JPY for travel originating in Japan. $150 AUD/NZD for travel originating in Australia or New Zealand.

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 shall not be more than 18 x 14 x 8 inches (45 x 35 x 20 cm) in size. The personal item 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

arthur trindall

Posted on 19-Dec-2019
Is there a maximum weight for carry on luggage

Admin Reply :

No, most of US airlines do not give a maximum weight for the cabin baggage. However, It does ask you to keep dimensions of cabin bag is check within given limits.

Eloise Pretorius

Posted on 23-Nov-2019
Good Day My daughter will be travelling from South Africa to New Ark - departure 5 January 2020. Her international flights allow her 2 suitcases of 23kg each without additional cost and 1 x hand luggage of 7kg withouth additional cost. She will be travelling from New York to Charlotte on the 10th of January 2020. Please can you confirm the baggage that she will be allowed free of charge as well as the additional costs for her other luggage. Thank you very much Kind Regards Eloise

Admin Reply :

It is a single PNR on which flying or two separate tickets were booked. In latter case, the allowance will be determined as per domestic flights policy. So, there might not be a free allowance.

Nepor

Posted on 14-Dec-2018
Hi, I am travelling from Nepal (TIA) to Des Monies (DSM). My travel itenary looks like; TIA - HKG (cathay dragon) HKG - ORD (cathay pacific) ORD - DSM (American airlines) I am planning to carry 2 check in luggage 23kg each in weight and 1 hand carry weigh 7kg . My question is, Do I alloweded to carry 2 check in luggage (23kg each) and 1 hand carry (7kg) in my domestic flight (ORD - DSM) via American Airlines without paying any fines or fees ?

Admin Reply :

Both AA and Cathay Pacific are oneworld Alliance members and, by virtue of that, their frequent flyer members enjoy certain benefits. One of this is the extra baggage allowance. However, we do not know the status of your membership. We also do not know whether the ticket has been done on AA website or other airline, and whether a single ticket has been done for whole itinerary or separate tickets have been bought. 

Since we do not have complete picture of your itinerary, we would request you to contact the airline you booked tickets with and seek information from that airline. 

Dave Jonsten

Posted on 21-Sep-2018
I am traveling from Nashville to Chicago (AA) and then Chicago to Doha (Qatar) - return same. My agent confirmed that I will get two free check-in allowance during my first flight with AA. Also, spoke to an AA representative over phone and he also confirmed twice that I will get two pieces of free check-in as the ticket clearly states that. I reminded him of the AA transatlantic baggage allowance but he kept confirming that I will get two free check-in no matter what. I am confused after reading about the $100 fee for the second AA check-in for transatlantic flight. Can anyone confirm this?

Admin Reply :

If the AA representative is confirming this, then there is no need for doubt. 

A B

Posted on 10-Sep-2018
I'm traveling from Charlotte CLT to Toronto Canada YYZ via American Airlines. What is the baggage allowance?

Admin Reply :

There is no free allowance. You will have to pay for the baggage. $25 and $35 are charges for 1st and 2nd check-in bag. 

Nicole Simon Thompson

Posted on 22-Aug-2018
Good day Could I carry on a 32 inch LCD TV aa carry on luggae to POS Trinidad? Rgs Nicole

Admin Reply :

It can not be carried in cabin. It has to be checked in.

Aditya Pandit

Posted on 20-Aug-2018
Hello, This is my Itenary traveling from Charlotte to Bangalore. Flight booked through American Airlines Website. May I know what is my check-in baggage allowance please? AMERICAN AIRLINES 732 CLT Charlotte Dec 19, 2018 08:15 PM LHR London Dec 20, 2018 09:15 AM ETIHAD AIRWAYS 20 LHR London Dec 20, 2018 02:05 PM AUH Abu Dhabi Dec 21, 2018 01:20 AM ETIHAD AIRWAYS 286 AUH Abu Dhabi Dec 21, 2018 02:50 AM BLR Bangalore Dec 21, 2018 08:10 AM ETIHAD AIRWAYS 237 BLR Bangalore Jan 11, 2019 09:50 PM AUH Abu Dhabi Jan 12, 2019 12:40 AM ETIHAD AIRWAYS 1 AUH Abu Dhabi Jan 12, 2019 02:35 AM FRA Frankfurt Jan 12, 2019 06:40 AM AMERICAN AIRLINES 705 FRA Frankfurt Jan 12, 2019 10:15 AM CLT Charlotte Jan 12, 2019 02:20 PM

Admin Reply :

1 Free check in bag is allowed. If travelling in basic economy, the charge is USD 60 per excess kg

Rajat Bansal

Posted on 11-Aug-2018
Hi, I am travelling from (Mumbai,India - London - Philadelphia - pheonix, USA) and travelling through AA operated by British Airways from Mumbai, india to london,UK and rest journey is by AA-American Airlines. I want to know allowed check in and carry on bags allowances. Also do i need transit visa for intermediet airports? Please help.

Admin Reply :

On which airline has the ticket been booked? Is it AA or BA? BA allows 2 bags of 23 kg each on economy and premium economy and this can be taken in AA as well. However, we would still request you to get this detail confirmed with the airline or agency where ticket has been booked. 

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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