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American Airlines Baggage Allowance

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

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:

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 $30 $40 $150 $200
Mexico $30 $40 $150 $200
Caribbean $30 $40/$55 $150 $200
Panama $0 $40 $150 $200
Central America (except Panama) $30 $40/$55 $150 $200
Brazil $0 $0 $150 $150
Colombia $0/$30 $55 $150 $200
Ecuador $0 $40 $150 $200
Venezuela $0 $55 $150 $200
South America (except Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela) $0 $0 $150 $200
Transatlantic $0/$60 $100 $200 $200
Transpacific $0 $0 $200 $200

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.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.

Overweight Baggage

Following overweight baggage charges apply:


23 kgs - 32 kgs

32 kgs - 45 kgs




Mexico/Caribbean/Central and South America






Transatlantic (Europe)


Not accepted




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:


Larger than 158 cm



Mexico / Caribbean / Central and South America*




Transatlantic (Europe)




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

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.


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. 


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. 


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?


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 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.


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.


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, 


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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