American Airlines Baggage

What is American Airlines' (AA) baggage policy?

The American Airlines (AA) baggage policy for regular basic fares include the following:

  • Carry-on baggage.
  • 1 personal item - Fee free
  • 1 carry-on item - Fee free
  • Checked baggage / Hold luggage - Applicable fees per bag increase with number checked.
  • Overweight and Oversize bags - Applicable fees per bag depending on weight and size categories.
  • Sports equipment - Certain items might have applicable fees.

What is American Airlines' (AA) carry-on baggage policy?

American Airlines (AA) allows 1 carry-on bag and 1 personal item (purse, briefcase, laptop bag) per passenger fee free.

Carry-on should not exceed the following size and weight restrictions:

  • 45 linear inches (22 x 14 x 9 in) or 115 centimeters (56 x 36 x 23 cm) including handles and wheels.
  • Fit in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you.
  • Personal item should be of proper size to fit under the seat in front of you
  • A jacket, umbrella, diaper bag, duty free items, and assistive devices (wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, strollers, child restraint seats, etc.) do not count towards your carry-on allowance.

NOTE: Bulkhead seats do not have under seat storage, therefore, all carry-on baggage must be stowed in the overhead bin during take-off and landing.

What is American Airlines' (AA) checked baggage / hold luggage policy?

American Airlines' (AA) standard checked baggage / hold luggage policy details follow:

  • 2 bags standard, up to 10 bags maximum for U S domestic, Transatlantic, and Transpacific, up to 5 bags maximum if your travel includes Brazil, the Caribbean Central America, Mexico, and South America.
  • Maximum dimensions: 62 inches or 157 centimeters (length + width + height).
  • Maximum weight: 50 pounds or 23 kilograms (for Brazil: 70 pounds or 32 kilograms).

Are there fees for baggage on American Airlines (AA)?

Yes, fees might apply. They are determined by the type of fare you purchased, your destination, if you are an active U S military personnel and/or dependent, if you have status with American Airlines' (AA) frequent flyer program, status with an affiliated carrier, or if you have an American Airlines (AA) sponsored credit/charge card.:

American Airlines' (AA) standard checked baggage / hold luggage fees follow:

    • US domestic (including Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands:
    • First bag: $25.00 USD
    • Second bag: $35.00 USD
    • Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico:
    • First bag: $25.00 USD
    • Second bag: $40.00 USD
    • Brazil:
    • First bag: Free
    • Second bag: Free
    • South America:
    • First bag: Free
    • Second bag: Free
    • Transatlantic:
    • First bag: Free
    • Second bag: $100.00 USD
    • Transpacific:
    • First bag: Free
    • Second bag: Free

What is American Airlines' (AA) fee for excess baggage?

American Airlines (AA) excess checked baggage / hold luggage fees follow:

      • US domestic (including Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands:
      • Third bag: $150.00 USD
      • Fourth bag +: $200.00 USD per bag
      • Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico:
      • Third bag: $150.00 USD
      • Fourth bag +: $200.00 USD per bag
      • Brazil:
      • Third bag: $85.00 USD
      • Fourth bag +: $85.00 USD per bag
      • South America
      • Third bag: $150.00 USD
      • Fourth bag +: $200.00 USD per bag
      • Transatlantic:
      • Third bag: $200.00 USD
      • Fourth bag +: $200.00 USD per bag
      • Transpacific:
      • Third bag: $200.00 USD
      • Fourth bag +: $200.00 USD per bag

What is American Airlines' (AA) fee for overweight baggage?

American Airlines (AA) will charge the following for bags that are greater than the standard 50 pounds or 23 kilograms:

      • 51 to 70 pounds or 24 to 32 kilograms: $100.00 USD extra per bag (excludes Brazil, also waived for all First Class, Business Class, Advantage Executive Platinum, and oneworld Emerald passengers).
      • 71 to 100 pounds or 33 to 46 kilograms: $200.00 USD extra per bag (not accepted on Transatlantic and $450.00 USD extra on Transpacific).
      • Bags exceeding 100 pounds or 46 kilograms will not be accepted as checked baggage / hold luggage.

What is American Airlines' (AA) fee for oversize baggage?

American Airlines (AA) will charge the following fees for any bags between 62-125 inches or 158-320 centimeters:

      • $200 - U S domestic, the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, South America, and Transpacific
      • $150 – Brazil and Transatlantic.

Please note that there are year-round limitations on baggage when traveling to Bolivia, Paraguay and cities in Brazil. Bags with overall dimensions that exceed 125 inches or 320 centimeters will not be accepted.

Are there fees for sports equipment on American Airlines (AA)?

Sports equipment such as skis, golf bags, fishing equipment, hockey, and lacrosse equipment will be accepted up to American Airlines' (AA) size and weight limits and will count as one checked bag/hold bag. Associated fees might be applied.

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