United Baggage

Carry-On Allowance: 1 Bag + 1 Personal Item

Each passenger is allowed to carry on one bag and one personal item such as a briefcase, garment bag, laptop computer, purse or small backpack. Assistive devices and outer garments do not count as personal items. All carry-on luggage must fit in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you and adhere to the following requirements:

  • Maximum Dimensions of Carry-on Luggage: 45 linear inches/114 cm (length + width + height)

REMINDER: Bulkhead seats do not have underseat storage during take-off and landing.
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Checked Baggage

Baggage fees vary depending on your itinerary. Click here to calculate your checked baggage fees.

Overweight Baggage Fees

Most passengers, with some exceptions, are allowed checked bags not exceeding 50 pounds. All other passengers traveling within the U.S., and between the U.S. and Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands with checked baggage weighing more than 50 lb (23 kg) and not exceeding 70 lb (32 kg) will be charged at the rate of $100 each. Bags exceeding 70 lb (32 kg), but less than 100 lb (45 kg) will be charged $200 each.

Passengers traveling to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America (except Brazil) with checked baggage weighing more than 50 lb (23 kg), but not exceeding 70 lb (32 kg) will be charged at the rate of $200 each. For bags exceeding 70 lb (32 kg), but less than 100 lb (45 kg), the rate charged will be $400 each. Brazil is subject to charges for baggage exceeding 70 lb (32 kg).

These charges are in addition to any charge assessed for additional or oversized baggage. Baggage weighing 100 pounds (45 kg) or more will not be accepted as checked baggage. 

Passengers who travel with checked baggage exceeding 62 linear inches (158 cm) will be charged $100 per piece for travel within the U.S., and between the U.S. and Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Passengers traveling to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America with oversize baggage will be charged $200 per piece. These charges are in addition to any charge assessed for additional or overweight baggage.

Note: United Airlines has cut baggage allowances for First and Business class passengers across its network. First and Business class passengers' luggage limit is now two bags of 32 kg each, down from three bags. 

The airline is now charging First and Business Class passengers an extra baggage fee — $200 for Australia-US flights — for third and subsequent bags. 

Excess Baggage Fees

Passengers who travel with checked baggage in excess of the baggage allowance will be charged $100 per piece for travel within the U.S., and between the U.S. and Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For travel to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America, checked baggage in excess of the baggage allowance will be charged $150.

Sports Equipment

Some checked items, such as surfboards and bicycles will be charged a fixed handling fee because of size, fragility, or other handling requirements while others may be checked in lieu of one of your checked bags. If you plan to travel with sporting equipment, contact United Airlines directly to confirm packing regulations and fees.

Disclaimer: The information on this page is true and correct at the time of publication. Because airlines reserve the right to change policies at any time, see united.com for official and up-to-date baggage restrictions.

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