American Air Baggage Fees

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December, 2022. Prices are each way and are updated frequently.

Below are the latest American Baggage fees:

ItemPrice

Bag 1

We calculate the size limits of your bag by adding the total outside dimensions of each bag, length + width + height.
For all regions, except to / from Australia or New Zealand, your checked bag allowance is:
Dimension: 62 in / 158 cm
Weight: 50 lbs / 23 kgs
For First / Business, weight is 70 lbs / 32 kgs for complimentary bags and 50 lbs / 23 kgs for excess charged bags
For all confirmed customers on flights to / from Australia or New Zealand:
Dimension: 62 in / 158 cm
Weight: 70 lbs / 32kgs for complimentary bags and 50 lbs / 23 kgs for excess charged bags

Domestic$30
Mexico $30
Haiti $0 / $30*
Cuba $0 / $30
Caribbean (except Cuba and Haiti)$30
Central America$30*^
Guyana and Suriname$30
South America (except Guyana, and Suriname)$0 / $45*
Transatlantic $0 / $75*
Transpacific $0 / $75*

Bag 2^^

We calculate the size limits of your bag by adding the total outside dimensions of each bag, length + width + height.
For all regions, except to / from Australia or New Zealand, your checked bag allowance is:
Dimension: 62 in / 158 cm
Weight: 50 lbs / 23 kgs
For First / Business, weight is 70 lbs / 32 kgs for complimentary bags and 50 lbs / 23 kgs for excess charged bags
For all confirmed customers on flights to / from Australia or New Zealand:
Dimension: 62 in / 158 cm
Weight: 70 lbs / 32kgs for complimentary bags and 50 lbs / 23 kgs for excess charged bags

Domestic$40
Mexico $40
Haiti $65
Cuba $0 / $200**
Caribbean (except Cuba and Haiti)$40
Central America$40 / $65**
Guyana and Suriname$40
South America (except Guyana, and Suriname)$65
Transatlantic $100
Transpacific $100

Bag 3

We calculate the size limits of your bag by adding the total outside dimensions of each bag, length + width + height.
For all regions, except to / from Australia or New Zealand, your checked bag allowance is:
Dimension: 62 in / 158 cm
Weight: 50 lbs / 23 kgs
For First / Business, weight is 70 lbs / 32 kgs for complimentary bags and 50 lbs / 23 kgs for excess charged bags
For all confirmed customers on flights to / from Australia or New Zealand:
Dimension: 62 in / 158 cm
Weight: 70 lbs / 32kgs for complimentary bags and 50 lbs / 23 kgs for excess charged bags

Domestic$150
Mexico $200
Haiti $200
Cuba $200
Caribbean (except Cuba and Haiti)$200
Central America$200
Guyana and Suriname$200
South America (except Guyana, and Suriname)$200
Transatlantic $200
Transpacific $200

Bag 4++

We calculate the size limits of your bag by adding the total outside dimensions of each bag, length + width + height.
For all regions, except to / from Australia or New Zealand, your checked bag allowance is:
Dimension: 62 in / 158 cm
Weight: 50 lbs / 23 kgs
For First / Business, weight is 70 lbs / 32 kgs for complimentary bags and 50 lbs / 23 kgs for excess charged bags
For all confirmed customers on flights to / from Australia or New Zealand:
Dimension: 62 in / 158 cm
Weight: 70 lbs / 32kgs for complimentary bags and 50 lbs / 23 kgs for excess charged bags

Domestic$200
Mexico $200
Haiti $200
Cuba $200
Caribbean (except Cuba and Haiti)$200
Central America$200
Guyana and Suriname$200
South America (except Guyana, and Suriname)$200
Transatlantic $200
Transpacific $200

Oversize bags

We don't accept checked bags over 126 in / 320 cm. (Fees (non-refundable, per person, each way)

Between U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada$200
Mexico / Caribbean / Central America / Guyana / Suriname*^$200
South America (except Guyana / Suriname)$150
Europe, Israel, Qatar$150
China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, India, Australia and New Zealand$200

Overweight bags

We don't accept checked bags over 100 lbs / 45 kgs on American Airlines operated flights.
Business and Domestic First confirmed customers can check 2 bags up to 70 lbs / 32 kgs at no extra cost.
Flagship® First confirmed customers and AAdvantage Executive Platinum®, AAdvantage Platinum Pro® and oneworld® Emerald members can check 3 bags up to 70 lbs / 32 kgs at no extra cost. Fees (non-refundable, per person, each way)

Between U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada

51 lbs / 23 kgs - 70 lbs / 32 kgs$100
71 lbs / 32 kgs - 100 lbs / 45 kgs$200

Cuba

51 lbs / 23 kgs - 70 lbs / 32 kgs$200**
71 lbs / 32 kgs - 100 lbs / 45 kgsNot accepted

Mexico / Caribbean (excluding Cuba) / Central and South America*

51 lbs / 23 kgs - 70 lbs / 32 kgs$100
71 lbs / 32 kgs - 100 lbs / 45 kgs$200

Europe, Israel, Qatar

51 lbs / 23 kgs - 70 lbs / 32 kgs$100
71 lbs / 32 kgs - 100 lbs / 45 kgsNot accepted

China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand^ and Australia^

51 lbs / 23 kgs - 70 lbs / 32 kgs$100
71 lbs / 32 kgs - 100 lbs / 45 kgs$450 (Not accepted to / from Australia)

About American Airlines

This is another iconic brand in the airline industry, as it has been operating since 1936. It is widely considered as the largest airline in the world, with about 6,800 flights per day to almost 350 destinations. American handles half a million passengers each day, totaling more than 200 million passengers each year.

Why Fly American Airlines?

For many travelers, American Airlines is a solid choice. Here are some reasons why you might prefer to fly American:

Fast and Reliable Connectivity

More than 900 American Airlines planes offer satellite-based high-speed Wi-Fi. That means you can stay connected reliably, and also work efficiently even on long flights. You can stay on top of the news, while also streaming your favorite TV shows and movies. Or you can just amuse yourself through social media and other online activities.

Premium Economy

American Airlines was the first US-based airline to offer a true premium economy class back in 2016. It’s available on 128 planes and 3,025 seats, and that’s a lot more than what United or Delta offers.

In addition, there’s the Executive Platinum option to upgrade to Premium—for free. Basically, if the premium economy class has empty seats, EPs can be upgraded into the cabin for free at check-in.

Terrific Lounges

AA is putting in quite a bit of money on their domestic and international lounges. Their refreshed Admirals Club continue to come online with lots of seating, power, and high-speed Internet.

AA has also opened 5 Flagship Lounges. These are roomy, finely designed lounges at many of the AA international gateways, and they’re some of the best airline lounges in the entire industry. Yet they’re designated as a business-class lounge, so the AA mid-tier Platinum elites can enjoy the lounge amenities when they’re on international flights, even if they’re flying economy.

Oneworld Alliance

This alliance joins AA with other great airlines, such as Qatar, Japan Airlines, and Cathay Pacific. The miles you earn flying American can be redeemed for rewards with these partner airlines.

Oneworld also has this 3-tier elite structure, and it’s great if you have an AA top-tier status. You’ll still be treated as a first-class passenger when you’re flying with these other partner airlines, even if you’re flying economy. That also means enjoying the terrific first-class lounges when you’re flying through places like Kuala Lumpur, LA, London, Tokyo, Sydney, and Hong Kong.

Other Terrific First-Class Amenities

Fly First Class on domestic flights, and your seats are wider by 3 inches and offer more legroom. You also get all the entertainment you’d expect, along with Wi-Fi. You also enjoy the Bang & Olufsen headphones, a Casper sleep kit with pillows and blankets, and also a Shinola, D.S. & Durga amenity kit filled with essentials.

The food and drink options are fantastic as well. AA has partnered with the James Beard Foundation so that your meals on the flights can compare to great restaurants. You might even enjoy the cuisine of your exotic destination, when you’re flying to places like China, Japan, and Australia.

American Airlines Baggage Fees and Policies

For Carry-On

For regular basic fares, you’re allowed to bring 1 personal item and 1 carry-on item with you. The personal item is usually a laptop bag, briefcase, or purse, and it should be small enough to fit under the seat.

For the carry-on item, there are more specific size and weight limits. It can’t be larger than 45 linear inches (the number of total inches when adding the length, width, and height). These measurements include the handles and wheels. And the item has to either fit under the seat or in the overhead bin.

Various assistive devices like crutches and even wheelchairs, diaper bags, duty-free items, and jackets don’t count as part of your carry-on allowance.

For Checked Baggage

You’re allowed 2 standard bags, though you can go as many as 5 or 10 checked bags depending on your departure or destination locations. Each bag cannot go more than 62 total linear inches.

If you’re flying Economy, then the bags shouldn’t be heavier than 50 pounds. If your bags are heavier up to 70 pounds, then you pay another $100 per bag.

The weight limit is 70 pounds for Business or First Class. For bags than weigh more up to 100 pounds, it will cost you another $200, though the price rises to $450 for Transpacific flights. For oversize baggage, the additional fee will be either $150 or $200, depending on where you’re going.

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