Liability Limitations

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Liability for loss, delay, or damage to baggage will be limited as indicated below, unless a higher valuation for checked baggage has been declared and additional charges paid at check-in. Excess valuation may not be declared on certain types of articles. Please see Additional Insurance

Liability for loss, delay or damage to baggage is limited to:

  • Domestic travel - $3,300 USD per ticketed passenger (the amount will increase to $3,400 for travel beginning on June 6, 2013)
  • International travel governed by the Montreal Convention - 1,131 SDR (Special Drawing Rights) per ticketed passenger

Baggage Liability Restrictions

  • Maximum liability is not automatic - damage or loss value must be proven
  • American Airlines does not assume liability for unsuitably packed items
  • American Airlines does not assume liability for loss, damage or delay of baggage that may result from a security search conducted by any local, state, or federal agency

Certain items are excluded from liability. Where travel was wholly within the United States, see Conditions of Carriage.

Additional Sources of Liability Limitations

United States U.S. Virgin Islands Puerto Rico


View a complete copy of the American Airlines Conditions of Carriage governing travel within the U.S., including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands online or you may obtain a copy at any American Airlines ticket office or by writing to:

American Airlines
Customer Relations Department
P. O. Box 619612, MD 2400
DFW Airport TX USA 75261-9612


Liability limitations for travel to/from international destinations are governed by the applicable International tariffs and the Montreal Convention, as applicable.

Additional Insurance

If you are traveling with items valued beyond the standard baggage liability allowance, you may decide additional insurance is necessary.

Here are a few guidelines:

  • Excess valuation insurance covers loss of the baggage; it does not cover damage to the bag or its contents.
  • American Airlines assumes no liability for certain checked items. Excess valuation may not be purchased for these items. Please see Limits of Liability for details and additional sources of liability limitations.
  • Additional insurance may be purchased when you are checking your baggage at any airport ticket counter. Skycaps are not able to offer excess valuation insurance.
  • If your itinerary involves more than one airline, it is important to remember that excess value insurance must be purchased from each carrier, and only applies to the carrier it was purchased from. It will be necessary to claim your luggage at the connecting city, recheck and insure the bags with the other carrier.

The charge for excess valuation insurance for checked baggage is assessed at a rate of $2.00 USD per each one hundred dollars purchased. The total valuation on your checked luggage may not exceed $5,000 USD per passenger. The total valuation of $5,000 includes the standard baggage liability allowance + excess valuation insurance purchased.