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American Airlines Optional Service Charges
Baggage: Please note that more than one baggage charge may apply to a particular bag. For example a second checked bag that is overweight would incur both a second checked bag charge and an overweight bag charge. If that bag was also oversize it would incur an oversize charge as well.
First Checked Bag Main Cabin Business Class First Class Notes
Within and between the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands $25 unless full-fare or qualifies for other exceptions Complimentary Complimentary For tickets purchased on/after April 8, 2014, full-fare Main Cabin: $25
Between Canada and the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands $25 unless full-fare or qualifies for other exceptions Complimentary Complimentary For tickets purchased on/after April 8, 2014, full-fare Main Cabin: $25
Between Mexico and the U.S., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada

Complimentary;

For tickets purchased on/after April 8, 2014: $25 unless qualifies for other exceptions
Complimentary Complimentary For tickets purchased on/after April 8, 2014, first bag fee does not apply for BJX, GDL, MEX, MTY

Between the Caribbean, Central America and the U.S., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada

Or between the Caribbean and Central America

Complimentary;

For tickets purchased on/after April 8, 2014: $25 unless qualifies for other exceptions and excluding South America
Complimentary Complimentary For tickets purchased on/after April 8, 2014, first bag fee does not apply: In the Caribbean for CAP, PAP, POS, SDQ, STI, KIN; In Central America for GUA, MGA, PTY, SAL, SAP, TGU
To or from South America Complimentary Complimentary Complimentary  

Between Europe and the U.S., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America

Or connecting via Europe to another destination

Complimentary Complimentary Complimentary  
To or from China, Japan and South Korea Complimentary Complimentary Complimentary  
Second Checked Bag Main Cabin Business Class First Class Notes
Within and between the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands $35 unless full-fare or qualifies for other exceptions Complimentary Complimentary For tickets purchased on/after April 8, 2014, full-fare Main Cabin: $35
Between Canada and the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands $35 unless full-fare or qualifies for other exceptions Complimentary Complimentary For tickets purchased on/after April 8, 2014, full-fare Main Cabin: $35
Between Mexico, the Caribbean or Central America and the U.S., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands or Canada $40 unless full-fare or qualifies for other exceptions Complimentary Complimentary For tickets purchased on/after April 8, 2014, second bag fee does not apply for PTY, SAL; full-fare Main Cabin: $40
Between the US, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands or Canada and Europe $100 unless full-fare or qualifies for other exceptions Complimentary Complimentary For tickets purchased on/after April 8, 2014, full-fare Main Cabin: $100
Between Mexico, the Caribbean or Central America and Europe $100 unless full-fare or qualifies for other exceptions Complimentary Complimentary For tickets purchased on/after April 8, 2014, full-fare Main Cabin: $100
Between South America (excluding Brazil, Chile and Peru) and the U.S., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Canada

$70 unless full-fare or qualifies for other exceptions

Complimentary for tickets purchased on/after April 8, 2014
Complimentary Complimentary  
Between South America (excluding Brazil, Chile and Peru) and Europe

$100 unless full-fare or qualifies for other exceptions

Complimentary for tickets purchased on/after April 8, 2014
Complimentary Complimentary  
To or from Brazil, Chile or Peru Complimentary Complimentary Complimentary  
To or from China, Japan and South Korea Complimentary Complimentary Complimentary  
Third Checked Bag and Beyond Main Cabin Business Class First Class Notes
Within and between the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands $150 Third bag complimentary, fourth and beyond $150 each Third bag complimentary, fourth and beyond $150 each For tickets purchased on/after April 8, 2014, the fourth checked bag and beyond is $200
Between Canada and the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands $150 Third bag complimentary, fourth and beyond $150 each Third bag complimentary, fourth and beyond $150 each For tickets purchased on/after April 8, 2014, the fourth checked bag and beyond is $200

Between Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, South America (excluding Brazil) and the U.S., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands or Canada

Or between the Caribbean and Central America

$150 Third bag complimentary, fourth and beyond $150 each Third bag complimentary, fourth and beyond $150 each

There are year-round limitations on boxes and baggage when traveling to Bolivia and Paraguay.

For tickets purchased on/after April 8, 2014, the fourth checked bag and beyond is $200
To or from Brazil

$75

For tickets purchased on/after April 8, 2014: $85

Third bag complimentary, fourth and beyond $75 each.

For tickets purchased on/after April 8, 2014: $85

Third bag complimentary, fourth and beyond $75 each.

For tickets purchased on/after April 8, 2014: $85

There are year-round limitations on boxes and baggage when traveling to some cities in Brazil.

For tickets purchased on/after April 8, 2014, the fourth checked bag and beyond is $85

Between Europe and the U.S., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Caribbean and South America (excluding Brazil)

Or connecting via Europe to another destination
$200 Third bag complimentary, fourth and beyond $200 each Third bag complimentary, fourth and beyond $200 each  
To or from China, Japan and South Korea $150 Third bag complimentary, fourth and beyond $150 each Third bag complimentary, fourth and beyond $150 each For travel originating in Japan, the charge is 15,000JPY
Overweight Baggage Charges Main Cabin Business Class First Class Notes
Within the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and between Canada and the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico $100 per piece Complimentary Complimentary Over 50 lbs/23 kgs but not more than 70 lbs/32 kgs
  $200 per piece $200 per piece $200 per piece Over 70lbs/32 kgs but not more than 100 lbs/45 kgs
To, through or from Europe $60 per piece Complimentary Complimentary

Over 50 lbs/23 kgs but less than 70 lbs/32 kgs

For tickets purchased on/after April 8, 2014: $100
To, through or from Japan, China or South Korea $60 per piece Complimentary Complimentary Over 50 lbs/23 kgs but less than 70 lbs/32 kgs
For traveling originating in Japan, the charge is 6,000JPY
  $450 per piece $450 per piece $450 per piece Over 70lbs/32 kgs but not more than 100 lbs/45 kgs
To, through or from Mexico, the Caribbean, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Central and South America (excluding Brazil) $100 per piece
Complimentary Complimentary Over 50 lbs/23 kgs but less than 70 lbs/32 kgs
  $200 per piece $200 per piece $200 per piece Over 70lbs/32 kgs but not more than 100 lbs/45 kgs
To or from Brazil Complimentary Complimentary Complimentary Over 50lbs/23kgs but less than 70lbs/32 kgs
  $200 per piece $200 per piece $200 per piece Over 70lbs/32 kgs but not more than 100 lbs/45 kgs

There are year-round limitations on boxes and baggage when traveling to some cities in Brazil.
Oversized Baggage Charges Main Cabin Business Class First Class Notes
Within the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada $200 per piece $200 per piece $200 per piece Larger than 62 in/157 cm

To or from Port au Prince, Haiti

$200 per piece $200 per piece $200 per piece Larger than 62 in/157 cm
To, through or from Europe $150 per piece $150 per piece $150 per piece

Larger than 62 in/157 cm

Exception for U.K.: Baggage measuring more than 126 in/320 will not be accepted as checked baggage.

To, through or from Japan or China $150 per piece $150 per piece $150 per piece Larger than 62 in/157 cm
For travel originating in Japan, the charge is 15,000JPY
To, through or from Mexico, the Caribbean, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Central and South America $200 per piece $200 per piece $200 per piece Larger than 62 in/157 cm

There are year-round limitations on boxes and baggage when traveling to some cities in Brazil.

**Important note: All non-baggage charges are subject to change**

Main Cabin Business Class First Class Notes
Carry-On Bag Complimentary Complimentary Complimentary One bag plus one personal item per passenger
Additional Products and Services Main Cabin Business Class First Class Notes
Preferred Seats Beginning at $4 up to $99 per flight
See note
n/a n/a Pricing varies by flight
Main Cabin Extra Beginning at $20 up to $159 per flight
See note
n/a n/a Pricing varies by flight
Group 1 Boarding

Beginning at $15 up to $40 per flight - See note

n/a n/a Pricing varies by flight
Admirals Club® One-Day Pass n/a n/a n/a $50 fee per visitor
Five Star ServiceSM n/a n/a n/a Select airports; $250 - $300
Choice Essential $29 each way n/a n/a Available for travel within the 48 contiguous U.S. Choice Essential includes:
-1 checked bag (3rd bag for Gold & Platinum members, 4th bag for Executive Platinum)
-Group 1 Boarding
-Earn AAdvantage miles
Choice Plus $80 each way n/a n/a Available for travel within the 48 contiguous U.S. Choice Plus includes:
-1 checked bag (3rd bag for Gold & Platinum members, 4th bag for Executive Platinum)
-Group 1 Boarding
-No change fee (any difference in fares would still apply)
-Same-day flight change
-Same-day standby
-Premium beverage on board
-Earn 50% more AAdvantage miles
Paid Upgrade (LFB) n/a

$40 - $90 per 500 mile segment

$40 - $90 per 500 mile segment

Pricing is per passenger, on eligible itineraries. Pricing on some international itineraries may be outside the adjacent price range due to currency fluctuations and taxes. This pricing is subject to change.
Children and Animals Main Cabin Business Class First Class Notes
Unaccompanied Minors $150 plus tax each way Unaccompanied minors cannot be booked on aa.com. Please call our Reservations department. Fees subject to change.
Assistance animals Complimentary Complimentary Complimentary Not allowed to/from the U.K.

Checked pet

Within and between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

$175 per kennel $175 per kennel $175 per kennel  

Checked pet

Between the United States and Brazil

$150 per kennel $150 per kennel $150 per kennel  

Cabin pet

Within and between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Central America, Colombia and the Caribbean provided the country of arrival permits entry.

Visit our Special Assistance section to view guidelines for Service Animals.

$125 per kennel $125 per kennel $125 per kennel Not allowed to Hawaii.
AAdvantage® Main Cabin Business Class First Class Notes
AAdvantage 500 Mile Upgrades See note $30 (including taxes) per upgrade unit for purchases made via aa.com or at the Self-Service machine; $35 (including taxes) per upgrade for purchases made through an American Airlines agent
AAdvantage Mileage Award Upgrades See note Depending on the purchased fare and geographic region, AAdvantage upgrade awards may require a non-refundable cash co-payment ranging from $50 to $550 for each one-way trip (inclusive of federal excise taxes). Additional taxes and fees may apply
AAdvantage Mileage Multiplier See note Rate offered is approx. $.03/mile (plus 7.5% federal excise tax)
Buy Miles See note
  • 1,000 - 5,000 miles = $.0295 per mile
  • 6,000 - 40,000 (or more) miles = $.0275 per mile
$30 - $40 transaction processing charge and 7.5% federal excise tax will also apply.
Share Miles See note 1,000 = $20
2,000 = $40
3,000 = $60
4,000 = $80
5,000 = $100
6,000 = $110
7,000 = $120
8,000 = $130
9,000 = $140
10,000 = $150
11,000 =$160
12,000 = $170
13,000 = $180
14,000 = $190
15,000 = $200
16,000 = $210
17,000 = $220
18,000 = $230
19,000 = $240
20,000 = $250
21,000 = $260
22,000 = $270
23,000 = $280
24,000 = $290
25,000 = $300

$30 - $35 transaction processing charge
Gift Miles See note
  • 1,000 - 5,000 miles = $.0295 per mile
  • 6,000 - 40,000 (or more) miles = $.0275 per mile
$30 - $35 transaction processing charge plus 7.5% federal excise tax will also apply.
Reactivate Miles See note
  • $200 - to reactivate 1 - 50,000 expired miles (plus 7.5% federal excise tax)
  • $400 - to reactivate 50,001 - 75,000 expired miles (plus 7.5% federal excise tax)
  • $600 - to reactivate more than 75,000 expired miles (plus 7.5% federal excise tax)
AAdvantage Award Processing $75 For tickets issued 20 days to 2 hours prior to departure. AAdvantage® Executive Platinum, AAdvantage®® Platinum and AAdvantage® Gold members are exempt from this charge if they are using AAdvantage miles from their own account.
Changing Flight Award Tickets $75 - $150 per ticket*

Changes to MileSAAver flight award tickets may incur a charge

* This charge is waived for AAdvantage Executive Platinum members using miles from their account.
Reinstating Award Tickets $150 per account*

AAdvantage mileage may be reinstated to a member's account for an unused AAdvantage flight award if your ticket has not expired.

* This charge is waived for AAdvantage Executive Platinum members using miles from their account.
Food and Beverages Main Cabin Business Class First Class Notes
Breakfast Sandwich $6.79      
Breakfast Café Snack Tray $5.29      
California Cobb Sandwich $10      
Brisket Sandwich $10      
Chicken Caesar Salad $10      
Cheese-and-Cracker Tray $4.49      
Hummus and Pretzels $4.49      
Fruit and Cheese Plate $8.29      
Triple Shot Cookie, Potato Crisps, Breakfast Cookie $3.29      
Spiced Nuts $5.29      
Almonds, Trail Mix $4      
Liquor and wine* $7     *Complimentary Beer and Wine Service varies by flight and is available in international main cabins onboard international flights between the U.S. and Europe, the U.S. and Asia and select flights between the U.S. and Latin America*

*Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil (CNF); Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil (BSB); Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE); Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (GIG); Sao Paulo, Brazil (GRU); Santiago, Chile (SCL); Montevideo, Uruguay (MVD); La Paz El Alto, Bolivia (LPB); Santa Cruz, Bolivia (VVI); Lima, Peru (LIM); Salvador, Bahia, Brazil (SSA); and Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil (REC).

Beer* $6     *Complimentary Beer and Wine Service varies by flight and is available in international main cabins onboard international flights between the U.S. and Europe, the U.S. and Asia and select flights between the U.S. and Latin America*

*Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil (CNF); Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil (BSB); Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE); Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (GIG); Sao Paulo, Brazil (GRU); Santiago, Chile (SCL); Montevideo, Uruguay (MVD); La Paz El Alto, Bolivia (LPB); Santa Cruz, Bolivia (VVI); Lima, Peru (LIM); Salvador, Bahia, Brazil (SSA); and Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil (REC).

Wi-Fi and Entertainment Price  
Inflight Wi-Fi Prices vary based on flight length  
Headset $5  
AV and Sports Equipment Main Cabin Business Class First Class Notes
Audio visual equipment $50 per piece. Max 40 pieces on American Airlines, 25 pieces on American Eagle. $50 per piece. Max 40 pieces on American Airlines, 25 pieces on American Eagle. $50 per piece. Max 40 pieces on American Airlines, 25 pieces on American Eagle.  
Archery Equipment, Backpack/Knapsack, Boogie / Skim / Speed Boards, Bowling Balls, Camping Equipment, Fishing Gear, Golf Clubs, Oars, Scuba Gear (without tanks), Shooting Equipment, Skateboard, Tennis Rackets, Tent/Sleeping Bag See note

1st, 2nd or additional bag charges apply

For Brazil ONLY: Golf equipment: 50% of excess bag (4+) charge, to clarify:
For tickets purchased before April 8, 2014: Golf equipment is $37.50. 

For tickets purchased on or after April 8, 2014: Golf equipment is $42.50.
Hockey/ Lacrosse See note

1st, 2nd or additional bag charges apply

One hockey stick and one hockey bag count as one piece.

Skis Water / Snow / Snowboards See note

1st, 2nd or additional bag charges apply

For Brazil ONLY: Ski equipment (snow or aquatic): 33% of excess bag (4+) charge applies, to clarify:
For tickets purchased before April 8, 2014: Ski equipment is $24.75. 
For tickets purchased on or after April 8, 2014: Ski equipment is $28.05.

One ski bag and one ski boot bag count as one piece

Bicycles*, Hang Gliders, Scuba Gear (with tanks), Windsurf, Kitesurf, Antlers

$150 - regardless of the number of checked bags

*Bicycles
Exception: If bicycle and container are less than 62 dimensional inches and under 50 lbs, the applicable charge for the 1st checked bag will be collected

Surfboards, Kiteboards, Wakeboards, Wave Ski $150 - regardless of the number of checked bags

Exception: If kiteboard/wakeboard/wave skis are less than 62 dimensional inches and 50 lbs, the applicable charge for the first checked bag will be collected

For Brazil ONLY: Maximum surfboard length of 108 in.; not to be included in checked bag allowances. Charge 50% of excess bag (4+) charge for 1st surfboard; Excess bag (4+) charges apply if more than one checked, to clarify: For tickets purchased before April 8, 2014: Surfboard charge for first board checked is $37.50; any additional surfboards are charged $75.00. 
For tickets purchased on or after April 8, 2014: Surfboard charge for first board checked is $42.50; any additional surfboards are charged $85.00

Lightweight surfboards packaged in a single bag that weighs less than 70 lbs will be accepted as a single surfboard for charging purposes

Ticketing and Other Charges Main Cabin Business Class First Class Notes
Same-day flight change $75 unless full-fare or qualifies for other exceptions Complimentary Complimentary Available for flights in the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada and the Caribbean on American Airlines and American Eagle.
Customers requiring extra space Two tickets at the same rate if arranged at the time of original ticket purchase Two tickets at the same rate if arranged at the time of original ticket purchase Two tickets at the same rate if arranged at the time of original ticket purchase If advance arrangements are not made, acquisition of additional space may be at a higher rate than the original ticket
Tickets issued by AA Reservations

$25 for travel within the U.S.

$35 for international travel

Domestic – U.S. and Canada
International – All other countries

Ticketing fees vary by country
Assistance by AA Reservations with voluntary itinerary changes to reservations not initially created by AA Reservations or on aa.com $25 $25 $25  
Charge applies when Airport Ticket Counter And Admirals Club issues tickets

$35 for travel within the U.S.

$45 for international travel

Domestic – U.S. and Canada
International – All other countries

Ticketing fees vary by country
Tickets issued by AA Travel Centers $35 $35 $35

Charge does not apply to:

  • Involuntary changes
  • Reissued tickets
  • AAdvantage Executive Platinum members when the member is traveling on either a revenue or award ticket
  • Any passenger booked in the same reservation as the AAdvantage Executive Platinum member
  • AAdvantage award tickets issued within 21 days of travel when an expedite charge is collected
  • AAirpass tickets
  • Government fare tickets
  • Military fare tickets
  • Prepaid tickets

Due to government requirements, a higher charge may be charged in Colombia and Chile.

Voluntary change to ticket made prior to day of travel See note $200 for domestic ticket
Up to $750 for international ticket
Charges apply when making a change to any ticket before the day of travel. Amount varies depending upon the type of ticket purchased.
Other Airlines
Optional service charges on AA* codeshare flights operated by other airlines may differ from American's charges. For details, please visit the operating carrier's website.
Aer Lingus EgyptAir Icelandair NIKI
AeroMexico EL AL JAL Express OpenSkies
airberlin Emirates Airlines Japan Airlines Pakistan International Airlines
Air France Etihad Airways Japan Transocean Air Philippine Airlines
Fiji Airways EVA Air Jet Airways Alaska Airlines
Air Tahiti Nui Qantas British Airways Finnair
Jetstar Royal Jordanian Cape Air Great Lakes Airlines
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Singapore Airlines Cathay Pacific Gulf Air
LAN Airlines SWISS Copa Airlines Hainan Airlines
Lufthansa TAM Czech Airlines Hawaiian
Malaysia Airlines WestJet Dragonair Iberia
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