Checked baggage policy

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Federal regulations ban the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (including recalled and replacement devices) from flying. Effective October 15, 2016 at 12 p.m. EDT.

Checked baggage

How many bags can you take?

Check up to 10 bags if your trip is:

  • Domestic
  • Transatlantic
  • Transpacific

Check up to 5 bags if you’re traveling to / through / from:

*There are seasonal and year-round baggage restrictions

Weight and size

We calculate the size limits of your bag by adding the total outside dimensions of each bag, length + width + height.

For all regions, your checked baggage allowance is:

  • Dimension: 62 in / 158 cm
  • Weight: 50 lbs / 23 kgs
  • For First / Business Class and Brazil, weight is 70 lbs / 32 kgs

Oversize and overweight baggage

What will it cost?

Complimentary bags

In some cases, you won't have to pay the baggage fees for up to 3 bags. Find out if this applies to you.

1st checked bag is complimentary for:

  • Eligible AAdvantage® Aviator and Citi® / AAdvantage® cardmembers (on domestic American Airlines operated flights)
  • AAdvantage® Gold
  • oneworld® Ruby
  • Alaska Airlines MVP members
And when traveling to these destinations This content can be expanded

1st and 2nd checked bags are complimentary for:

  • AAdvantage® Platinum
  • oneworld® Sapphire members
  • Alaska Airlines MVP Gold
  • Confirmed Business Class customers*
And when traveling to these destinations This content can be expanded

1st, 2nd and 3rd checked bags are complimentary for:

  • Confirmed First Class customers on 3-cabin aircraft*
  • AAdvantage® Executive Platinum
  • oneworld® Emerald
  • Alaska Airlines MVP Gold 75K
  • Active U.S. military and/or dependents with ID traveling on orders (1st - 5th bags free of charge)
  • Active U.S. military with ID on personal travel

*For tickets purchased beginning March 29, 2016


For baggage fees, 'U.S.' refers to:

  • Domestic U.S.
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Caribbean

One-way to Cuba

Trips originating in the U.S. to Cuba pay the standard $25 1st bag fee

Round-trip to Cuba

Round-trips originating in the U.S. to Cuba get:

  • 1st bag $25 and second bag $40
  • 1st and 2nd bag free back to U.S.

One-way from Cuba

Standard-sized 1st and 2nd bags are free when departing Cuba

Round-trip from Cuba

Round-trips originating in Cuba to the U.S. get:

  • 1st and 2nd bags free from Cuba
  • 1st bag free and 2nd bag $40 from U.S. back to Cuba


Region Bag 1 Bag 2 Bag 3 Bag 4+
Domestic $25 $35 $150 $200
Mexico $25 $40 $150 $200
Caribbean $25 $40/$55** $150 $200
Central America $0/$25** $40/$55** $150 $200
Brazil $0 $0 $85 $85
South America $0/$25** $0/$40** $150 $200
Transatlantic $0 $100 $200 $200
Transpacific $0 $0 $200 $200

**Baggage fee based on travel date and destination. Seasonal pricing applies to trips booked on / after July 26, 2016 for travel December 9 - 24, 2016, June 20 - August 9, 2017 and December 8 - 24, 2017

If your region is not listed, we can still help:

All baggage fees are non-refundable and apply per person, each way.

What else can you travel with?

You’re also allowed to check:

Restricted items

There are some items that are only allowed in checked baggage or your carry-on. Check to see how to pack and travel with restricted items.

Restricted items

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