Checked bag policy

Checked bag allowances

Changes to bag limitations have been updated as of May 12, 2021.

All bag fees are non-refundable and apply per person, at each check-in location, each way, even if you purchase or get an upgrade that includes free checked bags. If you believe you've been incorrectly charged for bag fees, contact an American representative for help or file a refund claim within 45 days.

Checked bags

How many bags can you take?

Check up to 10 bags on American Airlines operated flights if your trip is:

  • Domestic
  • Transatlantic
  • Transpacific

Check up to 5 bags on American-operated flights if you’re traveling to / through / from:

*There are seasonal and year-round bag 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, 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

Oversize and overweight bags

What will it cost?

Complimentary bags

In some cases, you won't have to pay the fees for up to 3 bags when traveling on itineraries marketed and operated by American Airlines or marketed by American and operated by a oneworld® partner. If you qualify for complimentary bags based on elite status, the benefits are based on your highest status level at time of ticketing or check-in.

Note that complimentary bags may not apply to codeshare flights on our partners. For details, visit the operating carrier’s website.

Other airlines

If your status level is:

  • Higher at ticketing than at check-in, show your ticket receipt to the airport agent
  • Lower at ticketing than at check-in, current benefits will automatically apply

1st checked bag is complimentary for:

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

1st and 2nd checked bags are complimentary for:

  • AAdvantage® Platinum Pro
  • AAdvantage® Platinum
  • oneworld® Sapphire members
  • Confirmed Business customers
  • Confirmed Premium Economy customers**

**$0 2nd bag fee applies to Premium Economy customers to / from Alaska and Hawaii for tickets issued on / after February 23, 2021. For tickets issued on / before February 22, 2021, a 2nd bag fee of $40 applies to Premium Economy customers to / from Alaska and Hawaii.

And when traveling to these destinations This content can be expanded

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

  • Confirmed First customers on 3-cabin aircraft*
  • AAdvantage® Executive Platinum
  • oneworld® Emerald
  • 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

*Executive Platinum and oneworld® Emerald members traveling in First on 3-cabin aircraft may check a 4th bag at no charge.

Cuba

Due to COVID-19, the government of Cuba has placed a 2-bag restriction on international commercial flights until further notice.

Only 2 checked bags with a maximum weight of 70 lbs / 32 kgs each plus 1 carry-on bag and 1 personal item are allowed per passenger traveling to / from Cuba with no exceptions.

For bag 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. or Canada to Cuba pay the applicable 1st bag fee.

Round-trip to Cuba

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

  • 1st bag and 2nd bag fees apply to Cuba
  • 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. or Canada:

  • Standard-sized 1st and 2nd bags are free when departing Cuba
  • Standard-sized 1st bag is free and 2nd bag fee applies when returning back to Cuba

Charges

Region Bag 1^^ Bag 2^^ Bag 3 Bag 4+
Domestic $30 $40 $150 $200
Mexico $30 $40 $200# $200
Haiti $0 / $30* $65** $200# $200
Cuba $0 / $30 $0 / $65** $200# $200
Caribbean (except Cuba and Haiti) $30 $40 $200# $200
Central America $30*^ $40 / $65** $200# $200
Guyana and Suriname $30 $40 $200# $200
South America (except Guyana, and Suriname) $0 / $45* $65** $200# $200
Transatlantic $0 / $75* $100 $200 $200
Transpacific $0 $100*** $200 $200

All published bag fees are base rates according to travel dates and destination; applicable taxes are not shown. Seasonal pricing applies for tickets issued on / before May 11, 2021 for travel on June 1 – August 19 and December 7 – January 12 and for tickets issue on / after May 12, 2021 for travel June 1 – August 19 and November 27 – January 10.

^For travel to / from El Salvador, the 1st bag fee of $30 applies seasonally for tickets issued on / before May 11, 2021. For tickets issued on / after May 12, 2021, the 1st bag fee of $30 applies year-round to / from El Salvador. For travel to / from Panama, there is no fee for the 1st bag (excluding Basic Economy) for tickets issued on / before May 11, 2021. For tickets issued on / after May 12, 2021, the 1st bag fee of $30 applies to / from Panama.

^^Main Plus includes 1 more free checked bag above the Main Cabin allowance.

#For travel to / from Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, and South America, the 3rd bag fee of $150 applies for tickets issued on / before May 11, 2021. For tickets issued on / after May 12, 2021, the 3rd bag fee of $200 applies.

*Free bag excludes Basic Economy: For travel to / from Panama and Haiti, a $30 1st bag fee applies. For travel to / from Colombia and Ecuador, a $30 1st bag fee applies for tickets issued on / before May 11, 2021, and for tickets issued on / after May 12, 2021, the 1st bag fee is $45. For travel to / from South America (excluding Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Suriname) a $45 1st bag fee applies. For Transatlantic Basic Economy travel, a $75 1st bag fee applies.

**For travel to / from Haiti, a $70 2nd bag fee applies for tickets issued on / before May 11, 2021, and for tickets issued on / after May 12, 2021 the 2nd bag fee is $65. For travel to Cuba, a $40 2nd bag fee applies for tickets issued on / before May 11, 2021, and for tickets issued on / after May 12, 2021, the 2nd bag fee is $65. For travel to / from Honduras, a $55 2nd bag fee applies seasonally for tickets issued on / before May 11, 2021. For tickets issued on / after May 12, 2021, a $65 2nd bag fee applies seasonally. For travel to / from Colombia, a $55 2nd bag fee applies for tickets issued on / before May 11, 2021, and for tickets issued on / after May 12, 2021, the 2nd bag fee is $65. For travel to / from Ecuador, a $40 2nd bag fee applies, and for tickets issued on / after May 12, 2021, the 2nd bag fee is $65.

***Transpacific 2nd bag fee applies for tickets issued on / after February 23, 2021. For tickets issued on / before February 22, 2021 the 2nd bag is free.

Optional service fees

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

All bag fees are non-refundable and apply per person, each way, even if you purchase or get an upgrade that includes free checked bags. If you believe you've been incorrectly charged for bag fees, contact an American representative for help or file a refund claim within 45 days.

Refunds

Through checked bags

We only through check bags if all your tickets are in the same record locator and you are connecting to another American Airlines or oneworld® flight.

Customer service FAQs

What else can you travel with?

Restricted items

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

Restricted items

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