Liability limitations


We cannot accept liability for:

  • Items not packed properly
  • Loss, damage or delay due to a security search led by local, state or federal agencies
  • Items excluded from liability*

Items excluded from liability

*Excess valuation insurance isn't available for these items


Domestic travel

Liability for loss, delay or damage to baggage is limited to $3,500.

Liability limitations for domestic travel are governed by our Conditions of Carriage. See the complete list of conditions online or write to:

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

See our conditions of carriage

International travel

Based on the Montreal Convention and applicable international tariffs, liability limitations for international travel are 1,131 Special Drawing Rights (SDR) per ticketed passenger.

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Additional insurance

If you’re traveling with items worth more than the baggage liability limitations, you can buy additional insurance for checked baggage at the ticket counter.

Our excess valuation insurance guidelines are:

  • Lost baggage is covered; damage to bags or contents is not
  • Insurance must be purchased for each carrier listed on your itinerary
  • If you buy insurance from multiple carriers, you must claim your luggage at the connecting airport and recheck and insure the bags with the next carrier
  • Not available at Skycaps

How much does it cost?

  • $5 for every $100 worth of checked baggage
  • The total valuation of checked baggage cannot exceed $5,000 per passenger
  • Limit includes the standard baggage liability allowance + any excess valuation insurance