Delayed Baggage

Was your last flight on US Airways?

If you arrived at your final destination on US Airways, please go to to check bag status.

Which airline is operating my flight?

We do our best to ensure that your checked bag travels on the same flight with you. If your bag does not arrive on your flight, our goal is to return your bag to you within 24 hours. The measures may take longer for international itineraries due to flight frequency or Customs and Immigration procedures.

Note: These procedures apply when American Airlines or American Eagle are taking you to your final destination.

If you are unable to locate your checked bag:

  • Notify an American Airlines/American Eagle baggage service agent prior to leaving the airport (If you purchased the American Airlines baggage delivery service provided through BAGS VIP Luggage Delivery in advance of travel, notification must be made within 12 hours of the arrival of the flight on which you traveled.)
  • You will be given a confidential file locator ID and a brochure explaining the recovery process
  • Our Baggage Service desk will contact you periodically to keep you informed of our progress in locating your bag
  • Refer to your confidential six-letter file locator in all conversation and correspondence regarding your delayed bag
Use your last name and confidential six-letter baggage file locator to check the status of your bag.
Check Baggage Status

If your bag isn't located in five (5) days:

  • Central Baggage Service will take over the tracing effort
  • Fill out and return a Property Questionnaire within 30 days from the date you traveled
    • Available on the 6th day at
    • Mailed to your permanent address within 10 days of your travel date.
  • Complete the questionnaire in its entirety including specific details such as colors, sizes, brand names and logos as well as information such as book titles, medication, electronics, gifts, souvenirs and food items
  • Retain a copy for your records

Note: Incomplete or late Questionnaires negatively impact our ability to find your property.

What's Next?

Should Central Baggage Service locate your bag, a Service Representative will contact you to arrange its return. Otherwise, your file will be forwarded to the Central Baggage Service Claims Department. A final resolution will be made in accordance with our Conditions of Carriage or applicable Canadian or International tariffs and forwarded to you by regular U.S. mail. In the interim, please feel free to contact us for updates on the status of our efforts.

Interim Expenses

When checked baggage is delayed, an American Airlines/American Eagle Baggage Service Representative may authorize reasonable interim expenses to purchase items necessary for immediate use. To obtain reimbursement of expenses, submit:

  • Your confidential six-letter file locator
  • A copy of your ticket receipt and baggage claim checks
  • Your original, dated, itemized, verifiable receipts documenting the authorized expenditures

Mail to the following address within 30 days of authorization:

American Airlines, Interim Expense Reimbursement
P.O. Box 619613 MD 1322/HDQ
DFW Airport, TX 75261-9613

Musical Instruments as Checked Baggage

Musical instruments can be checked as baggage. The maximum size for checked baggage, including instruments, is 126 inches (320cms), and the maximum weight is 165lbs (75kgs). Anything larger or heavier would need to be shipped via Cargo.

Due to their fragile nature we will not be liable for damages to musical instruments if:

  • Your instrument isn't in a hard-sided case
  • Your instrument is in hard-sided case but the outside of the case shows no visible damage