Changed baggage rules/fees


Effective April 23, 2014, checked bag fees will be aligned for US Airways and the new American Airlines. Also, our bag fee exemptions will be aligned. Until then, US Airways bag fees, carry-on size restrictions and other baggage rules could be different than American Airlines.

If your flight is operated by American, be sure to check aa.com.

Checked bag fees for tickets booked before April 23, 2014

Pay for your 1st and 2nd checked bags when you check in online or at the airport. All bag fees are per person, each way and are non-refundable.

All flights (per bag/each way)

1st bag

2nd

3rd

4th - 9th

U.S. / Canada / Latin America / Caribbean / Bermuda / South America (except Brazil)$25$35$125$200
Transatlantic$0$100$200$200
Transpacific (except Hawaii)$0$0$200$200
Brazil$0$0$85$85

You're also allowed:

  • Required mobility assistive devices, such as wheelchairs, canes or crutches (to check or carry on)
  • Infant assistive device (stroller or car seat)
  • Required medical supplies or equipment. These items may also be carried on the aircraft as long as they meet size and weight restrictions. If medical equipment or supplies are in a larger bag with other non-essential items, normal baggage fees apply

1st, 2nd and 3rd checked bag fees waived

  • Gold, Platinum and Chairman's Dividend Miles Preferred members
  • AAdvantage Platinum and Executive Platinum members
  • oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members

1st and 2nd checked bag fees waived

  • Passengers traveling to/from Brazil
  • Active U.S. military with ID and dependents traveling with them on orders (1st through 4th bags up to 100 lbs/45 kg each free of charge)
  • Confirmed First and Business Class passengers
  • Active U.S. military with ID on personal travel

1st checked bag fees waived

  • Silver Preferred members
  • AAdvantage Gold members
  • oneworld Ruby members

Overweight/oversize fees may still apply (see overweight/oversize tab)

New checked bag fees for tickets booked on/after April 23, 2014

Region

Bag 1

Bag 2

Bag 3

Bag 4+

Domestic (U.S., Puerto Rico, USVI, Canada)$25$35$150$200
Mexico/Caribbean/Central America$25*$40**$150$200
Brazil$0$0$85$85
South America$0$0$150$200
Transatlantic$0$100$200$200
Transpacific$0$0$150$150

*Mexico: No first bag fee for Leon/Guanajuato, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey

*Caribbean: No first bag fee for Port Au Prince, Haiti; Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; Santo Domingo and Santiago, Dominican Republic; Kingston, Jamaica

*Central America: Charge first bag fee only for San Jose and Liberia, Costa Rica; Belize City, Belize; Roatan, Honduras

**Central America: No second bag fee for Panama City, Panama; San Salvador, El Salvador

1st, 2nd and 3rd checked bag fees waived

  • Confirmed First and Business Class customers
  • Dividend Miles Chairman's Preferred*
  • AAdvantage Executive Platinum*
  • oneworld Emerald*

*4 checked bag fees waived if confirmed in First or Business Class

1st and 2nd checked bag fees waived

  • Dividend Miles Gold and Platinum Preferred
  • AAdvantage Platinum
  • oneworld Sapphire
  • Active U.S. military with ID and dependents traveling with them on orders (1st - 5th bags up to 100 lbs/45 kg each free of charge)
  • Active U.S. military with ID on personal travel (1st - 3rd bags up to 100 lbs/45 kg each free of charge)
  • Customers traveling to/from Brazil

1st checked bag fee waived

  • Dividend Miles Silver Preferred
  • AAdvantage Gold
  • oneworld Ruby

Infants / partner flights / stopovers

Terms & Conditions


Government taxes and fees may apply and will be added to the charge. Prices are listed in USD and will be collected in the local currency. Corporate/personal checks not accepted.

Checking overweight or oversize bags?

Overweight

  • Bags over 50 lbs/22 kg are overweight.
  • We charge extra fees for bags from 51 - 70 lbs/23 - 32 kg and 71 - 100 lbs/33 - 45 kg.

Oversize

  • Dimensions between 62 - 80 in/157 - 203 cm (height + width + length) are oversize.
  • When you're trying to figure out if your bag is oversize, add the measurements for length, height and width together.

Overweight/oversize bags (tickets booked before April 23, 2014)

Region

Oversize
62 - 80 in (h+w+l)

Overweight
51-70 lbs / 71-100 lbs

U.S., Canada, Latin America, Caribbean, Bermuda, South America (except Brazil)+$175+$90 / $175 in Coach*
Transatlantic and transpacific**+$175+$90 / $175 in Economy*
Brazil+$85 each +$85 each for bags that weigh 71-100 lbs

*No overweight charge first 2 bags if you're booked in First or Business Class.
**We don't accept bags over 70 pounds for travel to/from/through Europe.

Overweight/oversize bags (tickets booked on/after April 23, 2014)

Region

Oversize
62 - 80 in (h+w+l)

Overweight
51-70 lbs / 71-100 lbs

Domestic (U.S., Puerto Rico, USVI, Canada)+$200+$100 / $200
Mexico/Caribbean/Central America+$200+$100 / $200
Brazil+$150+n/a / $200
South America+$200+$100 / $200
Transatlantic*+$150+$100 / n/a
Transpacific+$150+$60 / $450

*We don't accept bags over 70 pounds for travel to/from/through Europe.

Terms & Conditions


Government taxes and fees may apply and will be added to the charge. Prices are listed in USD and will be collected in the local currency.

Flying on American Airlines?


American has different baggage policies. Learn more about their carry-on policies before you book.

Carry-on bags

Size requirements

You're allowed 1 carry-on bag and 1 personal item. Personal items include a purse, briefcase or laptop bag.

  • Up to 45 in/115 cm (14 x 9 x 22 in or 36 x 23 x 56 cm)
  • Up to 40 lbs/18 kg

Carry-on rules for US Airways Express

Not sure if you're on a US Airways Express flight? Please check your confirmation. If you're on a flight operated by Air Wisconsin, Mesa, Piedmont, PSA, Republic, SkyWest or Trans States, you're allowed to carry on 2 items:

  • 1 personal item (such as a purse or laptop) in the cabin, and
  • 1 small carry-on bag, which will be tagged, placed in the cargo bin and returned to you plane-side or on the jetway when you arrive

TSA carry-on restrictions

For information on traveling with liquids, knitting needles or other items, please check with TSA.

Baggage liability

Liability for loss, delay or damage to checked baggage is limited to $3,400 per ticketed passenger for travel entirely within the U.S.

When US Airways has exercised the ordinary standard of care, it shall not be liable for damage to or damage caused by fragile articles, liquids, or perishables, nor for the loss of, damage to, or delay in:

  • Antiques / heirlooms / collectibles
  • Blueprints
  • Business samples / equipment / documents / irreplaceable items
  • Currency
  • Equipment
  • Keys
  • Natural fur products
  • Optics
  • Precious metals / stones and jewelry
  • Sound reproduction equipment
  • Artwork
  • Books / manuscripts / publications
  • Computer hardware, software, etc.
  • Electronics
  • Lifesaving medication
  • Negotiable papers, securities, documents
  • Photographic, cinematographic audio / video equipment
  • Silverware
  • Spirits

International baggage liability policy

For international travel (including the domestic portions of international flights) to which the Montreal Convention applies, US Airways' liability for loss, delays, or damage to baggage is limited to approximately $1,807 per passenger for checked and unchecked baggage.

Local airport/government regulations state that any baggage over 70 pounds is not accepted for travel from: MAN, LGW, GLA, LIS, BRU, LHR, DUB.

Baggage embargo

There is a seasonal baggage embargo for 'southbound passengers.'

  • Guadalajara
  • Mexico City
  • Santo Domingo

During the embargo, passengers are allowed to check only 2 bags - no excess baggage. Passengers may not check boxes. Normal 1st and 2nd checked bag fees apply.

Normal bag allowances for First Class, Dividend Miles Preferred, AAdvantage Platinum and Executive Platinum members, and oneworld Sapphire and Emerald passengers remain unchanged during the embargo. Non-rev passengers are allowed carry-on only (no checked bags).

Baggage embargo dates:

  • Easter week (the Friday before Good Friday until the Wednesday after Easter)
  • June 20 - September 1
  • November 15 - January 13