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Baggage policies

Bag fees/exemptions & carry-on rules aligned with American Airlines

Our carry-on rules and checked bag fees and exemptions are now aligned. However, other baggage rules could be different. If your flight is operated by American, be sure to check aa.com.

Checked bags

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


    For tickets bought on/after April 23, 2014

    Region
    Bag 1
    Bag 2
    Bag 3
    Bag 4+
    Oversize
    Overweight
    51-70lbs / 71-100lbs
    Sports
    Domestic
    U.S., Puerto Rico, USVI, Canada
    25 USD
    35 USD
    150 USD
    200 USD
    200 USD
    100 / 200 USD
    150 USD
    Mexico/Caribbean/Central America
    25 USD*
    40 USD**
    150 USD
    200 USD
    200 USD
    100 / 200 USD
    150 USD
    Brazil
    0
    0
    85 USD
    85 USD
    150 USD
    n/a / 200 USD
    150 USD
    South America
    0
    0
    150 USD
    200 USD
    200 USD
    100 / 200 USD
    150 USD
    Transatlantic
    0
    100 USD
    200 USD
    200 USD
    150 USD
    100 / n/a USD
    150 USD
    Transpacific
    0
    0
    150 USD
    150 USD
    150 USD
    60 / 450 USD
    150 USD

    *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

      Checked bag fees waived

      For tickets bought on/after April 23, 2014

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

      • Confirmed First and Business Class customers
      • Dividend Miles Chairman's Prefered
      • AAdvantage Executive Platinum
      • oneworld Emerald
      • Active U.S. military with ID and dependents traveling with them on orders (1st - 5th bags free of charge)
      • Active U.S. military with ID on personal travel

      1st and 2nd checked bag fees waived

      • Dividend Miles Gold and Platinum Preferred
      • AAdvantage Platinum
      • oneworld Sapphire
      • Customers traveling to/from Brazil

      1st checked bag fee waived

      • Dividend Miles Silver Preferred
      • AAdvantage Gold
      • oneworld Ruby

      For tickets bought on/before April 22, 2014

      All flights (per bag/each way)
      1st bag
      2nd bag
      3rd bag
      4th - 9th bag
      Within the U.S. / Canada / Latin America / Caribbean / Bermuda / South America (except Brazil)
      25 USD
      35 USD
      125 USD
      200 USD
      Transatlantic
      No charge
      100 USD
      200 USD
      200 USD
      Transpacific (except Hawaii)
      No charge
      No charge
      200 USD
      200 USD
      Flights to/from Brazil
      No charge
      No charge
      85 USD
      85 USD

      Overweight/oversize rules still apply. Maximum weight is 23 kgs per bag and you can check a maximum of 9 bags.

        You're also allowed:

        • Required mobility assistive devices, such as wheelchairs, canes or crutches (to check or carry on)
        • Infant assistive devices (stroller or car seat)
        • Required medical supplies or equipment. These items may also be carried on to the aircraft, as long as they meet size and weight restrictions. If the medical supplies or equipment are included in a larger bag containing other non-essential items, that bag will not be considered a free item, and will be subject to normal baggage fees.

        Checked bag fees waived

        For tickets bought on/before April 22, 2014
        Overweight/oversize rules still apply.

        First, second and third checked bag fees waived

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

        First and second checked bag fees waived

        • Confirmed First and Business passengers
        • Active U.S. military with ID and dependents traveling with them on orders (first through fourth bags up to 45 kg each free of charge)
        • Active U.S. military with ID on personal travel
        • Unaccompanied minors (with US Airways unaccompanied minor paid assistance)
        • Passengers traveling to/from Brazil

        First checked bag fees waived

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

        Traveling with an infant in your lap?

        You're allowed:

        • One fully collapsible stroller or one child restraint device or car seat (no charge)
        • If you're traveling with an infant outside the U.S. or Canada, the infant is allowed one checked bag (max 62in/114 cm and 50lbs/23 kg) -- checked bag fees apply

        Stopping between flights for more than 24 hours

        If you stop between flights for more than 24 hours, you'll be charged for bags for each of your flights.

          Terms and 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.

            Checking overweight or oversize bags?

            When you're trying to figure out if your bag is oversize, add the measurements for length, height and width together. The dimensions we list are length + height + width.

            For tickets bought on/before April 22, 2014

            Overweight/oversize fees are on top of our checked bag fees. Each piece of sports equipment is 200 USD


            Flights within the U.S., Canada, Latin American or the Caribbean

            Fee
            Weight/Size
            Overweight
            + 90 USD each
            51 - 70 lbs/23 - 32 kg in Coach (no overweight charge if you're booked in First Class for first 2 bags)
            +175 USD each
            71 - 100 lbs/33 - 45 kg
            Oversize
            +175 USD each
            62 - 80 in/157 - 203 cm (bags over 80 in/203 cm not allowed)

            Flights to/from Europe and Israel

            Fee
            Weight/Size
            Overweight
            + 150 USD each
            51 - 70 lbs/23-32 kg in Economy (no overweight charge if you're booked in Business Class for first 2 bags)
            +175 USD each
            71 - 100 lbs/33 - 45 kg (Not accepted for travel to/from Europe)
            Oversize
            +175 USD each
            62 - 80 in/157 - 203 cm (bags over 80 in/203 cm not allowed)


            Local airport/government regulations state that any baggage over 32 kg is not accepted for travel from:

            • Manchester, UK (MAN)
            • London Gatwick, UK (LGW)
            • London Heathrow, UK (LHR)
            • Dublin, Ireland (DUB)
            • Glasgow, UK (GLA)
            • Barcelona, Spain (BCN)
            • Madrid, Spain (MAD)
            • Lisbon, Portugal (LIS)
            • Brussels, Belgium (BRU)

            Flights to/from Brazil

            Fee
            Weight/Size
            Overweight
            + 85 USD each
            71 - 100 lbs/33 - 45 kg
            Oversize
            +85 USD each
            62 - 80 in/157 - 203 cm (bags over 80 in/203 cm not allowed)

            Baggage embargo

            There is a seasonal baggage embargo for 'southbound passengers' to the following cities: Guadalajara Mexico City Santo Domingo During the embargo, passengers are only allowed to check in two bags - no excess baggage. Also passengers are not allowed to check in boxes. Normal 1st and 2nd bag fees apply. Normal bag allowances for First Class and Dividend Miles Preferred passengers remain unchanged during the embargo. Non-rev passengers are allowed only carry-on and no checked bags.

              Baggage embargo dates

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

              Carry-on baggage

              You're allowed one carry-on bag and one personal item. Personal items must be smaller than your carry-on item and must fit under the seat in front of you. Instead of a carry-on bag, you can bring a soft-sided garment bag.


              Exemptions: In addition to a personal item and carry-on bag, you can also bring a diaper bag and duty free items on your flight.

              Size requirements

              • Carry-on bag up to 45 in/115 cm (14 x 9 x 22 in or 36 + 23 + 56 cm)
              • Soft-sided garment bag up to 51 in/129 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 loading bridge when you arrive

              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 USD per passenger for checked and unchecked baggage.

              Local airport/government regulations state that any baggage over 70 lbs is not accepted for travel from Manchester, UK (MAN), London Gatwick, UK (LGW), London Heathrow, UK (LHR), Glasgow, UK (GLA), Lisbon, Spain (LIS), Brussels, Belgium (BRU) and Dublin, Ireland (DUB)

                Liability for loss, delay or damage to checked baggage (for travel entirely within the U.S.) is limited to 3,300 USD per ticketed passenger. 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 pershisables, nor for the loss of, damage to, or delay in:

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