Checked bag policy

Checked bag allowances

Changes to bag limitations have been updated as of April 26, 2022.

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. If you qualify for complimentary bags based on your AAdvantage® or oneworld® 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
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1st and 2nd checked bags are complimentary for:

  • AAdvantage Platinum®
  • oneworld® Sapphire members
  • TrueBlue Mosaic members^
  • Confirmed Domestic First customers
  • Confirmed Business customers
  • Confirmed Premium Economy customers

^Up to 2 free checked bags with check-in at American ticket counters

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

  • Confirmed Flagship® First customers*
  • AAdvantage Executive Platinum®
  • AAdvantage Platinum Pro®
  • 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

*Applicable only to Flagship® First International and Flagship® First Transcontinental. AAdvantage Executive Platinum®, AAdvantage Platinum Pro® and oneworld® Emerald members traveling in Flagship® First may check a 4th bag at no charge

Cuba

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 Cuba with no exceptions.

Bag limitations

One-way to Cuba

Trips originating outside Cuba traveling to Cuba, pay the applicable bag fees.

Round-trip to Cuba

Round-trips originating outside Cuba traveling to Cuba:

  • For travel to Cuba, pay the applicable bag fees
  • When departing from Cuba, 1st and 2nd standard-sized bags are free

One-way from Cuba

Trips originating in Cuba, 1st and 2nd standard-sized bags are free

Round-trip from Cuba

Round-trips originating in Cuba:

  • When departing from Cuba, 1st and 2nd standard-sized bags are free
  • When returning to Cuba, 1st standard-sized bag is free

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 / $200** $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 April 25, 2022 for travel June 1, 2022 – August 19, 2022 and November 27, 2022 – January 10, 2023, and for tickets issued on / after April 26, 2022 for travel November 27, 2022 – January 10, 2023.

^For travel to / from Panama, there is no fee for the 1st bag (excluding Basic Economy) for tickets issued on / after November 9, 2021. For tickets issued and on / before November 8, 2021, the 1st bag fee of $30 applies to / from Panama.

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

*Free bag excludes Basic Economy: For travel to / from Haiti, a $30 1st bag fee applies. For travel to / from Panama, a $30 1st bag fee applies for tickets issued on / before November 8, 2021, and for tickets issued on / after November 9, 2021, the 1st bag fee is $45. For travel to / from South America (excluding Guyana, Suriname) a $45 1st bag fee applies. For Transatlantic Basic Economy travel (excluding Israel), a $75 1st bag fee applies.

**For travel to Cuba, a $65 2nd bag fee applies for tickets issued on / before April 25, 2022, and a $200 2nd bag fee applies for tickets issued on / after April 26, 2022 and travel on / after May 26, 2022. For travel to / from Honduras, a $65 2nd bag fee applies seasonally (see above for seasonal travel dates). For travel to / from Panama, a $40 2nd bag fee applies for tickets issued on / before November 8, 2021, and for tickets issued on / after November 9, 2021, the 2nd bag fee is $65.

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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