Optional service fees

Special notice

Pay for your checked bags online for travel on domestic flights within and between the U.S., including Hawaii and Alaska.

Bag fees for travel to / from South America have been updated as of November 5, 2019.

Sports equipment and musical instrument policies and fees have been updated as of May 21, 2019.

Seasonal date changes for checked bags have been updated as of August 14, 2019.

Customers flying Basic Economy are allowed 1 free carry-on (in addition to a personal item) to all destinations.

Bag fees

All published bag fees apply at each check-in location and are base rates according to travel dates and destination; applicable taxes are not shown.

Carry-on bags

You're allowed 1 carry-on bag and 1 personal item in all cabins.

Carry-on bags

Checked bags

First bag

Regions Basic Economy Main Cabin Premium Economy Business Class First Class Notes
Within and between U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands $30 $30 $0 $0 $0
Between Canada and U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands $30 $30 $0 $0
Between Mexico, Caribbean (excluding Cuba / Haiti), Central America (excluding Panama) and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada
Or between Mexico, Caribbean (excluding Cuba / Haiti), and Central America (excluding Panama) Or between Mexico, Caribbean (excluding Cuba / Haiti) and Central America (excluding Panama)
$30* $30* $0 $0 *1st bag fee applies seasonally for San Salvador, El Salvador flights.
From U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean (excluding Haiti) to Cuba $30* $0 $0 *One-way into Cuba 1st bag fee applies. Round-trips originating in the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean (including Haiti) free 1st bag on the return.
From Cuba to U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean (including Haiti) $0 $0 $0
To or from Haiti $0 $0 $0
Between U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (including Haiti), Central America and Guyana $30 $30 $0 $0
Between U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (including Haiti), Central America and Panama, Ecuador, Colombia $30 $0* $0 $0 *1st bag fee applies seasonally for Cali, Colombia flights. $30 for tickets issued on or before April 2, 2019. No 1st bag fee applies for Cali, Colombia for tickets issued on or after April 03, 2019 (excluding Basic Economy.
Between U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (including Haiti), Central America , South America (excluding Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana) $45 $0 $0 $0 $0
Between Europe, Israel, Morocco and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (including Haiti), Central America, South America
Or connecting via Europe to another destination
$60 $0 $0 $0 $0
To or from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand $0 $0 $0 $0

*Seasonal pricing applies for tickets issued on / before April 17, 2019 for travel on December 8 - 24, 2019 or for tickets issued on / after April 18, 2019 for travel on December 7, 2019 - January 12, 2020. Seasonal pricing also applies for tickets issued on / before August 19, 2019 for travel on June 1, 2020 - August 12, 2020 or for tickets issued on / after August 20, 2019 for travel on June 1, 2020 - August 19, 2020.

Bag limitations

Second bag

Regions Basic Economy Main Cabin Premium Economy Business Class First Class Notes
Within and between U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands $40 $40 $40 $0 $0
Between Canada and U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands $40 $40 $0 $0
Between Mexico, Caribbean (excluding Cuba / Haiti) or Central America and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands or Canada $40* $40* $0 $0 *$55 fee applies seasonally for Honduras.
Between Haiti and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (excluding Cuba), Central America (excluding Panama) for tickets issued on / before November 12, 2018 $40* $40* $0 $0 *$55 applies seasonally for Port au Prince and Honduras
Between Haiti and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (excluding Cuba), Central America (excluding Panama) for tickets issued on / after November 13, 2018, and for travel beginning January 14, 2019 $70* $70* $0 $0 *Applies year-round for Cap Haitien and Port au Prince
From U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean (excluding Haiti) to Cuba $40 $0 $0 Round-trips originating in the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean (including Haiti) pay $0 for 2nd bag on the return from Cuba
From Haiti to Cuba (for tickets issued on / before November 12, 2018) $40* $0 $0 *$55 applies seasonally for Port au Prince; Round-trips originating in Haiti pay $0 for 2nd bag on the return from Cuba
From Haiti to Cuba (for tickets issued on/after November 13, 2018) and for travel beginning January 14, 2019 $70* $0 $0 *Applies year-round for Cap Haitien and Port au Prince; Round-trips originating in Haiti pay $0 for 2nd bag on the return from Cuba
From Cuba to U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean (excluding Haiti) $0 $0 $0 Round-trips originating in Cuba pay $40 for 2nd bag on the return back to Cuba.
From Cuba to Haiti for tickets issued on / before November 12, 2018 $0 $0 $0 Roundtrips originating in Cuba to Haiti pay $40-$55 seasonally on the return back to Cuba.
From Cuba to Haiti for tickets issued on/after November 13, 2018, and for travel beginning January 14, 2019 $0 $0 $0 Roundtrips originating in Cuba to Haiti pay $70 year round on the return back to Cuba.
Between U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (including Haiti), Central America and Panama, Ecuador $40 $40 $0 $0 $0
Between U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (including Haiti), Central America and Colombia $55 $55 $0 $0 $0
Between U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (including Haiti), Central America and Guyana $40 $40 $0 $0
Between U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (including Haiti), Central America and South America (excluding Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana) $65 $0* $0 $0 $0
Between Europe, Israel, Morocco and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (including Haiti), Central America, Guyana, Colombia, Ecuador $100 $100 $0 $0 $0
Between Europe, Israel, Morocco and South America (excluding Guyana, Colombia, Ecuador) $100 $0 $0 $0 $0
To or from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand $0 $0 $0 $0

*Seasonal pricing applies for tickets issued on / before April 17, 2019 for travel on December 8 - 24, 2019 or for tickets issued on / after April 18, 2019 for travel on December 7, 2019 - January 12, 2020. Seasonal pricing also applies for tickets issued on / before August 19, 2019 for travel on June 1, 2020 - August 12, 2020 or for tickets issued on / after August 20, 2019 for travel on June 1, 2020 - August 19, 2020.

Bag limitations

Third bag

Regions Basic Economy Main Cabin Premium Economy Business Class First Class Notes
Within and between U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands $150 $150 $150 $150 $150**
Between Canada and U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands $150 $150 $150 $150**
Between Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada
Or between the Caribbean and Central America
$150* $150* $150* $150* $0**
Between Europe, Israel, Morocco and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America $200* $200* $200* $200* $0**
To or from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand $200 $200 $200 $0** 20,000JPY for travel originating in Japan.

*Seasonal and/or year-round limitations apply on checked bags and the number of boxes allowed for travel to select cities

**Third checked bag fees apply in First Class on domestic 2-cabin aircraft. There is no charge for third checked bag in First Class on all 3-cabin aircraft.

Fourth bag +

Regions Basic Economy Main Cabin Premium Economy Business Class First Class Notes
Within and between U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands $200 $200 $200 $200 $200^
Between Canada and U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands $200 $200 $200 $200^
Between Mexico, Caribbean or Central America, South America and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada
Or between Mexico, Caribbean and Central America, South America
$200** $200** $200** $200** $200**^ **For travel to / from Brazil, a $200 4th+ bag fee applies for tickets issued on / after November 5, 2019 and $150 4th+ bag fee applies for tickets issued on/before November 4, 2019.
Between Europe, Israel, Morocco and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America and South America $200* $200* $200* $200* $200**^ **Includes First Class on 2-cabin aircraft.
To or from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand $200 $200 $200 $200^ 20,000JPY for travel originating in Japan

*Seasonal and / or year-round limitations apply on checked bags and the number of boxes allowed for travel to select cities.

^Executive Platinum and oneworld® Emerald members traveling in First on 3-cabin aircraft may check a 4th bag at no charge.

If you have additional questions, we can help:

Overweight bags

Over 51 lbs/23 kgs to 70 lbs/32 kgs*

Regions Basic Economy Main Cabin Premium Economy Business Class First Class Notes
Within and between U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands $100 $100 $100 $0 $0
Between Canada and U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands $100 $100 $0 $0
Between Mexico, Caribbean or Central America, South America and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada
Or between the Caribbean and Central America
$100* $100* $100* $0 $0 *Seasonal and / or year-round limitations apply on checked bags and the number of boxes allowed for travel to select cities.
Between Europe and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America $100* $100* $100* $0 $0 *Seasonal and / or year-round limitations apply on checked bags and the number of boxes allowed for travel to select cities.
To or from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand $100 $100 $0 $0 10,000JPY for travel originating in Japan

Over 71 lbs/32kgs to 100 lbs/45 kgs*

Regions Basic Economy Main Cabin Premium Economy Business Class First Class Notes
Within and between U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands $200 $200 $200 $200 $200
Between Canada and U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands $200 $200 $200 $200
Between Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada
Or between the Caribbean and Central America
$200* $200* $200* $200* $200* *Seasonal and / or year-round limitations apply on checked bags and the number of boxes allowed for travel to select cities.
Between Europe and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America Not accepted Not accepted Not accepted Not accepted Not accepted
To or from Australia and New Zealand Not accepted Not accepted Not accepted Not accepted
To or from China, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong $450 $450 $450 $450

*More than one fee may apply per bag, for example the checked bag fee + oversize fee + overweight fee.

Oversize bags

Larger than 62 in/157 cm*

We do not accept checked bags over 126 in / 320 cm.

Regions Basic Economy Main Cabin Premium Economy Business Class First Class Notes
Within and between U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands $200 $200 $200 $200 $200
Between Canada and U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands $200 $200 $200 $200
Between Mexico, Caribbean, Central America and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada
Or between the Caribbean and Central America
$200* $200* $200* $200* $200*
Between Brazil and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America $150* $150* $150* $150*
Between South America (excluding Brazil) and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America $150** $150** $150** $150** $150** **$150 oversize fee applies for tickets issued on / after November 5, 2019 and $200 oversize fee applies for tickets issued on / before November 4, 2019
Between Europe, Israel, Morocco and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America and South America (including Brazil) $150* $150* $150* $150* $150*
To or from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand $200 $200 $200 $200 20,000JPY for travel originating in Japan

*Seasonal and / or year-round limitations apply on checked bags and the number of boxes allowed for travel to select cities.

*More than one fee may apply per bag, for example the checked bag fee + oversize fee + overweight fee.

Bag limitations

If you have questions about bag fees, please contact Reservations.

Reservations and ticket changes

AV and sports equipment

Audiovisual equipment

If you are checking audiovisual equipment, standard bag fees apply unless you're an eligible member of a media or entertainment company for which special rates apply.

Special items and sports equipment

Sports equipment

For all classes of service, standard first, second, additional or overweight bag fees apply for:

  • Archery equipment
  • Baseball bats
  • Bowling1
  • Camping equipment
  • Curling
  • Fencing
  • Fishing gear2
  • Oars / paddles
  • Parachute
  • Scuba gear (without tanks)
  • Shooting equipment3
  • Skateboard
  • Snow skis4
  • Snowboards4
  • Tennis, badminton, squash or racquetball
  • Water skis4

1Maximum of 3 bowling balls.

2 1 fishing rod case and one equipment/tackle box or bag count as 1 piece.

3To, through or from London Heathrow (LHR) - $80 per case.

41 pair of skis or 1 snowboard and 1 equipment bag up to 50 lbs / 23 kgs and 62 in / 158 cm (length + width + height) count as 1 piece. For tickets issued on or before May 20, 2019, for travel to/from/through Brazil, the ski equipment fee is $28.05. For tickets issued on or after May 21, 2019, there is no exception for travel to/from/through Brazil.

For all classes of service, standard first, second, or additional bag fees apply up to 50 lbs / 23 kgs, $150 sports equipment fee applies 51 lbs / 23 kgs - 70 lbs / 32 kgs for:

  • Bicycle1
  • Cricket, hockey or lacrosse2
  • Golf clubs3
  • Javelin
  • Pole vault
  • Water sports boards (including surfboards, wakeboards, wave ski, boogie, skim, paddle or speed boards)4

1For tickets issued on or before May 20, 2019, for travel to/from/through Brazil, the bicycle fee is $85. For tickets issued on or after May 21, 2019, there is no exception for travel to/from/through Brazil.

21 stick or bat bag and 1 equipment bag up to 50 lbs / 23 kgs and 62 in / 158 cm (length + width + height) count as 1 piece.

3For tickets issued on or before May 20, 2019 for travel to/from/through Brazil, the golf equipment fee is $42.50. For tickets issued on or after May 21, 2019, there is no exception for travel to/from/through Brazil.

4For tickets issued on or before May 20, 2019, for travel to/from/through Brazil, the water sports board fee is $42.50 for the first board bag and $85 per additional board bag. For tickets issued on or after May 21, 2019, there is no exception for travel to/from/through Brazil.

For all classes of service, $150 sports equipment fee applies for:

  • Antlers
  • Hang gliders
  • Kiteboards1
  • Kitesurf
  • Scuba gear (with tanks)
  • Windsurf

1For tickets issued on or before May 20, 2019, for travel to/from/through Brazil, the kiteboard fee is $42.50 for the first board bag and $85 per additional board bag. For tickets issued on or after May 21, 2019, there is no exception for travel to/from/through Brazil.

Specialty and sports

Ticketing and other fees

Service* Main Cabin Premium Economy Business First Notes
Same-day flight change $75-$150 unless you qualify for other exceptions Not available $0 $0 $75 for domestic, Canada and Caribbean; $150 for transatlantic travel between JFK-LHR
Customers requiring extra space 2 tickets at the same rate if arranged when you buy the original ticket 2 tickets at the same rate if arranged when you buy the original ticket 2 tickets at the same rate if arranged when you buy the original ticket 2 tickets at the same rate if arranged when you buy the original ticket Higher rate may apply for additional space if advanced arrangements are not made
Tickets issued by Reservations $25 - domestic travel
$35 - international travel
$25 - domestic travel
$35 - international travel
$25 - domestic travel
$35 - international travel
$25 - domestic travel
$35 - international travel
Fees vary by country
Award tickets issued by Reservations $30 - domestic travel
$40 - international travel
Not available $30 - domestic travel
$40 - international travel
$30 - domestic travel
$40 - international travel
Fees vary by country
Assistance by Reservations $50 $50 $50 $50 Applies for voluntary trip changes not initially created by American Airlines Reservations or on aa.com
Tickets issued by American Airlines travel centers $35 $35 $35 $35 Due to government requirements, a higher charge may apply in Colombia and Chile
Voluntary change to ticket before day of travel $200 - domestic travel
Up to $750 - international travel
Up to $750 - international travel $200 - domestic travel
Up to $750 - international travel
$200 - domestic travel
Up to $750 - international travel
Charge varies depending on type of ticket purchased

*AAdvantage elite status members are exempt from some fees.

Inflight products and services

Product or service* Main Cabin Premium Economy Business First Notes
Preferred seats $4-$139 Not available Not available Not available Per flight; price varies by flight
Main Cabin Extra $20-$280 Not available Not available Not available Per flight; price varies by flight
Priority $9-$74 Not available Not available Not available Each way; price varies by itinerary
Extended hold $10-$16 Not available $20-$30 $20-$30 Per passenger, per booking on eligible itineraries. Price varies on number of days held (3, 5 or 7 days). Extended hold options not available on all flights.
Paid upgrade Not available $40-$90 per
500 mile segment
$40-$90 per
500 mile segment
$40-$90 per
500 mile segment
Per passenger on eligible itineraries. Price on some international itineraries may be outside the adjacent price range due to currency fluctuations and taxes
Five Star ServiceSM Not available Not available Not available Not available $350 at select airports

*AAdvantage® elite members receive complimentary access to some options.

Elite status benefits

Children and animals

Service Main Cabin Premium Economy Business First Notes
Unaccompanied minor $150 + tax $150 + tax $150 + tax $150 + tax Pricing applies each way
Service animals providing assistance for traveler $0 $0 $0 $0 Certain restrictions apply based on your itinerary; not allowed for transporting an animal for training
Carry-on pet
Within/between U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Central America, Colombia and Caribbean (if the country allows entry); not allowed to Hawaii
$125 $125 $125 $125 Per kennel
Checked pet
Within/between U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Caribbean
$200 $200 $200 $200 Per kennel
Checked pet
Between the U.S. and Brazil
$150 $150 $150 $150 Per kennel

AAdvantage®

AAdvantage® 500 mile upgrades

$40 (including taxes) per upgrade

500 mile upgrades

AAdvantage® mileage award upgrades

Depending on your purchased fare and geographic region, a non-refundable cash co-payment from $75 to $550 for each one-way trip (inclusive of federal excise taxes) for your AAdvantage® upgrade awards may be needed. Additional taxes and fees may also apply.

Upgrade with miles

AAdvantage® Mileage Multiplier

Approximately $0.03/mile (plus 7.5% federal excise tax)

Mileage multiplier

Buy miles

  • $0.0295 per mile (plus 7.5% federal excise tax)
  • $20 - $40 transaction processing charge

Gift miles

  • $0.0295 per mile (plus 7.5% federal excise tax)
  • $20 - $40 transaction processing charge

Transfer miles

  • $0.0125 mileage transfer cost per mile
  • $15 - $40 transaction processing charge

Buy, gift and transfer miles

Reactivate miles

Expired miles may be eligible for reactivation. Prices to reinstate depend on number of miles being reactivated; cost varies from $40 - $2,000 per transaction.

Reactivate miles

AAdvantage® award processing

  • $75 for award tickets booked or mileage upgrades requested less than 21 days prior to departure
  • AAdvantage® Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, Platinum or Gold members using miles from your account are exempt from the fee

Changing flight award tickets

  • $150 per ticket
  • A charge may apply if you make changes to award tickets
  • AAdvantage® Executive Platinum members using miles from your account are exempt from the fee

Reinstating award tickets

  • $150 per account for the first award ticket. Additional award tickets reinstated to the same account at the same time will be $25 per ticket
  • Miles may be reinstated to your account for an unused AAdvantage flight award if your ticket has not expired. For tickets booked on or after November 1, 2018, you can request to have your AAdvantage mileage reinstated for a wholly unused AAdvantage award ticket if your reservation is canceled prior to departure and if the ticket has not expired.
  • AAdvantage® Executive Platinum members using miles from your account are exempt from the fee

Award travel

Food and drink

Service Main Cabin* Business Class First Class Notes
Food for sale $2-$10 $0 $0 Food selections vary by month
Beer $8 $0 $0 Complimentary beer varies by flight and is available in the Main Cabin of select international flights and Main Cabin Extra of select domestic and international flights
Spirits and wine $9 $0 $0 Complimentary spirits and wine vary by flight and are available in the Main Cabin of select international flights and Main Cabin Extra of select domestic and international flights
Sparkling wine $9 $0 $0 Offered on transcontinental and Hawaii flights. Complimentary on select international flights and Main Cabin Extra of select domestic and international flights

*ConciergeKeySM and Executive Platinum members traveling in the Main Cabin get a complimentary drink and snack.

Wi-Fi and entertainment

Service Main Cabin Business Class First Class Notes
Domestic inflight Wi-Fi $10* $10* $10* *Available on almost all routes for as little as $10. Monthly and annual subscriptions also available at a flat rate of $49.95
International inflight Wi-Fi $10 $10 $10 *Available on almost all routes for as little as $10. Monthly and annual subscriptions also available at a flat rate of $49.95
In-seat entertainment $0 $0 $0
Wireless entertainment $0 $0 $0
Earbuds $0* $0* $0* *Complimentary on select flights

Region definitions

Bag regions

Other airlines

oneworld® airline partners

Optional service fees may be different and products may vary on flights operated by our airline partners. For details, please visit the operating carrier's website.

Other airline partners

You may also like...