Checked bag policy

Checked bag allowances

Changes to seasonal bag limitations for checked bags have been updated as of December 1, 2020.

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 if your trip is:

  • Domestic
  • Transatlantic
  • Transpacific

Check up to 5 bags 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, your checked bag allowance is:

  • Dimension: 62 in / 158 cm
  • Weight: 50 lbs / 23 kgs
  • For First / Business, weight is 70 lbs / 32 kgs


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. If you qualify for complimentary bags based on elite status, the benefits are based on your highest status level at time of ticketing or check-in.

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
  • Confirmed Business customers
  • Confirmed Premium Economy customers
And when traveling to these destinations This content can be expanded

1st and 2nd checked bags are complimentary for:

  • AAdvantage® Platinum Pro
  • AAdvantage® Platinum
  • oneworld® Sapphire members
  • Confirmed Business customers
  • Confirmed Premium Economy customers**

**$0 2nd bag fee excludes Alaska and Hawaii.

And when traveling to these destinations This content can be expanded

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

  • Confirmed First customers on 3-cabin aircraft*
  • AAdvantage® Executive Platinum
  • 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

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

Cuba

Due to COVID-19, the government of Cuba has placed a 2-bag restriction on international commercial flights until further notice.

Only 2 checked bags with a maximum weight of 70 lbs / 32 kg each plus 1 carry-on bag and 1 personal item are allowed per passenger traveling to / from Cuba with no exceptions.

For bag fees, 'U.S.' refers to:

  • Domestic U.S.
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Caribbean

One-way to Cuba

Trips originating in the U.S. or Canada to Cuba pay the applicable 1st bag fee.

Round-trip to Cuba

Round-trips originating in the U.S. or Canada to Cuba:

  • 1st bag and 2nd bag fees apply to Cuba
  • 1st and 2nd bag free back to U.S.

One-way from Cuba

Standard-sized 1st and 2nd bags are free when departing Cuba

Round-trip from Cuba

Round-trips originating in Cuba to the U.S. or Canada:

  • Standard-sized 1st and 2nd bags are free when departing Cuba
  • Standard-sized 1st bag is free and 2nd bag fee applies when returning back to Cuba

Charges

Region Bag 1 Bag 2 Bag 3 Bag 4+
Domestic $30 $40 $150 $200
Mexico $30 $40 $150 $200
Haiti $0 $70 $150 $200
Cuba $0 / $30 $0 / $40 $150 $200
Caribbean (except Cuba and Haiti) $30 $40 $150 $200
Panama $0 / $30* $40 $150 $200
Central America (except Panama) $30^ $40 / $55** $150 $200
Colombia $0 / $30* $55 $150 $200
Ecuador $0 / $30* $40 $150 $200
Guyana $30 $40 $150 $200
South America (except Colombia, Ecuador, and Guyana) $0 /$45* $65** $150 $200
Transatlantic $0 / $75* $100 $200 $200
Transpacific $0 $0 $200 $200

All published bag fees are base rates according to travel dates and destination; applicable taxes are not shown. Seasonal pricing applies for travel on November 27, 2020 - January 10, 2021, and June 1, 2021 - August 19, 2021.

*Free bag excludes Basic Economy: For travel to/from Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, a $30 1st bag fee applies. For travel to / from South America (excluding Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana) a $45 1st bag fee applies. For Transatlantic Basic Economy travel, a $60 1st bag fee applies for tickets issued on / or before April 20, 2020, and $75 for tickets issued on / after April 21, 2020.

^ For travel to / from El Salvador, the 1st bag fee of $30 applies seasonally.

**For travel to / from Honduras, a $55 2nd bag fee applies seasonally. For travel to / from South America (excluding Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana) for all Basic Economy tickets a $65 2nd bag fee applies. For travel to / from South America (excluding Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana) for Main Economy tickets issued on / before January 27, 2020 the 2nd bag is complimentary and for Main Economy tickets issued on / after January 28, 2020 a $65 2nd bag fee applies.

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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