American Airlines Baggage Fees & Policies

American Airlines Baggage Fees & Policies

American Airlines Baggage Fees & Policies

We have put together American Airlines baggage fees and limitations for you below to help you plan your vacation and know exactly what you're going to spend.

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American Airlines Carry On & Personal Item

American Airlines allows each passenger 1 Carry On & 1 Personal Item

Your personal item like a purse or small handbag must fit under the seat & the dimensions should not exceed 18 x 14 x 8 inches (45 x 35 x 20 cm).

These don’t count as your personal item or carry-on:

  • Diaper bags (1 per child)
  • Breast pump
  • Small, soft-sided cooler of breast milk
  • Child safety seats, strollers and medical or mobility devices

Carry-on requirements

  • Does not exceed 22 x 14 x 9 inches / 56 x 36 x 23 centimeters
  • Must fit in the sizer at the airport

Items don’t fit in the overhead bin or under the seat, they may will need to be checked. There may be additional carry-on bag restrictions at certain airports or on certain airplanes.

Soft-sided garment bags up to 51 inches / 130 cm (length + width + height) can also be a carry-on item.

Musical instruments are considered a carry-on item and must fit in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you.

Special items and sports equipment 

In addition, when traveling with a pet, the kennel or container counts as your carry-on and the carry-on pet fee also applies.

Traveling with pets 

Valet bags

Regional flights on American Eagle® planes have limited overhead bin space. If your carry-on is larger than the personal item dimensions, you must valet your bag before boarding.* We’ll tag and check your bag at the gate for you free of charge. When you arrive, you’ll receive your bag on the jetbridge after exiting the plane.

Remove any batteries, electronic cigarettes and other restricted items from checked bags.

Restricted items 

*Embraer ERJ-175 planes allow carry-on bags and don’t offer valet service.

Liquids

TSA allows certain duty-free liquids through security in your carry-on bag if they’re packaged in a security tamper-evident bag. If you’re traveling with liquids or are unsure about any item, please contact the TSA.

TSA liquids rule 

1st Checked Bag

Slide the charts below from left to right to view all AA baggage fees.

RegionsBasic EconomyMain Cabin^Premium EconomyBusinessFirstNotes
Within and between U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands$30$30$0$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)
$30$30Not available$0$0
From U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean (excluding Haiti) to Cuba$30$0*Not available$0$0*One-way into Cuba 1st bag fee applies for tickets issued on / before September 19, 2023 and the 1st bag is free in Main Cabin for tickets issued on / after September 20, 2023. 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$0Not available$0$0
To or from Haiti$30$0Not available$0$0
Between U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (excluding Haiti and Cuba), Central America (excluding Panama) and Guyana, Suriname$30$30Not available$0$0
Between U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America and Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru$45$0$0$0$0
Between U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America and South America (excluding Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Guyana, Suriname)$60*$0$0$0$0*For tickets issued on / before September 19, 2023 a $45 1st bag fee applies to Basic Economy and for tickets issued on / after September 20, 2023 a $60 1st bag fee applies to Basic Economy.
Between Israel and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (including Haiti), Central America, South America$75*$0$0$0$0*For tickets issued on / after June 7, 2023 a $75 1st bag fee applies to Basic Economy and for tickets issued on / before June 6, 2023 there is no 1st bag fee.
Between Qatar and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (including Haiti), Central America, South AmericaNot available$0$0$0$0
Between Europe 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
$75$0$0$0$0
To or from India, China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand$75*$0$0$0$0*For tickets issued on / after June 7, 2023 a $75 1st bag fee applies to Basic Economy and for tickets issued on / before June 6, 2023 there is no 1st bag fee.

2nd Checked Bag

RegionsBasic EconomyMain Cabin^Premium EconomyBusinessFirstNotes
Within and between U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands$40$40$0$0$0
Between Mexico, Caribbean (excluding Cuba / Haiti) or Central America (excluding Panama) and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands or Canada$40*$40*Not available$0$0*For travel to / from Honduras: $65 2nd bag fee applies seasonally for travel on November 27, 2023 – January 10, 2024 for tickets issued on / before September 19, 2023.
Between Haiti and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (excluding Cuba), Central America (excluding Panama)$65$65Not available$0$0
From all regions to Cuba$150 / $200*$150 / $200*Not available$0$0*Round trips originating outside Cuba pay $0 for the 2nd bag on the return from Cuba. Otherwise a $150 2nd bag fee applies for tickets issued on / after March 14, 2023 for travel on / before November 15, 2023 or travel on / after January 10, 2024. A $200 2nd bag fee applies otherwise.
From Cuba to all regions$0$0Not available$0$0Round trips originating in Cuba pay $0 for the 2nd bag on the outbound from Cuba. Otherwise a $150 2nd bag fee applies for tickets issued on / after March 14, 2023 for travel on / before November 15, 2023 or travel on / after January 10, 2024 a $200 2nd bag fee applies otherwise.
Between U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (excluding Cuba), Central America and Panama$100*$100*$0$0$0*For tickets issued on / before September 19, 2023 a $65 2nd bag fee applies and for tickets issued on / after September 20, 2023 a $100 2nd bag fee applies.
Between U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (excluding Haiti and Cuba), Central America (excluding Panama) and Guyana, Suriname$40$40Not available$0$0
Between U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (excluding Cuba), Central America and South America (excluding Guyana, Suriname)$100*$100*$0$0$0*For tickets issued on / before September 19, 2023 a $65 2nd bag fee applies and for tickets issued on / after September 20, 2023 a $100 2nd bag fee applies.
Between Europe, Israel, Qatar and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (excluding Cuba), Central America, and South America$100$100$0$0$0
To or from India, China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand$100$100$0$0$0

3rd Checked Bag

RegionsBasic EconomyMain CabinPremium EconomyBusinessFirstNotes
Within and between U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands$150$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
$200$200$200$200$0**
Between Europe, Israel, Qatar and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America$200*$200*$200*$200*$0**
To or from India, China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand$200$200$200$200$0**20,000JPY for travel originating in Japan. $300 AUD / NZD for travel originating in Australia or New Zealand.

4th Checked Bag

RegionsBasic EconomyMain CabinPremium EconomyBusinessFirstNotes
Within and between U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands$200$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^
Between Europe, Israel, Qatar and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America and South America$200*$200*$200*$200*$200**^**Includes Flagship® First
To or from India, China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand$200$200$200$200$200^20,000JPY for travel originating in Japan. $300 AUD / NZD for travel originating in Australia or New Zealand.

Over Weight Bags

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

RegionsBasic EconomyMain CabinPremium EconomyBusinessFirstNotes
Within and between U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands$100$100$100$0 / 100^$0 / 100^
To / From Cuba$200$200$200$0 / $200^$0 / $200^
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 / 100^$0 / 100^
Between Europe, Israel, Qatar and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America$100*$100*$100*$0 / 100^$0 / 100^
To or from Australia and New Zealand$0 / $100^$0 / $100^$0 / $100^$0 / $100^$0 / $100^$150 AUD / NZD for travel originating in Australia or New Zealand
To or from India, China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand$100$100$100$0 / 100^$0 / 100^10,000JPY for travel originating in Japan

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

RegionsBasic EconomyMain CabinPremium EconomyBusinessFirstNotes
Within and between U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands$200$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, Israel, Qatar and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South AmericaNot acceptedNot acceptedNot acceptedNot acceptedNot accepted
To or from Australia and New ZealandNot acceptedNot acceptedNot acceptedNot acceptedNot accepted
To or from India, China, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong$450$450$450$450$45045,000JPY for travel originating in Japan

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