United Airlines Baggage Fees & Policies

United Airlines Baggage Fees, Baggage Allowance, Sizes And Policies.

United Airlines Baggage Fees & Policies

United Airlines like most airline carriers, besides checked baggage will also allow you to bring 1 carry on and 1 personal item per person.

United Airlines Carry On Size

Your 1 carry baggage must be smaller than 9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches (22 cm x 35 cm x 56 cm) so it can fit in the overhead compartment.

United Airlines Carry On Size Dimensions

United Airlines 1 Personal Item

Your 1 personal item must fit under the seat in front of you, and must be 9 inches x 10 inches x 17 inches (22cm x 25cm x 43cm) or smaller. Purses, backpacks, computer bags are common items most often seen and accepted as a personal item.

United Airlines 1 Personal Item

United Checked Baggage Fees & Size Allowances

United recommends that you use their baggage fee calculator to get exact cost, but from what we have discovered these fees below are accurate and they are determined by cabin class.

United Airlines Checked Baggage Fee Chart

RouteEconomy
(Basic, Plus, and Full)
Premium PlusBusinessFirst
Domestic U.S. and Canada/Central America(excluding Mexico/El Salvador/Panama)/Caribbean (excluding Cuba)First Bag: $30
Second Bag: $40 ($50 for Canada)
3+ Bags: $150
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $150
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $150
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $150
U.S. to/from Australia and New ZealandFirst Bag: FREE
Second Bag: $100
3+ Bags: $200
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $200
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $200
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $200
U.S. to/from CubaFirst Bag: $30
Second Bag: $100
3+ Bags: $500
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $500
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $500
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $500
U.S. to/from East AsiaFirst Bag: FREE ($45 to $55 basic Economy for certain destinations)
Second Bag: FREE ($65 to $100 Basic Economy, $100 Full Economy for certain destinations)
3+ Bags: $200
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $200
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $200
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $200
U.S. to/from El SalvadorFirst Bag: FREE ($30 Basic Economy)
Second Bag: $40
3+ Bags: $200
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $200
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $200
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $200
U.S. to/from Europe/Middle East (excluding Iran/Gulf countries)First Bag: FREE ($75 Basic Economy)
Second Bag: $100
3+ Bags: $200
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $200
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $200
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $200
U.S. to/from IndiaFirst Bag: FREE
Second Bag: $200
3+ Bags: $300
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $300
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $300
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $300
U.S. to/from Iran/GulfFirst Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $200
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $200
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $200
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $200
U.S. to/from MexicoFirst Bag: $30
Second Bag: $55
3+ Bags: $180
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $180
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $180
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $180
U.S. to/from PanamaFirst Bag: FREE ($30 Basic Economy)
Second Bag: $40 ($30 for some destinations)
3+ Bags: $150
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $150
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $150
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $150
U.S. to/from South AmericaFirst Bag: FREE ($30 – $45 Basic Economy)
Second Bag: FREE ($40 to $65 for certain destinations)
3+ Bags: $150
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $150
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $150
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $150
U.S. to/from South Asia (excluding India)First Bag: FREE ($45 Basic Economy)
Second Bag: $100 ($65 Basic Economy)
3+ Bags: $200
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $200
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $200
First Bag: FREE
Second Bag: FREE
3+ Bags: $200

Checked Bag Size Allowances

The maximum size of your checked baggage that United Airlines allows is 30 inches x 20 inches x 12 inches (76cm x 52cm x 30cm).

United Checked Baggage Fees & Size Allowances

Weight limit For Checked Baggage

The weight limit for a checked bag depends on your cabin and your MileagePlus status. If they have different limits, we’ll go by the one that has the larger limit.

weight limit for united airlines checked baggage chart by cabin class

If you are a frequent flyer with United Airlines, you can have higher weight limits as shown in the chart below.

United MileagePlus baggage weight limits

Other fees apply for extra checked bags or any bags that go over these limits. Visit the oversized, overweight and extra bags section below for more info.

Other Items Allowed Onboard United Flights

United Airlines baggage policies all0w you to bring other items not considered baggage on your flight. In addition to your carry-on bag and personal item for free.

United Airlines Baggage Cost For Upcoming Trip

If you would like to see exactly what your baggage will cost you, you can use United Airlines baggage fee calculator.


United Airlines Baggage FAQs

  • Can I prepay for bags over the phone?
    No. You can only prepay for bags online or on the United app in the My Trips section.
  • Can I get a discount if I prepay for my bags?
    You can save on checked bag fees if you prepay for bags on United or United Express® flights inside the U.S. You can also save on flights to the Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America that start in the U.S. Use our baggage calculator to find out how much it will cost to check a bag for your flight.
  • Can I prepay for my sports gear or overweight bags?
    No. Special items like sports gear, oversized bags and overweight bags must be paid for at the airport.
  • Why can’t I prepay for my bags even though I just bought a flight?
    It can take time for our system to make tickets for new reservations. Try again in a couple of hours.
  • What if I make changes to my flight?
    If you change your flight, the bags that you paid for will transfer to your new itinerary.
  • Will I still get free bags as a MileagePlus® member if I prepay?
    Yes. Our system will know if you get any free checked bags.
  • Can I prepay for my bags if I bought my ticket from a third party?
    Yes. As long as your flight is operated by United or United Express, you can prepay for bags.
  • Can I prepay for bags for multiple passengers on the same reservation?
    Yes. You can prepay for bags for multiple passengers with the same confirmation number.

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