American Airlines baggage policy and allowance

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Baggage Allowance and Fees

Are you planning to fly with American Airlines? Find solution's you need to know about American Airlines baggage allowance, fees and charges and restrictions.

Carry-On Baggage

American Airlines passengers are permitted to bring on-board the aircraft one piece of cabin baggage, plus one personal item, such as a briefcase, camera bag or small backpack. Your carry-on baggage should fit into the American Airlines overhead bins or under the seat in front of you.

Carry-on baggage cannot exceed 114 centimetres in combined width, length and height; this includes any wheels and handles– with the exception of some of the musical instruments that fit in the American Airlines overhead compartment space or under-seat space available at the time of boarding.

Baggage must meet carry on size limits of American Airlines.

Due to limited overhead space, American Airlines passengers travelling on flights with 50 seats or less are only permitted to carry one personal item on-board the American Airlines aircraft.

Limits apply on certain routes. Visit the American Airlines website for more information.


No maximum weight applies to carry-on baggage.

However, this varies across airports. Visit the American Airlines website for more information.

Checked Baggage

When travelling with American Airlines, the most common fees for passengers travelling in a domestic, American Airlines may charge some of the extra fees for extra baggage the information given on American Airlines official site

This may wary between routes. Visit the American Airlines website for more information.

Excess Baggage

When travelling with American Airlines, separate excess baggage fees are applied for each limitation you exceed size, weight and quantity. Generally, this varies between geographic regions. Please visit the American Airlines website for more information and exact fees.

Special Items

American Airlines permit a wide range of sporting equipment and special baggage on American Airlines flights. Due to the size of baggage, some of the items may be counted as a standard checked bags. However, American Airlines will be considered as overweight or oversized items. As such, charges and certain restrictions will apply by American Airlines. Please visit the American Airlines website directly.

American Airlines on and bringing pets on board.

Dogs, cats and household birds (birds are only allowed on domestic USA flights) can be carried on-board for $125 one way to/ from most destinations. The fee is $200 for travel outside the USA.

The pets must fit within a carrier box that, in turn, fits under the seat in front. The carrier counts as one piece of American Airlines carry-on luggage.

American Airlines carry on and American Airlines prohibited items.

Items that are not permitted in your American Airlines flights cabin baggage include:

  • Hoverboards,
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7,
  • Fireworks,
  • Bleach,
  • Firearms.

American Airlines baggage policy and allowance FAQ's

1. What is American Airlines' checked baggage / hold luggage policy?

American Airlines' standard checked baggage / hold luggage policy details follow:

  • 2 bags standard, up to 10 bags maximum (up to 4 bags on American Airlines Connection)
  • Maximum dimensions: 62 inches or 157 centimeters (length + width + height).
  • Maximum weight: 50 pounds or 23 kilograms.

Excess baggage fees
Checking excess baggage, meaning three or more bags per passenger, on American Airlines flights will cost $85-$95 per bag.

Overweight baggage fees
Overweight and Oversized bags is considered any bag weighing more than 50lbs. The fees for checking overweight baggage on American Airlines are charged in addition to any standard, excess or oversized baggage fees. Bags weighing more than 99lbs are not accepted as checked luggage on American Airlines.

Oversized baggage fees
Most bags with a sum of weight, length, and height of larger than 62 inches will be considered oversized. American Airlines oversized baggage fees are charged in addition to any standard, excess, or overweight fee.

2. Are there fees for baggage on American Airlines?

Yes, fees might apply. They are determined by the type of fare you purchased, your destination, if you are an active USA military personnel and/or dependent, if you have status with American Airlines' frequent flyer program, status with an affiliated carrier, or if you have a American Airlines sponsored credit/charge card.