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Checked baggage policy

Baggage allowance changes

Travelers with tickets purchased on or after March 29, 2016 will be subject to fees for 3rd bags in Business and select First Class flights.

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 baggage 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 baggage allowance is:

  • Dimension: 62 in / 158 cm

  • Weight: 50 lbs / 23 kgs

First and Business Class, AAdvantage®Executive Platinum and oneworld® Emerald members can check baggage up to 70 lbs / 32 kgs at no extra cost.

Excludes Brazil, for which your allowance is:

  • Dimension: 62 in / 158 cm

  • Weight: 70 lbs / 32 kgs

What will it cost?

Complimentary bags

In some cases, you won't have to pay the baggage fees for up to 3 bags. Find out if this applies to you.

1st checked bag is complimentary for:

  • Eligible AAdvantage® Aviator and Citi® / AAdvantage® cardmembers (on domestic American Airlines operated flights)

  • AAdvantage Gold

  • oneworld Ruby

  • Alaska MVP members

  • Cap Haitien, Haiti (CAP)

  • Guadalajara, Mexico (GDL)

  • Guatemala City, Guatemala (GUA)

  • Kingston, Jamaica (KIN)

  • Leon, Mexico (BJX)

  • Managua, Nicaragua (MGA)

  • Mexico City, Mexico (MEX)

  • Monterrey, Mexico (MTY)

  • Port Au Prince, Haiti (PAP)

  • Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (POS)

  • San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP)

  • Santiago, Dominican Rep (STI)

  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ)

  • Tegucigalpa, Honduras (TGU)

1st and 2nd checked bags are complimentary for:

  • AAdvantage Platinum

  • oneworld Sapphire members

  • Alaska Airlines MVP Gold

  • Confirmed Business Class customers*

  • Argentina

  • Bolivia

  • Brazil

  • Chile

  • China

  • Colombia

  • Ecuador

  • El Salvador

  • Japan

  • Peru

  • Panama

  • South Korea

  • Uruguay

  • Venezuela

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

  • Confirmed First Class customers on 3-cabin aircraft*

  • AAdvantage Executive Platinum

  • oneworld Emerald

  • Alaska Airlines MVP Gold 75K

  • 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

*For tickets purchased beginning March 29, 2016

Charges

Region Bag 1 Bag 2 Bag 3 Bag 4+
Domestic $25 $35 $150 $200
Mexico / Caribbean / Central America $25 $40 $150 $200
Brazil $0 $0 $85 $85
South America $0 $0 $150 $200
Transatlantic $0 $100 $200 $200
Transpacific $0 $0 $200 $200

If your region is not listed, we can still help:

All baggage fees are non-refundable and apply per person, each way.

What else can you travel with?

You're also allowed to check:

Restricted items

There are some items that are only allowed in checked baggage or your carry-on. Check to see how to pack and travel with restricted items.