Checked bag policy

Checked bag allowances

Bag fees for travel to / from South America have been updated as of November 5, 2019.

Pay for your checked bags online for travel on domestic flights within and between the U.S., including Hawaii and Alaska.

Sports equipment and musical instruments policies and fees have been updated as of May 21, 2019

Seasonal date changes for checked bags have been updated as of August 14, 2019.

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

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 $0 703 $150 $200
Cuba $0 / $30 $0 / $40 $150 $200
Caribbean (except Cuba and Haiti) $30 $40 $150 $200
Panama $0 / $301 $40 $150 $200
Central America (except Panama) $302 $40 / $553 $150 $200
Colombia $0 / $301,2 $55 $150 $200
Ecuador $0 / $301 $40 $150 $200
Guyana $30 $40 $150 $200
South America (except Colombia, Ecuador, and Guyana) $0 /$451 $0 / $651 $150 $2004
Transatlantic $0 / $605 $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 tickets issued on / before April 17, 2019 for travel on December 8 - 24, 2019 or for tickets issued on / after April 18, 2019 for travel on December 7, 2019 - January 12, 2020. Seasonal pricing also applies for tickets issued on / before August 19, 2019 for travel on June 15, 2020 - August 12, 2020 or for tickets issued on / after August 20, 2019 for travel on June 1, 2020 - August 19, 2020.

1 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 and a $65 2nd bag fee applies.

2 For travel to / from El Salvador, the 1st bag fee of $30 applies seasonally. For travel to / from Cali, Colombia the 1st bag fee of $30 applies seasonally for tickets issued on or before April 2, 2019. There is no 1st bag fee to / from Cali, Colombia for tickets issued on or after April 3, 2019 (excluding Basic Economy).

3For travel to / from Honduras, a $55 2nd bag fee applies seasonally. For travel to/from Port au Prince, Haiti a $55 2nd bag fee applies seasonally for tickets issued on / before November 12, 2018 (no seasonal increase for Cap Haitien) and a year-round 2nd bag fee of $70 applies for tickets issued on / after November 13, 2018 and for travel beginning January 14, 2019 for Port au Prince and Cap Haitien.

4 For travel to/from Brazil, a $200 4th and 5th bag fee applies for tickets issued on / after November 5, 2019 and a $150 4th and 5th bag fee applies for tickets issued on / before November 4, 2019.

5 $60 1st bag fee applies to Transatlantic Basic Economy tickets

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

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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