Checked baggage policy

Checked baggage allowances

If you're flying to St. Maarten (SXM) you'll be limited to 2 checked bags per person. Normal fees apply for oversize and overweight bags; active duty U.S. Military and assistive devices aren't affected.

Seasonal date changes for checked bags have been updated as of January 10, 2018.

Checked bag allowances have changed for flights to / from Brazil for tickets issued on or after February 1, 2018.

If you’re flying to Bonaire (BON) you’ll be limited to 2 checked bags per person for tickets issued on or after March 22, 2018.

1st checked bag fee applies to Transatlantic Basic Economy tickets.

Checked baggage

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
  • For First / Business Class, weight is 70 lbs / 32 kgs


Oversize and overweight baggage

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 Class customers*
  • Confirmed Premium Economy customers
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1st and 2nd checked bags are complimentary for:

  • AAdvantage® Platinum Pro
  • AAdvantage® Platinum
  • oneworld® Sapphire members
  • Confirmed Business Class customers*
  • Confirmed Premium Economy customers**

**$100 2nd bag fee applies to trips booked on or before November 12, 2017. $0 2nd bag fee applies to trips booked on or after November 13, 2017 (excluding Hawaii).

And when traveling to these destinations This content can be expanded

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

  • Confirmed First Class 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

Cuba

For baggage 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. to Cuba pay the standard $25 1st bag fee

Round-trip to Cuba

Round-trips originating in the U.S. to Cuba get:

  • 1st bag $25 and second bag $40
  • 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. get:

  • 1st and 2nd bags free from Cuba
  • 1st bag free and 2nd bag $40 from U.S. back to Cuba

Charges

Region Bag 1 Bag 2 Bag 3 Bag 4+
Domestic $25 $35 $150 $200
Mexico $25 $40 $150 $200
Caribbean $25 $40/$55** $150 $200
Panama $0 $40 $150 $200
Central America (except Panama) $25/$25** $40/$55** $150 $200
Brazil $0 $0 $150^ $150^
Colombia $0/$25* $55 $150 $200
Ecuador $0 $40 $150 $200
Venezuela $0 $55 $150 $200
South America (except Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela) $0 $0 $150 $200
Transatlantic $0/$60^^ $100 $200 $200
Transpacific $0 $0 $200 $200

Baggage fee based on travel date and destination. Seasonal pricing applies to trips booked on / before January 9, 2018 for travel on June 20 - August 9, 2018 and December 8 - 24, 2018 or for trips booked on / after January 10, 2018 for travel on June 15 - August 12, 2018 and December 8 - 24, 2018.

*$25 1st bag fee applies seasonally for travel to Cali, Colombia and El Salvador.

**$55 2nd bag charge applies seasonally for travel to Port au Prince, Haiti and Honduras.

^For tickets issued on or before January 31, 2018, 3rd and 4th checked bags are $85; $150 for tickets issued on or after February 1, 2018.

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

Optional service fees

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.

Restricted items

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