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American Airlines Luggage Allowance & Excess Baggage Fees

Review American Airlines luggage allowances and charges before travelling.

american airlines carry-on allowance

American Airlines allows passengers to carry on board with them one item of cabin baggage, plus a small personal item. The larger item must not exceed 22 inches long x 14 inches wide x 9 inches tall (56 x 36 x 23 cm). The personal item must be smaller than the larger cabin baggage and must be able to fit under the seat in front of you.

children's luggage

In addition to these allowances, items such as a pushchair or a nappy bag can also be carried on board (when infants are travelling with you).

Infants sitting on an adult’s lap with no ticket are not allocated a baggage allowance. However, a pushchair and diaper bag, as well as an approved safety seat for the lap, can be carried by the accompanying adult.

Infants sitting on an adult’s lap with a ticket are allowed the above, plus one bag at the bag fee rate of the accompanying adult (usually free of charge).

Children in their own purchased seat are allocated the standard baggage allowance.

Carry-on items that don't fit in the overhead bins or under the seat must be checked at the gate and placed in the cargo compartment on American Eagle planes.

pets

On certain flights, pets can be taken on board. The pet counts as one of the passenger’s carry-on items. Pets must be transported in a carrier with maximum dimensions of 9 inches long x 13 inches wide x 9 inches high (approx. 48 cm long x 25 cm wide x 22 cm high). Animals must be able to stand up, turn around and lie down in a natural position in the kennel.

A charge applies for carrying a pet on board. This stands at $125. Arrangements must be made with the airline for the carriage of a pet.

american airlines checked-in baggage

The checked items permitted by American Airlines depend on the route travelled, as well as ticket type.

Here are some examples of varying baggage allowances according to different routes:

For flights within and between the US and the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada, passengers are permitted to check in items up to 62 inches/158 cm in total dimensions and 50 lbs/23 kg in weight. The cost is $25 for the first bag, $35 for the second, $150 for the third and $200 for any additional bags.

For travel to/ through/ from Europe passengers are allowed to check one bag at no charge (max. 62 inches/158 cm in total dimensions and 50 lbs/23 kg in weight).

Additional bags incur the charge of $100 for the first additional bag, and $200 for any further additional bags.

Passengers may checked in up to 10 bags, depending on the route travelled.

First and Business Class passengers are permitted to check three bags at no charge when traveling on American Airlines or connecting with British Airways or Iberia.

american airlines excess baggage fees

If a bag exceeds the permitted dimensions or weight, excess baggage fees apply. Again, these vary according to the route travelled. There are different charges for overweight and oversized items.

For example, for travel within and between the US, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada, bags weighing over 50 lbs/23 kg but not more than 70 lbs/ 32 kg will be charged at $100 per piece. Baggage over 70 lbs/ 23 kg but not more than 100 lbs/ 45 kg will be charged at $200. A bag that exceeds 62 inches/ 158 cm in total dimensions will be charged at $200.

Most flights do not accept bags weighing more than 100 lbs/ 45 kg.

For a flight between the US and Europe, bags weighing over 50 lbs/23 kg but not more than 70 lbs/ 32 kg will be charged at $100 per piece. Bags over this weight will not be accepted on flights to Europe. A bag that exceeds 62 inches/ 158 cm in total dimensions will be charged at $150.

Bags measuring more than 126 inches/ 320 cm will not be accepted.

exceptional items

Exceptional items, such as sports equipment, can be checked into the hold. Various restrictions apply according to item, as do variable charges. These can vary according to the route travelled.

For example, on most flights a bicycle costs $150 to check. If its dimensions (including container) are less than 62in and under 50lbs., the passenger is charged the applicable first checked bag rate. Bikes must be packaged in a rigid case. The maximum weight allowed is 70 lbs, with maximum dimensions of 126 inches/ 320 cm.

Musical instruments can be checked into the hold, if they are too large to be carried into the cabin, and as long as they do not exceed the acceptable weight and dimension restrictions for hold luggage. American Airlines does not accept responsibility for damages to musical instruments, due to their fragile nature.

pets

Pets can be checked into the hold on certain flights only. The charge for a checked pet is $200 or $150 to/ from Brazil.

Disclaimer - Information gathered from these webpages on 19.01.2016:

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