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2017 American Airlines Baggage Allowance & Excess Baggage Cost

Review American Airlines baggage allowances and charges before travelling.

american airlines baggage allowance

American Airlines Baggage Allowancesend your luggage

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American Airlines permits one carry on item, 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 not exceed 18 x 14 x 8 inches (45 x 35 x 20 cm). This carry on allowance is only for Economy passengers and higher fares. American Airlines’ baggage allowances permit Basic Economy passengers to carry one personal item only and no second carry-on bag.

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


Pets can be carried on board on certain flights only. The pet in its carrier counts as one American Airlines carry on item. Pets must be placed in a carrier with maximum dimensions of 19 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 carrier.

A fee must be paid for carrying a pet on board, which is currently $125, one way. Arrangements must be made with the airline for the carriage of a pet.

american airlines checked baggage 

American Airlines’ checked baggage allowance depends on the route travelled, as well as the passenger’s fare type.

Here are some examples of checked baggage allowances offered by American Airlines, according to different routes:

On domestic flights, passengers are permitted to check baggage 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.

On transatlantic flights 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 cost $100 for the first additional bag, and $200 for any further additional bags.

American Airlines gives more generous baggage allowances with certain fare types and on certain routes. On qualifying fares/ routes up to three checked bags may be permitted free of charge.

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

First and Business Class passengers (as well as passengers on flights to Brazil) are permitted to check bags weighing up to 70 lbs (32 kg) each.

american airlines excess baggage fees

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

For example, if travelling 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 allow bags weighing more than 100 lbs/ 45 kg.

For travel 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 heavier than this 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 with total dimensions of more than 126 inches/ 320 cm will not be accepted.

Note that a checking fee, an oversize fee, and an overweight fee could all apply to the same set of checked luggage.

exceptional items

According to American Airlines’ baggage allowances, exceptional items, such as sports equipment, can be checked into the hold. A number of restrictions apply depending on the 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 (see American Airlines’ checked baggage allowance above). 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 may be treated as checked baggage, 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 checked baggage. American Airlines does not accept responsibility for damages to musical instruments, due to their fragile nature.


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

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