American Airlines Baggage Fees & Tips to Cover the Expenses

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American Airlines baggage fees are pretty consistent with the average when it comes to larger US-based carriers.

If you’re flying economy, you’ll pay for all checked baggage on domestic flights and routes to/from Canada & Mexico (exceptions for status & some credit card holders). For most international routes, your first checked bag (or two) is included.

Where you’ll want to be careful is in the excess department of American Airlines’ baggage policy – if your luggage is both overweight and oversize, American will charge you fees for both.

AA Carry-On Allowance

1 personal item: FREE
1 standard carry-on: FREE

Size Restrictions

  • Personal: 18 x 14 x 8 inches (45 x 35 x 20 cm)
  • Standard: 22 x 14 x 9 inches (56 x 36 x 23 cm)

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

Stroller Check Policy

  • Each customer is allowed 1 stroller and/or 1 car seat to be checked free of charge (only one can be checked at the gate).
  • Strollers over 20 pounds (9 kg) must be checked at ticket counter

AA Checked Baggage Allowance

All checked bags must adhere to a max weight of 50 pound (23 kg) for Economy & Premium Economy; 70 pound (32 kg) for Business & First Class fares; must adhere to max linear dimensions of 62 inches (158cm).

Seasonal Baggage Restrictions

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.

Main Cabin: for purchase as per table below

Premium Economy: 2 bags included; 3+ for purchase as per table above

Business: 2 bags included; 3+ for purchase as per table above

First: 2-3 bags included**; 3+ for purchase as per table above

**The fee for a 3rd bag is charged on a two-cabin aircraft; there is no charge for a 3rd bag on a three-cabin aircraft

Main Cabin Checked Baggage Fees:

Route1st Bag2nd Bag3rd Bag4th+ Bags
U.S. Domestic
(up to 10 bags)
(up to 5 bags)
Caribbean (except Cuba and Haiti)
(up to 5 bags)
Central America
– except Panama
(up to 5 bags)
South America
– except Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, & Venezuela
(up to 5 bags)
(up to 10 bags)
(up to 10 bags)

Baggage fee based on travel date and destination. Seasonal pricing applies to trips booked 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.

* 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.

^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).

**For travel to / from Honduras, a $55 2nd bag fee applies seasonally.

***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.

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

Additional / Excess Baggage Fees (per one way)

Overweight Fee 51lb – 70lb: $100
Overweight Fee 71lb – 100lb: $200* (not accepted to/from Europe or to/from Cuba)
*Flights to/from China, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong will cost $450. Additionally, baggage over 71lb is not permitted on transatlantic flights or flights to/from Cuba and Australia.

Oversized Fees

RegionLarger than 158cm (62in)
Between U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada$200
Mexico / Caribbean / Central and South America$200
Europe (transatlantic)$150
China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Australia (transpacific)$200

More than one fee may apply per bag, for example, the checked bag fee + oversize fee + overweight fee.

Excess Baggage Seasonal restrictions

Seasonally, only 2 bags are permitted for select cities in Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. You can view the applicable cities here with seasonal limitations.

Excess Baggage Year-Round Restrictions

Only 2 bags are permitted for select cities in Mexico and the Caribbean. You can view the applicable cities here with year-round limitations.

Sporting equipment and musical instruments

Hot Tip: American Airlines accepts oversized sporting equipment and musical instruments within the checked luggage allowance, providing the item weighs less than 50 lbs and does not exceed 62 linear inches. This includes equipment such as ski/snowboards and surfboards that can now be checked from $0-$60 (fee is route dependent.)

Oversized items such as hang gliders, windsurfing equipment, or SCUBA tanks will still incur the $150 fee due to their specific handling requirements. You can find more information on specific items here.

Can I Pre-pay for Baggage?

American Airlines does allow passengers the ability to pre-pay for luggage online or via the mobile app for selected domestic flights. This can be done when you check-in and up to 4 hours before departure.

Here are the ways to pre-pay:

When logging in, if the option is not available to add baggage then this must be done at the airport check-in desk.

Credit Cards That Give You A Free Checked Bag With American Airlines

These Citi credit cards provide a free checked bag on your domestic flights with American Airlines. Friends and family can even receive a free checked bag when on your itinerary.

Check out the details of each card’s checked bag benefit below:

Exclusions & Waivers

1st checked bag is complimentary for:

  • Eligible AAdvantage® Aviator™ and Citi® / AAdvantage® cardmembers (on domestic American Airlines operated flights)
  • AAdvantage® Gold
  • oneworld® Ruby
  • Alaska Airlines MVP members (discontinued)

1st and 2nd checked bags are complimentary for:

  • AAdvantage® Platinum Pro
  • AAdvantage® Platinum
  • oneworld® Sapphire members
  • Alaska Airlines MVP Gold (discontinued)
  • Confirmed Business Class customers
  • Confirmed Premium Economy customers**

**$0 2nd bag fee excludes Alaska and Hawaii

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

*Executive Platinum and oneworld® Emerald members traveling in First on 3-cabin aircraft may check a 4th bag at no charge.

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: 1st – 3rd bags free of charge

Hot Tip: Want to learn more about American’s fees & add-ons? Check out our in-depth review here

To see more airline baggage fees and policies, click here.


How many bags can you carry on American Airlines for free?

Flying American Airlines, you can take onboard 1 standard carry-on piece and 1 personal item. Your standard carry-on must not exceed maximum dimensions of 22″ x 14″ x 9″ and your personal item must not exceed 18″ x 14″ x 8″.

How much does American Airlines charge for baggage?

If you’re flying American Airlines within the US, to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America (excluding Panama) or Colombia then you will be charged $30 per way for your first checked bag. If you’re flying transatlantic in Basic Economy then you will incur a $60 fee to add a checked bag. All other destinations include your first bag within the price of the ticket. If flying transpacific or to Brazil then your 2nd bag is also included in the ticket and for all other destinations the 2nd bag fee ranges from $40-$100.

Can I take a backpack and a carry-on American Airlines?

You can bring onboard a backpack in addition to your carry-on item provided it adheres to the maximum size dimensions of a personal item: 18″ x 14″ x 8″. So this would need to be a small backpack. Alternatively you could use your carry-on allowance for the backpack and bring a smaller personal item in addition.

Is there a weight limit to carry-on bags American Airlines?

American Airlines does not state a weight limit for carry-on baggage. Typically, you would need to be able to comfortably lift and store the bag without assistance and still adhere to the size restrictions of 22″ x 14″ x 9″.

Do AAdvantage members get free checked bags?

1 piece of checked baggage is free for eligible AAdvantage® Aviator™ and Citi® / AAdvantage® cardmembers (on domestic American Airlines operated flights) and AAdvantage® Gold members. 2 pieces of checked baggage are complimentary for AAdvantage® Platinum Pro and AAdvantage® Platinum members. 3 checked bags are free for AAdvantage® Executive Platinum members.

Does American Airlines accept cash for baggage fees?

American Airlines accepts cash payments for baggage fees at some airport ticket centers. You can check individual airports for cash acceptance on their website here. You can also pay by PayPal, credit or debit card, vouchers or gift card.

What happens if your bag is over 50lbs on American Airlines?

With American Airlines, if your bag is over the weight of the standard checked baggage allowance then you will incur a fee. If your bag weighs 51lb – 70lb then you will be charged $100 per way and for bags 71lb – 100lb there is a charge of $200 (excluding flights to/from China, South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong which will cost $450). Bags over 71lb will not be accepted on transatlantic flights or flights to/from Cuba and Australia.

Does American Airlines charge for ski bags?

American Airlines permits passengers to check sporting equipment and musical instruments within their standard baggage allowance, providing the bag does not exceed 50 lbs or 60 linear inches.  So if you’re traveling on a route where the first bag costs $30, then this is the fee you will pay to check your ski bag or other sports and musical equipment.

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  1. Meghan Forde · June 6, 2018 · Reply

    I paid with my city master card for my checked luggage on April 23 rd 2018 from JFK to Orlando

  2. Some wonderful young lady called me back and explained the baggage policy,
    Answered all my questions.😃😃😃

    • Hi,
      I am flying to the Bahamas from Cleveland with a stopover in MIA. I have the Citi AA Credit card. Would my luggage be covered with that or would I still need to pay the $30 for the baggage fee?

      • Hi Samual,

        Which Citi AA card you have? If you have the Platinum or higher your checked baggage will be covered.

        Thanks for reading!

      • Hi,
        The one free checked baggage of the AA gold status is only up to 50 pounds free or up to 70 pounds free?

        • Catherine Luther · September 14, 2019 · Reply

          Hi Enrique,

          This would depend on the cabin you’re traveling in – 50lbs for Economy & Premium Economy and 70lbs for Business & First Class.

  3. Patricia M Landrum · September 2, 2018 · Reply

    I have just made 2 aa reservations, paid for by Citi Advantage mastercard
    KPCKNV SJO to PHX on 3rd October,
    737780421753 (Orbitz – as I have a terrible time trying to get your site in English from Costa Rica) PHX to MIA on 29th Oct.
    In both cases I paid additional as instructed to have more baggage than just 1 pers item which must fit under seat.
    But I had thought that as an aa advantage member or having a Citi aa creditcard, I got one free checked bag. What is the baggage policy?

    • Toby Plumb · September 4, 2018 · Reply

      @Patricia M Landrum – AA announced that from September 5, all passengers even those booked in basic economy can have one carry-on in addition to one personal item.

      For checked bags, even in basic economy, because you have and used the AA card you are still eligible for your free checked bag (except for flights to Europe).

      Orbitz does not have access to your AA account information to know that you have a free checked bag benefit with your card, so their site recommending it is not as accurate as checking with AA.

  4. So I have the Citi branded American airlines advantage card and am traveling to Cancun. Thr first bag free for domestic only s even though the bag fee is the same ($25) for domestic and to Mexico .. they will still charge me the $25 for the first bag .. yes?

    Just wanted to double-check .. !


    • Stephen Au · September 12, 2018 · Reply

      Hi John, as long as your AA credit card has your AA number on it, you’re covered for the first bag.

  5. Mazique Dismukes · September 22, 2018 · Reply

    My massage table is 30lbs but 31X31 how much would it be since less than 51lbs

  6. Beatrice falgout · October 4, 2018 · Reply

    There’s nowhere here that says how much the fee is to purchase a seat in basic economy

    • Hi Beatrice, this is simply a piece dedicated to baggage fees – not a piece on airline fares. Of course, the fares are HIGHLY variable and dependent on many different factors. You will need to visit American Airline’s website and enter the specifics to find the cost of a basic economy ticket.

  7. So, if I have a round trip ticket does that mean I have to pay the checked bag fee twice??

    • Stephen Au · October 13, 2018 · Reply

      Hi Helen,

      Unfortunately, the answer is yes. You will be charged each way for checked bag fees.

  8. JoAnne Prosia · October 14, 2018 · Reply

    Confused re carry ons for economy class. What is the new rule? Also, I see two prices quoted for one checked bag $25 and $30.00, which is it?

  9. Istvan Domokos · October 15, 2018 · Reply

    Hi everyone!
    We are traveling to the US from Europe and we have a segment from Orlando to DC. I want to buy a 3 “basic economy” tickets but in the process of booking, I couldn’t add 2 checked bags (I know for it I have to pay!) before the payment step. I tried to book “main cabin” type tickets also but I couldn’t add the baggage in this way either.
    Can anyone tell me what did I wrong?

    • Hi Istvan, American Airlines does not currently have a way to prepay for your baggage online. Unfortunately, you will have to do so at the check-in counter at the airport.

    • S Folinsky · June 15, 2019 · Reply

      We are flying Premium Economy to Dublin from DFW. We have a domestic economy segment to DFW. Do we have to pay a checked baggage fee for the domestic segment?

      • Hi Stuart,

        You will not need to pay for a checked bag since your itinerary includes forward travel onto Dublin.

      • Donna Rice · September 12, 2019 · Reply

        I have A Advantage Citi MC platinum select card. I recently flew from Houston to Miami to Curaçao round-trip. They charged me $30 each way for my checked bag. It’s been several years since my last Caribbean trip on AA and this is the first time they have charged me for my checked bag. When did this change?

        • Catherine Luther · September 14, 2019 · Reply

          Hi Donna,

          The first free checked bag is valid on domestic American Airlines operated flights only. We’re not sure when this changed, you would need to speak to American Airlines.

  10. I booked my sister a ticket which has three legs, all domestic. The first is a short flight which was only available in eco and the other two are business and first which go from west coast to east coast. After I paid, the baggage terms show that she has to pay for the first two bags because it’s an eco flight but then shows they are free on the second and third flights. Is that how it is now? If so, that’s ridiculous.

    • Stephen Au · October 18, 2018 · Reply

      Hey Lynn,

      Since one of the legs is economy, you will need to pay baggage fees for it. I know it’s ridiculous, but you can consider upgrading that leg of the flight to first to avoid it and just enjoy first class the whole way.

  11. Linda Morris · October 17, 2018 · Reply

    Can I carry my medication in my carry on bag or does it have to be in the medican bottles with my name on them. I am a diabete and I take shots but the needles aren’t on the medicine.

    • Hi Linda, this is more of a TSA concern than an airline specific concern. Since TSA is the regulating authority when it comes to what’s in your carry-on and what gets through to take onto the plane, you’ll need to defer to their guidelines.

      Per TSA stated restrictions, you do not have to declare medication unless it is in liquid form. In terms of insulin, TSA specifically states that it may be brought through the security checkpoint in your carry-on with special instructions – “Please notify the TSA officer that you have diabetes and are carrying your supplies with you. Insulin pumps and supplies must be accompanied by insulin, and insulin in any form or dispenser must be clearly identified.” (see policy here)

      Additionally, here are some recommendations from the American Diabetes Association when it comes to traveling with your medication and supplies.

      • Erika DeMattie · August 13, 2019 · Reply

        I’m traveling with a group of 6. We’re each checking one bag, does the baggage price we pay go by each checked bag per person. Or each checked bag all together. (Each $30 or 1st $30 second more, third more, fourth more, etc.)
        Thanks for you help!

        • Catherine Luther · August 14, 2019 · Reply

          Hi Erika,

          The bag fees apply to an individual passenger, not the group of passengers.

  12. Hi. Good article but still confused. Travelling US to Colombia SA. I am an AA citicard platinum credit card holder and gold status on AA.

    I’ll be checking in a large case for a bicycle frame. Weighs 46lbs and total dimensions add up to 90 inches. The longest side is 44 inches.
    How much will it cost me one wsy? Thank you!

  13. I am booked on a flight from Denver to Frankfurt, going through Charlotte (milesaver ticket) using AA Miles and I used my AA Platinum Select to Pay for the taxes/service fee… Do I need to pay to check a bag???

    The return is LHR to Denver Via Chicago (milesaver ticket) using AA Miles and used my Platinum Select card to Pay for Taxes/fees. Do I need to pay to check a bag??

  14. Kaylah Renee · November 19, 2018 · Reply

    So I’m moving back to California on Wednesday from Dallas I have four checked bags I wanted to see how much should I expect to pay.

    • Hi Kaylah, usually, passengers flying domestic are allowed to check up to 10 bags at the prices listed in the tables above. (1st: $30, 2nd: $40, 3rd: $150, 4th+: $200). HOWEVER, American Airlines website states: “From June 1, 2018 – August 19, 2018, and November 15, 2018 – January 13, 2019, there are seasonal limitations.” If you are in the main cabin (a standard economy ticket), you are allowed 2 checked bags and charges apply.

      If I were you, I would make a phone call to American Airlines Customer Service at 800-433-7300 and inquire about bags above this seasonal limit.

  15. Thomas Cooper · November 21, 2018 · Reply

    The Policy states $30 for the first bag. If I’m traveling in a group of 4 and we have three bags is each bag $30? In other words, do you get one $30 bag per ticket purchased?

    • Jeff Brownson · November 21, 2018 · Reply

      Hi Thomas. Yes, baggage policies apply per ticket so each of your three bags could be the first bag ($30) for three members of your group.

  16. Quiero llevar a cuba una bicicleta, me preguntaba si la podria llevar en su embalaje(caja) original.


    • Christine Krzyszton · December 10, 2018 · Reply

      Thanks for your question; I apologize for not answering in Spanish. I translated your question to English and will try to answer. First, baggage over 71lb is not permitted on transatlantic flights or flights to/from Cuba according to the AA web site. I would call American Airlines and ask them specifically, just to be sure.(800) 433-7300

  17. My bike barely reaches 40lb, but its packaging is more than 62 inches, but I see that you can not take boxes to Holguin Cuba. I wanted to know if you could take it in its original box and if not, how could it be taken?

    • Christine Krzyszton · December 11, 2018 · Reply

      Hi Frankly. I would call American Airlines directly and ask. I was unable to find the answer to your question other than what I previously mentioned.

  18. I purchased a domestic ticket for our daughter with our Citi AAdvantage card. Will she be eligible for a free checked bag since we used this card?

    • Christine Krzyszton · January 1, 2019 · Reply

      Hello Blanca. If she is traveling on her own, she would not receive the card benefit of a free checked bag. The first checked bag is only free for the primary cardholder plus up to 4 to 8 companions traveling on the same itinerary, depending on the card.

  19. James Tarsio · January 4, 2019 · Reply

    I just dropped my wife at SAT and learned that you guys charged her $150 because her bag was 54 pounds. This was a trip that I booked using my mileage AND paid the fees for the trip with my AA credit card. The trip was first class coming down to Texas, with a stop in Dallas just for fun. In review of your policies I don’t think she should have been charged at all, but if you follow the technical to the letter interpretation she was charged $50 too much as we had a free checked bag with the trip. I realize that things happen, but this is not the first time your people have attempted to charge us fees when none were warranted. This is on top of the small animal fee we paid so her cat could ride under the seat. We travel exclusively with AA, and I have 2 mileage cards, so I would appreciate this being corrected.

  20. We are flying to London. We bought economy tickets through AA but it says operated by British Airways. I have not found a clear answer as to whether we will be charged extra for checked luggage. If we are charged for checked luggage, how much will it cost and can I pay for cheaper online? Thank you!

  21. Benjamin · January 9, 2019 · Reply

    Am I reading this correctly that I have 2 bags up to 23kg for a flight between US and China, i.e., transpacific?

  22. Josiane youssef · February 4, 2019 · Reply

    Hello, I am willing to book a flight from Vegas to New York. Is there any way to prepay for 2 bags online upon check in before 24 hours on the website or on the aa mobile app? Or can I only pay at the airport?
    Thank u

    • Hi Josiane, American Airlines does not currently give customers the ability to prepay for baggage online or via the app. This means that unfortunately, you have to wait to pay until you check-in at the airport.

      • Craig Patterson · March 21, 2019 · Reply

        Someone needs to update the site because in the body of the site it states that American Airlines has a site to prepay for baggage but your comment on February 4, 2019 contradicts that, which is what I am seeing as I try to pre pay for my baggage.

        • Catherine Luther · March 22, 2019 · Reply

          Hi Craig,

          Thanks for highlighting this to us. American Airlines does allow you to pre-pay online or via the app on select domestic flights only.

          We’ve amended the article accordingly to reflect that this is applicable to ‘select’ domestic flights and that if you’re not presented with the option when checking in online or via the app, then this is not available for your flight and must be done at the airport.


    • Catherine Luther · March 25, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Josiane, we’ve had an update to some information we gave you in February. American Airlines does allow you to pre-pay online or via the app on select domestic flights only.

      When you login, you either will or will not have the option to add and pre-pay for baggage so you’ll be able to see if your flight is valid.

  23. What about if I fly the first leg Denver to Philly on American and the the second leg is Philly to Paris on Iberia but operated by American airlines. Is the first bag free in basic economy all the way or do you end up paying both airlines? thanks

    • Stephen Au · February 9, 2019 · Reply

      Jeff, it’s impossible to know because you didn’t explain which fare you booked, basic economy or Main Cabin. Additionally, the baggage policy should be on your ticket. If the reservations were booked separately and aren’t on the same ticket, you’ll need to be careful because the policy can change from one flight to the next.

  24. Can I use cash at the kiosk to pay for my bag as I don’t own a credit card and my debit card isn’t allowed in this country?

    • Hi Joanna – American Airlines FAQ states “You can pay with cash or check at some airport ticket counters or travel centers.” Unfortunately, it appears this is airport dependent and if cash is, in fact, allowed, you can only pay at the ticket counter, not the self-check-in kiosks.

      Since we’re not sure which airport you’re flying out of, we suggest you call American Airlines customer service phone number at 1-800-433-7300. Sorry we couldn’t be of more assistance!

  25. Hi Erin,
    My wife and I, both AA Advantage members and each with a Citi Bank AA Advantage Platinum Select Card, are flying Basic Economy using our AA Advantage Points from the US to London Heathrow round trip. We’re wondering if our first checked bag is free or if we’ll have to pay $60? We’re debating whether to check a bag or carry on. Thanks for your response.

    • James Larounis · February 21, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Gary, Happy to jump in here and answer. Your first checked bag would need to be paid for since the card does not cover checked bags outside of the U.S. and select local international destinations such as some Caribbean islands.

  26. Edward Thomas Cohoon · February 23, 2019 · Reply

    I have an AAdvantage member and a Citi Executive World Elite MasterCard. I am not using it to pay for my flights because my in-laws are taking us on vacation. Do I still get free checked bags for me and my party?

    • Stephen Au · February 24, 2019 · Reply

      Hey Edward,

      As long as the Citi credit card has your AAdvantage number attached to it, you do not need to use it to pay for your flights to receive free checked baggage allowance. This is not the case for another airline like United, which requires flight payment to receive checked bags. Thanks for reading.

  27. Hi,
    I am travelling from Toronto to Florida, is that a domestic flight or Central America? Also I u derstand that you cannot prepaid for your baggage on line, it has to,be done at the airport. The 1st suitcase is 30.00, the second is 40.00, what about a 3 rd one. How much would this cost? Please advise.

    • Katie Seemann · March 8, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Daisy,
      In this instance, Canada is part of the “Domestic” region. So, the 3rd bag would cost $150 and the 4th would cost $200.

  28. Bhupinder Singh · March 12, 2019 · Reply

    I am traveling from New York to Miami on Delta Airlines and the return flight is with American Airlines.
    As both have zero baggage allowance, I would like to know the payment modes for extra baggage. Please help me.

    • Hi Bhupinder, this depends on a number of things including which fare type you purchased. Are you in Economy? Business? How many bags are you checking? Are you asking payment types? Or simply HOW to pay?

  29. I’m flying to Miami from Atlanta on American Airlines, shipped luggage used to be $30 why is it $60 now??

    • Hi Lisa, as we’re not American Airlines we can’t really answer that question. It’s not uncommon for airlines to frequently change (read: increase) their fees for services… it really happens all the time.

      If you’d like to inquire further, we suggest you contact AA’s customer service at 800-433-7300.

  30. Hi! If I book a round trip flight for my husband and myself in economy on
    AMERICAN AIRLINES OPERATED BY ENVOY AIR AS AMERICAN EAGLE to connect to American Airlines (same on the way back) and have the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® card, will we have to pay luggage for either one of us? Or at all?

    • Christine Krzyszton · March 19, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Emma. With the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select card you receive: “First checked bag free
      for you and up to four people traveling with you on American Airlines domestic itineraries”. So yes,your
      first checked bag is free for both you and your husband,
      as long as you’re traveling domestically.
      Thanks for the question.

      • Thank you so much! I have one more question as this is all new to me if you don’t mind assisting me: do I have to show my card or just as long as I book it with the card i can get our bags checked? Or click on something while booking the flight?

        • Stephen Au · March 20, 2019 · Reply


          You don’t need to do either. The way it works is that the credit card is tied to your AAdvantage number. As long as your profile has your AA number and it’s on your reservation when you book, you can take a free checked bag. No special process with booking or showing your card at the airport is required. Thanks for reading.

  31. Hi, We are booking 1 way tickets for 2 using AAdvantage Platinum Select. The 1st from Dallas to Anchorage (main cabin) and the 2nd from Vancouver to Dallas (main cabin). Will we each still get one bag free each way? If so, if we need a 3rd bag (for a total of 3 bags for the 2 of us), is that bag charged as a 1st bag for $30 or as a 2nd bag for 1 of us for $40?
    *All of our bags are within the size range and will be under 50 lbs.

    • Hi Cindy – we just checked and verified with AA. In the scenario that you mentioned, it would be charged at the second bag rate ($40)…not the 1st bag rate unfortunately!

  32. Tommy Williford · March 31, 2019 · Reply

    This card is a fraud. I have paid for multiple flights with this card through the American Airlines app and they always charge me for my bag. I have to all and challenge the charge every. Single. Time. It’s called a bait and switch.

    • Hi Tommy, just to be clear, which card are you having troubles with?

      (Obviously, we aren’t American Airlines or Citibank, but we’re trying to see if anyone else is having these issues!)

  33. Kathy Swafford · April 4, 2019 · Reply

    Flying AA Premium Economy to Amsterdam. Is there a charger for 1st pc. luggage?
    2nd pc. luggage? Not using AA credit card.

    Thank you

    • Hi Kathy, as you can see from the AA Checked Baggage Allowance section above), Premium Economy passengers are allowed 2 checked bags complimentary, your 3+ bag would be for purchase as per table listed.

  34. Hi, we are flying from London to NYC economy on AA. Is the first checked bag included or do we have to pay?

    • Catherine Luther · April 8, 2019 · Reply


      Your 1st checked bag is included in the price of the ticket provided you have booked a Standard Economy fare not a Basic Economy fare. If you have booked a Basic Economy fare then no checked baggage is included and this would need to be purchased for $60 (1st bag), $100 (2nd bag), and $200 for all bags after that.

  35. Laura M Pizarro · April 18, 2019 · Reply

    I am flying AA internationally from Ecuador to Miami. Can I check in 2 pieces of luggage without baggage fees and a carry on?

  36. Matthew · April 22, 2019 · Reply

    I have a AA platinum card and traveling from Phila to Jamaica economy. Does the card get our first baggage fee waived or will I be expected to still pay?

    • Catherine Luther · April 23, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Matthew,

      As per the Elite Status Benefits page: under the section “Benefits at the airport,” this states that Platinum members have their bag fees waived for 2 checked bags.

      • Tan Man · July 31, 2019 · Reply

        I think the question is about the Citi Aadvantage platinum card. The response link is regarding AAdvantage Elite status. I believe both are different. I would like to check the same as I’ll be traveling from Philly to Jamaica as well. I have Citi AAdvantage platinum card but no AA elite status. Thanks in advance!

        • Catherine Luther · August 1, 2019 · Reply

          Hi Tan,

          Citi AAdvantage Platinum card holders benefit from a free checked bag on domestic routes only.

  37. Jasmine Garnica · April 25, 2019 · Reply

    I know that for AA carry-on luggage it can’t exceed 22 x 14 x 9 inches. My carry-on luggage is 20 x 14 x 10 inches. I know its a difference of only one inch but I do not know if they will allow it. Unfortunately, I don’t think that the 45 linear inches rule still applies or else it would be ok. Do you think I will have to check the bag?

    • Catherine Luther · April 26, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Jasmine,

      Unfortunately there is no way to know the answer here and it will completely depend on the AA check-in and gate staff on the day of travel. For a 1 inch difference that may not be noticeable to the naked eye, I’m sure 9 times out of 10 it is fine, but if you’re asked to place your bag in one of the carry-on size checking stands then you might have an issue with the depth, especially if it is a hard shell.

  38. Rodney M. · April 25, 2019 · Reply

    Hello — I’m not finding much information about travel companions. I am Gold status and I get one checked bag at no charge. Does this also apply to my two travel companions? Will they each be able to check one bag at no charge also?

    • Catherine Luther · April 26, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Rodney,

      As per AA’s Elite Status Benefits page, your companions would receive the same baggage allowance as you, providing they are booked on the same reservation. If you would like to refer to this information, it can be found here under the dropdown section “More information about benefits at the airport Expand” and then “Checked bag fee waived.”

      • Drew K. · August 5, 2019 · Reply

        Thanks Catherine! When I originally read that page I wasn’t sure if it meant the number of checked bags above (e.g. 2 for Platinum) would be applied to all of the people on the reservation (e.g. 3 people split 2 checked bags) or individually to the people on the reservation (e.g. 3 people have 2 checked bags EACH). I assumed it was the latter, but this helped clarify.

  39. Hi – I am One World Sapphire traveling economy on AA. If I book the tickets does this mean that other travelers on my reservation also get complimentary 2 bags?

    • Catherine Luther · May 2, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Anj,

      As per AA’s Elite Status Benefits page, your companions would receive the same baggage allowance as you, providing they are booked on the same reservation (One World Sapphire is equivalent to AAdvantage Platinum/Platinum Pro.) If you would like to refer to this information, it can be found here under the dropdown section “More information about benefits at the airport” and then “Checked bag fee waived.”

      Hope this helps!

  40. If a flight is booked for me using my husband’s mileage and using the CitiGold AAdvantage credit card to pay the taxes, will there be a charge for baggage?

    • Christine Krzyszton · May 8, 2019 · Reply

      Hello Bev. Unfortunately, the Citi AAdvantage Gold Mastercard does not offer a free baggage benefit.

  41. Shaunta · May 17, 2019 · Reply

    Overweight bags, is the $100 a flat fee?

    • Catherine Luther · May 18, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Shaunta, the $100 fee for your 2nd additional bag on transatlantic flights would be per one way route.

  42. Alyssa · June 5, 2019 · Reply

    Hi, I booked economy, not basic economy do I still have to pay $60 for checked luggage to Europe?

  43. Satish · June 5, 2019 · Reply

    Flying BOS-MAD. Flight operated by Iberia but booked on
    Im AA Gold. Traveling with a companion. I can check in 2 bags (1 for me and 1 for my companion on same ticket) as a gold member for free. Correct?

  44. Harry R BORGMAN · June 25, 2019 · Reply

    Last month I booked an AA Economy(G) flight MSP-PHX in September for my wife. She is an AAvantage member, which is recorded on the ticket. I used my AA Platinum Select card to pay for the flight, but I am cancelling the card next week. With the card cancelled will she have to pay a checked baggage fee?

    • Catherine Luther · June 26, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Harry,

      On the “First checked bag free” ts & cs state:

      “For the benefit to apply, the Citi® / AAdvantage® account must be open 7 days prior to air travel, and reservation must include the primary credit cardmember’s American Airlines AAdvantage® number 7 days prior to air travel. If your credit card account is closed for any reason, these benefits will be cancelled.”

      If your wife is AAdvantage status Gold or above then she will receive 1 checked bag for free. If she isn’t, then unfortunately she would have to pay for a checked bag.

    • I am flying first Madrid to Charlotte and then Charlotte to Seattle. This route is one ticket number and I booked basic economy. My question is I have to pay for checked baggage but will have to pay twice? 60$ from Madrid to Charlotte and then 30$ from Charlotte to Seattle or will it just be 60$ since it is one flight requiring a plane change in Charlotte? Thanks.

      • Andrew Kunesh · August 2, 2019 · Reply

        Hey Tina, you will only have to pay the baggage fee once if your two flights are booked on the same ticket. Your bags will be checked through from Madrid to Seattle, so you won’t need to recheck in Charlotte either. Thanks!

  45. massimo · June 25, 2019 · Reply

    I am coming back from Venice to San Antonio via ORD (Chicago) in August. I have a carry on and a checked bag. Is the checked bag (up to 23 kg) free correct?
    I bought the one way ticket using my AA miles.

    • Catherine Luther · June 26, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Massimo,

      If your ticket indicates that you have a checked bag included, then this would be free and included in your ticket. As long as you have not redeemed your miles for a basic economy fare, then flights between Europe and the United States would include a piece of checked luggage (23 kg.) If you’re unsure, then we advise you contact American Airlines directly to confirm.

  46. Whoopie · July 2, 2019 · Reply

    I booked a basic economy ticket on American Airlines. I read your article afterward and got one of the credit cards discussed. How do I get it linked to the reservation for the checked luggage and boarding group benefits?

    • Hi Whoopie,

      The first thing you will need to do is link your new credit card to you American Airlines loyalty account so that you can begin receiving the benefits on all future flights.

      Once your account is linked you should be permitted to the baggage and boarding benefit. However, you may want to call an American Airlines representative to verify, just in case they need to make any retroactive changes manually on their end!

  47. Bruce Robertson · July 10, 2019 · Reply

    If I use frequent flyer miles on United or American Airlines (mile saver level) for our trip from the USA to Mexico will there be a baggage fee?

    (I have no airline credit card or status.)

    • Hi Bruce,

      Are you flying economy? There will be no charge for your personal item or one carry on bag, but checked luggage will cost $30 for the first bag and increase from there.

  48. MARCELO R LUNA · July 12, 2019 · Reply

    Hi, I used Orbitz to book a trip from Houston to Rome and return via Madrid, the airline of choice was British Airlines in which the first checked bag is free, but 1 day before the trip I find out that BA was using American Airlines (travel partner) we had to pay $60 x 4 =$240, is there anything that I can do to recup part of the fees paid?

    • Hi Marcelo,

      Were you originally booked to fly with British Airways and your itinerary was changed to be operated by American Airlines 1 day before the trip? Or was the flight scheduled to be flown by American Airlines from the beginning?

  49. John Rose · July 13, 2019 · Reply

    We are flying AA using points from DFW to Heathrow and back. We do have an AA Citi card and an AA Advantage card and are Gold members. Do we have to pay for one checked bag each?

    • Hi John,

      Which American Advantage card do you have? If you both have the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select card then both of you receive your first checked bag free!

      • John Rose · July 14, 2019 · Reply

        I have a AA Citi and my wife has an AA Advantage Aviator. The last time we went to Heathrow the first bag checked free. Also, AA offered free meals and beer/wine. Is that still the case?

        • Catherine Luther · July 15, 2019 · Reply

          Hi John,

          All passengers traveling on transatlantic flights receive the first checked bag for free (excluding Basic Economy tickets.) On transatlantic flights, passengers also receive a meal and beverages including beer or wine.

          • John Rose · July 15, 2019

            I used AA points for the tickets to Heathrow. The tickets simply say Economy. Does this qualify for one free checked bag? Sorry for the multiple questions, but we don’t fly a lot.

          • Hi John,

            Yes, your first checked bag will be free on your flight. Thanks for reading!

  50. I don’t see my aa advantage number on my card that I recently received but I did purchase my tickets with my new card. Will I receive my first checked bag free?

    • Catherine Luther · July 19, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Chad,

      Your AAdvantage number must be on the reservation at least 7 days prior to travel to receive the free checked bag benefit. If you don’t have this to hand, you can request this here.

  51. Michele St Croix · July 21, 2019 · Reply

    Can you pay the baggage fee with points/miles?

    • Hi Michele,

      You cannot use American miles to pay for your baggage. There are a few card options that allow you to use your points to offset travel charges (including baggage fees), like the Capital One Venture card. There are also quite a few credit card options that offer free baggage, many of which we outlined in this post, do you hold any of those cards?

  52. I have the AAdvantage Platinum Select Card and would like to travel to Vietnam. I wonder if there are two free check bags for this trip, and how much I would have to pay if I would like to buy an extra checked bag.

  53. I’m flying Kansas City to Chicago O’hare on an Award ticket. The taxes are paid on AA Platinum Select card. Would I get one checked bag free? Thanks.

  54. Hi,
    I’m booking a First Class ticket using my award miles from DFW-SFO.
    I’m also an AA Advantage Card member. Does that mean I get 1 Free checked bag (from AA Advantage Card 50lbs) + 2 checked bags (from First class ticket 70lbs each).
    So total 3 free checked Bags?
    If not, how much would I need to pay to check in 3 bags?

    Thanks in advance!

  55. Robert B Derhake Jr · August 19, 2019 · Reply

    On your baggage size, I have a few questions. Do you include wheels and handles in your size requirements? I have a CPAP machine. is that considered my personal bag, or can I have another as a personal bag? My wife and I are flying with you this Thursday and I need to know if my luggage will fit your size restrictions.
    Thank you for your prompt reply.
    Robert Derhake

    • Hi Robert,

      Please keep in mind that we are not American Airlines, nor do we have any affiliation with American Airlines. We are Upgraded Points, a website that publishes helpful travel information. With that said, I’m happy to help answer your question. American does count wheels and handles in the size requirements. For your CPAP machine, yes that will be considered your personal item and it will need to fit underneath the seat in front of you.

      Thanks for reading and safe travels!

  56. Hi. I applied for the AAdvantage Citi Platinum Select Card yesterday and received notification that it was instantly approved. Can I book AA tickets on a different card (do not have this card yet) and still use my AA frequent flyer number to receive the one free checked bag benefit for myself and a companion on the same reservation? Thanks for any clarification – this has been a confusing benefit to understand as some travel blogs mention that one does not have to use the card, but when I called Citi they said I have to use the card for the ticket. Please help.

    • Hi VM,

      Unless there has been a change in policy, you do not need to actually pay with the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select card in order to receive the baggage benefit. The card is attached to your frequent flyer number, so you will receive the baggage benefits regardless of the card you pay for the flight with.

      Thanks for reading!

  57. Flying from Philadelphia to Cancun in 4 weeks. If I get the AAdvantage Platinum select card do I get my first checked bag free?

  58. Hi, I’m in the military and have an active military ID. Do I just go up to the check-in booth to get my bags waived? Or do I need to call customer support? I will be traveling internationally for a vacation, not on orders.

    • Catherine Luther · August 30, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Eric,

      You should be able to get your baggage waived by showing your ID at an AA’s check-in desk.

      • Patty zevallos · September 3, 2019 · Reply

        I’m traveling business from Lima to Miami and I also have an AAdvantange platinum card. How many checked bags I’m I allow to take? Am I allowed to make one of the bags a “special size box”…what are the measurements allow and the weight?

        • Catherine Luther · September 4, 2019 · Reply

          Hi Patty,

          If you have an AAdvantage Platinum card then you are permitted to take 2 x 50 lb bags. These must not exceed max linear dimensions of 62 inches otherwise you will incur oversized bag charges.

  59. Hello,

    I am travelling from Columbus, to Dallas, to Los Angeles before flying to New Zealand and I want to check an extra big bag in, am I going to have to pay each flight for that?

    Thank You

  60. Caletha Hurditt · September 6, 2019 · Reply

    Will there be a baggage fee if am traveling internationally on an economy flight
    with two suitcases and my knapsack with my laptop?

    • Katie Seemann · September 7, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Caletha,
      Where are you headed? Whether or not you’ll be charged to check bags depends on your destination. For example, you will have to pay for your bags if you are flying on a transatlantic flight in basic economy, but you wouldn’t have to pay if you were flying on a transpacific flight.

  61. Pamela Day · September 13, 2019 · Reply

    I am flying from Colombia to Miami. Will I be charged for a checked bag?

    • Hi Pamela,

      According to the American Airlines website, for travel to/from Cali, Colombia the 1st bag fee 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. If you are flying from any other Colombian city you will not need to pay a bag fee.

      Thanks for reading!

  62. Kristen Gagnon · September 17, 2019 · Reply

    My daughter is flying on an advantage miles ticket for London to LAX. What is her baggage limit?
    Thank you,

    • Catherine Luther · September 17, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Kristen,

      Tickets purchased with miles have the same baggage allowance as a cash fare, so this would depend on the cabin/ticket type purchased. If it was a standard economy fare then 1 x 23 kg checked bag would be included on a transatlantic flight.

  63. Sheryl Early · September 21, 2019 · Reply


    I booked a flight on Korean Air for Dallas-Philippines with a layover in Korea. My first leg of the flight is operated by American Airlines (DFW to Incheon). I noticed that AA doesn’t specify the weight for their carry on but Korean air has 20lbs limit for an economy ticket, does this mean I can go over 20lbs for my carry on since I don’t have to check any luggage from Korea to Philippines?

    Thank you.

    • Catherine Luther · September 23, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Sheryl,

      Carry-on allowances for specific airlines must be adhered to even when 2 flights have been booked on 1 ticket. If Korean Air has a limit of 20 lbs then you should aim to keep your bag under that limit to avoid being asked to check the item.

  64. C Henderson · September 28, 2019 · Reply

    What is my checked baggage fee if I’m traveling to Barcelona from the US?

    Thank you.

    • Hi C Henderson!

      If you have an economy ticket to Barcelona then you will not have to pay for your checked bag. If you have a basic economy ticket then the fee will be $60 to check a bag.

      Thanks for reading!

  65. Marie Mc Entee · October 10, 2019 · Reply

    Is it more expensive to pay for a checked bag at the airport rather than online for a transatlantic flight?

    • Hi Marie,

      Generally, yes it can be more expensive to pay for your bag at the airport as opposed to paying in advance.

      Thanks for reading!

  66. VALERIE JIMENEZ · October 15, 2019 · Reply

    I will be flying on an American Airlines flight soon and I had purchased a carry on bag. I know the requirements are 22x14x9, but I measured my bag and it’s 23x12x9. Will I be charged for this bag?

    • Catherine Luther · October 17, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Valerie,

      There is always a risk of being asked to check the bag if it exceeds the maximum size stated by the airline.

  67. I am traveling with a basic economy ticket in US to get to Dallas and from there premium economy to France. Will I have to pay $30 for my 45 min domestic flight even though the bulk of my travel is via premium economy?

    • Hi Nancy,

      Yes, you will need to pay $30, unless you have one of the American Airlines credit cards. In that case, you can get 1 checked bag for free.

  68. Hi

    I am flying from SA to San Pedro Sula return in December. I have to change to American Airlines in Miami as Qatar does not fly to San Pedro Sula. Are we still liable to pay baggage fees for the trip to Honduras?
    We are flying Standard Economy on AA.


    • Hi Zelda,

      Please check directly with American Airlines, but you should be able to take 2 checked bags, as you’re flying from Miami to Honduras, which is an international flight to South America.

  69. Athena S · November 9, 2019 · Reply

    I recently acquired an American Airlines CITI Bank Platinum Select credit card. I had already booked a roundtrip ticket for next week using another credit card. Am I still eligible for a free checked bag since I am a current cardholder (even if I didn’t use to purchase the airline ticket).. Thanks

    • Catherine Luther · November 10, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Athena,

      American Airlines don’t require you to book with the credit card to be eligible for the free checked bag but you do need to make sure your AAdvantage account number is on your reservation.

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