JetBlue Baggage Fees & How to Avoid Paying Them

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JetBlue has one of the most clear-cut baggage policies of all the airlines, with fees sitting right at the average comparatively.

They also have a fairly generous free baggage policy for Active Duty US Military Personnel and their dependents.

JetBlue Carry-On Allowance

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

Size Restrictions

  • Personal: 17 x 13 x 8 inches (43.2 cm x 33 x (20.32 cm)
  • Standard: 22 x 14 x 9 inches (55.88 x 35.56 x 22.86 cm)

JetBlue does not have a weight restriction for carry-on items but states that you should be able to lift them into the overhead compartment unassisted.

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

Stroller Check Policy

  • JetBlue offers a courtesy gate-check of strollers, car seats, child carriers/backpack carriers, and booster seats, or these items can be checked at a JetBlue check-in desk.

JetBlue Checked Baggage Allowance

All checked bags must adhere to a max weight of 50 pound (23 kg); must adhere to max linear dimensions per bag up to 62 linear inches (157.48 cm). Passengers can book up to 2 bags in advance, subsequent bags can only be added at the airport.

Fare1st Bag2nd Bag3rd+ Bags
Blue Basic$30$40$150
Blue$30$40$150
Blue PlusFREE$40$150
Blue Extra$30$40$150
MintFREEFREE$150
MosaicFREEFREE$150
JetBlue Plus CardmemberFREE$40$150

Lap Infant Checked Bag Policy

  • Lap infants that are traveling at no cost do not qualify for the checked baggage allowance.

Additional/Excess Baggage Fees

Additional Piece (3+ pieces):  $150 ea.

Overweight Fee (51 – 99 pound):  $150

Oversized Fee (63 – 80 inches):  $150

For baggage fees related to special luggage (sporting equipment, musical instruments, etc.) please refer to JetBlue’s policy here.

Can I Pre-pay for Baggage?

JetBlue does allow passengers the ability to pre-pay for luggage online or via the mobile app.

Here are the ways you can pre-pay:

  • Log in to the your booking through the ‘Manage your flight’ area of the JetBlue website
  • Download and log in to the JetBlue app
  • Cheaper fees are also applicable by adding baggage using an airport kiosk

Credit Cards That Give You A Free Checked Bag With JetBlue

Barclays has 3 co-branded credit cards with JetBlue that provide a free checked bag. Check out the details below:

Credit CardChecked Bag Benefit Details
The JetBlue Plus CardOne free checked bag for you and up to 3 companions on your itinerary
The JetBlue CardOne free checked bag for you and up to 3 companions on your itinerary
The JetBlue Business CardOne free checked bag for you and up to 3 companions on your itinerary

Credit Cards That Reimburse You For Checked Bag Fees

You can also use several credit cards that reimburse checked bag fees. You can even use the cards below in conjunction with the JetBlue cards if you need more than 1 checked bag.

Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card - This no annual fee card comes with a 20,000 mile welcome bonus (worth $200) once you spend $1,000 within the first 3 months. When you use your card for travel purchases (e.g. baggage fees), use your miles to pay off all, or part of, your statement! This is why we like this card.
Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card - The "big brother" card to the VentureOne® with a larger 50,000 welcome bonus (worth $500), when you spend $3,000 within the first 3 months.

Exclusions & Waivers

TrueBlue Mosaic members receive free first & second checked bags.

U.S. Military and Family (Dependents),  Active Duty:  U.S. Military personnel and their dependents only.  These customers must present their military orders and DoD Common Access Card (identification).

  • Travel on Military Orders:
    • Active military personnel traveling (domestic and international) on military orders are allowed to check five (5) bags at no additional cost.
    • Dependents traveling (domestic and international) on military orders are allowed to check five (5) bags at no additional cost.
      • Please note: Dependents do not have to travel with the active military personnel.
  • Leisure Travel:
    • Active military personnel traveling (domestic and international) for leisure are allowed to check two (2) bags at no additional cost.
    • Dependents traveling (domestic and all international) for leisure are allowed to check two (2) bags at no additional cost.
      • Please note: Dependents MUST travel on the same PNR or same flight as the active military personnel.

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

FAQ

How many bags can you carry on JetBlue for free?

Passengers on JetBlue can bring 1 standard price of carry-on and 1 personal item for free. The standard carry-on must not be larger than 22″ x 14″ x 9″ and the personal item, 17″ x 13″ x 8″. JetBlue does not specify weight limits.

What is JetBlue baggage policy?

All checked bags for JetBlue must not weigh more than 50 pound or exceed max linear dimensions of 62 inches. Checked baggage is included for Blue Plus and Mint passengers and other fares will need to be purchased separately. Mint also includes a 2nd checked bag in the cost of the fare.

Is JetBlue baggage free?

Passengers who are on the Blue fare doe not have free checked baggage allowance and will need to purchase this separately. The fees are $30 for the first bag, $40 for the second and $150 for 3+ bags. Blue Plus and Mint fares include free baggage allowance.

Can I bring a carry-on and a backpack JetBlue?

A backpack would be considered your personal item by JetBlue if it does not exceed maximum dimensions of 17″ x 13″ x 8″. So you would be able to bring a small backpack and a carry-on piece.

What is the weight limit for JetBlue baggage?

Checked baggage on JetBlue must not weigh more than 50lb (23kg) for a single piece. There is currently no weight restriction for carry-on baggage. If your bag exceeds 50lbs (23kg) then you will be charged excess fees of $150 for 23kg – 45kg (51lb – 99lb).

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21 comments

  1. Stephanus N Vermeulen · December 5, 2018 · Reply

    I am travelling from San Diego to connect a flight on JFK to South Africa.
    I am a seafarer ,do I have to pay fee for my 1 checked in baggage??

  2. Charleen · January 31, 2019 · Reply

    I’m moving from Hnl to Boise Idaho I would like to know your mobility scooter and walker policy as well as max bags for check in. Do you have senior rates for bags? Do you have escort help airport help and do you have mobile stairs or ramps?

    • Hi Charleen, please be advised we are NOT JetBlue, nor are we an airport. We are Upgraded Points, an educational website publishing points and miles based content as well as other travel related articles. We suggest you call JetBlue customer service to inquire directly about their mobility scooter and walker policy. Their phone number is: 1 (800) 538-2583.

      It is a policy across the board for all US airports to provide escort services for disabled individuals but you should call your airport in question to see if you need to provide any proof of disability. Additionally, you will need to call the airport in question to inquire about stairs and ramps. Hope this helps.

  3. Ilan Zeimer · May 27, 2019 · Reply

    Can you pay for checked bags in cash at the airport? Or must I have a credit card? I am not from the USA, that is why I ask.

    • Stephen Au · May 27, 2019 · Reply

      Hey Ilan,

      You typically cannot pay for checked bags with cash. The best move is to use a credit card or debit card. Thanks for reading!

  4. Stephanie · June 25, 2019 · Reply

    I have the JetBlue Plus Card. If I’m planning on only 1 checked bag (free with card), do I purchase a “Blue” ticket or a “Blue Plus” ticket for my flight? I’ve looked everywhere and haven’t been able to find a definitive answer. Thanks in advance for your help.

    • Hi Stephanie,

      Purchasing a “Blue” fare is fine. There is no need to pay extra for the “Blue Plus” ticket, as you will receive a free checked bag for paying for your flight with the JetBlue Plus card.

  5. Marirose · July 11, 2019 · Reply

    I am not a JetBlue member or cardholder. But when I purchased by ticket it says Blue Plus refundable. When I try to check in, my first bag is not free. Do I get a free bag?

    • Catherine Luther · July 12, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Marirose,

      Blue Plus fares include the first checked bag within the ticket. This can weigh up to 50lb and measure up to 62 linear inches.

  6. How does JetBlue know my first bag is free after purchasing a “blue” seat and using the JetBlue plus card? How do I add the baggage to the itinerary?

    • Hi Judi,

      Your Jetblue Plus card is attached to your JetBlue TrueBlue number which ensures that you will receive the baggage benefit. You can add additional baggage by logging into your account and modifying your itinerary to add the number of bags you plan to bring.

      Thanks for reading!

  7. So only active duty personnel get free checked bags? That’s a shame that people that have been to actual combat can’t get the baggage fee waived!

    • Hi Walter,

      Currently only active duty personnel can get checked bag fees waived. However, depending on your ability to produce a CAC card/military ID, you may be able to get fees waived if you’re a reservist, for example. It depends on your individual customer representative. Other than that, you’re probably out of luck. Thanks for reading.

  8. Nikole Ayala Agosto · October 22, 2019 · Reply

    Hi,
    My husband is in the military and he is moving to continental US (not on orders). I know he has 2 free bags, but he is planning on checking 4 bags. My question is, are the two extra bags going to cost $30 and $40 respectively or are they $150/each?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Nikole,

      Since the 1st and 2nd bags are already free, you’ll need to pay as a 3rd and 4th bag, which is $150 each. Thanks for reading.

  9. tommy watters · October 25, 2019 · Reply

    what about cost or if you will take surf boards 6 to 8 feet long but less than 20 lb.

    • Hi Tommy,

      According to the JetBlue website, their oversized fee is $150. Although, you might want to get in contact with them directly for an exact figure.

      Thanks for reading!

  10. Stan Simpson · November 5, 2019 · Reply

    Traveling domestic to NY on to Philippines is my baggage 2 checked and one carry on per adult? Thanks

    • Catherine Luther · November 5, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Stan,

      What airline is operating the flight from NY to the Philippines?

  11. My parents are traveling to Nassau Bahamas from Barbados on JetBlue, through Fort Lauderdale. Will they have to clear their bags in Fort Lauderdale and if so, will they have to pay again to recheck them?

    • Hi Sam,

      They will likely need to re-clear their bags, but if all of their travel is with JetBlue then they should not need to pay to recheck them.

      Thanks for reading!

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