JetBlue Baggage Fees & How to Avoid Paying Them

JetBlue baggage fees

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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

Hot Tip: Beginning July 20, 2021, Blue Basic fares purchased on or after February 25, 2021, will only receive 1 personal item to be stowed underneath the seat (and no standard carry-on bag). Also starting July 20, 2021, those on Blue, Blue Extra, or Mint for domestic flights and Blue Basic customers who purchased Even More Space will be guaranteed overhead bin space for 1 carry-on. If lack of overhead bin space causes JetBlue to gate check your carry-on, you’ll receive a $25 credit good for travel on JetBlue for 1 year.

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 free of charge.

JetBlue Checked Baggage Allowance

All checked bags must adhere to a max weight of 50 pounds (23 kg); Mint class customers can have a max weight of 70 pounds (31 kg); bags must adhere to max linear dimensions per bag up to 62 linear inches (158 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$35$45$150
Blue PlusFREE$45$150
Blue Extra$35$45$150
JetBlue Plus card memberFREE$45$150

Additional/Excess Baggage Fees

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

Overweight Fee (51 – 99 pounds): $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 where bags can be added for $1 cheaper than the advertised fees.

Here are the ways you can pre-pay:

  • Log in to 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 2 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 Business CardOne free checked bag for you and up to 3 companions on your itinerary

Additional 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 bonus mile offer after spending $500 in 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 balance! We've highlighted 30+ benefits of the card.
Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card - The "big brother" card to the VentureOne with a 100,000 bonus miles offer when you spend $20,000 on purchases in the first 12 months from account opening, or still earn 50,000 miles if you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months. This card is full of benefits and perks and you can redeem your miles on travel or transfer your miles to over 10+ travel loyalty programs.

Exclusions & Waivers

TrueBlue Mosaic members receive free first & second checked bags as do any travel companions on the same booking.

U.S. Military and dependents:

  • Travel on Military Orders:
    • Active military personnel and their dependents: traveling (domestic and international) on military orders are allowed to check five (5) bags at no additional cost.
  • Leisure Travel:
    • Active military personnel and their dependents: traveling (domestic and 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.

These customers must present their military orders and DoD Common Access Card (identification).

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

Frequently asked questions

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 inches and the personal item, 17 x 13 x 8 inches. 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 do not have free checked baggage allowance and will need to purchase this separately. The fees are $35 for the first bag, $45 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 inches. 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 50 pounds (23 kg) for a single piece. There is currently no weight restriction for carry-on baggage. If your bag exceeds 50 pounds (23 kg) then you will be charged excess fees of $150 for 51-99 pounds (23-45 kg).

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  1. Stephanus N Vermeulen December 5, 2018

    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??


    • So…you’re saying you cannot bring a carryon after july 2021…what about all the liquids you’re supposed to carry and electronics? They will go into regular luggage? Kinda scary. What about an emotional support small dog? How does that work. Seems people are supposed to travel with nothing.


  2. 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

    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.


    • 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

    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. 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

      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

    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.


    • Is it true JetBlue allows a 15lb bag extra for an infant, separate from their diaper bag?


      • Hi Ana,

        Per the JetBlue website “If you’re traveling with a lap infant, you can bring aboard a diaper bag in addition to your carry-on and personal item.” So you cannot also bring a 15lb bag unless you’d be willing to pay extra for it.


  9. tommy watters October 25, 2019

    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

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


  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!


  12. How strict is JetBlue on personal baggage size?


    • Hey Jasmine, in my experience, it’s not worth risking bringing oversized or too much luggage. You may be forced to pay to check the bag at the gate if you do.


  13. Hi, I’m traveling with JetBlue, I want to know if I receive free bags or not?


  14. I know my jetblue plus card is tied to my TB account. If I redeem my chase points through the Chase travel portal and use my TB account# when booking – do I still get my first checked bag for free?


  15. Hi!

    I am flying from Dublin to Las Vegas with a layover in Boston. My long haul flights are on Aer Lingus but my flight from Boston to Las Vegas and my return flight from Las Vegas to Boston are with JetBlue. Do I have to pay for baggage on both flights (meaning both JetBlue flights)? I bought my ticket on Expedia with baggage included however not sure about the JetBlue flight.



    • Hi Becca,

      Does your ticket state what fare class you’re flying with JetBlue? If it is Blue Plus fare then you will not need to pay for a checked bag. If you have a Blue or Blue basic fare then the cost to check a bag will be $30.

      If you’re not sure what fare class your ticket is you can contact JetBlue directly for assistance at 1 (800) 538-2583.

      Thanks for reading!


  16. Rio Espino March 21, 2020

    What if you want to cancel your flight and you already bought your prepaid baggage? My friend wanted to cancel her flight because of the Covid-19. Can she get her money back?


    • Hi Rio,

      Yes, your friend should be able to get the flight and the baggage fees refunded back as a travel credit good for one year from the issue date.


  17. what is the limit on checked bags from nyc to peru?


    • Hi Rosalinda,

      All checked bags must adhere to a max weight of 50 pounds (23 kg); must adhere to max linear dimensions per bag up to 62 linear inches (158 cm). The charge for a checked bag for Blue Basic and Blue fares is $35 for the first bag, $45 for a second bag, and $150 for any subsequent bags. If you’ve purchased a Blue Plus or Mint fare then the first checked bag is free.

      Thanks for reading!


  18. Can I pack my stuff in a plastic tote and check it? I’m traveling from the Dominican Republic to the USA on May 3, 2020.


  19. Cheryl Harmon August 10, 2020

    We previously purchased our JetBlue tickets and just now found out about Veterans Advantage. Can I still get the free luggage offer at check in?


    • Hi Cheryl,

      You might be able to! I recommend you contact the JetBlue customer service team directly to see if they can extend that offer to you. Their contact number is 1-(800)-538-2583.

      Thanks for reading!


  20. Henry J Ecker September 7, 2020

    Does the jetblue plus credit card cover me and up to 3 guests for one checked bag using points?


    • Hi Henry,

      As long as you still pay the taxes and fees of your flight with the JetBlue Plus card then yes you will still receive the baggage benefit.


  21. I booked my Jetblue Mint ticket a few days ago. I called JetBlue customer service and the lady said the Mint weight limit is up to 70lbs. Is it 50lbs or 70lbs?


  22. Consuelo Concha October 19, 2020

    I am traveling to Peru. Can I bring a picture frame, it measures 30 x 30 x 2, as part of my luggage?


  23. richard lanzillo January 8, 2021

    What is the cost of a golf bag?


    • Catherine Luther January 10, 2021

      Hi Richard,

      Golf bags can be checked as a piece of regular luggage, with the cost depending on the fare type booked (see the table within this article).


  24. Cristina Dumont January 10, 2021

    I have a JetBlue Plus card and I know I have a free checked bag. I got this card because my daughter travels a lot by herself. However, I just found out that even using the JetBlue plus credit card to buy the ticket for her, I still got charged $35 for her first bag as I was not going on the flight with her. This is very upsetting. I want to cancel my card as I just got the card for free bags when she travels. I’m so upset at JetBlue.


    • Hi Cristina,

      I’m sorry for your frustration here. To cancel your card you just need to dial the customer service number on the back of the card and they can take care of it for you.


  25. john edward toth January 30, 2021

    What’s the liquid size you can carry on the plane for items like hand sanitizer?


  26. I am traveling to Ecuador and have 2 checked bags. Can I add a 3rd check bag?


  27. Does basic blue on JetBlue website let you bring a carry on?


    • Catherine Luther February 28, 2021

      Hi Julia,

      Blue Basic fares purchased on or after February 25, 2021, for travel from July 20, 2021, will only receive 1 personal item to be stowed underneath the seat (and no standard carry-on bag).


  28. Hi,
    I am not sure if I understand the no carry-on policy. I booked my flight today and will travel on the 11th of July. Does this mean I am not allowed a carry-on if I book with basic blue?


    • Hi Natoya,

      You will be allowed to bring a carry-on as that change does not take effect until flights departing after July 20, 2021.


  29. I am considering bringing a cooler with frozen items as a checked in bag. Will that be a $35 fee if less than 50 lbs? Also, what is the correct way to bring it? Am I allowed to duct tape it shut so it does not open in transit?


    • Catherine Luther April 30, 2021

      Hi Nell,

      You should be able to check the item for the cost of a checked bag under 50 lbs. You’ll need to contact the airline for advice on packing.


  30. I purchased my blue basic ticket on January 8th 2021, and I’m flying on May 21st, 2021. what carry-on policy applies to me? Carry on, no carry on? Carry on and personal item? Carry on and no personal item? It’s confusing, please help!


    • Hi JP,

      The new baggage policies do not take effect until July 20th, 2021, so you should be able to bring 1 personal item and 1 carry on bag for free on your flight.


  31. JetBlue Plus allows for a checked baggage even on Blue Basic fares. Will it allow for carry-ons after July 20th 2021?


  32. I am booking a Blue Basic flight with JetBlue for June 25-30th. If I’m understanding correctly, this allows me to have 1 personal item and 1 carry-on, correct? Is there a chance that I will not be able to store my carry-on bag and be forced to check it if there isn’t any space since I will be one of the last to board? If so, do you have any idea how often this happens/if it is possible to gate-check it if needed? Thanks!


    • Hi Lily,

      You are correct, you should be able to bring 1 personal item and 1 carry-on bag. If by the time you board, there is no space available in the overhead bins, they will gate check your carry-on bag for you. Safe travels!


  33. I am traveling the week of June 10th and I purchased my Blue Basic ticket on March 8th. Will I be able to bring 1 personal and 1 carry-on without being charged fees?


  34. I am traveling from June 20th to July 24 and purchased a Blue Basic ticket, will I be able to bring 1 personal and carry-on without being charged fees?


    • Hi Jenny,

      For your flight on June 20th you will be able to bring both items without being charged a fee. But for your return flight, you will need to pay for your carry-on bag since it will be after July 20th.


  35. How much can your carry-on and personal item weigh?


    • Hi Mai,

      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.


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