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*There are seasonal and year-round bag restrictions
We calculate the size limits of your bag by adding the total outside dimensions of each bag, length + width + height.
For all regions, except to / from Australia or New Zealand, your checked bag allowance is:
For all confirmed customers on flights to / from Australia or New Zealand:
In some cases, you won't have to pay the fees for up to 3 bags when traveling on American-operated flights. If you qualify for complimentary bags based on elite status, the benefits are based on your highest status level at time of ticketing or check-in.
Note that complimentary bags may not apply to codeshare flights on our partners. For details, visit the operating carrier’s website.
If your status level is:
*Excluding Basic Economy
**$0 2nd bag fee applies to / from Alaska and Hawaii for tickets issued on / after February 23, 2021. For tickets issued on / before February 22, 2021 a 2nd bag fee of $40 applies to Premium Economy customers to Alaska and Hawaii.
*Excluding Basic Economy. 1st and 2nd checked bags are complimentary for Main Economy tickets issued on or before February 22, 2021. 1st checked bag is complimentary and a 2nd checked bag fee applies for Main Economy tickets issued on or after February 23, 2021.
*Executive Platinum and oneworld® Emerald members traveling in First on 3-cabin aircraft may check a 4th bag at no charge.
Due to COVID-19, the government of Cuba has placed a 2-bag restriction on international commercial flights until further notice.
Only 2 checked bags with a maximum weight of 70 lbs / 32 kgs each plus 1 carry-on bag and 1 personal item are allowed per passenger traveling to / from Cuba with no exceptions.
For bag fees, 'U.S.' refers to:
Trips originating in the U.S. or Canada to Cuba pay the applicable 1st bag fee.
Round-trips originating in the U.S. or Canada to Cuba:
Standard-sized 1st and 2nd bags are free when departing Cuba
Round-trips originating in Cuba to the U.S. or Canada:
|Region||Bag 1^^||Bag 2^^||Bag 3||Bag 4+|
|Cuba||$0 / $30||$0 / $40||$150||$200|
|Caribbean (except Cuba and Haiti)||$30||$40||$150||$200|
|Panama||$0 / $30*||$40||$150||$200|
|Central America (except Panama)||$30^||$40 / $55**||$150||$200|
|Colombia||$0 / $30*||$55||$150||$200|
|Ecuador||$0 / $30*||$40||$150||$200|
|Guyana and Suriname||$30||$40||$150||$200|
|South America (except Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, and Suriname)||$0 / $45*||$65**||$150||$200|
|Transatlantic||$0 / $75*||$100||$200||$200|
All published bag fees are base rates according to travel dates and destination; applicable taxes are not shown. Seasonal pricing applies for travel on December 7, 2020 - January 12, 2021, and June 1, 2021 - August 19, 2021.
^ For travel to / from El Salvador, the 1st bag fee of $30 applies seasonally.
^^Main Plus includes 1 more free checked bag above the Main Cabin allowance.
*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, Suriname) a $45 1st bag fee applies. For Transatlantic Basic Economy travel, a $60 1st bag fee applies for tickets issued on / or before April 20, 2020, and $75 for tickets issued on / after April 21, 2020.
**For travel to / from Honduras, a $55 2nd bag fee applies seasonally.
***Transpacific 2nd bag fee applies for tickets issued on / after February 23, 2021. For tickets issued on / before February 22, 2021 the 2nd bag is free.
If your region is not listed, we can still help:
All bag fees are non-refundable and apply per person, each way, even if you purchase or get an upgrade that includes free checked bags. If you believe you've been incorrectly charged for bag fees, contact an American representative for help or file a refund claim within 45 days.
We only through check bags if all your tickets are in the same record locator and you are connecting to another American Airlines or oneworld® flight.
There are some items that are only allowed in checked bags or your carry-on. Check to see how to pack and travel with restricted items.