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American Airlines Baggage Report Card

Carry-on Allowance9/10
Checked Baggage Allowance6/10
Excess Baggage Fees7/10
Overall Grade7.3/10

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American Airlines Carry-On Allowance 2014 ↑ Back to Top

Carry-On Summary

One carry-on bag is allowed on American Airlines flights, with dimensions being limited to 22 x 14 x9 inches (56x35x23cm), in order to be able to fit it into the overhead compartment or below your seat.

An additional "Personal Item" is allowed, such as a purse briefcase or laptop, which you must be able to keep under the seat in front of you.

Weight limits are not explicitly specified, but you must be able to place the bags into the overhead bins yourself, or keep them by your feet at the seat.

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Be sure to consult TSA Carry-On Regulations and Carry-On Liquid Restrictions before your trip.

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Checked Baggage Summary

Flights within and between the US, Canada, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico will always charge for every bag, including your first checked bag. The rate is $25 for the first bag, $35 for a second bag, and $150 for every additional bag. The weight is limited to 23kg (50lbs) for each of those bags.

Other destinations in South America, and the Caribbean allow for 1 free checked bag, as well as for flights to Europe. Again, the weight is limited to 23kg (50lbs) per bag, with a second bag costing between $40-$70.

Most other destinations allow 2 free checked bags, most often limited to 23kg (50lbs) each. The one exception is when flying to and from Brazil, where you'll be allowed to bring 2 bags of 32kg (70lbs) each.

Some exceptions and baggage embargoes do exist, if in doubt, make sure to read and understand the full policies for your route.

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Excess/Oversize/Overweight Summary

Overweight bags on American Airlines are split into 2 categories, with a flat rate for each one.

Bags between 50-70lbs (23-32kg) will cost $100 to most destinations, or $70 when flying to Europe or Japan.

Some routes do not allow any bags over 70lbs (32kg), and you will be asked to re-pack into a separate bag, for which you will be charged an Excess Baggage fee. For those routes where bags above 70lbs are accepted, you will be limited to a maximum of 100lbs (45kg). The overweight fee is usually $200 in those cases, and $450 in China and Japan.

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