American Airlines has many baggage restrictions and fees that travelers should be aware of. These regulations may force you into flying another airline, or at the very least allow you to prepare better for your flight. It is better to be aware of the restrictions and fees imposed by American beforehand than to be surprised when you arrive at the airport.
If you are flying American with a domestic economy class ticket, you will be charged $15 each way for your first checked bag. For your second checked bag, this fee increases to $25 each way. As you can see, American imposes more fees than other airlines by not allowing one bag free of charge. Exceptions to this rule include business class or first class tickets, and AAdvantage members.
In addition to luggage fees, American also has strict overweight and oversize baggage charges. Bags weighing between 50 and 70 pounds are charged a fee of $50. Bags between 70 and 100 pounds are charged a fee of $100. Anything heavier than this is not permitted to be checked.
Checked baggage that is in excess of 62 inches will be charged a fee of $150 per piece.
American allows each passenger to carry on one bag and one personal item. The combined weight of the two pieces may not exceed 40 pounds. Additionally, the bag may not exceed 45 inches and the personal item cannot be larger than 36 inches. This is calculated by adding the length, width, and height. The items must fit either in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you.
American charges more fees than most airlines, and is more strict when it comes to carry-on items.