What are American Luggage Policies?

American updated their luggage policy in June 2008. If you are flying American it is important to know that they impose many fees, and have strict regulations when it comes to the size and weight of your luggage.

When traveling American on a domestic economy class ticket you will be charged $15 each way for your first checked bag. For your second bag, this fee increases to $25. For bags three, four and five, the fee increases to $100 per piece. For bags six and above, the fee is $200 per piece.

Exceptions to fees imposed on the first and second bags include business class or first class tickets, and AAdvantage members.

American also charges for both overweight and oversize baggage. 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, and arrangements must be made beforehand with the airline.

Checked baggage that is in excess of 62 inches will be charged a fee of $150 per piece. Bags larger than 115 inches cannot be checked. Size is calculated by adding the length, width, and height.

As you can see, American has many policies in place. When compared to other airlines, it is easy to see how strict they have become.

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