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American Airlines

American Airlines is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, and is one of the 17 major American airlines as defined by the US Department of Transportation. Since its 2013 merger with US Airways, it is largest airline in the world. The maximum allowed carry on baggage size for American Airlines is 22 x 14 x 9 in/56 X 36 X 23 cm, while the personal item size is 18 x 14 x 8 in/45 x 35 x 20 cm.

American Airlines carry on baggage allowances

Updated October 2019

Headquarters Country: USA

Website: and

Number of items allowed: 1 + personal item

Maximum allowed in imperial: (official)

  • H x W x D = 22 x 14 x 9 in
  • H x W x D (personal item) = 18 x 14 x 8 in

Maximum allowed in metric: (official)

  • H x W x D = 56 x 36 x 23 cm
  • H x W x D (personal item) = 45 x 35 x 20 cm

American Airlines baggage info

American Airlines allows a variety of non-traditional luggage to accompany passengers as carry-on baggage, including soft-sided garment bags and musical instruments, provided they fit in the overhead bin. AA no longer charges extra for some oversized sports and music equipment, as of May 21, 2019. Kennels for pets count as carry-on items and a fee also applies.

For a select few, AA offers free checked bags, but one free personal item and a carry-on are always allowed. Prices for checked bags begin at $30 and go up from there. Internationally, transatlantic bag fees begin at $60 and transpacific bag fees do not kick in until the third bag, which is $200.

Overweight bag fees are non-refundable and begin at 51 pounds/23 kgs, which results in an addition $100 charge. Bags over 71 pounds/32 kgs result in a $200 charge. American Airlines will not accept any checked bags over 100 pounds or larger than 126 in/320 cm.

You can check up to 10 bags on domestic, transatlantic, and transpacific flights. Up to 5 bags are allowed on flights through Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, and Brazil. Restrictions on baggage apply depending on what region you’re flying through, so make sure to check for specific restrictions:

Most restrictions do not apply to AAdvantage® elite status members.

In addition, American Airlines charges seasonal pricing between June 15 and August 12, so baggage is more expensive between these dates.

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