American Airlines® Baggage Fees

This page is intended to give an overview of American Airlines baggage fees for most flights within the United States as compared to the cost to ship baggage with LugLess. The actual American Airlines baggage fees that you will pay may vary based on frequent flier status, fare class, and specific route flown. Please consult American’s website to calculate the fees you will pay.

Ship a Bag

$20+ /bag
  • Up to 50lbs
  • Local dropoff or pickup
  • Doorstep delivery

American Airlines
First Checked Bag

$30 /bag
  • Up to 50lbs
  • Check in at airport
  • Claim at baggage carousel

American Airlines
Second Checked Bag

$40 /bag
  • Up to 50lbs
  • Check in at airport
  • Claim at baggage carousel
More American Airlines baggage fees
Baggage category Fee Max Weight Max Size (L+W+H)
LugLess carry-on $14-$39 25lbs Calculate
First checked bag $30 50lbs 62"
Second checked bag $40 50lbs 62"
Third checked bag $150 50lbs 62"
Fourth(+) checked bag $200 50lbs 62"
LugLess checked bag $20-$45 50lbs Calculate
Overweight bag +$100 51-70lbs 62"
Overweight bag +$200 71-100lbs 62"
LugLess oversized bag $28-$55 75lbs Calculate
Oversized bag +$200 50lbs 63"-126"

How to avoid American baggage fees

Shipping luggage with LugLess allows you to avoid the hassle of carrying and checking bags for approximately the same cost you would pay to check your luggage on your American Airlines flight. Learn more about how it works and how we offer the lowest luggage shipping rates.

American Airlines checked baggage fees

With American Airlines, when you check baggage at the airport weighing up to 50lbs and measuring 62″ (L+W+H) or less, you will pay $30-$40.

American Airlines excess baggage fees

If you need to check more than two bags, these are the per-bag fees for checking excess baggage on American Airlines, which are $150 for your third bag and $200 for every bag thereafter.

American Airlines overweight baggage fees

American Airlines overweight baggage is considered any bag weighing more than 50lbs. The fees for checking overweight baggage are $100 for bags weighing 51-70lbs and $200 for bags weighing 71-100lbs. These fees are charged in addition to any standard, excess or oversized baggage fees.

American Airlines oversized baggage fees

Most bags with a sum of length, width, and height of greater than 62 inches will fall into the oversized category. Bags measuring greater than 126" will not be accepted. American Airlines oversized baggage fee of $200 is charged in addition to any standard, excess, or overweight fee.

Luggage shipping alternative

Instead of paying American's checked baggage fees, you can ship your luggage ahead with LugLess. For as little as $15, LugLess allows you to generate a FedEx or UPS shipping label, which you can use to attach to your bag and send it directly to your destination anywhere in the US.

More information on American baggage fees

The actual American Airlines baggage fees charged for checked luggage will vary depending on your specific fare class, loyalty status, and other factors. For additional information on American Airlines checked baggage fees, please visit American’s website. American Airlines® is a registered trademark of American Airlines, Inc. This page was last updated on September 26, 2018. Neither LugLess, nor its parent, subsidiaries, and/or affiliates, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information contained herein.