United Airlines® Baggage Fees
These are the rates most travelers will pay United for checking bags on domestic flights, but they could vary based on your fare class or status. Check out the nitty gritty details on United’s website if you want to be 100% sure what it will cost.
The cost of checking your first bag on United may vary based on your fare class and loyalty status, but generally speaking your options are:
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If you want to check a second bag on United, the price goes up, so it may be even more cost effective to ship your luggage in this scenario:
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If you have a third bag that you need to bring on your trip, checking that bag on United starts to get really expensive:
Checking a fourth bag with United is substantially more expensive than shipping that bag:
United checked baggage fee chart
|Baggage category||Fee||Max Weight||Max Size (L+W+H)|
|First checked bag||$35||50lbs||62"|
|Second checked bag||$45||50lbs||62"|
|Third checked bag||$150||50lbs||62"|
|Fourth(+) checked bag||$200||50lbs||62"|
|LugLess checked bag||$20-$45||50lbs||Calculate|
|LugLess oversized bag||$28-$55||75lbs||Calculate|
How to avoid United 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 United flight. Learn more about how it works and how we offer the lowest luggage shipping rates.
United Airlines checked baggage fees
Standard checked baggage on United refers to the first two checked bags weighing up to 50lbs and measuring 62″ (L+W+H) or less. The first checked bag costs $30 and the second checked bag costs $40.
United Airlines excess baggage fees
These are the per-bag fees for checking excess baggage on United Airlines. The third checked bag fee is $150 and the fourth, and any additional, checked bags will cost $200.
United Airlines overweight baggage fees
Overweight baggage is considered any bag weighing more than 50lbs. The fees for checking overweight baggage on United are charged in addition to any standard, excess or oversized baggage fees. A bag weighing 51-70 pounds costs $100 to check. Bags weighing 71-100 pounds costs $200.
United 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. Oversized baggage fees are charged in addition to any standard, excess, or overweight fee. Bags measuring 63"-115" will be charged an additional $200. Baggage that has total measurements of greater than 115" will not be allowed as checked baggage.
Luggage shipping alternative
Instead of paying United'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 United's baggage fees
The actual fees charged for checked luggage will vary depending on your specific fare class, loyalty status, and other factors. For additional information on United Airlines checked baggage fees, please visit United’s website. United Airlines® is a registered trademark of United Airlines, Inc. This page was last updated on July 17, 2020. 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.