American Airlines Baggage Policy

American Airlines Baggage Policy

American Airlines baggage fees are similar to those charged by other large American airlines. Passengers travelling on Economy Class seats (excluding members and credit cardholders) are required to pay for their baggage on all domestic flights and routes to/from Mexico and Canada. Under American Airlines baggage policy, your first checked bag (or both) will typically be included on most international routes.

Excess baggage charges under American Airlines’ policy can be somewhat steep, especially if your baggage is overweight and oversize, as you will be charged for both. 

  1. A standard checked bag must be within the following limits:
    1. Max. size 158cm/62in 
  2. Max. weight 50lb/23kg  Economy Class

70lb/32kg First and Business Class 

  1. The maximum size of a checked bag must not exceed 320cm/126in, and the maximum weight must not exceed 100lb/45kg per bag.
  2. The maximum number of bags allowed (subject to excess baggage fee) is: 
    1. 10 bags per passenger on domestic flights, transpacific, and transatlantic flights.
    2. 5 bags per passenger on flights to/through/from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, or South America. 
  3. Mobility and assistive devices, a baby cot/child seat/foldable pushchair, are accepted free of charge (if using).

American Airlines Carry-on Baggage 

  • Personal Carry-on Item All classes 1 personal item free
    Max. Size* 45cm x 35cm x 20cm/18in x 14in x 8in 

(such as a small tote/shoulder/book bag)

  • Carry-on Bag All classes 1 bag free
    Max. Size* per Bag 56cm x 36cm x 23cm/22in x 14in x 9in 

(incl. handle and wheels) Must fit in the airport’s sizer

OR 1 soft-sided garment bag

Max. Size* (L + W + H) 130cm/51in 

* Including handles and wheels 

American Airlines Checked Baggage 

Per American Airlines baggage policy, the checked baggage allowance for Economy/Premium Economy fares is 50lb/23kg, and 70lb/32kg per bag for Business and First-Class fares. 

Exception. Passengers travelling to Australia or New Zealand on an Economy/Premium Economy fare are allowed to carry a checked bag not exceeding 70lb/32kg.

However, passengers holding a one world or AAdvantage membership are allowed to travel with 1–3 checked bags in addition to their existing baggage allowance, depending on membership status and destination.

  • Economy/Domestic Max. Bags 1 bag (paid)
    Max. Dimensions 158cm/62in 

Max. Weight per Bag 50lb/23kg
Fee (1st/2nd/3rd/additional) USD 30/40/150/200

  • Economy/Transatlantic Max. Bags 1 bag (free/paid)
    Max. Dimensions 158cm/62in

Max. Weight per Bag 50lb/23kg
Fee (1st/additional) Free/USD 100/200

  • Premium Economy Max. Bags 2 bags (free)

Max. Weight per Bag 2 x 50lb/23kg
Max. Dimensions 158cm/62in

  • Business Max. Bags 2 bags (free)

Max. Weight per Bag 2 x 70lb/32kg
Max. Dimensions 158cm/62in

  • First Max. Bags 2-cabin/ 3-cabin aircraft 2/3 bags (free)
    Max. Weight per Bag 2 x 70lb/32kg
    Max. Dimensions 158cm/62in

Complimentary Bags

Per American Airlines baggage policy, AAdvantage and oneworld members can travel with 1–3 additional checked bags in addition to their existing baggage allowance, depending on membership status and destination.

  • 1 complimentary checked bag

Applies to

  • Eligible AAdvantage Aviator members
  • Citi/AAdvantage cardmembers (on domestic AA-operated itineraries)
  • AAdvantage Gold members
  • oneworld Ruby members
  • Confirmed Business passengers 
  • Confirmed Premium Economy passengers
  • 2 complimentary checked bags 
Applies toDestinations 
AAdvantage Platinum ProAAdvantage Platinumoneworld Sapphire membersConfirmed Business passengersConfirmed Premium Economy passengersUruguayTransatlanticPeruParaguayPanamaHaitiEl SalvadorEcuadorColombiaChileBrazilArgentina
  • 3 complimentary checked bags 
Applies to Destinations 
Confirmed First Class passengers on 3-cabin aircraftAAdvantage Executive Platinum membersoneworld Emerald membersActive U.S. military and/or dependents traveling on orders (5 bags free)Active U.S. military on personal travelExecutive Platinum and oneworld Emerald members traveling First Class on 3-cabin aircraft can check 4 bags free of chargeUruguaySouth KoreaPeruParaguayNew ZealandJapanHong KongChinaChileBrazilAustraliaArgentina

Note

  • For more details, check American Airlines’ country-specific regulations.
  • Anything beyond the maximum permissible size or weight will be charged extra. 
  • The items below can be carried free of cost:
  • Mobility devices. 
  • Coats, overcoats, etc. 
  • Food articles for the trip (in disposable packs).
  • A walking stick or an umbrella.

American Airlines Baggage Fees—Main Cabin

American Airlines Baggage Fees for Main Cabin Tickets
RouteBag #1 Bag #2Bag #3Bag #4
Within the United States
Max. 10 bags
USD 30USD 40USD 150USD 200
Mexico
Max. 5 bags
USD 30USD 40USD 150USD 200
Haiti0USD 70USD 150USD 200
Cuba
Currently 2 bags permitted due to COVID-19
0/USD 30***0/USD 40USD 150USD 200
Caribbean Excluding Haiti and Cuba
Max. 5 bags
USD 30USD 40USD 150USD 200
Central America Excluding Panama
Max. 5 bags
USD 30USD 40/USD 55**USD 150USD 200
Panama0/USD 30*USD 40USD 150USD 200
South America Excluding Suriname, Guyana, Ecuador, and ColombiaMain Cabin: 0
Basic Economy: USD 45
USD 65USD 150USD 200
Colombia0/USD 30*USD 55USD 150USD 200
Ecuador0/USD 30*USD 40USD 150USD 200
GuyanaUSD 30USD 40USD 150USD 200
Transatlantic
Max. 10 bags
Main Cabin: 0
Basic Economy: USD 75
USD 100USD 200USD 200
Transpacific
Max. 10 bags
0Booked before Feb. 23, 2021: 0

On/after Feb. 23, 2021: USD 100
Note. Seasonal pricing will apply when travelling between June 1, 2021–August 19, 2021.Seasonal Baggage PricingMain Cabin Fare: As per the table abovePremium Economy Fare: Includes 2 bags (also for passengers traveling to Hawaii or Alaska with tickets booked on or after February 23, 2021); 3+ bags for purchase per the table above.Business Class Fare: Includes 2 bags; 3+ bags for purchase per the table above.First Class Fare: Includes 2–3 bags^; 3+ bags for purchase per the table above.^A fee will be charged for the third bag on 2-cabin aircraft, but no fee will be charged on a third bag on 3-cabin aircraft.
*Basic Economy does not include a free bag. When travelling to/from Colombia, Ecuador, or Panama, a USD 30 will be charged for the first bag, and for transatlantic flights, a USD 75 fee will be charged.
**When travelling to/from Honduras, USD 55 will be charged for the second bag.
***The first and second bags are free when flying from Cuba to the U.S/Canada, but when flying from the U.S./Canada to Cuba, baggage fees will be charged.

American Airlines Excess Baggage Fees


Per American Airlines baggage policy, bags exceeding your baggage allowance (in number, size, or weight) will incur extra charges.

  • Oversize Bags
    Per American Airlines baggage policy, the total size (L + W + H) of a single piece of checked bag must not exceed the dimensions below:
  • Max. combined dimensions 320cm/126in
  • Overweight Bags
    Per American Airlines baggage policy, the total weight of a single piece of checked bag must not exceed the weight below:
  • Max. weight permitted 100lb/45kg
  • Up to 70lb/32kg free For First and Business Class passengers

Executive Platinum and one world Emerald members

American Airlines Baggage Fees—Oversize and Overweight Bags
Region Oversize Baggage Fees*/Person/One-WayOverweight Baggage Fees*/Person/One-Way
158–320cm (62–126in)51–70lb (23–32kg)71–100lb (32–45kg)
Between U.S., U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Puerto Rico USD 200USD 100USD 200
Mexico/Caribbean/Central America (except Panama)USD 200USD 100USD 200
(except to/from Cuba)
South America, PanamaUSD 150USD 100USD 200
(except to/from Cuba)
Transatlantic—Europe USD 150USD 100Not accepted
Transpacific—Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, China, Australia USD 200USD 100USD 450
(except to/from Australia, New Zealand)
* Per American Airlines baggage policy (revised on Feb. 23, 2021), all baggage fees are non-refundable

Seasonal Restrictions for Excess Baggage 

Per American Airlines baggage policy, only 2 bags are permitted seasonally for select cities in Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico. For details, refer to the cities with seasonal limitations.

Year-Round Restrictions for Excess Baggage

Per American Airlines baggage policy, only 2 bags are allowed for some cities in South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico. For details, refer to the cities with year-round limitations.

How to Pay American Airlines Baggage Fees Online

You can pay for up to 3 checked bags online if you’re flying on American Airlines: 

  • Within the United States 
  • Between the United States (incl. Hawaii and Alaska) select airports in Caribbean cities and Central America.

You can make the payment online or via the mobile app when you check in (from 24 hours to 4 hours before departure). If you’re traveling with more than 3 checked bags, you can add more bags at the airport.

To pay your baggage fee:

  1. Go to AA.com 
  2. Select Manage trips/Check-in
  3. In the dropdown box, provide the passenger name (first and last) and confirmation code/record locator and then click on Find your trip 
  4. Select your flight 
  5. Add up to 3 bags 
  6. Pay 

You can also pay your baggage fee through the mobile app (Android or iOS).

American Airlines Sports Baggage Policy

Per American Airlines baggage policy, the size and weight restrictions on sports baggage are subject to airplane size and available cargo space. 

  • The maximum combined dimensions should not be more than 320cm/126in and the maximum weight must not exceed 70lb/32kg.
  • Sports equipment fees.
    • The standard checked baggage fee will apply to sports equipment exceeding 50lb/23kg and 320cm/126cm in combined dimensions (L + W + H) and not prohibited or specifically mentioned below. 
    • An overweight baggage fee of USD 150 will apply to certain types of sports equipment (bicycles, golf equipment, water sports boards, etc.) weighing 50–70lb (23–32kg) and measuring up to 320cm/126cm in combined dimensions. 
    • Sports equipment such as windsurf equipment, antlers, hang gliders, etc. will incur a USD 150 fee.
  • All sports equipment must be packed in a hard-sided case appropriate for travelling, otherwise, American Airlines will not be liable for any damage.
  • Sports bags containing items other than approved sports equipment will be charged a standard checked bag fee, plus oversize and overweight charges (if applicable). 

Sports Baggage Fees 

According to American Airlines baggage policy, the standard checked baggage fee will apply to the sports equipment listed below, provided it weighs up to 50lb/23kg and measures up to 320cm/126in in combined dimensions (L + W + H). Equipment weighing 51–70lb (23–32kg) will be subject to an overweight fee.

  • Archery equipment
  • Curling equipment
  • Parachute equipment
  • Snow ski equipment
  • Baseball equipment 
  • Fencing equipment 
  • Scuba gear (without tank)
  • Snowboard equipment
  • Bowling equipment 
  • Fishing equipment
  • Shooting equipment
  • Tennis equipment
  • Camping equipment
  • Oars
  • Skateboard equipment
  • Water ski equipment

Sports equipment listed below—weighing up to 50lb/23kg and measuring up to 320cm/126 in combined dimensions (L + W + H)—will be subject to the standard checked baggage fee. Equipment weighing 51–70lb (23–32kg) will be subject to a fee of USD 150.

  • Bicycle
  • Cricket, hockey, or lacrosse equipment
  • Pole vault
  • Golf equipment
  • Javelin
  • Water sports boards 
    • Boogie boards
    • Paddleboards
    • Skimboards
    • Speed boards
    • Surfboards
    • Wakeboards
    • Wave skis
    • Kiteboard / kitesurf

For the following sports equipment, American Airlines will charge a USD 150 sports equipment fee:

  • Windsurf equipment
  • Scuba gear (with tanks)
  • Antlers
  • Hang glider

Sports fee for items not mentioned in the list above and not prohibited

For non-prohibited sports items not mentioned in the list above, the standard checked bag fees will apply per the following size and weight restrictions:

  • Max. Linear Size (L + W + H) 126in/320cmwill 
  • Max. Weight 50lb/23kg 

Sports fee for non-approved sports items 

If your sports bag contains any unapproved items, the standard bag fees will apply—along with oversize and overweight charges, if applicable.

American Airlines Baggage Rules—Special Items 

Per Delta Airlines’ baggage policy, specific baggage rules and packing instructions apply to certain types of Special Items of baggage. The maximum weight and size of special baggage items (with a few exceptions) must not exceed 100lb/45kg in weight and 320cm/126in in combined dimensions (L + W + H). Special Items exceeding the maximum size or weight limits must be shipped as cargo.

Special Items on American Airlines include:

  1. Audio/Visual Equipment
  2. Human Remains
  3. Infant Seats/Child Restraint Devices
  4. Firearms and Ammunition
  5. Military Bags
  6. Mobility Devices
  7. Musical Instruments
  8. Speakers
  9. Sports Equipment

Rules for Carrying Special Baggage Items on American Airlines

  • Audio/Visual Equipment

American Airlines baggage rules allow media and entertainment companies to avail of special rates and allowance for equipment such as cameras, film, sound, and lighting equipment, etc. 

  • Eligible professionals/media companies will be charged a baggage fee of USD 50 per-piece per-way for domestic flights, and USD 90/EUR 70 per piece per-way on international flights. 
  • The bags must not exceed 100lb/45kg in weight or 320cm/126in in combined linear dimensions and the max. length must not exceed 190cm/75in. However, musical instruments exceeding 50lb/23kg or 203cm/80in will be charged extra. 
  • Eligible companies can travel with up to 25 pieces per flight, subject to prevailing rules and seasonal embargoes. 
  • For details of the media bag program, call your travel agent or American Airlines.
  •  Human Remains

American Airlines baggage rules allow passengers to carry cremated human remains as part of their carry-on baggage allowance. 

  • If travelling within the United States, special documentation is not needed. However, you may require additional if travelling internationally. For details, contact a local consulate or a burial advisor. 
  • Before travelling, confirm with a funeral home whether the container can pass through a TSA checkpoint. 
  • For details, contact a TLC specialist. 
  • Infant Seats/Child Restraint Devices

American Airlines baggage rules allow passengers to carry infant seats and child restraint devices, subject to certain limitations. 

  • Passengers travelling with a stroller must check it in at the airport counter if exceeds 20lb/9kg, is non-collapsible, or too big.
  • Firearms and Ammunition

American Airlines baggage rules permit passengers to carry firearms and ammunition per the conditions listed below. 

  • Passengers can travel with firearms within the United States, subject to specific rules. 
  • Before travelling, check the requirements of your destination state or country. 
  • If travelling within the United States: 
    • You have to be 18 years or older. 
    • You must check in your firearms and equipment at the check-in counter. 
    • You must declare that you’re travelling with firearms and ammunition. 
  • All firearms must be unloaded and locked in a hard-sided container so that they cannot be accessed by a third party. Plus, rifle cases must be locked from both sides. 
  • The ammunition must be:
    • Either in its original packaging or a packaging specially meant for ammunition. 
    • Must be made of metal, wood, or fiber. 
    • No more than 11lb/5kg per passenger. 
  • Loose ammunition will not be accepted, such as in clips or magazines.
  • There’s no limit to the total number of items permitted in a rifle/pistol/shotgun case, but it will be subject to overweight and/or oversize charges. 
  • Military Baggage

Under American Airlines baggage rules, military personnel travelling on- or off-duty have a special military baggage allowance, as explained below. 

  • Active U.S. military personnel travelling on duty will be required to present their military ID and orders at the check-in counter. 
  • American Airlines allows active military personnel to check in additional military baggage, i.e., they can carry: 
    • Up to 5 bags free of charge.
    • A single bag can be up to 100lb/45.45kg in weight and 320cm/126in in combined dimensions (L + W + H).
  • Military personnel travelling on personal business also have additional military baggage privileges, and are allowed to check in: 
    • Up to 3 complimentary bags.
    • A single bag must not be heavier than 50lb/23kg and larger than 158cm/62in in size.
  • Mobility Devices

Under American Airlines baggage rules, mobility devices are allowed free by passengers using such devices. 

  • Passengers using wheelchairs and mobility devices are permitted to carry the items as checked baggage (and carry-on baggage in some cases) in addition to their free checked baggage allowance.
  • Musical Instruments

American Airlines baggage rules allow passengers to travel with musical instruments as part of their cabin/checked baggage allowance, as well as on a seat. 

  • If you’re carrying your musical instrument as a hand baggage item, it must easily fit in the stowage space allotted to you. 
  • If you’re carrying your musical instrument on a paid seat, it must be on a bulkhead (divider) window seat directly next to your seat. It must never be placed on an Emergency Exit row seat, and must not weigh more than 165lb/75kg.
  • If you’ll be checking in your musical instrument, it must not exceed 381cm/150in or 165lb/75kg. If it exceeds 50lb/23kg or 320cm/126in (L + W + H), overweight and oversize fees will apply. 
  • Cargo Restrictions
    The musical instrument must be able to pass through the aircraft cargo hold doors, i.e.: 
    • Some aircraft. Height—63cm/25in, Width—101cm/40in.
    • ERJ 170 aircraft. Height—63cm/25in, Width—96cm/38in.
  • Speakers

Under American Airlines baggage rules, passengers are allowed to travel with no more than 2 small portable speakers or 1 soundbar for personal use.

  • Sports Equipment

American Airlines baggage rules permit passengers to travel with most types of sports equipment, subject to certain limitations. 

  • The combined dimensions must not be more than 320cm/126in and the maximum weight must not exceed 70lb/32kg.
  • Sports equipment fees.
  • The standard checked baggage fee will apply to sports equipment exceeding 50lb/23kg and 320cm/126cm in combined dimensions (L + W + H) and not prohibited or specifically mentioned below. 
  • An overweight baggage fee of USD 150 will apply to certain types of sports equipment (bicycles, golf equipment, water sports boards, etc.) weighing 50–70lb (23–32kg) and measuring up to 320cm/126cm in combined dimensions. 
  • Sports equipment such as windsurf equipment, antlers, hang gliders, etc. will incur a USD 150 fee.
  • All sports equipment must be packed in a hard-sided case appropriate for travelling, otherwise, American Airlines will not be liable for the damage.
  • Sports bags containing items other than approved sports equipment will be charged a standard checked bag fee, plus oversize and overweight charges (if applicable). 

Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POCs)

Passengers carrying a Portable Oxygen Concentrator (POC) for onboard use:

  • Must ensure that it is approved for use onboard. 
  • Must ensure that it fits under their front seat.
  • Will not be allowed to occupy a bulkhead seat, an emergency exit, or a seat that blocks aisle access. 
  • Must ensure that the POC does not contain any oil, grease, or petroleum products.
  • Must ensure that the POC’s batteries have been sufficiently charged to last for 1.5 times the trip duration. 
  • Must carry a physician consent form.

American Airlines Musical Instruments Policy

Per American Airlines’ musical instruments policy, most musical instruments are accepted for transportation as carry-on or checked baggage, on a paid seat, or as cargo, depending on size. 

  1. Musical Instruments as Normal Carry-on Baggage
    You can carry a small musical instrument (flute, ukulele, etc.) as a carry-on item if it fits:
  • In the overhead bin, or 
  • Under your front seat 
  1. Musical Instruments as a Special Item 

Musical instruments that are too large to be carried in the cabin, or too delicate to be checked in, can be transported on a paid seat, subject to the following conditions:

  • The seat must be directly adjacent to your seat.
  • The seat cost will be the fare plus applicable taxes and carrier charges. 
  • The seat must be a bulkhead (divider) window seat.
  • The seat must not be in an Emergency Exit row. 
  • The musical instrument (incl. bag) must not exceed:
  • Max. weight 165lb/75kg
  • Max. dimensions Based on aircraft size
  1. Musical Instruments as Checked Baggage 

You can check in your musical instrument per the following weight and size limits: 

  • Max. weight 165lb/75kg
  • Max. dimensions 150in/381cm

Checked Musical Instrument Fees

If you check in your musical instrument, you will need to pay: 

  • The standard checked baggage fees for your destination if the weight does not exceed 50lb/23kg and the total dimensions (L + W + H) do not exceed 320cm/126in. 
  • Overweight and/or oversize baggage fees if the weight exceeds 50lb/23kg and/or the size exceeds 320cm/126in. 
  1. Musical Instruments as Cargo Baggage

If your musical instrument exceeds the maximum permissible weight and size for all items (100lb/45kg and 126in/320cm, with a few exceptions), you will need to contact a freight forwarder. 

Note

If the size of your musical instrument exceeds the minimum size of the aircraft’s cargo hold doors (below), ask American Airlines Cargo for the exact size of the doors.

  • Some aircraft. Height—63cm/25in, Width—101cm/40in.
  • ERJ 170 aircraft. Height—63cm/25in, Width—96cm/38in.

Oversized/Overweight Musical Instruments 

You will have to pay excess baggage charges if the size or weight of your musical instrument exceeds the permissible limits. 

What to Do If Your American Airlines Baggage is Lost or Delayed

If your American Airlines baggage has been lost or delayed, you must report this immediately in person at the American Airlines desk in the airport.

  • Within 4 hours of arrival 
  • Within 12 hours of arrival if using Bags VIP Luggage Delivery

When you’ve filed your report, a 13-character file reference number will be given to you. You can use this number for tracing your bag(s) or filing a claim. 

If your bag is delayed for 3+ days on American Airlines:

  • Fill out the Passenger Property Questionnaire
    (you will be required to provide your 13-character file reference number)
  • Send the questionnaire and claim details via the online contact form
    • Select ‘Delayed bag expenses’ from the subject’s pull-down menu
    • Fill out all the required information

American Airlines will locate the bag or compensate you for the damage in line with the prevailing rules.

How to Check the Status of Missing Baggage on American Airlines

To check the status of your missing baggage: 

  • Click on the status update condddddd btact form
  • Select ‘Status of delayed bags’ from the subject’s pull-down menu
  • Fill out the required information 

Note

  • You will be reimbursed for the items you need.
  • When your bag is found, you will be contacted and a suitable delivery time will be set up. 

Reimbursement for Missing Bag(s)

Within 30 days of the delay, you must submit via this link:

  • Your 13-character file reference number
  • A copy of your ticket’s receipt
  • Your baggage claim checks
  • Your dated, itemized receipts (in original)

Alternatively, you can also send your claim by fax or mail.

  • Fax +1-480-693-2305
  • Mail American Airlines Central Baggage
    4000 East Sky Harbor Boulevard
    Phoenix, AZ 85034

What to Do If your American Airlines Baggage is Damaged

If you notice any damage to your checked bag(s), you must:

  • For domestic American Airlines flights
    Notify an American Airlines agent within 24 hours of arrival.
  • For international American Airlines flights
    Notify an American Airlines agent within 7 days of arrival.

After reporting the damage, you must follow up as explained:

  • Ask American Airlines to repair the damage within 30 days of filing your report.
  • Submit the Passenger Property Questionnaire within 30 days of filing first report if you want to seek compensation.
  • Take legal action for the damage (or loss/delay) within 2 years.

American Airlines Baggage Claim

To claim reimbursement for your damaged bag(s) on American Airlines, you must:

  • Fill out the Passenger Property Questionnaire 
  • Provide the 13-character file reference number you received when reporting the damage
  • A copy of your ticket’s receipt
  • Your baggage claim checks

Contact Details—American Airlines Customer Relations 

Lost and Damaged Baggage Liability

If your baggage is lost, damaged, or delayed, American Airlines’ liability per passenger will be limited to:

  • For domestic itineraries (within the U.S.)—USD 3,500.
    (If you declare excess value: Limited to USD 5,000) 
  • For international itineraries—SDR 1,288. 

Prohibited Articles

For safety reasons, the items mentioned below are prohibited on all flights:

  • Electric wheelchairs with spillable batteries
  • Caustic materials, such as alkalis, acids, wet cell batteries
  • Containers with: 
    • Gas, self-defense sprays, irritant gases, etc.
    • Flammable solids or liquids, such as cleaning agents, varnish, paint, gas torches, flammable glues and epoxies, lighter fuel, etc.
  • Pressurized containers comprising recreational oxygen, self-inflating rafts, CO2 cartridges, butane, etc.
  • Petrol-operated tools and equipment containing petrol, incl. for test purposes
  • Household items, such as bleach, aerosols, solvents, drain cleaners, insecticides, spray starch, bleach, and oven and bathroom cleaners. 
  • Camping stoves, filled scuba tanks, and gas cylinders
  • Fireworks, flares, and explosives incl. gunpowder
  • Electric shock weapons, such as tasers and stun guns 
  • Toxic or infectious substances, like virus cultures, bacteria, and mercury
  • Objects generating heat 
  • Liquid oxygen and oxygen generators
  • Easily-ignitable materials, like strike-anywhere matches
  • Battery-powered hoverboards, electric scooters, intelligent scooters, and balance wheels 
  • Oxidizing substances, such as peroxides and bleaching powder 
  • Substances emitting flammable gases water contact 
  • Security briefcases or cases operated with pyrotechnic devices or lithium batteries 
  • Radioactive items 
  • Strong magnetic materials
  • Dry ice exceeding 2.5kg 
  • Marijuana (recreational or medical)
  • Self-heating meals, incl. MREs (meals-ready-to-eat) and HeaterMeals

Restricted Items


The items listed below can only be carried upon meeting certain conditions: 

  • Batteriessuch as 9-volt, AA/AAA/C/D, alkaline, nickel-cadmium or nickel-metal hydride, zinc-air, silver oxide, carbon-zinc—are allowed for travel, provided you remove them from the device in the checked bag and pack them in plastic bags in your carry-on bag. 
  • E-cigarettes and vaporizing devices powered by lithium batteries are only permitted in carry-on bags, but cannot be used onboard.
  • Portable medical electronic devices, such as an AED, a CPAP machine, a ventilator, and an inhaler containing lithium-ion or lithium-metal cells/batteries are allowed as checked or carry-on baggage, subject to rules. 
  • Lithium-ion batteries by Wh (watt-hour), can be carried as follows:
    • Under 100Wh—4 spares in a carry-on bag 
    • 100-160Wh—2 spares in a carry-on bag
    • 160-300Wh—Contact special assistance

Note: Automobile, aircraft, and boat batteries, as well as damaged batteries, are not allowed. 

  • Lithium-ion battery-operated devices, such as laptops, mobile phones, cameras, watches, calculators, etc. can be taken in carry-on bags or checked baggage without the carrier’s permission under certain conditions, incl.: 
    • Up to 100Wh or 2g
      (carrier’s permission required if 100-160Wh or 2-8g)
    • The device is switched off
    • The device is protected from damage
    • The batteries are stored in a carry-on bag only
  • Cutting instruments, such as metal knives, ice picks, straight razors, box cutters, etc. can only be taken in checked bags, but not in a carry-on bag.
  • Drones are allowed, but with the following restrictions:
    • Max. battery power must not exceed 160Wh.
    • The box containing the drone must not exceed 22in x 14in x 9in/56cm x 36cm x 23cm.
  • Firearms such as handguns, shotguns, rifles, and ammunition, can be taken in checked bags, but not in carry-on bags. 
    • Must be declared at check-in.
    • Small arms ammunition must not exceed 11lb/5kg— and for sporting purposes.
    • Must be safely packed in original packaging.
    • Must be packaged in wood, fiber, metal, or specifically designed packaging for the purpose. 
  • Recreational/full-body PPE, such as full-body tent or pod, stadium tent, etc., can be taken in carry-on bags (subject to space availability) and checked bags.
  • Portable electronic devices with non-spillable batteries (except lithium batteries), can be transported as carry-on or checked baggage, subject to the following conditions:
    • Batteries must be free of unabsorbed or free liquid.
    • The batteries should not be more than 12V or 100Wh.
    • The batteries must be disconnected and the terminals insulated to prevent the batteries from activation.
    • Up to 2 spare batteries can be carried.
    • Each spare battery must be protected from a short circuit by insulating its terminals.
    • Spare batteries can only be taken in carry-on baggage.
  • Portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) can be taken as carry-on baggage for medical use through batteries, and also used onboard. Carrier’s approval is required, however. Travelers to/from the United States can call the Medical Desk.
  • Self-inflating jackets can be taken in checked bags, but not in carry-on bags.
    • Must not contain more than 2 small CO2 cartridges.
    • Only 1 life jacket per person is allowed.
  • Scissors and tools, such as pliers, wrenches, screwdrivers, and metal scissors are allowed in checked bags and not in carry-on bags—and with some restrictions.  
    • Metal scissors: The cutting edge must not exceed 4 inches. 
    • Other tools: Must not exceed 7 inches.
  • Smart bags are allowed with some restrictions.
    • If taken as a carry-on item, the battery must be removed. 
    • If checking in, the battery must be removed and carried with you.
    • Bags with non-removable batteries will not be allowed.
  • Gasoline-powered tools, such as gas-powered edgers/trimmers, chain saws, etc. can be carried in checked bags, and not in carry-on bags—provided they are new, unused, and in original packaging. 
  • Personal use safety matches/lighters, are only permitted on the person.
    • The following items are prohibited: lighter fluid, strike-anywhere matches, torch/windproof lighters.
  • Devices that have been recalled by the manufacturer, as listed on www.cpsc.gov/recalls. 
  • Beverages with alcohol can be taken as both carry-on and checked baggage
    • Must be in retail packaging, if containing more than 24% but less than 70% alcohol.
    • Must be receptacles that do not exceed 5 liters.
    • Max. permissible limit per passenger is 5 liters.
    • There’s no limit for alcoholic beverages containing less than 24% or less alcohol by volume, incl. beer kegs. However, this does not include pressurized bottles and barrels with carbon dioxide or similar gases used in catering.
  • Animal products/products of animal origin (EU destinations), such as lard, meat, sausages, cheese, etc. are subject to certain conditions. 
  • Dry ice can be carried as a carry-on item only.
    • Max. limit is 5.5lb/2.5kg per passenger.
    • It must be packed in a vented, heavy-gauge Styrofoam, or hard plastic container.
    • You must inform a gate/ticket agent.

Aerosols

Aerosols, such as deodorants, hairsprays, perfumes and colognes containing alcohol, nail polish or nail polish remover, acetone (liquid nails) can be taken as both carry-on baggage and checked baggage.

  • The maximum travel size as a carry-on item is 3.4oz per container—packed in clear plastic, zip-top bag (1 quart).
  • The maximum travel size as a checked item is 70oz in total—with no more than 16 fluid ounces per container. 

Frequently Asked Questions on American Airlines

If you lose your checked baggage, or it doesn’t arrive, you will need to notify the American Airlines desk at the airport within 4 hours of arrival in normal cases, and within 12 hours of arrival if you used the Bags VIP Luggage Delivery service.

American Airlines’ baggage fee can be paid online for up to 3 bags when check-in starts (24 hours before departure) till 4 hours before departure. You can pay the baggage fee online via Manage trips/Check-in, through the mobile app, or physically at the airport. 

If you’re traveling with more than 3 checked bags, you can add bags (and pay for them) at the airport. If the online option to add bags is not available, you must do it at the airport desk.

American Airlines baggage allowance is as follows:

Max. BagsMax. Weight/BagMax. Dimensions Baggage Fees (Bags #1, #2, #3, #4+)
Economy/Domestic050lb/23kg158cm/62inUSD 30/40/150/200
Economy/Transatlantic150lb/23kg158cm/62inFree/USD 100/200/200
Premium Economy/Domestic250lb/23kg158cm/62inFree/Free/USD150/200
Premium Economy/Transatlantic250lb/23kg158cm/62inFree/Free/USD200/200
Business/Domestic +Others270lb/32kg158cm/62inFree/Free/USD150/200
Business/Transatlantic270lb/32kg158cm/62inFree/Free/USD200/200
First Class/Domestic +Others2 on 2-cabin aircraft 3 on 3-cabin aircraft70lb/32kg158cm/62inFree/Free/USD150/200Free/Free/Free/USD200
First Class/Transatlantic2 on 2-cabin aircraft 3 on 3-cabin aircraft70lb/32kg158cm/62inFree/Free/USD200/200Free/Free/Free/USD200
NoteThe following items can be carried additionally free of charge:1 child restraint device for a ticketed child or when complimentary, subject to space availabilityAssistive/mobility devices for passengers with disabilitiesOuter garments or wearable clothing articlesFood for in-flight consumption, but in disposable packagingUmbrellas and walking canes

According to American Airlines baggage policy: 

  1. The free carry-on baggage allowance for all fares is 1 carry-on bag or 1 soft-sided garment bag and 1 personal item.
    1. The size of the free personal item must not exceed 18 x 14 x 8in (45 x 35 x 20cm).
    2. The size of the free carry-on bag must not exceed 22 x 14 x 9in (56 x 36 x 23cm); if carrying a garment bag instead, the combined dimensions of the garment bag must not exceed 130cm/51in.
  2. Economy Class passengers travelling on domestic flights must pay for their checked baggage, but on international/transatlantic flights they are allowed 1 free checked bag (50lb/23kg). Premium Economy passengers are allowed 2 free checked bags (50lb/23kg each); Business Class passengers are allowed 2 free checked bags (70lb/32kg each), and First-Class passengers are allowed 2 free checked bags (70lb/32kg each) on 2-cabin aircraft, and 3 free checked bags (70lb/32kg each) on 3-cabin aircraft.
  3. The size of your checked bag must not exceed 158cm/62in per bag.
  4. The weight of a single checked bag must not exceed: 
  1. 50lb/23kg on Economy/Premium Economy Class 
  2. 70lb/32kg on Business and First-Class 
  1. A single bag must not exceed 320cm/126in in size or 100lb/45kg in weight.
  2. Citi/AAdvantage/one world members are entitled to a complimentary checked baggage allowance (1–3 extra bags per passenger, depending on route). Military personnel are also entitled to extra baggage allowance.
  3. You can carry up to 10 checked bags on domestic, transpacific, and transatlantic flights, and up to 5 bags on flights to/through/from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, or South America. 
  4. Mobility and assistive devices, a baby cot/child seat/foldable pushchair, are accepted free of charge (if using).

American Airlines baggage weight limits for different fares are as follows: 

  • Economy Class passengers travelling on domestic flights must purchase their baggage allowance, which is USD25 for the first bag, USD 35 for the second bag, and USD 150 for the third bag.
  • Economy Class passengers travelling on international/transatlantic flights are entitled to carry 1 free checked bag with a weight limit of 50lb/23kg. 
  • Premium Economy passengers are entitled to carry 2 free checked bags with a weight limit of 50lb/23kg per bag. 
  • Business and First-Class passengers are entitled to carry 2 free checked bags with a weight limit of 70lb/32kg per bag.
  • Citi/AAdvantage/oneworld members and military personnel are entitled to a complimentary checked baggage allowance of 1–3 extra bags per passenger. 

American Airlines’ baggage weight limit is 100lb/45kg per bag for all passengers—bags exceeding this weight will not be accepted. 

American Airlines’ baggage rules are uniquely applied to certain types of baggage items known as Special Items. Different rules, exceptions, and packaging instructions apply to Special Items. Special Items include audio/visual equipment, human remains, infant seats, firearms and ammunition, military bags, mobility devices, musical instruments, and speakers.

With a few exceptions, the maximum weight and size of Special Items must not exceed 100lb/45kg in weight and 320cm/126in in combined dimensions (L + W + H). Special Items exceeding the maximum size or weight limits must be shipped as cargo. For specific information on baggage rules, etc., refer to the section titled American Airlines Baggage Rules—Special Items.

American Airlines’ baggage size requirements are as follows:

  • Carry-on baggage size 
    • Personal carry-on item must not exceed 45 x 35 x 20cm (18 x 14 x 8in)
    • Carry-on bag size must not exceed 56 x 36 x 23cm (22 x 14 x 9in)
      OR 130cm/51in
  • Checked baggage size must not exceed 158cm/62in

Checked bags exceeding the above-mentioned dimensions will incur an oversize baggage fee. Any bag that exceeds 320cm/126in in combined dimensions will not be accepted.

According to American Airlines’ baggage policy for Economy Class passengers: 

  • Passengers holding an Economy Class ticket travelling on domestic flights are not entitled to any free checked baggage allowance. They must purchase it for USD 25 (first bag), USD 35 (second bag), and USD 150 (third bag). 
  • Passengers holding an Economy Class ticket travelling on international/transatlantic flights can carry 1 free checked bag with a weight limit of 50lb/23kg. 
  • Passengers holding a Premium Economy ticket are entitled to carry 2 free checked bags with a weight limit of 50lb/23kg per bag. 

All passengers are additionally entitled to a free carry-on baggage allowance of 1 personal carry-on item (not exceeding 45 x 35 x 20cm), and either 1 carry-on bag (not exceeding 56 x 36 x 23cm) or 1 garment bag not exceeding 130cm/51in in combined dimensions.

American Airlines baggage policy for Economy (and other fares) allows passengers to purchase up to 10 checked bags on domestic, transpacific, and transatlantic flights, and up to 5 bags on flights to/through/from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, or South America. 

Mobility and assistive devices, a baby cot/child seat/foldable pushchair, are accepted free of charge for all passengers.

American Airlines does not have a specific weight limit for carry-on baggage—but there’s a size limit. The size of your free personal item (incl. handles and wheels) must not exceed 18 x 14 x 8in (45 x 35 x 20cm); and the size of your free carry-on bag (incl. handles and wheels) must not exceed 22 x 14 x 9in (56 x 36 x 23cm); if you’re carrying a garment bag instead of the carry-on bag (which is permitted), the sum of its length, width, and height should not be more than 130cm/51in. 

American Airlines’ baggage allowance for Economy Class passengers is as follows:

  • Baggage allowance on domestic flights—No free baggage allowance (must be purchased).
  • Baggage allowance on international/transatlantic flights—1 bag (50lb/23kg). 
  • Premium Economy baggage allowance—2 bags (50lb/23kg per bag). 

However, passengers travelling to Australia or New Zealand on an Economy/Premium Economy fare are allowed to carry a checked bag not exceeding 70lb/32kg.

American Airlines baggage allowance for Business Class passengers is 2 checked bags, each weighing up to 70lb/32kg per bag.  

However, AAdvantage and oneworld members are entitled to carry 1–3 additional checked bags in addition to their existing baggage allowance, depending on membership status and destination.

American Airlines baggage allowance for First-Class passengers is the same as that for Business Class passengers, i.e., 2 checked bags, each weighing up to 70lb/32kg per bag.  However, AAdvantage and one world members are entitled to carry 1–3 additional checked bags in addition to their existing baggage allowance, depending on membership status and destination.

American Airlines’ baggage weight limit is 100lb/45kg per bag, subject to an overweight baggage fee depending on your fare type and route. Bags exceeding this weight will not be accepted. 

The weight limit in terms of baggage allowance is as follows:

  • Economy Class passengers travelling on domestic routes must purchase their baggage allowance. 
  • Economy Class passengers travelling on international/transatlantic routes are entitled to a free checked baggage allowance of 1 bag weighing up to 50lb/23kg.
  • Premium Economy passengers are entitled to a free checked baggage allowance of 2 bags weighing up to 50lb/23kg each. 
  • Business Class passengers are entitled to a free checked baggage allowance of 2 bags weighing up to 70lb/32kg each.
  • First-Class passengers are entitled to a free checked baggage allowance of: 
    • 2 bags not weighing more than 70lb/32kg each on 2-cabin aircraft, and 3 bags 
    • 3 bags not weighing more than 70lb/32kg each on 3-cabin aircraft
  • Citi/AAdvantage/oneworld members and military personnel are entitled to a complimentary checked baggage allowance of 1–3 extra bags per passenger. 

American Airlines’ baggage weight limit is 100lb/45kg per bag.

You can access the American Airlines baggage tracker via the Track your bags page. 

You can use American Airlines’ baggage tracker to track your bags in real-time as explained below.

Enter the following information: 

  1. Your last name
  2. Your record locator, or
    (a 6-letter code that appears on your boarding pass and confirmation email)

Your bag tag number
(a 10-digit number or an 8-character alphanumeric code appearing on your baggage claim ticket)

  1. Click on the ‘Search’ button 

Your bag’s location will appear in real-time.

American Airlines’ checked baggage fees for Economy Class passengers are:

  • USA and Canada. You will have to pay: 
    • USD 30/40/150 for the first, second, and third bags respectively.
    • USD 400 for each additional bag.
  • To/from Mexico. You will have to pay: 
    • USD 30/40/150 for the first, second, and third bags respectively.
    • USD 400 for each additional bag.
  • To/from the Caribbean. You will have to pay: 
    • USD 30 for the first bag (free if travelling to/from Haiti and departing from Cuba)
    • USD 40 for the second bag (free if travelling from Cuba to/from Haiti). 
    • USD 150 for the third bag.
    • USD 200 for each additional bag. 
  • To/from Central America. You will have to pay: 
    • USD 30 for the first bag.
    • USD 40 for the second bag (USD 55 if travelling in-season from/to Honduras).
    • USD 150 for the third bag. 
    • USD for each additional bag. 
  • To/from South America. You will have to pay: 
    • USD 45 for the first bag (but USD 30 if travelling to/from Guyana, Ecuador, and Colombia). 
    • USD 65 for the second bag (USD 40 if travelling from/to Guyana and Ecuador, USD 55 if travelling from/to Colombia). 
    • USD 150 for the third bag. 
    • USD 200 for each additional bag. 
  • Transatlantic. Passengers must pay:
    • For any ticket issued on or before April 20, 2020, USD 60.
    • For any ticket issued after April 20, 2020: 
      • USD 75 for the first bag. 
      • USD 100 for the second bag. 
      • USD 200 for each additional bag. 

You can pay for up to 3 checked bags online on select routes from 24 hours before departure (when check-in starts) to 4 hours before departure. If you’re traveling with more luggage, you can add more bags at the airport. 

You can pay your baggage fee through the mobile app, or online. 

To pay online, go to AA.com, select the Manage trips/Check-in tab, access your flight booking by entering your name and confirmation code, select your flight, add up to 3 bags, and pay.

American Airlines’ baggage cost depends on several factors, such as the type of fare you’ve purchased and your destination. If you’re travelling within the United States on an Economy ticket, your first bag will typically cost you USD 30, and your second bag will cost you USD 40. The weight of the bag must not exceed 50lb/23kg and the combined dimensions must not exceed 158cm/62in. 

Your American Airlines’ baggage cost will be USD 150 for the third bag, and USD 200 for each additional bag after that. 

Your American Airlines’ overweight baggage cost will be USD 100 for a bag weighing 51–70lb (23–32kg) and USD 200 for a bag weighing 71–100lb (32–45kg).

American Airlines baggage prices start from USD 30 for the first bag, USD 40 for the second bag, USD 150 for the third bag, and USD 200 for each additional checked bag. 

If your bags exceed the weight or size limit, which is 50lb/23kg and 158cm/62in respectively (70lb/32kg for Business and First-Class passengers), you will have to pay USD 100-plus for each piece of your American Airlines baggage. 

American Airlines carry-on baggage allowance for First-Class passengers is the same as that for other passengers, i.e., 1 personal carry-on item (not exceeding 45 x 35 x 20cm), and either 1 carry-on bag (not exceeding 56 x 36 x 23cm) or 1 garment bag not exceeding 130cm/51in in combined dimensions.

American Airlines’ baggage limit for checked luggage is as follows:

  • The combined dimensions (L + W + H) must not exceed 320cm/126in.
  • The maximum weight must not exceed 100lb/45kg per bag.

You are allowed to check in up to 10 bags on domestic, transpacific, and transatlantic flights, and up to 5 bags on flights to/through/from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, or South America. 

American Airlines’ First-Class baggage allowance is: 

  • 2 checked bags weighing up to 70lb/32kg each on 2-cabin aircraft and 3 bags 
  • 3 checked bags weighing up to 70lb/32kg each on 3-cabin aircraft

The carry-on baggage allowance for First-Class passengers is the same as that for other passengers:

  • 1 personal carry-on item (not exceeding 45 x 35 x 20cm), and 

1 carry-on bag (not exceeding 56 x 36 x 23cm), or
1 garment bag not exceeding 130cm/51in in combined dimensions

American Airlines international baggage allowance is typically as follows: 

  • Economy Class passengers on international/transatlantic flights are allowed 1 free checked bag (50lb/23kg). 
  • Premium Economy passengers are allowed 2 free checked bags (50lb/23kg each).
  • Business Class passengers are allowed 2 free checked bags (70lb/32kg each).
  • First-Class passengers are allowed:
    • 2 free checked bags (70lb/32kg each) on 2-cabin aircraft.
    • 3 free checked bags (70lb/32kg each) on 3-cabin aircraft.

The size of your checked bag must not exceed 158cm/62in per bag.

American Airlines international baggage allowance for carry-on bags is the same as that for other passengers:

  • 1 personal carry-on item (not exceeding 45 x 35 x 20cm), and 
  • 1 carry-on bag (not exceeding 56 x 36 x 23cm), or
    1 garment bag not exceeding 130cm/51in in combined dimensions

According to American Airlines’ lost baggage policy: 

  • If lose your checked bag, or it gets delayed or damaged, American Airlines will cover any loss up to USD 3,500, or up to USD 5,000 if you have declared excess value. 
  • American Airlines will not cover loss or damage to the following items: 
    • Securities or negotiable papers
    • Money
    • Precious metals or stones
    • Jewelry
    • Photographic, video or optical equipment
    • Perishable items
    • Orthotics or surgical supports
    • Medication (over-the-counter)
    • Liquids
    • Keys
    • Heirlooms
    • Furs
    • Fragile items
    • Computers, software or other electronics
    • China or silverware
    • Business equipment or samples, or marketing material
    • Books or documents
    • Artwork
    • Antiques or artifacts
    • Time pieces
    • Unique, irreplaceable, or similar valuable items
  • If you lose your wheelchair/mobility device or it is damaged, American Airlines will cover the loss entirely. 
  • American Airlines does not cover the following: 
    • Loss of carry-on items. 
    • Minor scratches, dents, stains, or scuffs to your baggage.
    • Improperly packed items such as musical instruments, sports items, etc., unless packed in a hard-sided case.
    • Damage to inner contents without any outside damage to the bag. 
    • Damage, delay, or loss of any item not permitted for carriage on American.
  • If your baggage is lost or delayed, you must file a report: 
    • Within 4 hours of landing at your final destination if your bag was delayed. 
    • Within 12 hours of landing if you had booked Bags VIP Luggage Delivery.
  • If your baggage is damaged, you must file a report:
    • Within 24 hours of receiving/picking up your baggage.
    • Within 24 hours if your baggage was damaged.
  • If you want any additional action, you must:
    • Ask American Airlines to repair any damage within 30 days of filing your initial report.
    • Submit the Passenger Property Questionnaire within 30 days of filing your initial report if you’re seeking compensation.
    • Take legal action within 2 years.
  • American Airlines may reject claims if: 
    • You submit false information or submit the same clam with another airline 
    • You can’t back your loss with receipts 
    • You don’t submit your report within the required timelines 
    • You make a claim using a non-permissible booking practice 

Aside from weight and size restrictions, you should be aware of the following baggage restrictions when flying on American Airlines:

  • Seasonal and Year-Round Restrictions. You can only travel with 2 bags in-season for select cities in Central and South America, the Caribbean and Mexico. For details, refer to the seasonal limitations and year-round limitations pages.
  • You should be aware of the restricted items, i.e., items that you can carry only under certain conditions. These items typically include: 
    • Batteries
    • E-cigarettes and vaporizing devices powered by lithium batteries 
    • Portable medical electronic devices
    • Cutting instruments
    • Drones
    • Firearms
    • Recreational/full-body PPE
    • Portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) 
    • Self-inflating jackets 
    • Scissors and tools, 
    • Smart bags 
    • Gasoline-powered tools
    • Safety matches and lighters, 
    • Recalled devices and lithium batteries. 
    • Alcoholic beverages 
    • Animal products/products of animal origin (EU destinations), 
    • Dry ice 
    • Aerosols

American Airlines’ overweight baggage fee applies to bags that exceed your free allowance. 

The overweight baggage fees charged by American Airlines per-person/per-say are as follows:

  • Bags weighing 51–70lb (23–32kg) USD 100 per bag (all routes) 
  • Bags weighing 71–100lb (32–45kg)
    • Most routes USD 200
      (except to/from Cuba)
    • Transatlantic–Europe Not accepted

Transpacific–Japan, S. Korea, Hong Kong, USD 450
and China (except to/from Australia, New Zealand)

American Airlines military baggage allowance for military personnel travelling on- or off-duty is as follows: 

  • If travelling on duty:
    • Up to 5 bags free of charge.
    • Max. weight: 100lb/45.45kg and max. combined dimensions (L + W + H): 320cm/126in
  • If travelling on personal business: 
    • Up to 3 bags free of charge.
    • Max. weight: 50lb/23kg and max. combined dimensions (L + W + H): 158cm/62in 

American Airlines’ baggage claim for damaged bags can be made as follows:

If you don’t receive your missing bag within 30 days, you must: 

  • Select ‘Bags’ from the dropdown list under ‘Topic’
  • Select ‘Delayed 3+ days’ from the dropdown list under ‘Subject’
  • Click on the ‘Next’ button
  • Enter the required information
    (incl. your 13-character file reference number)
  • Attach (upload) a scanned copy of your: 
    • ID 
    • Your baggage claim checks
    • Your dated, itemized receipts 
  • Click on the ‘Submit’ button

You can also make your American Airlines’ baggage claim by fax or mail.

  • Fax +1-480-693-2305
  • Mail American Airlines Central Baggage
    4000 East Sky Harbor Boulevard
    Phoenix, AZ 85034

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