United Airlines baggage policy, incl. for overweight/oversized baggage, is similar to that of most U.S. airlines. One thing to note is that Economy Class fares are split into 2 types: Basic Economy and Standard Economy, which is important to remember for your carry-on allowance. 

Airlines Baggage Policy

Below is a snapshot of United Airlines baggage policy:

  • United Airlines carry-on baggage allowance is as follows:
    • 1 standard carry-on bag not exceeding 56 x 35 x 22cm (22 x 14 x 9in) 
    • 1 personal item not exceeding 43 x 25 x 22cm (17 x 10 x 9in)

Exception. Basic Economy passengers are allowed only 1 personal item of the same dimensions as above. If you bring a full carry-on bag, you will need to check it in and pay the applicable checked baggage fee plus a USD 25 gate handling fee unless you’re a Premier member or hold a qualifying MileagePlus credit card. However, Basic Economy passengers travelling on transatlantic flights are allowed to carry 1 standard carry-on bag and 1 personal item of the same dimensions as above. 


The carry-on baggage allowance for lap infants allows the accompanying adult passenger to bring a diaper bag, government-approved child seat/car seat, and breast pump in addition to their normal baggage allowance.

  • United Airlines checked baggage policy is as follows:
    • Checked bags must not exceed 50lb/23kg per bag for Economy and Premium Economy Class fares and 70lb/32kg for Business and First Class fares.
    • All checked bags must adhere to a size limit of 158cm/62in.
    • United recommends that you assess your baggage fees by using its free baggage calculator tool.
    • The oversized baggage fee typically ranges from USD 200 – 400, depending on your route. 
    • Depending on your route, the overweight baggage fee ranges from USD 100 – 400 per 51 – 70lb bag, and USD 200 – 600 per 71 – 100lb bag.
    • You can pre-pay for baggage online or with the mobile app. 
    • All Premier members are allowed free extra baggage allowance depending on their membership status and route.

United Airlines Carry-on Baggage Policy


What is the carry-on baggage policy at United Airlines?

Carry-on Bag (1)Personal Item (1)

Max Size 56cm x 35cm x 22cm (22in x 14in x 9in)Max Size 43cm x 25cm x 22 cm                           (17in x 10in x 9in) 

The carry-on baggage policy at United Airlines allows most travellers to bring 1 full-sized carry-on bag and 1 personal item for free. However, passengers travelling on a Basic Economy fare can bring only 1 personal item on board for free (except on transatlantic trips, where they’re allowed the same baggage allowance). 

The carry-on baggage rules on flights operated by United’s partners and codeshare flights may be different, so do check with the airlines before travelling if your itinerary includes a flight with them.

  •   Carry-on Bag— 1 
    • Max Size (incl. handle, pockets, and wheels): 56cm x 35cm x 22cm
      (22in x 14in x 9in) (height x width x depth) 
    • The carry-on bag must fit in the overhead bin.
    • Chargeable for Basic Economy passengers except: 
      • On trans-Atlantic flights to/from the United States, Central America, Mexico, El Salvador, Panama, and South America.
      • For MileagePlus Premier members and companions travelling on the same booking.
      • Primary card members of qualifying MileagePlus cards and Star Alliance Gold members.
  • Personal Item—1
    • Max Size (incl. handle, pockets, and wheels): 43cm x 25cm x 22 cm
      17in x 10in x 9in (height x width x depth) 
  • The personal item must fit under your front seat.

Other Items You’re Permitted to Carry on Board for Free


In addition to the carry-on items mentioned above, United Airlines baggage policy allows all passengers to bring the following articles free of charge:

  • An umbrella 
  • A jacket
  • Reading material
  • Food or airport purchases 
  • Assistive devices
    (cane, crutches, collapsible wheelchair, prescription medication devices, portable oxygen concentrator, etc.) 
  • Child restraint system/safety seat (FAA-approved)
  • Diaper bag
  • Breast pump
  • Camera
  • Pet carrier (subject to charges)

Note

  • Basic Economy passengers can carry only 1 personal item, except on transatlantic flights.
  • Basic Economy fare passengers who bring a full carry-on bag (except on transatlantic routes) must check it in at the gate and will be charged the applicable checked baggage fee plus a USD 25 gate handling fee. However, Premier members and qualifying MileagePlus credit card holders are exempted from this—they are entitled to bring 1 carry-on bag and 1 personal item even on a Basic Economy Class fare.
  • You will have to pay extra if your carry-on bag exceeds the permissible dimensions.

Checked Baggage Allowance


What is United Airlines checked baggage policy for domestic and international flights?

Per United Airlines checked baggage policy, your checked baggage allowance (i.e., the weight and size of your bags) will depend on which class you’re traveling on, and your route. Checked bags must not be more than 50lb/23kg for Economy and Premium Economy fares; and not more than 70lb/32kg for Business and First-Class fares. The combined linear dimensions of the checked bag must not be more than 158cm/62in. 

United Airlines Allowance (Checked Baggage) by Travel Class
Service ClassMax. BagsMax. Weight/BagMax. Size/Bag
(length + width + height)
Economy
(except Basic Economy)
50lb/23kg 62in/158cm 
Premium Economy50lb/23kg62in/158cm 
Business 70lb/32kg62in/158cm 
First70lbs/32kg62in/158cm 
MileagePlus StatusPremier SilverPremier GoldPremier PlatinumPremier 1KStar Alliance Gold70lbs/32kg62in/158cm 

Note

  • Handles and wheels count toward the size of a bag.
  • Oversized and overweight bags will be charged extra.
  • If you’re carrying fragile items, buy a ticket to carry them onboard. 
  • Use the free baggage calculator if you aren’t sure. 

United Airlines Baggage Fees 

United Airlines does not provide an easy-to-glance baggage fees table but recommends all passengers to use their free baggage calculator tool to assess the baggage fees. 

However, if you’re flying within North America on an Economy Class fare and you purchase your checked baggage online more than 24 hours prior to departure, you will typically pay USD 30 and USD 40 for your first and second bag respectively. But if you pay at the airport, the fee goes up by USD 5, which means you will have to pay USD 35 and USD 45 for the first and second bag. If you’re travelling between USA and Mexico, the second bag will cost you USD 55. 

Passengers travelling on Premium Economy, Business, and First-Class fares can check in up to 2 bags for free. The maximum weight limit for Premium Economy fares is 50lb/23kg per bag and 70lb/32kg per bag for Business and First-Class fares. The details are explained below.

United Airline Baggage Fees by Travel Class
(Payable online; if you pay at the airport, add USD 5 per bag)
Between Economy
(Basic, Plus, Full)
Premium EconomyBusinessFirst
USA and Canada/Caribbean excl. Cuba/Central America*Bag #1: USD 30
Bag #2: USD 40
Bag #3+: USD 150
Bag #1: FREE
Bag #2: FREE
Bag #3+: USD 150
Bag #1: FREE
Bag #2: FREE
Bag #3+: USD 150
Bag #1: FREE
Bag #2: FREE
Bag #3+: USD 150
USA and MexicoBag #1: USD 30
Bag #2: USD 55
Bag #3+: USD 180
Bag #1: FREE
Bag #2: FREE
Bag #3+: USD 180
Bag #1: FREE
Bag #2: FREE
Bag #3+: USD 180
Bag #1: FREE
Bag #2: FREE
Bag #3+: USD 180
USA and CubaBag #1: USD 30
Bag #2: USD 100
Bag #3+: USD 500
Bag #1: FREE
Bag #2: FREE
Bag #3+: USD 500
Bag #1: FREE
Bag #2: FREE
Bag #3+: USD 500
Bag #1: FREE
Bag #2: FREE
Bag #3+: USD 500
USA and Australia/New Zealand/East AsiaBag #1: FREE
Bag #2: FREE
(New Zealand: USD 100)
Bag #3+: USD 200
Bag #1: FREE
Bag #2: FREE
Bag #3+: USD 200
Bag #1: FREE
Bag #2: FREE
Bag #3+: USD 200
Bag #1: FREE
Bag #2: FREE
Bag #3+: USD 200
The USA and South AmericaBag #1: FREE
Bag #2: FREE (Colombia: USD 100; Ecuador: USD 40)
Bag #3+: USD 150
Bag #1: FREE
Bag #2: FREE
Bag #3+: USD 150
Bag #1: FREE
Bag #2: FREE
Bag #3+: USD 150
Bag #1: FREE
Bag #2: FREE
Bag #3+: USD 150
USA and India/Middle East/EuropeBag #1: FREE (Basic Economy: USD 60)
Bag #2: USD 100
Bag #3+: USD 200
Bag #1: FREE
Bag #2: FREE
Bag #3+: USD 200
Bag #1: FREE
Bag #2: FREE
Bag #3+: USD 200
Bag #1: FREE
Bag #2: FREE
Bag #3+: USD 200
The free baggage allowance for active-duty U.S. military personnel and their dependents is: 5 FREE checked bags (70lb/32kg, 254cm/100in) on official business.3 FREE checked bags (70lb/32kg, 157cm/62in) on personal travel. Dependents are entitled to the same baggage allowance if they’re travelling on the same booking unless the active-duty military personnel are travelling ahead on official orders. If the dependents are travelling for personal business, the standard baggage allowance and fees will apply, depending on the ticket purchased by them. 
* Exception: For Guatemala and El Salvador: Bag #2 will cost USD 100.Bag #3+ will cost USD 300 for Guatemala and USD 500 for El Salvador.

United Airlines Military Baggage Policy


What is the United Airlines baggage allowance for military personnel and their dependents?

Per United Airlines military baggage policy, active-duty U.S. military personnel and their dependents are entitled to a free baggage allowance of: 

  • On official business 5 FREE checked bags (70lb/32kg, 254cm/100in) 
  • On personal travel 3 FREE checked bags (70lb/32kg, 157cm/62in) 

Dependents travelling on the same booking are allowed the same baggage allowance unless the military personnel is travelling ahead on official orders. Dependents travelling on personal business will be subject to the standard baggage allowance and fees, depending on their fare type.

Overweight and Oversized Baggage Fees


What are overweight and oversized baggage fees charged by United Airlines?

As with checked baggage, United Airlines recommends that you use their free baggage fee calculator tool to calculate the baggage fees on your specific route.

If you’re travelling with overweight or oversized bags, you will be charged for it, depending on your route. The overweight and oversized baggage fees charged by United Airlines are typically as follows:

  • Overweight Bags
    • For Economy Class passengers, overweight bags weighing between 51 – 70lb (23 – 32kg) will typically cost USD 100 – 400 per bag, depending on your route.
    • Overweight bags weighing between 70 – 100lb (32 – 45kg) can cost between USD 200 – 600 per bag, depending on your route.
  • Oversized Bags
    • Oversized bags measuring between 63 – 115in in linear dimensions will be charged USD 200 – 400 per bag, depending on your destination.

To know the exact excess baggage amount, use the baggage calculator. After viewing your results, check the box for ‘Additional and other bag charges’. 

RouteOversized Bags (63 – 115in)Overweight Bags (51 – 70lb)Overweight Bags (71 – 100lb)
Within U.S.A and CanadaUSD 200USD 100USD 200
U.S.A. ↔ Cancun/Merida/CozumelUSD 200 – 400 (depending on airport of departure)USD 100USD 200
U.S.A. ↔ Mexico
(excl. Cancun/Merida/Cozumel)
USD 200 – £400 (depending on the airport of departure)USD 100USD 200
U.S.A. ↔ Cozumel/the Caribbean (excl. U.S.V.I., Puerto Rico, Cuba)USD 200 – 400 (depending on the airport of departure)USD 200USD 400
U.S.A ↔ U.S.V.I., Puerto RicoUSD 200USD 100USD 200
U.S. ↔ Central America
(excl. Guatemala, Panama, El Salvador)
USD 200 – 300 (depending on the airport of departure)USD 200USD 400
U.S. ↔ CubaUSD 400USD 400USD 600
U.S.A. ↔ GuatemalaUSD 250USD 250USD 450
U.S. ↔ PanamaUSD 200 – 300 (depending on the airport of departure)USD 100
(USD 200 from Washington, DC)
USD 200
(USD 400 from Washington, DC)
U.S.A. ↔ El SalvadorUSD 300USD 300USD 500
U.S.A. ↔ South America
(excl. Brazil)
USD 200 – 400 (depending on the airport of departure)USD 200USD 400
U.S.A. ↔ BrazilUSD 200USD 100
(USD 200 from Washington, DC)
USD 200
(USD 400 from Washington, DC)
U.S.A. ↔ India/Middle East/Africa/EuropeUSD 200USD 200USD 400
U.S.A. ↔ Australia, New Zealand, East AsiaUSD 200USD 200USD 400

Note
According to United Airlines baggage policy: 

  • Oversized bags larger than 292cm/115in will not be accepted.
  • Overweight bags heavier than 100lbs/45kg will not be accepted, except:
    • Musical instruments weighing up to 165lbs/75kg.
    • All assistive devices.

Excess Baggage Fees

Anything additional baggage that you may be carrying above your baggage allowance is considered excess baggage. The excess baggage fees charged by United Airlines ranges from USD 150 – 500 per bag, depending on your route.

Note 

  • The following destinations have year-round/seasonal limits on overweight, oversized, and extra checked bags: 
    • Sydney (SYD)
    • Rio de Janeiro (GIG)
    • Auckland (AKL)
  • Always check in advance, because at times you may be asked to check in a box instead of a bag. Plus, you may not be allowed to check in large sporting equipment, such as surfboards and bicycles when embargoes are in place.

Free Baggage Allowance for MileagePlus Members

United Airlines Baggage Allowance for MileagePlus Members
Travel Class and Route Premier SilverPremier GoldPremier PlatinumPremier 1K
United BusinessUnited FirstUnited Polaris
3 bags x 70lb/32kg per bag
Economy Class To/from the USA and: Continental USAHawaiiAlaskaMexicoCanadaCentral America The Caribbean1 bag x 70lb/32kg per bag2 bags x 70lb/32kg per bag3 bags x 70lb/32kg per bag
Economy Class To/from the USA and:South AmericaEuropeAustraliaNew ZealandAsiaAfrica The Middle East2 bags x 70lb/32kg per bag3 bags x 70lb/32kg per bag
Economy Class All other destinations incl. within Micronesia and Asia Standard baggage allowance PLUS 1 bag x 70lb/32kg  
Passengers travelling on the same booking as MileagePlus Premier members are entitled to the same exemptions as the member.
Star Alliance Gold members are entitled to:The first checked bag is free (50lb/23kg) on domestic flights.2-3 free checked bags (50lb/23kg) on international flights.

United Airlines Sports Equipment Policy

United Airlines baggage policy for sports equipment allows you to carry your sports equipment:

  • Free
    • As cabin baggage, if it fits in your hand baggage
    • As checked baggage, if it:
      • Fits into your checked baggage
      • Is suitably packed
      • Is not restricted
  • For a Fee
    • If you’ve already used up your allowance

Note. Up to 3 rebreather tanks or 1 dive tank must be checked as special items for a one-way fee of USD 150 between the USA, Canada, the U.S.V.I., and Puerto Rico, and USD 200 on international routes. However, kayaks and canoes will not be accepted as checked baggage.

Sports equipment you’re allowed to carry—subject to restrictions—include: 

  • Golf equipment
  • Bicycles 
  • Tennis equipment
  • Windsurfing equipment
  • Camping equipment
  • Bowling equipment
  • Baseball equipment
  • Wave ski
  • Surfboards, wakeboards, and paddleboards
  • Ski and snowboard equipment
  • Boogie/skim/speed boards
  • Skating equipment
  • Scuba gear
  • Pool cues
  • Pole vaulting equipment
  • Parachutes and parasails
  • Paintball equipment
  • Oars
  • Life jackets
  • Kiteboards
  • Kayaks or canoes
  • Javelins
  • Hockey or lacrosse equipment
  • Hang gliding equipment
  • Gymnastic equipment
  • Fishing equipment
  • Firearms
  • Fencing and kendo equipment
  • Archery equipment

To see the current packing regulations and fees, visit the sports equipment page. 

CPAP Devices

United Airlines baggage policy allows you to carry FAA-compliant CPAP devices, respirators, and ventilators on board with proper documentation. If you’re carrying such a device, you will need to contact United’s accessibility desk at 1-800-228-2744 at least 48 hours before departure. 

As in-seat power may not be available on all aircraft, make sure you’re carrying fully-charged batteries— with at least 3 hours of extra time for delays and disruptions. 

How to Pay Your Baggage Fees on United Airlines

You can prepay your baggage fee:

  • Online—at least 24 hours before the flight (to save money) 
  • At the time of checking in at the airport (by credit card)
  • At the curbside (by credit card)

How to Prepay Your Baggage Fees Online 

To prepay your baggage fees online, you will have to retrieve your flight and follow the prompts to pay your baggage fees as explained.


An illustration of the My trips tab on United Airlines’ website

  1. Go to United.com
  2. From the top pane, select My trips 
  3. Enter your confirmation number and last name, and click on Search 
  4. Select your flight, add the bags, and pay

Note. If you’re adding bags during the check-in window, retrieve your flight from the Check-in tab (instead of My trips).

You can also pay to purchase your baggage via the mobile app. 

United Airlines Musical Instruments Policy

United Airlines baggage policy for musical instruments allows you to carry small and large musical instruments—subject to the following conditions:

  • Small musical instruments like violins can be taken as carry-on baggage:
    • In the overhead bin as carry-on baggage. 
    • Under your front seat as a personal item.
  • Large musical instruments weighing up to 165lbs/75kg are allowed as checked baggage—subject to applicable fees.
  • All musical instruments must be properly packed in a hard case.
  • Overweight and oversized musical instruments will be charged extra per baggage rules.

Note. If you’re traveling on a Basic Economy fare, you’ll need to carry your musical instrument in place of the personal item you’re permitted to carry. If it cannot be stored in the cabin, you’ll need to check it for a USD 25 fee (or more if it’s overweight and/or oversized).

What to do if Items are Missing from Your Checked Baggage

You can claim the following items:

  • Damaged checked baggage
  • Damage to checked baggage contents
  • Missing contents from checked baggage
  • Missing baggage for 7 days, or up to 21 days if the luggage was delayed

If you discover any missing items from your checked baggage:

  • For domestic flights
    • Report your missing items to the airport Baggage Service Office immediately after arrival, or 
    • Call the Baggage Service Center at +1-800-335-2247 within 24 hours after arrival
  • For international flights (outside the U.S. and Canada)
    • Report your missing items to the airport Baggage Service Office immediately after arrival, or  
    • Call 1-281-821-3526 
    • Report in writing within 7 days after arrival 

Download the Claim Form

How to Report Damage to a Bag or Contents

  • If you’re at the airport
    • Report to the airport Baggage Service Office (near the baggage claim area).
      A United Airline representative will: 
      • Examine the damage 
      • Provide you with a file number
      • Ask you to complete the damaged baggage claim form (if required)
  • If you’ve left the airport 
    • For flights to/from the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. To be eligible for repair or replacement, you must report—within 24 hours and in-person—your damaged bag to the airport Baggage Service Office.
    • For all international flights. To be eligible for repair or replacement, you must report within 7 days—in writing or person—your damaged bag to the airport Baggage Service Office.

Helpful Links 

Banned and Restricted Items

The following items are banned on all United Airlines reservations:

  • Camping equipment containing fuel 
  • Self-balancing or self-riding bags 
  • Defense sprays (mace, pepper, tear gas, etc.)
  • Explosives (fireworks, flares, gunpowder, etc.)
  • Ready-to-eat meals (MREs) with flameless heaters
  • Smart bags with fixed batteries
  • Shock absorbers 
  • Tasers

Dangerous Items with Some Restrictions 

The following items have some restrictions. They must not exceed 100ml (3.4 ounces) and must be packed in a clear bag. If you’re placing the items in your checked bag, the container size must not exceed 16 ounces— or a total of 70 ounces per passenger.

  • Hairspray
  • Deodorants
  • Nail polish
  • Perfumes
  • Certain medicines

Other items with restrictions include:

  • Stun guns
  • Smart bags
  • Scuba tanks
  • Self-propelled recreational vehicles, riding suitcases, and hoverboards
  • Mobility devices
  • Lighters, matches, and e-cigarettes
  • Life jackets
  • Household items
  • Gasoline-powered tools and equipment
  • Firearms
  • Dry shippers and liquid nitrogen
  • Dry ice
  • Batteries
  • Avalanche packs

Liquids, Creams, Aerosols, and Powders

If you’re traveling with liquids, creams, aerosols, and powders, remember the following:

  • If you’re departing from U.S. airports, the individual container size of toiletries with liquids, creams, or aerosols must not exceed 3.4 ounces.
  • Hand sanitizers up to 12 ounces are permitted in carry-on bags—but will need to be screened separately (and takes additional time).
  • Toiletries must be in transparent and sealable quart-sized bags.
  • Toiletries and beverages purchased after airport security checkpoints will be permitted on board in most cases. 
  • Items like baby foods, juice, milk, and medications beyond 3.4 ounces may be permitted but must be declared to the TSA at the checkpoint. 

For more information, visit this page


Frequently Asked Questions on United Airlines Baggage Policy 

United Airlines baggage policy allows all passengers to carry 1 personal item onboard free of charge, provided it fits under your front seat. Personal items can include small backpacks, briefcases, and purses that are not more than 43cm x 25cm x 22cm (17in x 10in x 9in) in size.

Other than Basic Economy passengers, all passengers can bring 1 carry-on bag onboard free of charge. Carry-on bags must fit in the overhead bin, and must not be larger than 56cm x 35cm x 22cm (22in x 14in x 9in). 

If you’re travelling on a Basic Economy fare and bring a carry-on bag, you’ll be charged the applicable checked baggage fee plus a service fee of USD 25. However, this will not apply on trans-Atlantic flights, provided that they are operated by United Airlines or United Express. On such flights, your baggage allowance is the same as that for Standard Economy fares, so you’re allowed to bring a personal item and a carry-on bag like others. 

If you’re a MileagePlus member, a Star Alliance Gold member, or a primary cardmember of a credit card that qualifies for MileagePlus credit, you’re allowed to bring a personal item and a carry-on bag even if you’re holding a Basic Economy ticket. 

United Airlines baggage policy for Economy Class (normal) fares allows you to carry the following items free of cost: 

  • 1 FREE carry-on bag (except Basic Economy) 
  • 1 FREE personal item
  • Checked baggage (subject to applicable fee) 

Overweight and oversized bags will incur extra charges, depending on your route. Some sports equipment can be carried free, while others will incur additional charges. 

United Airlines checked baggage policy allows you to carry:

  • 2 standard checked bags, subject to a fee for Economy Class fares (on select routes).
  • The maximum weight for Economy Class fares must not exceed 50lb/23kg per bag, and 70lb/32kg per bag for Business and First-Class fares. 
  • The maximum dimensions of a checked bag must not exceed 157cm/62in in combined linear dimensions. 

United Airlines international baggage policy for flights to/from the United States are typically USD 0 for the first bag and USD 100 for the second bag. The checked baggage fee for Basic Economy tickets is USD 60 for the first bag and USD 100 USD for the second bag on transatlantic flights. On some routes, you’re allowed 2 checked bags as standard baggage allowance. To know the exact baggage fee, check out the free Baggage Calculator on United’s website. 

United Airlines domestic baggage policy for standard checked baggage for flights within the United States is USD 30 for the first bag, USD 40 for the second bag, and USD 150 for the third bag—if you pay online at least 24 hours before departure. However, if you pay at the airport, it will cost you USD 5 extra per bag.

United Airlines military baggage policy applies to active-duty U.S. military personnel and their dependents (if they’re travelling on the same booking). 

The free baggage allowance for eligible members is 5 FREE checked bags (70lb/32kg, 254cm/100in) on official business travel, and 3 FREE checked bags (70lb/32kg, 157cm/62in) on personal travel

Dependents travelling on personal work are not entitled any extra baggage allowance. Their baggage allowance will depend on the ticket purchased by them.

United Airlines hand baggage policy allows all passengers (except Basic Economy) to bring 1 personal item (small backpack, laptop bag, briefcase, or purse) and 1 carry-on bag free of cost. 

The size of your carry-on bag must not be more than 56cm x 36cm x 23cm (22in x 14in x 9in), incl. wheels and handles, and it must fit in the overhead bin or under your front seat. 

The size of your personal item must not exceed 41cm x 28cm x 20cm (16in x 11in x 8in), incl. wheels and handles, and it must fit under your front seat or in the overhead bin. The following items do not count toward your hand baggage allowance: an umbrella, jacket, diaper bag, and assistive devices. 

Under United Airlines Basic Economy baggage policy, passengers travelling on a Basic Economy fare are allowed to bring only 1 personal item on board, such as a purse, small backpack, or small briefcase. The checked baggage allowance is free on select routes but subject to a fee on other routes. 

For example, United Airlines baggage policy for Basic Economy fares entitles you to a free checked baggage allowance on select routes, such as those between: 

  • USA and Australia/New Zealand/East Asia—2 FREE checked bags
    • Exception: Second checked bag—USD 100 for New Zealand
  • USA and South America—2 FREE checked bags
    • Exception: Second checked bag—USD 100 for Colombia, USD 40 for Ecuador

On other routes, United Airlines baggage policy for Basic Economy fares requires you to pay a fee of USD 30 – 60 for the first checked bag and USD 40 – 100 for the second checked bag. 

United Airlines First Class baggage policy entitles First Class passengers to a free baggage allowance of: 

  • 1 free personal carry-on item measuring up to 43cm x 25cm x 22 cm
  • 1 free carry-on bag measuring up to 56cm x 35cm x 22cm
  • 2 free checked bags weighing up to 70lb/32kg each and measuring up to 157cm/62in

The baggage size allowed on United Airlines is as follows:

  • The maximum size of the personal carry-on item must not exceed 43cm x 25cm x 22cm.
  • The maximum size of the free carry-on bag must not exceed 56cm x 35cm x 22cm.
  • The maximum linear dimensions of the checked bag must not exceed 157cm/62in.

United Airlines does not specify a weight limit for carry-on baggage. However, the size limits must be adhered to.  

United Airlines international Economy baggage allowance is as follows:

  • USA and Canada/Caribbean (excl. Cuba)/Central America Nil, must be purchased
  • USA and Mexico Nil, must be purchased
  • USA and Cuba Nil, must be purchased
  • USA and Australia/New Zealand/East Asia 2 FREE bags x 50lb/23kg each
    Exception: New Zealand: USD 100 for the second bag
  • USA and South America 2 FREE bags x 50lb/23kg each
    Exception: Columbia: USD 100 for the second bag; Ecuador: USD 40 for the second bag.
  • USA and India/Middle East/Europe 1 FREE bag x 50lb/23kg
    Exception: Basic Economy: USD 60

United Airlines standard baggage allowance is as follows:

  • Standard carry-on baggage allowance 
    • All classes 1 FREE personal carry-on item (43cm x 25cm x 22cm)
      1 FREE carry-on bag (56cm x 35cm x 22cm)
  • Standard checked baggage allowance
    • Economy 1 bag x 50lb/23kg
    • Premium Economy 2 bags x 50lb/23kg 
    • Business 2 bags x 70lb/32kg
    • First 2 bags x 70lb/32kg
    • MileagePlus Status 2 bags x 70lb/32kg
    • Premier Silver 2 bags x 70lb/32kg
    • Premier Gold 2 bags x 70lb/32kg
    • Premier Platinum 2 bags x 70lb/32kg
    • Premier 1K 2 bags x 70lb/32kg
    • Star Alliance Gold 2 bags x 70lb/32kg

If your baggage or its contents have been damaged, you should do the following.

  • If you’re at the airport
    • Report to the airport Baggage Service Office (near the baggage claim area).
      A United Airline representative will: 
      • Examine the damage 
      • Provide you with a file number
      • Ask you to complete damaged baggage claim form (if required)
  • If you’ve left the airport 
    • For flights to/from the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. To be eligible repair or replacement, you must report your damaged bag in person at the airport Baggage Service Office within 24 hours after your flight arrives.
    • For all international flights. To be eligible for repair or replacement, you must report your damaged bag in writing or in person at the airport Baggage Service Office within 7 days after your flight arrives.

You should also consider filing a  damaged bag claim.

United Airlines Business Class baggage allowance is 2 bags of up to 70lb/32kg each on all routes. However, MileagePlus members are allowed additional baggage, depending on their membership status, travel class, and route.

The domestic flights’ baggage allowance at United Airlines is:

  • Economy Class (Basic, Plus, Full)
    • First Bag USD 30 (prepaid), USD 35 (airport)
    • Second Bag USD 40 (prepaid), USD 45 (airport)
    • Third Bag USD 150 (prepaid), USD 155 (airport)
  • Premium Plus
    • First Bag Free
    • Second Bag Free
    • 3+ Bags USD 150/bag (prepaid), USD 155 (airport)
  • Business Class 
    • First Bag Free
    • Second Bag Free
    • 3+ Bags USD 150/bag (prepaid), USD 155 (airport)
  • First Class
    • First Bag Free
    • Second Bag Free
    • 3+ Bags USD 150/bag (prepaid), USD 155 (airport)

Premier status members are allowed extra baggage benefits, depending on their travel class, membership status, and route. 

United Airlines Economy Plus baggage allowance for domestic flights within the United States is:

  • USD 30 for the first bag (prepaid), USD 35 (airport)
  • USD 40 for the second bag (prepaid), USD 45 (airport)
  • USD 150 for 3+ bags per bag (prepaid), USD 155 (airport)

Remember, the maximum weight of the bag must not exceed 50lb/23kg and its combined linear dimensions must not exceed 158cm/62in.

If you’re travelling on a domestic route within the U.S. on an Economy Class ticket, you must purchase your baggage allowance. On higher fares such as Premium Plus, Business, and First, you’re allowed to carry 2 bags for free. The weight limit for Premium Plus fares is 50lb/23kg per bag, whereas for Business and First Class fares it is 70lb/32kg per bag. Additional bags must be purchased for a fee. The combined linear dimensions of a checked bag must not exceed 158cm/62in. 

If you’re a Premier status member, you’re allowed to carry 70lb/32kg per bag. However, the number of bags permitted (ranging from 1 to 3) will depend on your membership status, travel class, and route. 

The maximum baggage weight allowed on United Airlines flights (to embargo-free destinations) is 100lb/45kg per bag unless you’re carrying a musical instrument for which the maximum weight limit is 165lb/75kg. 

United Airlines baggage allowance from India to U.S.A. is as follows: 

  • Economy Class
    • 1st bag Free (USD 60 for Basic Economy)
    • 2nd bag USD 100
    • 3+ bags USD 200
  • Premium Plus
    • 1st bag Free 
    • 2nd bag Free
    • 3+ bags USD 200
  • Business Class
    • 1st bag Free 
    • 2nd bag Free
    • 3+ bags USD 200
  • First Class
    • 1st bag Free 
    • 2nd bag Free
    • 3+ bags USD 200

Note. Premier status members are allowed the same weight allowance of 70lb/32kg per bag. However, the number of bags permitted (ranging from 1 to 3) will depend on their membership status, travel class, and route.

United Airlines does not specify a carry-on baggage weight allowance on international or domestic flights. However, there are size limits in place which must not be exceeded. 

  • The size of the free carry-on bag must not exceed 56cm x 35cm x 22cm (22in x 14in x 9in). 
  • The size of the free personal item must not exceed 43cm x 25cm x 22cm (17in x 10in x 9in).

Remember, passengers travelling on a Basic Economy fare are allowed only 1 personal item of the same dimensions as above.

United Airlines international Economy baggage allowance will depend on your route. On some international routes, you must purchase your baggage allowance. 

  • On flights between the U.S. and Canada/the Caribbean (excl. Cuba)/Central America*, the first, second, and third-plus bags will cost you USD 30, USD 40, and USD 150 respectively.
    *Exclusions: The second bag will cost USD 100 for Guatemala and El Salvador, and the third-plus bag will cost USD 300 for Guatemala and USD 500 for El Salvador.
  • On flights between the U.S. and Cuba, the first, second, and third-plus bags will cost you USD 30, USD 100, and USD 500/bag respectively.
  • On flights between the U.S. and Mexico, the first, second, and third-plus bags will cost you USD 30, USD 55, and USD 180/bag respectively.

The international Economy baggage allowance on the following routes is free for the first bag, but additional bags must be purchased.

  • On flights between the U.S. and India/Europe/Middle East, the first bag is free (but will cost USD 60 on Basic Economy fares), whereas the second and third-plus bags will cost you USD 100 and USD 200 respectively.
  • On flights between the U.S. and South America, the first two bags are free (except that the second bag will cost USD 100 for Colombia and USD 40 for Ecuador), and the third-plus bag will cost you USD 150 respectively.
  • On flights between the U.S. and Australia/New Zealand/East Asia, the first two bags are free (but the second bag will cost USD 100 for New Zealand), and the third-plus bag will cost you USD 200/bag.

Note. All Premier status members are allowed the same weight allowance of 70lb/32kg per bag, and the number of bags permitted will depend on their membership status, travel class, and route. 

What is United Airlines First Class baggage policy?

United Airlines First Class baggage policy entitles First Class passengers to a baggage allowance of 2 free checked bags of up to 70lb/32kg each on all routes. However, all Premier members (i.e., Premier Silver/Gold/Platinum/1k are entitled to carry 3 bags of up to 70lb/32kg each (with a few exceptions). 

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