american airlines baggage allowance

American Airlines 2018 Baggage Allowance

If you are travelling from the UK to America or Canada (and vice versa), you can find out everything you need to know about American Airlines baggage allowance.

American Airlines Hand Baggage

American Airline passengers are permitted to carry one piece of hand baggage on board their flight and one personal item that must be able to fit under the seat in front of you. This would include a purse, a briefcase, a laptop bag or similar items such as a tote. Hand baggage must be no bigger than 23 x 36 x 56cm including handles and wheels.

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American Airlines Checked Baggage

Passengers travelling from the UK to America or Canada (and vice versa) can check up to ten 23kg bags per person. Oversized and overweight luggage will face extra charges, however no single item of baggage may weigh more than 32kgs or exceed the total outside dimensions of 158cm (length + width + height).

In some cases, you won’t have to pay the baggage fees for up to 3 bags if you are eligible.

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American Airlines Excess Baggage

If your checked bag exceeds the weight allowance of 23kg, excess baggage charges will be applied depending on your route. When travelling from the UK to America or Canada (and vice versa), you will receive a charge of $100 (£66.50) per bag, each way, that weighs between 23kg-32kg.

American Airlines Exceptional Baggage

Special restrictions, exceptions and charges can apply when you’re travelling with exceptional baggage such as sports equipment or a musical instrument. Restrictions and charges are variable according to the particular item and route traveled.

For example, if you are taking golf clubs with you, you will be charged the same fee as the 1st or 2nd baggage fee of your destination. You can travel with 1 golf bag with up to 14 golf clubs, 12 golf balls and 1 pair of golf shoes. If the golf bag contains anything other than the approved items, additional oversize and overweight charges will apply.

If you are travelling with a small musical instrument, this can be your carry on item on a first come, first serve basis as long as it fits in the overhead bin or fits under the seat in front of you. If they are too large to be carried in the cabin, they can be checked into your hold luggage. The maximum size is 381cm with a maximum weight of 75kg.

Uni Baggage – Airline Baggage Alternative

If you need to bring excess baggage on your American Airlines flight, you will find that the excess charges can be extremely expensive and substantially increase the cost of your overall journey.

A luggage shipping service such as Uni Baggage provides a great, low cost alternative to international airline baggage fees. With a full door-to-door service, there will be no heavy luggage to carry and no waiting around at luggage carousels – it’s one less thing to worry about while you travel.

Transporting your luggage with Uni Baggage couldn’t be easier. Simply book and pay for your shipment online and we will collect your items from you and deliver them straight to where they need to go quickly and safely.

You’ll receive full online tracking to keep you fully up to date with the whereabouts of your shipment whilst it’s in transit, as well as SMS and email notifications. For just £98 you can send your luggage from the UK to America or Canada (and vice versa) with a generous weight allowance of 30kg with Uni Baggage. For more information about Uni Baggage, visit our luggage shipping page.

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Information obtained from sources below, valid as of 09/03/2016


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