American Airlines is increasing its charges for checking a first or second bag.

American Airlines is increasing its charges for checking a first or second bag. The increases apply to domestic-travel tickets purchased on or after August 14, for travel within the United States and U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The changes also apply to travelers on American’s regional affiliate, American Eagle, as well as AmericanConnection flights.


For tickets purchased on or after the effective date, the charge for the first checked bag is $20 and the charge for a second checked bag is $30, up from $15 and $25 respectively. American’s checked-bag charges to and from Canada are not changing as yet.

As previously, some travelers on American do not have to pay any checked-bag charges. They include: AAdvantage program members who have achieved AAdvantage Gold, AAdvantage Platinum and AAdvantage Executive Platinum levels, as well as oneworld  Alliance Emerald, Sapphire or Ruby members; people who have purchased tickets in the First or Business Class cabins, as well as those who purchased full-fare tickets in the Economy Class cabin; and those with international itineraries (except to and from U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

Other exemptions may also apply: See AA.com/baggage for details.

Customers may pay checked-bag charges at an airport self-service machine, the curbside check-in counter, or at any airport ticket counter.

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