American joins the club; raises checked bag fees


American Airlines issued this statement:

American Airlines is raising the price of a first and second checked bag by $5 each, to $30 for a first checked bag and $40 for a second checked bag. The change is being implemented for tickets purchased beginning Sept. 21, for travel in the U.S. and other North America and Caribbean destinations.

Common Main Cabin Checked Bag Fees (Beginning Sept. 21) 1st Bag 2nd Bag
Domestic U.S. and Canada
(including Puerto Rico (PR) & U.S. Virgin Islands (VI))
$30 $40

See optional service fees/baggage fees on for complete details, including other destinations and regions, exceptions, and size and weight limitations.

Certain customers will continue to be eligible for free checked bags, including American’s elite status AAdvantage® members: Concierge Key and AAdvantage Executive Platinum®; AAdvantage Platinum Pro®; AAdvantage Platinum® and AAdvantage Gold®; eligible AAdvantage® Aviator® and Citi®/AAdvantage® cardmembers on domestic itineraries operated by American Airlines; customers confirmed in the first or business class cabin; customers in Premium Economy; other travelers booked in the same reservation as the eligible customer; and customers traveling on military fares (including spouse and immediate family).

The previous bag fees will apply for tickets purchased prior to this change.

This is the first time American has changed its domestic checked bag fees since 2010 and follows similar changes made by other airlines.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by @lucky21b): American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N838AA (msn 40659) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 943398.

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