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Carry-on luggage size and weight limits (2024).

Just like checked bags, carry-on luggage size restrictions can vary by airline.

Carry-on Luggage Sizes by Airline

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If you're traveling with carry-on luggage and/or a personal item, you'll need to adhere to size restrictions in the same way you do with checked bags . These rules include the dimensions of your carry-on bag and, in some scenarios, even the weight.

What size luggage is a carry-on?

While carry-on luggage sizes can vary by airline, several major carriers go by these dimensions.

Airlines calculate carry-on luggage size measurements using two methods:

  • Height by width by depth:  Most – but not all – airlines measure bags by inches or centimeters using this formula: height by width by depth, such as 22 x 14 x 9 inches. (Note: The dimensions listed below, which are given according to that formula, may differ slightly from the way each individual airline formats its size requirements.)
  • Linear inches:  A few airlines have linear inch restrictions for carry-on baggage, meaning the airline gives one number for the total of all three dimensions. As long as the combined height, width and depth don't exceed that number, you're in the clear.

Can a 24-inch bag be a carry-on?

Yes, a 24-inch bag can be used as a carry-on suitcase when flying with the following airlines: Frontier, Southwest and Sun Country . However, if you're shopping for new carry-on luggage , it's best to opt for something that meets the requirements for most major airlines (22 x 14 x 9 inches or smaller).

Is there a weight limit for carry-on bags?

Most major domestic airlines do not impose a weight limit on carry-on bags; however, several international airlines have weight restrictions for carry-on luggage and, in some cases, personal items.

Carry-on vs. personal item: What's the difference?

A carry-on bag is typically stored in a plane's overhead bin, while a personal item should fit under the seat in front of you. Most airlines allow economy passengers to bring one carry-on and one personal item – such as an underseat bag – at no extra cost.

Carry-on luggage sizes by airline

Click on the major domestic and international airlines below to see their carry-on luggage size restrictions in inches for economy passengers – and note that any handles and wheels on your bags count toward size limits as well.

Domestic Airlines

Alaska airlines, allegiant air, american airlines, delta air lines, frontier airlines, hawaiian airlines, southwest airlines, spirit airlines, sun country airlines, united airlines, international airlines, all nippon airways, british airways, cathay pacific, klm royal dutch airlines, qatar airways, scandinavian airlines, singapore airlines, turkish airlines, virgin atlantic.

See all Alaska Airlines carry-on policies.

The fee is often around $20 if you pay for your carry-on baggage at the time of booking; it costs a hefty $45 if you add a carry-on bag later – and up to $75 at the gate.

See all Allegiant Air carry-on policies.

The above rules also apply to basic economy tickets.

See all American Airlines carry-on policies.

Note that if you're flying to or from Beijing or Shanghai, there is a 22-pound weight limit for a carry-on; for Singapore, there is a 15-pound limit.

See all Delta Airlines carry-on policies.

There are two instances where the carry-on bag fee is waived:

  • You're an elite member of the  FRONTIER Miles rewards program .
  • You bought a specialty ticket like the WORKS bundle.

Also note that carry-on bag fees, which typically start at around $30, depend on your destination, and that prices are cheapest if you add baggage when you make your booking. You'll pay more to add it later, especially if you do so at the airport. Sometimes it's actually cheaper to purchase a checked bag instead of a carry-on.

See all Frontier Airlines carry-on policies.

See all Hawaiian Airlines carry-on policies.

If you booked a Blue Basic ticket, you're only permitted to bring a personal item that fits under the seat in front of you. If you bring a carry-on bag, you will have to pay $65 to check it at the gate (or up to $180 if you've already checked two other bags). However, select customers with Blue Basic fares can bring carry-on bags for free. These include:

  • Active U.S. military personnel
  • Unaccompanied minors
  • Customers flying to London

If you purchase a higher-class seat or if you reach Mosaic status on JetBlue's TrueBlue rewards program , you can also bring a carry-on bag for free on a Blue Basic ticket.

See all JetBlue carry-on policies.

See all Southwest Airlines carry-on policies.

Spirit's carry-on bag fees vary between flights, but they tend to start at around $25 to $30 for U.S. domestic flights. If you need to bring carry-on luggage, it's always cheapest to pay for it when you first book your flight. It will cost you more to add a bag afterward – and at least double the initial fee if you do it at the airport.

See all Spirit Airlines carry-on policies.

The Sun Country Airlines fee for a carry-on bag is around $30 if you pay for it when booking, or more if you add it later.

See all Sun Country carry-on policies.

There's one notable exception for carry-on baggage with United: Passengers with a basic economy ticket can only   take one personal item on board – no carry-on bag. This policy applies to travelers flying basic economy domestically or between the U.S. and Canada. If you have a basic economy ticket and are going to Central or South America (including Mexico) or taking trans-Atlantic or trans-Pacific flights, you can bring a full-size carry-on bag.

See all United Airlines carry-on policies.

Aer Lingus' carry-on policy depends on where you're flying. For trans-Atlantic flights, you can bring one carry-on bag within the dimensions above, plus a small personal item for free. If you're flying within Europe on Aer Lingus, the rules are a bit different: You'll have to pay a fee to bring a carry-on with you on board, starting at 5.99 euros. However, you can check that same bag for free.

If you're flying Aer Lingus Regional (a service with smaller planes, flying mostly around Ireland and the U.K.), a smaller carry-on limit applies: 18.5 x 13 x 8 inches, with a weight limit of 15 pounds.

See all Aer Lingus carry-on policies.

All Aeroméxico customers can bring a standard carry-on bag and a personal item on board. Be careful with the weight limit, though: For international flights or basic fare flights within Mexico, these two items combined cannot weigh more than 22 pounds. So, if your carry-on bag weighs 15 pounds, for example, your personal item cannot be more than 7 pounds.

See all Aeroméxico carry-on policies.

While there's no weight limit for carry-on luggage, Air Canada says your carry-on bag should be light enough that it can easily be lifted into the overhead bin. Also note that airport purchases (for example, larger duty-free items) count toward your baggage limit.

See all Air Canada carry-on policies.

Note that both your personal item and carry-on bag (referred to as "hand baggage") combined must not weigh more than 26 pounds if you're traveling economy. The weight limit is 40 pounds for premium economy and other higher-class cabins.

See all Air France carry-on policies.

A variety of personal items (think a handbag and umbrella) are permitted as long as they fit under the seat in front of you; this includes any items purchased at the airport.

See all All Nippon Airways carry-on policies.

If airline staff put a yellow tag on your bag, it should be stored under the seat in front of you.

See all British Airways carry-on policies.

Cathay Pacific has shifted from a weight allowance to a piece allowance, and this policy varies by itinerary. Passengers are generally permitted to bring one carry-on bag plus a small personal item (and assistive devices like a walking stick), but it's best to check your booking carefully to confirm the exact allowance. You're asked to check in any baggage that's too heavy to lift into the overhead compartment.

See all Cathay Pacific carry-on policies.

Since easyJet is a budget airline, standard fares only allow customers to bring one personal item (called a "small cabin bag") aboard for free. Fees for standard carry-on bags are between 5.99 and 32.99 British pounds, depending on your destination and when you add an extra bag to your reservation.

See all easyJet carry-on policies.

The above rules apply to all economy passengers except those traveling from Brazil, whose carry-on luggage can weigh up to 22 pounds. Emirates only allows economy passengers to bring one item on board; whether you bring a carry-on bag for the overhead bin or a personal item to tuck under the seat, this bag must comply with the size limits.

See all Emirates carry-on policies.

Be aware that the 22-pound weight limit applies to both your personal item and carry-on combined. If your flight was booked through Iberia but is operated by Vueling, similar rules apply, but the size limits for your carry-on bags are slightly smaller.

See all Iberia carry-on policies.

If you're traveling on the cheaper Light ticket, you may be asked to check your carry-on bag for no extra cost, if space is limited.

See all KLM Royal Dutch Airlines carry-on policies.

See all Lufthansa carry-on policies.

The above rules apply to LowFare+ customers. Passengers who fly LowFare (comparable to Basic Economy fare) can only bring a personal item (underseat bag) measuring 15 x 11.5 x 7.5 inches.

See all Norwegian carry-on policies.

Qantas 

Economy passengers can opt to bring a nonrigid garment bag measuring 45 x 24 x 4 inches (or 73 linear inches) instead of a standard 22 x 14 x 9-inch carry-on bag. The above rules apply to all economy tickets and vary for higher classes on international and domestic flights with Qantas.

See all Qantas carry-on luggage policies.

Qatar Airways allows passengers to bring multiple personal items provided they fit under the seat in front of you. Unlike with other airlines, laptops and laptop bags do not count as personal items and must fit within your main hand baggage allowance. For tickets issued in Brazil, the carry-on weight limit is 22 pounds.

Be careful: Qatar doesn't accept carry-ons longer than 20 inches, which is shorter than many other airlines.

See all Qatar Airways carry-on policies.

Ryanair is a low-cost carrier, so unless you pay extra, you can only bring one small bag that fits under the seat in front of you, per the personal item guidelines above. To bring a larger carry-on bag, travelers need to purchase Ryanair's Priority & 2 Cabin Bags option, which typically costs between 6 and 32 euros depending on your destination.

See all Ryanair carry-on policies.

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Most (but not all) Scandinavian Airlines fares allow you to bring one traditional carry-on bag, plus a personal item, which SAS calls an "underseat bag." There's one exception: Passengers traveling within Europe on the Go Light fare must pay for a larger carry-on bag. If you booked a Go Light ticket for intercontinental flights, a carry-on bag is included.

See all Scandinavian Airlines carry-on policies.

Singapore Airlines has an unusual method for measuring carry-on bags – the dimensions of the bag must not add up to more than 45 linear inches total. For example, a bag measuring 15 x 15 x 15 inches would be suitable. All passengers can bring one bag of this size, plus a smaller personal item. The personal item, whose dimensions are specified above, does not count toward the 15-pound carry-on limit.

See all Singapore Airlines carry-on policies.

See all Turkish Airlines carry-on policies.

Virgin Atlantic lets every passenger bring a carry-on bag, including children younger than age 2. You can bring a bag weighing no more than 13 pounds for your child, in addition to a collapsible stroller and/or car seat. Each passenger is also allowed to bring a handbag or small backpack, an umbrella, a walking stick and airport purchases. Take note: Laptops do not count as personal items on Virgin Atlantic and should fit into your main carry-on bag. There's no specific size limit on the other personal items, but bags or airport purchases should fit under the seat in front of you.

See all Virgin Atlantic carry-on policies.

Note that the above rules apply to passengers who book a TimeFlex or Premium Fare, as well as anyone traveling with a child under age 2 and/or requiring special assistance at the airport.

See all Vueling carry-on policies.

See all WestJet carry-on policies.

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Airline-specific carry-on luggage rules

Tsa liquid limits, how many ounces are allowed on a plane, additional tsa carry-on rules, final thoughts on tsa rules for carry-ons.

Whether you’re purposefully packing light or supplementing your checked luggage, it’s important to keep Transportation Security Administration (TSA) carry-on luggage size in mind when packing a bag and heading to the airport.

After all, not all airlines allow full-size carry-ons for free, and most have slightly different rules on carry-on bag size. Don’t get caught unaware at the gate; hefty baggage fees and inconvenience may await.

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Here’s what you need to know about airline and TSA carry-on size allowances.

Airline carry-on dimensions differ depending on the carrier. When purchasing your flight, you’ll be able to see your carry-on and personal item limits.

A personal item is typically a small backpack, purse, briefcase, diaper bag, camera bag or any item of a similar size that can fit underneath the seat in front of you. A carry-on bag could be anything from a large backpack to a small rolling suitcase. But it’s less shape than size that matters, so here are carry-on luggage size restrictions for each of the major domestic airlines:

Alaska Airlines

On an Alaska Airlines flight, you can bring a carry-on and a personal item for free.

Carry-on bags are limited to 22 inches long, 14 inches wide and 9 inches high including wheels and handles. All three measurements shouldn’t add up to more than 45 inches.

For personal items, Alaska offers examples of a purse, laptop or briefcase.

Alaska doesn't list weight limits, but it says that passengers should be able to lift items that go in an overhead bin.

» Learn more: Guide to Alaska Airlines baggage and other fees

American Airlines

For an American Airlines flight, passengers get one personal item and one carry-on, no matter what type of fare is bought (elite members included).

Carry-on bags shouldn’t be larger than 22 inches long, 14 inches wide and 9 inches high including handles and wheels.

Dimensions of personal items should not exceed 18 inches long, 14 inches wide and 8 inches high.

There are no weight restrictions for carry-on luggage.

» Learn more: American Airlines bag fees: How they work, how to avoid them

Delta Air Lines

Delta flyers are allowed one carry-on bag and one personal item.

Including wheels and handles, measurements may not exceed 22 inches long, 14 inches width and 9 inches high. The total length plus width plus height of baggage must not exceed 45 linear inches.

For personal items, Delta says size examples are purses, small backpacks and laptops.

Three places have weight limits: Singapore (7 kg, about 15.4 pounds), Beijing (10 kg, about 22 pounds) and Shanghai (10 kg, about 22 pounds).

» Learn more: Delta Air Lines baggage fees: How they work, how to avoid them

Frontier charges for both checked luggage and carry-on bags, and the price depends on the route you fly. It also varies depending on if you buy the bags before via the web or mobile app, at the ticket desk, or the boarding gate.

Carry-on bags must weigh less than 35 pounds and must not exceed 10 inches deep, 16 inches wide and 24 inches high. Bags must fit in the overhead bins.

Checked bags must be no longer than 62 linear inches (length + width + depth) and must weigh under 40 pounds. Bags weighing more than 40 pounds will incur additional charges per bag per direction. Bags weighing 41-50 pounds will cost you $50 more and bags weighing 51-100 pounds will cost $100 more.

Personal items cannot exceed 8 inches deep, 18 inches wide and 14 inches high.

» Learn more: Frontier baggage fees: How they work

Not all JetBlue passengers are allowed the same carry-on items. Passengers who bought Basic Blue fares get one personal item (except Mosaic customers who always get a carry-on). Blue, Extra Blue, Blue Plus and Mint fares allow one carry-on and one personal item.

Including wheels and handles, length, width and height measurements may not exceed 22 inches long, 14 inches wide and 9 inches high.

Personal items can be no more than 17 inches long, 13 inches wide and 9 inches high or smaller to fit under the seat in front of you.

There are no weight limits for carry-on luggage on JetBlue.

» Learn more: Guide to JetBlue baggage, cancellation and other fees

Southwest Airlines

Southwest is known for having a generous free checked luggage allowance, but carry-on restrictions are similar to most other airlines — one personal item and one carry-on per traveler.

Carry-on measurements should not exceed 24 inches long, 16 inches wide and 10 inches high.

Personal items are limited to 18.5 inches long, 8.5 inches wide and 13.5 inches high.

Southwest doesn't list weight limits for carry-on items.

» Learn more: The guide to Southwest baggage and other fees

United Airlines

Most travelers flying with United can bring one carry-on and one personal item, but if you’re traveling on a basic economy fare, you’re allowed one personal item only (unless you’re a MileagePlus Premier Member, are traveling internationally or have a MileagePlus credit card, like the United℠ Business Card ).

Including handles and wheels, the maximum dimensions for a carry-on are 22 inches long, 14 inches wide and 9 inches high.

Personal items are limited to 17 inches long, 10 inches wide and 9 inches high.

United doesn't publish weight limits for carry-ons.

» Learn more: What you need to know about United Airlines baggage and other fees

Depending on the airline you fly with as well as how long you’re traveling for, you might wonder whether you’re better off traveling with a checked bag rather than a carry-on . This can be especially relevant if you’ve got some liquids with you that exceed the TSA carry-on liquid limits.

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Before you even make it to your departure gate, you have to clear a TSA checkpoint. This means you must adhere to the TSA liquid limit in order to make it through security.

Containers that are 3.4 ounces or less are allowed, but there are other rules to keep in mind as well.

Carry-on liquid limit

The TSA liquid rule — also known as the 3-1-1 rule (3 ounces, 1 bag per 1 person) — is straightforward: "You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item." Any liquids in larger containers will have to go into checked baggage (and are subject to overweight fees).

A basic clear, zip-top container qualifies as an eligible quart-size bag for passing through security.

The easiest way to manage the amount of fluids in your carry-on is to start with containers that are no larger than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters and your quart-sized bag.

The maximum carry-on liquid size and amount will depend on how much you can fit into your single quart-sized bag.

3-1-1 liquids rule exemptions

The 3-1-1 liquid rule has several exceptions if you're traveling with certain liquid medicines or baby food.

TSA allows larger amounts of certain medically necessary liquids, gels and aerosols in "reasonable quantities" for your trip. The amount allowed is not stated.

The only catch? You must declare the medication to TSA officers at the checkpoint for inspection, alongside any accessories associated with your medicine, such as freezer packs or syringes.

Labeling your medical items can help facilitate the screening process.

Formula and breast milk are considered medically necessary liquids, and thus exempt from the carry-on liquid limit. Water and juice for babies is also allowed in quantities greater than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters.

These child and infant nourishment items are allowed in carry-on baggage and do not need to fit within a quart-sized bag. You may also bring teethers that are gel- or liquid-filled and canned/jarred/processed baby food in your carry-on baggage.

» Learn more: 7 ways to avoid paying bag fees

Duty-free liquids

The final exemption to TSA liquid limits apply to duty-free liquids purchased during inbound international flights. It's important that these bags are secure and temper evident and stored in a transparent bag.

Be sure to keep the item's original receipt handy in case a TSA officer asks to see it.

» Learn more: Can you bring food through TSA?

The only flammables allowed in a carry-on are cigars, cigarettes, disposable and Zippo lighters, and dry batteries (like AAs or AAAs).

Camping and sports equipment

You can carry-on an air mattress with a built-in pump (by following special instructions), antlers, basketballs, footballs, baseballs, soccer balls, bike chains and bike pumps. Bicycle allowances vary by airline, but baseball bats, bear spray and bear bangers are never allowed — nor is aerosol insecticide.

Other items

There are some banned items, including knives, firearms and box cutters. A full list of which can be found on TSA’s website .

Still not sure if something you plan to carry-on is restricted? Send a photo to AskTSA on Twitter or Facebook Messenger to find out.

» Learn more: What foods you can bring on a plane

No matter which airline you fly with, first make sure you know what size carry-on you’re allowed to bring onboard and are familiar with (and prepared for) TSA’s carry-on restrictions, too. Then, you can expect a smoother and less stressful airport and airliner experience.

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Carry-On Baggage Tips

Planning a trip? Thinking about carrying on your luggage? If so, here are a few tips for you:

Think Small…

  • The maximum size carry-on bag for most airlines is 45 linear inches (the total of the height, width, and depth of the bag). Anything larger should be checked.
  • No oversize packages or luggage can be stowed onboard.

Think Smart…

  • Plan to check more of your baggage and carry on less.
  • Some items are only allowed in your carry-on. Before you pack your bags, know what goes in checked, what must carry on and what you should leave at home. Learn how to pack dangerous goods safely in our PackSafe chart . 
  • Check with your airline before packing to determine its carry-on guidelines regarding the number of items you may carry on and the maximum size of those items.
  • In certain situations the airline may require most or even all of your bags to be checked, so be prepared to do so.

Think Safe…

  • Carry-on items which may fall from overhead bins can injure you or other passengers during flight or in the event of an emergency evacuation.
  • Stow heavy items under the seat in front of you, not overhead.
  • Don't stack items in the overhead storage bin.
  • If an emergency evacuation is necessary, leave your carry-on items on the plane. Retrieving personal items may impede the safe evacuation of passengers.
  • Remember, be safety conscious when stowing your carry-on items.

Have a Question?

  • Call your airline or visit its website.
  • Check with your travel agent.
  • Visit the  Air Travel  section of the Transportation Security Administration website.

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Airline Baggage Restrictions

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has in place strict airline baggage restrictions on certain checked luggage and carry-on items. For your reference, we have included links directly to specific airline baggage policies below. Also, airlines often impose fees for checked luggage and in some cases for carry-on luggage, as well.

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With no universal set of rules for checked luggage allowances, you need to review what you’re permitted to bring with you every time you travel in order to avoid excess charges.

Allowances can differ from airline to airline, with some allocating a total weight allowance and some restricting passengers to a specific number of pieces. Airline policies can also vary depending on the route and will nearly always vary based on the cabin you’re traveling in.

Your ticket will give you the most accurate information for your specific flight. If baggage details are not included on your ticket, you can check out our handy table below that details allowances for over 60 popular airlines.

Where available, you can also click the airline name for a more detailed overview of the airline’s baggage policy, including excess charges and frequent flyer allowances.

When talking about baggage allowances, many airlines refer to “maximum linear dimensions” or something similar. This is merely the number you get when you add together the length, width (or height), and depth of a piece of luggage. For example, if you had a suitcase that’s 26 inches long, 20 inches wide, and 16 inches deep, then its linear dimensions are 62 inches, or right at the maximum for many airlines.

Traveling light? We’ve also covered carry-on luggage allowances with a similar size chart.

Your airline may allow passengers the ability to prepay luggage online for less than at the airport. Individual airlines’ baggage policies can be found by clicking the airline name in the preceding table or by visiting the airline’s website.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does checked baggage have to be a suitcase.

Checked luggage can come in various forms, from hard-shell suitcases to soft duffel bags or backpacks. Passengers can often also check-in boxes or different shaped packages, providing they adhere to maximum size restrictions imposed by the airline.

What is the largest suitcase you can check on a plane?

There are no set restrictions for checked luggage, so airlines define their own baggage policies. A standard size that is seen consistently across many airlines is 62 inches (158 cm) linear. The weight will depend on the cabin, but quite often the maximum weight a piece can be (with or without overweight charges) is 70 pounds (32 kg).

Do checked bags get searched?

Checked baggage is generally screened using scanners so it’s not usually necessary for a physical bag inspection. TSA has the right to search checked luggage if they choose to and will leave a note inside your bag if an inspection has taken place.

Do wheels count when measuring luggage?

Most airlines will count wheels and handles within the measurements, so you should include these when measuring your luggage.

What is considered oversized luggage?

There is no standard measurement for oversized luggage as this is defined by the airline. A common size seen regularly with many airlines (but not all) is maximum linear dimensions of 62 inches (158 cm).

How do I avoid overweight baggage fees?

Be sure to check the policy for your airline, cabin, and particular route before packing your luggage. Use your bathroom scales or a dedicated bag weighing scale. If you find yourself with excessive weight at the airport, try to transfer some items into your carry-on bag.

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United Airlines bag policy: What you can carry on and how much it costs to check luggage

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Following the lead of American Airlines , United Airlines has raised the cost of checking bags.

Under the updated United Airlines baggage policy , the cost to check a bag is now $40 for the first bag ($35 if paid online at least 24 hours before the flight) and $50 for the second bag ($45 if prepaid online) for flights within the U.S.

United's checked bag fees were previously $35 for the first bag and $45 for the second.

The cost of checking bags for international travel depends on the destination. For example, it also costs $40 for the first bag and $50 for the second bag for travel to and from Canada and Mexico.

Here's what to know about United Airlines' baggage policy.

How much does United charge for checked bags?

For domestic travel, United Airlines charges $40 for the first checked bag and $50 for the second checked bag. The fees are $35 for the first bag and $45 for the second bag if you pay online at least 24 hours before your flight.

The fees are the same for international destinations in the Americas such as Canada and Mexico, as well as the Caribbean. However, The Arizona Republic found there was no discount to prepay for checked bags for flights to and from Canada when we used United's Bag Fee Calculator to price the cost of checking luggage for Phoenix-Toronto and Phoenix-Calgary itineraries.

Does United Economy include a checked bag?

United Economy fares do not include a checked bag.

Can I bring a carry-on with United Economy?

United's Economy and Economy Plus fares include one free carry-on that can go in the overhead bin plus a personal item. United Basic Economy fares permit one personal item that fits under the seat. Carry-on sized bags must be checked.

Are prepaid baggage fees refundable on United?

Passengers may be able to get refunds for checked luggage if they prepay for more bags than they check, or if their flight is cancelled, according to United.

How can I get a free checked bag on United Airlines?

Certain fare classes and loyalty program tiers include free checked bags on United.

Members of United's MileagePlus rewards program who have MileagePlus Premier status can check at least one bag for free, and the number of free bags depends on their tier. To reach the minimum Premier level, Premier Silver (one free checked bag), passengers must either take 12 qualifying flights and earn 4,000 qualifying points or earn 5,000 qualifying points in a calendar year.

United Explorer Card credit card holders, plus a companion, get one free checked bag when they purchase their plane tickets with that card. The credit card has an introductory annual fee of $0, which increases to $95 annually after the first year.

Active U.S. military members with ID and their dependents can check up to two bags free for personal travel and up to five bags free when traveling on military orders, according to United.

What is United Airlines' baggage allowance?

The baggage weight allowance on United depends on a passenger's fare class and MileagePlus status. For economy and premium economy passengers, checked bags must weigh 50 pounds or less. Fees for overweight bags start at $200.

First class passengers, business class passengers and MileagePlus Premier members can check bags that weigh up to 70 pounds.

Assistive devices such as wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes and crutches are free to check regardless of size and weight.

How many bags does United Airlines allow for free?

United Airlines passengers may board with one carry-on bag and one personal item for free.

What is the carry-on size restriction for United?

Carry-on bags can measure no more than 22 inches long, 14 inches wide and 9 inches high, including handles and wheels.

What is the personal item size restriction for United?

The size limit for personal items, which include purses, small handbags, backpacks and laptop bags, is 17 inches long, 10 inches wide and 9 inches high.

Does United allow a backpack and carry-on?

If you have a carry-on bag, you can also bring a backpack as long as it meets the size limit for a personal item, which is 17 inches long, 10 inches wide and 9 inches high. Passengers may not bring two carry-on size bags.

Is there a weight limit for carry-on bags?

No weight limits for carry-on bags are noted in United's carry-on bag policies. Carry-on bags and personal items within the size limits can fly regardless of weight as long as the carry-on can fit in the overhead bin and the personal item can fit under the seat.

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Those viral TikTok travel hacks may soon be obsolete as airlines clamp down on excess baggage

  • Airlines are enforcing stricter baggage restrictions, per The Wall Street Journal.
  • TikTok hacks designed to get round the rules may prove fruitless under the tighter measures. 
  • Checked bag fees have also increased this year across major airlines.

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Southwest is among the major airlines that have started to clamp down on passengers with excess baggage, The Wall Street Journal reported. Now that the changes are taking force, perhaps the time is up for the many TikTokkers and frequent fliers who have played fast and loose with the rules.

Most airlines allow passengers to bring one carry-on bag and one personal item on board, in addition to a checked bag.

On its website, Southwest says cross-body bags, pillows, blankets, and laptop cases are included in the personal item allowance. But people on TikTok have gone viral for sharing the creative ways they'd brought along more baggage without paying extra.

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Former flight attendant Kat Kamalani racked up more than 500,000 views for a TikTok video that suggested passengers fill an empty pillowcase with excess clothing items to sneak more on board.

Others have suggested stuffing clothes into a large coat to carry them past gate agents or tying clothes around your neck as a neck pillow.

However, airlines are becoming more strict on the requirements before the spring and summer travel season, the Journal reported. Passengers told the outlet that they experienced gate agents listing off more items that are counted as a second bag.

So, if you bring an item like a pillow on board, you may have to stuff that cross-body bag or laptop case inside your carry-on or risk paying for a checked bag.

Some TikTok users said they opted to wear their excess items by using the large pockets of a fishing vest . One user posted a video that appeared to show her boarding a plane wearing a fishing vest packed with a bikini, speaker, power bank, deodorant, and even a laptop.

Travel experts have previously told Business Insider that these hacks aren't a guaranteed way to avoid charges, as it's at the discretion of the gate agent to decide which items meet the requirements.

As airlines clamp down on carry-ons, checked baggage fees have also increased.

Major airlines like Delta, American, and United, all raised their checked-bag fees by $5 since the start of the year. And those fees are a big money-maker, earning the airlines around $33 billion last year.

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What to know as Alaska Airlines unveils new initiatives and changes to rewards programs

Spring break has come and gone. So many Alaskans now are planning their summer travel adventures. There are a few developments at Alaska Airlines that might change how and when you buy your tickets, how you accumulate miles or points and how you deal with checked bags on your journey.

The first item is a new initiative from Alaska Airlines called Alaska Access .

I received an email on March 20 inviting me to join the program. The new scheme requires a $60 commitment ($5 per month for a minimum of 12 months). Subscribers receive a one-way Wi-Fi voucher each month (usually $8), plus early sale access to some of the airline’s big sales. “Early sale access” means subscribers will be notified the night before the sale is announced. Subscribers also get a “personalized fare page” which shows the best fares from your home airport.

Is this subscription worth the money? Well, it depends. I signed up just to see if the night-before access makes any difference, since I already track fares very closely. Perhaps Alaska Air has some good deals lined up to show off the new access project. I’ll be watching!

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Last week, Alaska Airlines joined a unique flexible spend credit card program with a twist.

Bilt Rewards is a travel rewards program that includes both a credit card and a payment portal. The single, most unique feature of the Bilt system is that it allows renters to accumulate travel reward points when they pay their rent. Further, there’s no additional percentage or convenience fee for paying with a credit card.

Gary Leff writes the travel blog View From the Wing . Leff told me about Bilt last year while comparing loyalty programs where you can move your points from one program to the next. Those programs are called flexible spend plans. Other popular flexible spend programs are available from credit card issuers like Chase, American Express, Capital One (Venture) and Citibank.

None of the other flexible spend programs had a favorable exchange rate with Alaska Airlines, until last week. Now, travelers who pay rent can earn travel rewards on Alaska Airlines, up to $100,000 per year. In addition to Alaska Airlines, travelers can move points to United, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Hyatt Hotels and others. But the Alaska Airlines connection makes it more valuable for travelers who live here.

“For many renters, the monthly payment is the biggest expense they have,” said Leff.

There is no annual fee for the Bilt card.

In addition to the regular credit card, Bilt has an online payment portal where renters can make payments using any Visa, Mastercard or American Express card.

According to Brett Caitlin, Alaska Air’s vice president of loyalty, alliances and sales, there will be extra benefits for travelers who use the airline’s co-branded Visa card. “Alaska cardholders will be able to use the Bilt portal to pay their rent and will earn triple Mileage Plan miles when doing so up (up to $50,000 per year or 150,000 miles),” wrote Caitlin.

There’s a 3% transaction fee, though, to use the Alaska Airlines credit card in the Bilt payment portal. Caitlin expects this option will be available for travelers later this spring. But Mileage Plan members can start earning and redeeming points in the Bilt system right now.

“We’re always looking for opportunities to bring more travelers into the Mileage Plan ecosystem while finding ways to make our co-brand card (with Bank of America) even more rewarding,” wrote Caitlin.

Right now, American Airlines also is a partner in the Bilt program. But that component is ending in June. Still, travelers can use Alaska Airlines miles to book American Airlines tickets — or any other Oneworld alliance partner.

One component that’s missing from the Bilt card is a big sign-up bonus. But there’s no fee for the card and the ability to get travel reward points for your rent payment, without an additional transaction fee, is a game-changer. Even if your landlord is not set up to take electronic payments, Bilt will receive your payment and issue a check to your landlord.

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Navigating airline tickets is confusing enough. But then there’s your bags. Alaska Airlines made a change in its baggage policy on March 1. The switch could make a big difference in how you book your flights if you have to take a flight on a different airline.

“Any time you booked an Alaska ticket and then got a separate ticket on to Australia or London, they used to check your bag all the way through,” said Nate Vallier of Alaska Travel Desk.

For example, I spoke with a traveler headed to Buenos Aires, Argentina. His Alaska Airlines ticket went to Houston, where he transferred to a United Airlines flight to Buenos Aires. When he purchased the tickets, he was assured that his bags would be transferred to United’s flight. That’s because Alaska and United have an “interline baggage agreement” to move bags from one flight to another.

“But now, you have to claim and re-check your bags when you change airlines,” said Vallier. “That means a longer layover in both directions.”

Alaska’s new policy took effect on March 1. The Buenos Aires traveler was told he would have to claim his luggage in Houston, check his bags at the United counter and pass through security once again. Since he only had a 90-minute connection in Houston, he was understandably concerned. Even though he was traveling first class, that’s cutting it pretty close at a big airport like Houston’s Bush International, a United hub.

Alaska’s new policy is pretty clear: “If your travel includes more than one ticket, each ticket is considered a separate journey. Baggage will only be checked to the final destination on the first ticket. ... Checked baggage will not be transferred on to your next flight that’s on a separate ticket. Baggage fees for each carrier may apply.”

If you’re going on a big trip that includes more than one airline, you and your fellow travelers may have to reclaim your bags, check them with the new airline, pay any additional baggage fees and pass through security once again. Now is the time to review your arrangements and make sure you allow more than two or three hours to claim and re-check your bags and once again pass through security.

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During busy travel seasons, limitations on checked bags and boxes apply to some destinations.

Seasonal and year-round limitations for checked bags have been updated as of November 10, 2023.

What you can bring

When there are bag limitations you can only bring:

Checked bags

Flagship® first, domestic first, premium economy.

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Additional items

Unless there are other restrictions, you can also bring:

  • 1 carry-on item
  • 1 personal item

Carry-on bags

You can also travel with:

  • Sports equipment (additional charges may apply)
  • Assistive devices for customers with disabilities
  • Bags weighing 51 - 70 lbs. (23.1 - 32 kgs) for an applicable charge
  • Special items and sports equipment
  • Special assistance

What you can’t bring

When traveling to select destinations with bag limitations, you can't travel with:

  • Overweight items (more than 70lb / 32kgs)
  • Oversized items
  • Excess bags (only 2 checked bags* allowed)

*3 checked bags allowed seasonally to Havana, Cuba

**A “box” is any container that isn’t normally used for transporting items for air travel; this includes plastic tubs, containers and coolers. If a box is placed inside a bag, box limitations still apply. For travel to / from Mexico on / after May 3, 2023, we do not accept boxes over 80 in / 203 cm to / from locations that allow boxes.

Seasonal limitations

March 14, 2023 – november 15, 2023 and january 10, 2024 – november 15, 2024.

Oversize, overweight and excess bag limitations apply for select cities. You can only check 3 bags to these destinations:

  • Havana, Cuba (HAV)

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Oversize, overweight and excess bag limitations apply for select cities. You can only check 2 bags to these destinations:

  • Comayagua, Honduras (XPL)
  • Managua, Nicaragua (MGA)
  • Roatan, Honduras (RTB)
  • San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP)
  • San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL)
  • Morelia (MLM)
  • Zacatecas (ZCL)

July 1, 2024 – September 19, 2024

  • Grenada, Grenada (GND)

November 16, 2023 – January 9, 2024

  • Dominica, Dominica (DOM)
  • Kingston, Jamaica (KIN)
  • Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago (POS)
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ)
  • Santiago, Dominican Republic (STI)
  • St. Vincent (SVD)
  • Aguascalientes (AGU)
  • Chihuahua (CUU)
  • Hermosillo (HMO)
  • Loreto (LTO)
  • San Luis Potosi (SLP)
  • Torreon (TRC)
  • Cali, Colombia (CLO)
  • Georgetown, Guyana (GEO)

Year-round limitations

  • Camaguey (CMW)
  • Holguin (HOG
  • Santiago (SCU)
  • Santa Clara (SNU)
  • Varadero (VRA)

Port au Prince, Haiti (PAP)

There is a permanent embargo on boxes as well as excess, oversize and overweight bags.

  • Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE)
  • Quito, Ecuador (UIO)
  • Lima, Peru (LIM)

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Hand luggage restrictions at UK airports

There are restrictions on what items you can take in your hand luggage and hold luggage when boarding a plane in the UK.

There are different rules if you’re taking goods to sell or temporarily abroad for business reasons , for example sales samples, professional equipment or musical instruments for a performance.

Airport security staff will not let anything through that they consider dangerous - even if it’s normally allowed in hand luggage.

Hand luggage allowances

Check with your airline how many and what size bags you can take on the plane with you.

Check the rules for electronic items and devices you’re allowed to take on a flight before you travel - there are different rules depending on which country you are travelling to or from.

Taking liquids through security

There are restrictions on the amount of liquids you can take in your hand luggage. If possible, pack liquids in your hold baggage (luggage that you check in).

Liquids include:

  • all drinks, including water
  • liquid or semi-liquid foods, for example soup, jam, honey and syrups
  • cosmetics and toiletries, including creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascara and lip gloss
  • sprays, including shaving foam, hairspray and spray deodorants
  • pastes, including toothpaste
  • gels, including hair and shower gel
  • contact lens solution
  • any other solutions and items of similar consistency

If you do take liquids in your hand luggage:

  • containers must hold no more than 100ml
  • containers must be in a single, transparent, resealable plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and measures approximately 20cm x 20cm
  • contents must fit comfortably inside the bag so it can be sealed
  • the bag must not be knotted or tied at the top
  • you’re limited to 1 plastic bag per person
  • you must show the bag at the airport security point

Liquids in containers larger than 100ml generally cannot go through security even if the container is only part full. There are some exemptions.

You can take liquid containers larger than 100ml through security if they:

  • are for essential medical purposes
  • are for special dietary requirements
  • contain baby food or baby milk

You can also take liquids bought at an airport or on a plane (such as duty free) through security if:

  • the items are sealed inside a security bag when you buy them
  • the receipt for the items is sealed in the security bag and visible

You must not open the security bag until you reach your final destination. Airport staff may need to open the items to screen the liquid at the security point.

Liquid restrictions outside the EU

Countries outside the EU might have different rules on carrying liquids as a transit or transfer passenger. You should check these rules with the relevant airlines and airports before travelling.

You can only carry 1 lighter on board. You should put it inside a resealable plastic bag (like the ones used for liquids), which you must keep on you throughout the flight. You cannot:

  • put it in your hold luggage
  • put it in your hand luggage after screening

Food and powders

Food items and powders in your hand luggage can obstruct images on x-ray machines. Your bags may need to be checked again manually by security. You can put these items in your hold luggage to minimise delays.

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Picture this: You’re planning your next vacation, searching for the best deals on flights and hotels. You’ve managed to find an unreal fare — but then you see the baggage fees. Suddenly, your budget-friendly trip isn’t looking so affordable anymore. 

Several airlines have recently increased their checked baggage fees , making it harder for travelers to save money. But don’t let these fees ruin your vacation plans just yet! 

But there are ways to avoid paying these higher fees — and one of the most effective strategies is to use the right credit card. Here’s how to use travel credits and airline cards to keep more money in your pocket.

Airlines that have raised their baggage fees 

Several airlines have recently increased their checked baggage fees between $5-$10. As of 2024, the price to check a bag for a domestic U.S. flight is: 

  • Delta Airlines: First checked bag is $35, second checked bag is $45
  • American Airlines: First checked bag is $35-$40 (depending on if you check online), second checked bag is $45
  • United Airlines: First checked bag is $35-45 (depending on if you check online)
  • JetBlue: First checked bag is $35, second checked bag is $50 
  • Alaska Airlines: First checked bag is $35, second checked bag is $45

Some airlines charge a lower price if you check your bag online or pay at least 24 hours in advance. It’s a good idea to check your specific carrier’s website to learn more. 

These fee hikes can add up, especially for families or those traveling with multiple bags. If a family of four each checked one bag on a roundtrip flight, they would pay roughly $280 alone on baggage fees. 

However, there are ways to avoid these costs altogether.

Avoiding baggage fees with travel credits

Some credit cards offer travel credits that can be used to offset various travel expenses , including baggage fees.

Premium travel cards — that charge higher annual fees — typically offer these credits. But the savings can make up for the cost if you travel frequently.

Unlike airline credit cards, which limit rewards to one carrier, flexible travel cards allow you to use travel credits for any airline.

For example, the Chase Sapphire Reserve® card offers a $300 annual travel credit that can be used for baggage fees, among other travel purchases. Similarly, the Platinum Card® from American Express offers up to $200 in airline fee credits, which can cover costs like checked bags and in-flight refreshments. 

If you already have one of these cards or are considering applying for one, be sure to factor in the potential savings on baggage fees when weighing the card’s benefits against its annual fee.

Redeeming credit card rewards for travel expenses 

Travel cards offer more flexibility than airline cards, allowing you to transfer rewards to several airline partners, says Erika Kullberg , social media money expert and attorney. Kullberg has over nine million followers on TikTok, helping consumers understand the fine print on contracts like credit cards and airlines. 

Kullberg takes advantage of the flexibility when she plans a flight by “checking different airlines to see what seats they offer on points, then transferring my points to the one with the best offer.” 

Before selecting a travel card, ensure the airlines you frequently use are within that card’s transfer program. 

Travel cards often offer an array of travel perks in addition to the travel credit. For example, they may reimburse you for TSA PreCheck or Global Entry, offer airport lounge access, or provide travel insurance . 

However, many of these cards charge a hefty annual fee, and the more perks they offer, the higher the fee will likely be. Consider what airlines you travel with and how often you check when deciding whether an expensive card makes sense. 

Cards that offer free checked bags

Another way to avoid baggage fees is using a credit card with free checked bags as a cardholder perk. Many airline credit cards provide this benefit, saving you significant money if you fly with the same airline regularly.

Here are some of the best credit cards that offer free checked bags:

Some airline credit cards that offer free checked bags include:

  • Citi ® / AAdvantage ® Platinum Select ® World Elite Mastercard: Offers one free checked bag for you and up to four companions on domestic American Airlines itineraries.
  • Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card : Provides one free checked bag for you on Delta flights.
  • United Explorer℠ Card : Offers one free checked bag for you and one companion on United-operated flights.
  • Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card : While Southwest already offers two free checked bags for all passengers, this card provides additional benefits like annual travel credits and upgraded boardings.

Using one of these cards saves you a substantial amount on baggage fees over time, especially if you travel with companions.

Choosing the best card for you

Consider your travel habits and preferences when selecting a credit card to help avoid baggage fees. 

If you’re loyal to a particular airline, choosing that airline’s co-branded credit card may make sense. However, a general travel rewards card with travel credits might be a better fit if you’re more flexible with your travel plans.

“Depending on where your primary travel hub is, an airline travel card may make more sense, [like if] the flights in and out of your home city are on one specific airline, or if you’re loyal to one specific airline because you like the service,” says Kullberg. 

Also, consider the card’s annual fee and whether the benefits justify the cost. Some cards with higher annual fees offer additional perks like lounge access, travel insurance, and bonus rewards on travel purchases, which can provide added value for frequent travelers.

Before applying for any credit card, read the terms and understand the requirements for earning and redeeming rewards. Some cards may have minimum spending requirements or other limitations that could impact your ability to take advantage of the free checked bag benefit.

The bottom line

As airlines continue to raise baggage fees, travelers are looking for ways to avoid these added costs. By using a credit card offering travel credits or free checked bags, you can save significant money on your next trip. 

When choosing a credit card, consider your travel habits, the card’s benefits, and its annual fee to determine the best fit for your needs.

Opinions expressed are author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, or other entity. This content has not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by any of the entities included in the post.

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Another big airline just upped its baggage fees

W hen it comes to  plane problems and annoyances, everything that has to do with baggage is very often behind rising rates of passenger dissatisfaction. A recent U.S. Department of Transportation report found that nearly 16% of the 77,656 passenger complaints it received in 2022 were baggage-related.

Along with fears of the airline losing or damaging one's belongings, travelers are increasingly annoyed by high fees that push many to make do with a single carry-on suitcase only to be told to check it at the gate because everyone did the same and there is now no overhead space.

Related: Lost Luggage: Delta Flies 1,000 Bags Across Atlantic With no Passengers

In order to minimize passenger outcry when they want to raise checked baggage fees, airlines have tended to follow a "domino effect" in which one takes the leap and others follow. United Airlines  ( UAL ) , Delta  ( DAL )  and American Airlines  ( AAL )  all raised their prices for checking a suitcase on an economy ticket from $25 to $30 around the same time in 2018.

This is how much you'll have to pay to check a bag with JetBlue

While that price has largely stayed steady throughout and immediately after the pandemic, two airlines have increased the fees in recent moths. Alaska Airlines  ( ALK )  started charging $35 instead of $30 for the first bag and $45 instead of $40 for a second bag since the start of January while American earlier this week  announced that it would raise its fees to $35 for those who pay for a bag online and $40 for those who wait until the airport.

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The latest carrier to join the trifecta of airlines to up their baggage fees is JetBlue Airways  ( JBLU ) . As first reported by travel website The Points Guy, the New York-based airline quietly raised the fees for a first checked bag to $35 for those who pay for it online at least 24 hours before the flight and $45 for those who wait until the airport.

Airline says it 'doesn't like increasing fees' (but then does it anyway)

The second standard-sized bag will cost a respective $50 and $60 depending on how early one adds it to the ticket. The new prices have been in place since Feb. 1 and only apply to those whose ticket fare or loyalty status does not automatically include a checked bag (a free checked bag is also a perk offered to those who book a ticket with the JetBlue credit card.)

This is a $5 and $10 increase from the fees that JetBlue fee charged for the last few years while the $60 limit for a second bag is one of the highest among competing airlines. The airline has not had a profitable quarter since before the Covid-19 pandemic and recently had its plans to grow by acquiring budget airline Spirit  ( SAVE )   blocked by a federal judge.

"While we don't like increasing fees, it's one step we are taking to get our company back to profitability and cover the increased costs of transporting bags," the airline's spokesperson said in a statement to media outlets. "[...] By adjusting fees for added services that only certain customers use, we can keep base fares low and ensure customer favorites like seatback TVs and high-speed WiFi remain free for everyone."

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