American Airlines increases checked bag charges


American Airlines announced today that charges for checking a first or second bag will increase for domestic-travel tickets that are purchased on or after August 14, 2009. The changes apply for travel within the United States and US territories such as Puerto Rico and the US 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 first checked bag will be US$20 and the charge for a second checked bag will be US$30, up from the current charges of US$15 and US$25, respectively. The current checked bag charges to and from Canada are not changing at this time.

Here are some examples of exceptions for travelers who do not pay any checked bag charge – other exemptions may also apply – see for details.

– American’s 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.

– Those who have purchased tickets in the first- and business-class cabins, as well as those who purchased full-fare tickets in the economy class cabin.

– Those with international itineraries (except to and from US territories such as Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands). Checked bag charges to and from Canada, as noted, are not changing at this time and remain at current levels.

Customers may pay checked bag charges at an airport Self-Service Machine, the curbside check-in counter, or at any airport ticket counter.