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American carry-on bags: Guidelines
American Airlines allows travelers to board with one personal item and one carry-on bag for free.
Check the list of American's carry-on restrictions before you pack. If you packed batteries, scissors or self-heating meals, you may have to check them, throw them away or rearrange your luggage. For example, American asks that you remove certain batteries from devices and put them in your carry-on in separate plastic bags.
There are items, such as e-cigarettes, that are allowed in carry-on bags but not in checked bags. Also, remember to put your small liquid toiletries, such as lotion, shampoo and perfume, in a clear, quart-sized zip-top bag.
Here's a closer look at the two types of carry-on bags you can take on an American flight without paying a bag fee.
You may bring one personal item, such as a purse or other small bag, that fits under the seat in front of you. The bag can't be any larger than 18" x 14" x 8".
Certain items don't count as personal items or carry-ons. For example, you can board with:
- One diaper bag per child.
- Soft-sided cooler bag for breast milk.
- Medical or mobility devices such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines or collapsible walkers.
- Comfort items such as seat pillows or footrests.
The medical or mobility devices and comfort items may need to be checked if space is limited.
Each ticketed passenger is also allowed one car seat and one stroller that can be checked at the gate for free.
You're allowed one carry-on item, which is typically a smaller suitcase or bag that will fit in the overhead bin. Your carry-on bag cannot be larger than 22" x 14" x 9".
Soft-sided garment bags may also be carried on if they are no larger than 51 inches when you account for length, width and height. If your carry-on is larger than allowed, you'll have to check it — and possibly pay a bag fee.
Screenshot: AA.com on Oct. 31, 2019
American checked bags: Guidelines
Here's a rundown of the checked-bag guidelines and limits on American Airlines if you're traveling with a larger bag or if you just don't want the hassle of carrying a suitcase on the plane.
As a general rule, you can check up to 10 bags on domestic, trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific flights. Trans-Atlantic flights are ones that cross the Atlantic Ocean, while trans-Pacific flights cross the Pacific Ocean, such as to Asia and Australia.
However, if you are traveling to, through or from Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, South America or Brazil, you cannot check more than five bags.
Size and weight limit
Checked bags must not chase sapphire checked bag fee larger than 62 inches when you add up the dimensions (length, height and width). They cannot weigh more than 50 pounds if you're flying in the main cabin or 70 pounds if you're flying first or business class.
The standard first-checked-bag fee for an economy flight within the U.S. is $30. But the airline's checked-bag fees vary depending on how many bags you have, the class you're flying and your destination. You'll also pay extra if your bags are oversized or overweight.
See the chart below for more details on American checked-bag fees for different destinations and classes.
How do you pay a checked-bag fee?
You can pay your checked-bag fee online when purchasing your ticket or during the online check-in process. Or, you can pay for your bag at an American Airlines kiosk or service desk at the airport. Some ticket counters accept cash, but be prepared to pay with a card if necessary.
Like carry-on bags, there are restrictions on what you can pack inside checked bags.
For example, if you loaded up during a trip to California wine country or a Kentucky distillery, you can carry up to five liters of alcohol with an alcohol by volume content between 24% and 70% in a checked bag.
If you're headed to cooking school in Italy, you also pack your knives in a checked bag. Some items, such as pepper spray, are not allowed in checked or carry-on luggage.
An American Airlines baggage handler moves luggage. (Photo credit: American Airlines)
American checked bags: Fees
In most cases, the first bag is free for premium economy passengers, business and first-class passengers.
|Within and between U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands||$30 for basic economy and main cabin; $0 for other passengers|
|Between Canada and U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands||$30 for basic economy and main cabin; $0 for other passengers (no premium economy available)|
|Between Mexico, Caribbean (excluding Cuba and Haiti), Central America and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada or between Mexico, Caribbean (excluding Cuba and Haiti) and Central America||1st bag fee is seasonal for San Salvador, El Salvador; no charges for Panama City, Panama, flights||$30 for basic economy and main cabin; $0 for other passengers (no premium economy available)|
|From U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean (excluding Haiti) to Cuba||Round-trips originating in the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean (including Haiti) get free 1st bag on return flight||$30 for main cabin (no basic economy available); $0 for other passengers (no premium economy available)|
|From Cuba to U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean (including Haiti)||$0 (no basic or premium economy available)|
|To or from Haiti||$0 (no basic or premium economy available)|
|Between U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (including Haiti), Central America and Guyana||$30 for basic economy and main cabin; $0 for other passengers (no premium economy available)|
|To or from South America (excluding Guyana)||Fee of $45 for first bag applies seasonally for Cali, Colombia, flights||$0 (no basic economy available)|
|Between Europe and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (including Haiti), Central America and South America or connecting via Europe to another destination||$75 for basic economy; $0 for other passengers|
|To or from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand||$0 (no basic economy available)|
The price typically rises for each additional checked bag. To get an idea of the checked-bag fees for additional bags, check this out:
Screenshot: AA.com on Oct. 31, 2019
If you want to know exactly how much you'll pay for a specific itinerary or situation, contact the American Airlines reservations line.
Additional baggage fees and restrictions
Depending on the size and weight, you may still be allowed to bring your bags with you at a cost. These baggage fees can sometimes be heftier than your luggage and may even cost you more than your flight.
Check these charts boone county mo employment learn how much you may pay in overweight and oversized bag fees on American. Keep in mind that fees may vary by route and season.
Overweight bag fees
|Between U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada||$100||$200|
|Mexico, Caribbean, Central and South America||$100||$200 (not accepted to and from Cuba)|
|Europe (trans-Atlantic)||$100||Not accepted|
|China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Australia (trans-Pacific)||$100||$450 (not accepted to and from Australia)|
Oversize bag fees
|Between U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands chase sapphire checked bag fee Canada||$200|
|Mexico, Caribbean, Central and South America (excluding Brazil)||$200|
|China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Australia (trans-Pacific)||$200|
How to get free checked bags on American
You can avoid paying checked-bag fees and save money each year. Some travelers can check as many as three bags on a flight without paying bag fees.
Here are the main ways to get free checked bags on American Airlines.
Qualify for AAdvantage elite status
You get free checked bags on American if you join the airline's AAdvantage frequent flyer program and earn elite status. The program rewards members with miles when flying American, oneworld or other partner airlines.
The program has four elite tiers: Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum. The higher elite tier you reach, the more bags you can check for free. For example:
- Gold elites get one checked bag free
- Platinum and Platinum Pro elites get two checked bags free
- Executive Platinum elites get three checked bags free
The checked-bag fee will be waived for all elite members and guests traveling on the same reservation for travel in the main cabin on flights marketed or operated by American or American Eagle.
Achieve oneworld elite status
American Airlines is part of the oneworld alliance, so you can get free checked bags by attaining oneworld status. For example, oneworld Ruby members get one checked bag free, oneworld Sapphire members get two checked bags free and oneworld Emerald members get three checked bags free.
Get an AAdvantage credit card
Another way to get a free checked bag on American is to get an AAdvantage credit card. Many AAdvantage cardmembers get a free checked bag on domestic American Airlines-operated flights (more on this later).
Book a higher class ticket
Premium economy, business and first-class customers can get checked bag fees waived in certain instances. In many cases, premium economy customers get one checked bag free, business-class customers get two checked bags free and first-class customers traveling on a three-cabin aircraft get three checked bags free. The number of free checked bags varies by destination.
Be active-duty military
Active-duty U.S. military and their dependents can get up to five free checked bags when they are traveling on orders and they show a military ID. Active-duty U.S. military members with ID on personal travel can get up to three free checked bags.
Do AAdvantage members get free checked bags?
Non-elite AAdvantage members do not get free checked bags, but they do earn miles and other perks. AAdvantage members who fly enough to earn elite status do get free checked bags. Depending on your elite membership tier, you can check from one to three bags for free.
Screenshot: AA.com on Oct. 31, 2019
Earn free checked bags with these credit cards
Here are some top credit cards that either offer a free checked bag on American Airlines or a travel credit that can reimburse you for checked bag fees you pay on any airline.
Many of these cards also offer priority boarding, in-flight purchase credits and other perks that come in handy for travel.
Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard®
The Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard® from our partner, Citi gives you your first chase sapphire checked bag fee bag free on domestic American flights, plus preferred boarding for yourself and up to four travel companions. If you spend $20,000 during your membership year, you earn a $125 American Airlines flight discount. Plus, you save 25% on eligible in-flight purchases.
Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®
Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®
15.99% - 24.99% (Variable)
- Earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® Bonus Miles after spending $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
- Admirals Club® membership for you and access for up to two guests or immediate family members traveling with you
- No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases
- Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases and 1 AAdvantage® mile for every $1 spent on other purchases
- First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines itineraries for you and up to 8 companions traveling with you on the same reservation
- The standard variable APR for Citi Flex Plan is 15.99% - 24.99%, based on your creditworthiness. Citi Flex Plan offers are made available at Citi’s discretion.
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The Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard® from our partner, Citi comes with one free checked bag on American for you and up to eight travel companions, priority boarding, and a statement credit for either TSA Precheck or Global Entry every five years. This card also gives you an Admirals Club membership that allows you to relax in an airport lounge while waiting for your flight. This is a great option for frequent travelers who don't mind paying a high annual fee ($450) in exchange for a host of travel benefits.
CitiBusiness®/ AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard®
The CitiBusiness®/ AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard® from our partner, Citi offers a free checked bag on American, plus preferred boarding, for you and up to four travel companions. Earn the following when you spend: Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles per $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases. Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles per $1 spent on purchases at telecommunications merchants, cable and satellite providers, car rental merchants and at gas stations. 1 AAdvantage® mile for every $1 spent on other purchases.
AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard®
The AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard® from Barclays offers a free checked bag on American for you and up to four companions. You get up to $25 in statement credits for in-flight Wi-Fi purchases, as well as a 25% reimbursement for in-flight food and drink purchases. The card also offers preferred boarding.
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The Platinum Card® from American Express
- Earn 100,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $6,000 on purchases on the Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership.
- Plus, earn 10x points on eligible purchases on the Card at restaurants worldwide and when you Shop Small in the U.S., on up to $25,000 in combined purchases, during your first 6 months of Card Membership.
- Earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year and earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points on prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel.
- $200 Hotel Credit: Get $200 back in statement credits each year on prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts® or The Hotel Collection bookings with American Express Travel when you pay with your Platinum Card®.
- $240 Digital Entertainment Credit: Get up to $20 in statement credits each month when you pay for eligible purchases with the Platinum Card® at your choice of one or more of the following providers: Peacock, Audible, SiriusXM, and The New York Times. Enrollment required.
- $155 Walmart+ Credit: Cover the cost of a $12.95 monthly Walmart+ membership with a statement credit after you pay for Walmart+ each month with your Platinum Card. Cost includes $12.95 plus applicable local sales tax.
- American Express has expanded The Centurion® Network to include 40+ Centurion Lounge and Studio locations worldwide. Now there are even more places your Platinum Card® can get you complimentary entry and exclusive perks.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit: Get up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one select qualifying airline.
- $200 Uber Cash: Enjoy Uber VIP status and up to $200 in Uber savings on rides or eats orders in the US annually. Uber Cash and Uber VIP status is available to Basic Card Member only.
- $300 Equinox Credit: Get up to $25 back each month on select Equinox memberships when you pay with your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
- $179 CLEAR® Credit: Use your Card and get up to $179 back per year on your CLEAR® membership.
- $695 annual fee.
- Terms Apply.
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The Platinum Card® from American Express offers an airline fee credit up to $200 each year for incidental fees such as checked bags and in-flight cocktails through a qualifying airline (enrollment required). Other travel perks include reimbursement for Global Entry and TSA Precheck application fees and access to the American Express Global Lounge Collection at select airports. This is a good card for big spenders who travel frequently and who also want perks for hotel stays and Uber rides.
American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp℠ Card
American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp℠ Card
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- Earn 10,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles and receive a $50 statement credit after making $500 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
- No Annual Fee
- Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for each $1 spent at grocery stores, including grocery delivery services
- Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases
- Earn 1 AAdvantage® mile for every $1 spent on other purchases
- Save 25% on inflight food and beverage purchases when you use your card on American Airlines flights
- The standard variable APR for Citi Flex Plan is 15.99% - 24.99%, based on your creditworthiness. Citi Flex Plan offers are made available at Citi's discretion.
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Finally, a quick note about the American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp℠ Card from our partner, Citi. While the card has a $0 annual fee, it doesn't give cardholders a free checked bag on American Airlines. Therefore, we recommend American frequent flyers looking to avoid bag fees consider one of the other travel cards outlined above. The free checked bags and other perks should more than make up for the annual fee if you travel more than a few times a year.
American baggage: Miscellaneous
Delayed or damaged bags
If you're flying American Airlines and you can't find your luggage at baggage claim, or you discover your suitcase is damaged, you can report the problem to an American agent at the airport or call American Airlines.
The agent will give you a 13-character reference number to use to check the status of your claim. The American Airlines online baggage tracker can help you track your delayed luggage.
If your bag is delayed by five days or more, you will need to complete a questionnaire. You will fill in your flight itinerary, including the flight number, travel dates and destinations. You'll also need to describe your bags and the items that are in them. If your luggage is not found, you will have to file an additional claim to get reimbursement from American Airlines.
Damaged luggage must be reported within 24 hours for domestic flights and seven days for international flights. You will fill out the same questionnaire as you would for lost luggage. If your bag was checked by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the damage could have been caused by the inspection, you will need to call the TSA at 866-289-9673.
With the cost of your ticket, American Airlines provides $3,500 worth of coverage for damaged or lost bags on domestic flights. If your belongings are worth more than that, you may want to consider additional insurance. Additional coverage will cost you $5 for every $100 worth of value, and you can get up to $1,500 in extra coverage. You will have to buy coverage for each carrier listed on your itinerary.
Keep in mind that some credit cards provide baggage benefits when traveling, so you may get extra coverage for free if you buy your plane ticket with one of these cards.
Music and sports equipment
In 2019, American Airlines eliminated oversized bag fees for some common music and sports equipment.
The policy on musical instruments is pretty straightforward. In some cases, you may be able to carry your instrument onto the plane with you on a first-come, first-served basis if it fits in an overhead bin or under the seat in front of you. If it does not fit, you can buy an extra seat for your instrument if it does not weigh more than 165 pounds.
Instruments can be checked as baggage if they meet size and weight restrictions, but you'll have to pay oversize or overweight bag fees if the instrument is larger than 126 inches (adding the length, width and depth measurements) or heavier than 50 pounds. Instruments larger than 150 inches or heavier than 165 pounds may be shipped as cargo.
Sports equipment policies on American vary based on the type of item. Here are some common items you can check for standard bag fees, though oversize or overweight fees may apply if the item is unusually large or heavy:
- Archery equipment, including bow, arrows and quiver
- Baseball bats
- Bowling balls
- Fencing equipment
- Golf clubs
- Tennis rackets and balls
Here are some examples of equipment you may check at an extra cost:
- A hang glider in a suitable case for $150
- A javelin or pole in a suitable bag or case for $150 if over 50 pounds
- Scuba gear for $150
- Windsurfing board, mast and sail for $150 for every two pieces
If you're unsure about your special item, check with American Airlines well before you fly to make arrangements.
American baggage FAQ
Here are some answers to questions travelers frequently ask about American Airlines bag fees.
Can I take my guitar on American?
Yes, you can take your chase sapphire checked bag fee on American Airlines. If you can fit it in an overhead bin, you may be able to take it as a carry-on item. If not, you can check it for standard baggage fees, but you should make sure it is in a hard, protective case. If you check it in a case that lacks adequate protection, you may not be reimbursed for any damage caused in transport.
How strict is American with carry-on size?
The carry-on size limit for American is 22" x 14" x 9". If your bag is too big to fit in the bin, you may be pulled aside and asked to check your bag before boarding.
Can I take a backpack and carry-on on American?
Yes, you are allowed one personal item and one carry-on. The backpack would be considered a personal item as long as it fits under the seat in front of you.
Can you prepay baggage fees on American Airlines?
Yes, you can choose to pay for up to three bags when you check in online. Online check-in begins 24 hours before departure and ends four hours before departure. If checking more than three bags, you will need to pay for additional bags at the airport.
Is there a weight limit for carry-on bags with American Airlines?
American Airlines does not specify a carry-on weight limit; only a carry-on size limit. But before you stuff your bag with too much heavy gear, keep in mind that you will have to lift your carry-on above your head and place it in the overhead bin.
Do you get a free checked bag with American Airlines?
You can get one or more free checked bags if you:
- Have a ticket in premium economy, business or first class
- Are are an elite AAdvantage or oneworld member
- Are active-duty U.S. military
You may also be able to get a checked bag for free if you have an AAdvantage credit card.
Are carry-on bags free on American?
American Airlines allows each passenger one carry-on and one personal item for free. The carry-on bag will have to fit in the overhead bin in the cabin.
How do I get a baggage fee refund from American Airlines?
American Airlines does not offer refunds if you pay your bag fee online. If there's any chance you may be eligible for a free checked bag or may upgrade your flight, wait to pay your baggage fee. If you upgrade after paying your baggage fee, American Airlines may not refund your money. However, you can request an American bag fee refund online
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Major airlines all offer co-branded credit cards teasing a valuable benefit: Free checked baggage on every flight.
With airlines charging $30 per bag each way (or more) on even domestic flights, this perk can add up fast, easily outweighing the annual fee on your airline credit card. But every airline handles this benefit a bit differently. And one question comes up frequently:
Do you need to actually pay for your flight with that credit card to get a checked bag for free?
The answer? It depends. We’ll walk you through the basics of how this benefit works on some of the largest U.S. airlines.
The Basics of Free Baggage
From American to Delta to United and even Alaska, every major U.S. airline offers a co-branded credit card. And each of them gives these cardholders a free checked bag on every flight. It’s a worthwhile perk, and one of the many benefits that come with the travel rewards credit cards out there. Seeing as checking a bag costs at least $30 each way, you could save more than $100 on just two round trips.
What’s more, this benefit won’t just get you a free checked bag. It can also get your companions a free bag, too … so long as they’re booked under your reservation. For traveling families, the savings can easily multiply. Just how many companions will get a free bag depends on the airline.
With few exceptions, these cards carry an annual fee of $95 to $100 – though that could be waived for your first year with the card. That means a year of free checked baggage. Once that annual fee kicks in, just two round trips with a checked bag a year (or less) will mean you’ll come out ahead on your annual fee.
But how do you get free baggage with your airline? Do you have to use that card to pay for your flight? Do all flights qualify?
A Breakdown of Free Bag Benefits by Airline
Unfortunately, this is where the simplicity ends.
Exactly what you get with your credit card depends on the airline and which credit card you’ve got in your wallet. So we’ve broken it down, airline-by-airline.
Free Baggage with Alaska Airlines Credit Card
Keep that card in your wallet – you won’t need it to get a free bag flying Alaska Airlines.
So long as the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card is attached to your account when you book, that free baggage benefit kicks in automatically. The card has an annual fee of $75 – but that’s not waived for the first year.
But this benefit is great, as it means you can instead book your flight with a credit card that will earn you more points (or give you travel insurance) like the Chase Sapphire Reserve or the Platinum Card® from American Express.Just make sure your card is still open, and you’re set.
- Flights: All Alaska Airlines flights
- Companions: You and up to six companions on the same reservation will get your first checked bag free.
- Pay with the card? Not necessary!
Free Baggage with American Airlines Credit Card
The same is true when flying American Airlines. Keep that card tucked away.
You’ve got a few options to score a free bag when you’re flying American Airlines. There’s the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard, with a $99 annual fee that is waived in year one. Then there’s the AAdvantage World Elite Mastercard from Barclays, with an annual fee of $99 due upfront. American also has a handful of other, more expensive credit cards.
No matter which card you’ve got, you’ll get your first checked bag free for yourself and up to four companions – and you don’t have to pay for your flight with your card. But there is a catch: Only domestic flights qualify for a free bag.
- Flights: Domestic American Airlines flights only.
- Companions: You and up to four companions on the same reservation will get your first checked bag free.
- Pay with the card? Not necessary!
Free Baggage with Delta Credit Cards
Are you sensing a pattern yet? There’s no need to use that Delta credit card to get a free bag.
For you Delta flyers, all of the airline’s co-branded American Express cards include that free luggage perk – except the no-annual-fee Delta SkyMiles® Blue American Express Card. But you’re set with personal and business versions of the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card, Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card, and the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card. Annual fees start at $99 on the Gold Card, though it has a $0 introductory fee for the first year (see rates & fees).
Better yet, you can technically apply the free bag waiver to up to eight other passengers under your reservation. And you can use any card you’d like to book your flight, as simply having your Delta card attached to your SkyMiles account will get you the free bag benefit. But it won’t work on flights operated by one of Delta’s partner airlines like Air France or Korean Air.
- Flights: All Delta-operated flights
- Companions: You and up chase sapphire checked bag fee eight companions on the same reservation will get your first checked bag free.
- Pay with the card? Not necessary!
Read our master guide to Delta baggage fees!
Free Baggage with JetBlue Credit Card
Here’s where the pattern ends.
Unlike many of its competitors, you’ll have to actually pay for your flight with your JetBlue credit card in order to get a free bag. There’s the JetBlue Plus Card and the JetBlue Business Card. Both are operated by Barclays, and both carry an annual fee of $99 starting in year one.
- Flights: All JetBlue flights
- Companions: You and up to three companions on the same reservation will get your first checked bag free.
- Pay with the card? Yes, you must pay with your JetBlue credit card to get a free bag.
See what else you need to know on JetBlue baggage fees!
Free Baggage with Southwest Credit Card
While Southwest has a slew of credit cards to choose from, they won’t get you free baggage … because all flyers get two free checked bags on every Southwest flight. While other airlines started charging for bags years ago, Southwest has resisted. It’s one of the things that sets Southwest apart.
Free Baggage with United Credit Card
We’ve got bad news, United flyers. You’ll have to pay for your United flight with your United credit card to get a free bag.
Unlike its competitors American and Delta, United requires flyers to pay food city com their co-branded Chase credit card in order to get a free checked bag. Pay with a United Explorer Card, and you’ll get a free checked bag for yourself and one companion on your reservation. That card carries a $95 annual fee, though that’s waived in year one.
Use the new United Quest Card, and you’ll get not one but two free checked bags for yourself and one companion. The Quest Card has a $250 annual fee.
Those savings can add up even faster, as United began charging $35 per bag if you don’t prepay online. And it’s one of the best ways to beat United basic economy, as the airline doesn’t allow basic economy flyers to bring a carry-on bag onboard.
- Flights: All United and United Express-operated flights
- Companions: You and one on the same reservation will get your first checked bag free.
- Pay with the card? Yes, you must pay with your United credit card to get a free bag.
Read more on United Airlines baggage fees!
Lots of travelers out there love their co-branded airline cards, in large part due to the free checked bag benefit. It gives you a compelling reason to keep that card open for your preferred airline.
Yet these benefits remain misunderstood. You don’t always have to pay with that credit card in order to get a free bag. It just depends on which airline you’re flying with.
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Apple Pay is safer than using a physical credit, debit, or prepaid card. Face ID, Touch ID, or your passcode are required for purchases on your iPhone, Apple Watch, Mac, or iPad. Your card number and identity aren’t shared with merchants, and your actual card numbers aren’t stored on your device or on Apple servers.
When you pay in stores, neither Apple nor your device will send your actual card number to merchants. When you pay online in Safari or in apps, the merchant will only receive information you authorize to fulfill your order — such as your name, email address, and billing and shipping addresses.
When you pay with a debit or credit card, Apple doesn’t keep transaction information that can be tied back to you. And when you use Apple Cash, information is stored only for troubleshooting, fraud prevention, and regulatory purposes.
It’s simple. Just add a credit, debit, or prepaid card to the Wallet app on your iPhone. And remember to add your cards to any other Apple devices you want to use with Apple Pay. It works on iPhone, Apple Watch, Mac, and iPad.
Apple Pay works with major credit and debit cards from banks around the world, with more added all the time. You can see all the banks that support Apple Pay here. If your card does not yet support Apple Pay, contact your bank for more information.
No. Apple does not charge any fees when you use Apple Pay — in stores, online, or in apps.
Apple Pay works in countries and regions that support contactless payments. Confirm with your bank, and ask about any fees they may charge for overseas usage.
If your business already accepts credit and debit cards, simply contact your payment provider to start accepting Apple Pay. Contact merchant support for more information. If you want to accept Apple Pay on your website or in your app, visit Apple Pay for developers.
Download the Apple Pay mark to use within email, on your terminal screen, on your website, and in your app. You can also order Apple Pay decals to put on your storefront window and register.
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Apple Pay is accepted.
Open the Wallet app
and tap to add a card.
Open the Apple Watch
app on your iPhone,
tap Wallet & Apple Pay,
and then tap Add Card.
Go to Settings
Wallet & Apple Pay
and tap Add Card.
On models with Touch ID,
go to System Preferences
Wallet & Apple Pay and
tap Add Card.
For more information, visit the
Apple Pay setup support page.
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United has incredible basic economy and standard economy fares nonstop between Newark and Anchorage for summer 2022 travel.
Basic economy fares are just $93-$107 and standard economy fares are just $128-$142 each way. That’s a fraction of the normal $300-$400 each way economy fare for the ~7 hour nonstop flights!
Basic economy fares are not changeable and don’t include seat selection for free. They also don’t include carry-on or checked baggage unless you have a United credit card.
Standard economy tickets have free changes and include seat selection and a free carry-on.
Read more in the Alaska Master Thread on DDF.
Newark to Anchorage $107 dates:
June: 3 through 29
July: Entire month
August: Entire month
September: 1 through 6
Anchorage to Newark $93-$106 dates:
June: 3 through 30
July: Entire month
August: Entire month
September: 1 through 6
Need inspiration? Here are trip reports from Something Fishy (2021), PBaruch (2018), another Something Fishy report (2013), and more.
Using Chase Points:
If you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve card you can redeem points for 1.5 cents each towards travel. If you have a Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Ink Preferredyou can redeem points for 1.25 cents each towards travel.
You can login to your account and redeem Chase points for travel here. The cost will start at just 6,233 points with a Sapphire Reserve. That rate include all taxes and you will still earn flight miles as well!
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How Does Credit Card Lost or Delayed Baggage Insurance Work?
Having an airline or another carrier lose or delay your baggage can be an incredibly frustrating experience, even if it's a rare occurrence. Around four out of every 1,000 bags loaded onto planes were lost, damaged, delayed, or pilfered in December 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Travel.
In the event your luggage is mishandled, you may be able to get some recourse from the carrier. But if you want some extra certainty, it doesn't hurt to use a credit card with insurance protection for lost or delayed luggage.
What Is Lost or Delayed Baggage Insurance?
Lost luggage reimbursement and delayed baggage insurance are two separate protections on a credit card. Select cards from Visa, Mastercard, and American Express offer protection for lost or damaged luggage, and some cards from Visa and Mastercard provide delayed baggage insurance. A select few cards provide both, including:
How Credit Card Lost Baggage Insurance Works
When you use your credit card to pay for your flight or your ticket for any other common travel carrier (e.g., cruise line or train operator), your lost luggage insurance is in force.
If a common carrier loses or damages your luggage, you can get reimbursed for the expenses you incur to repair or replace your belongings up to a maximum coverage amount. That number can depend on the credit card you have.
For example, the Chase Sapphire Preferred offers up to $3,000 in coverage for you, your spouse or partner, and your dependents, while the Marriott Bonvoy American Express provides up to $1,250 per person.
However, certain items aren’t covered under lost baggage insurance:
- Motor vehicles or accessories
- Contact lenses, eyeglasses, sunglasses, and hearing aids
- Artificial teeth and prosthetic limbs
- Money, securities, debit and credit cards, and traveler's checks
- Tickets, documents, coins, keys, stamps, and perishable items
- Property shipped as freight
- Cell phones
- Business items
Some cards may not cover checked baggage that’s lost or damaged within a terminal or going to or from a terminal.
Because policies can vary in how much coverage different cards offer and what is and isn't included, it's important to review your credit card's benefits guide to find out what's eligible.
These insurance coverages are secondary to any reimbursement you might receive from the airline or other travel provider, as well as any other insurance policy you have, such as homeowners insurance, that covers your belongings.
How To File a Lost Luggage Claim
If a common carrier loses or damages your baggage, you'll first need to file a claim with the carrier and any other insurance policy you have that might cover you. If those options aren’t available, you can file a claim with your credit card's insurance provider. You'll typically need to notify the benefits administrator within 30 days, so check your card's terms and file the claim as quickly as possible.
Paypal credit sort code and account number you file your claim, you'll typically need to provide:
- Proof that you used your card to pay for the trip
- A list of the items that were lost or damaged, and their value
- A settlement, check, or denial from the common carrier, or proof that you submitted a claim to the carrier
- Other documents the benefits administrator requires
You may have up to 90 days to provide this information, though timelines can vary by card.
How Credit Card Delayed Baggage Insurance Coverage Works
Delayed luggage insurance works like lost luggage insurance but kicks in if your baggage is delayed—typically by six hours or more—instead of lost. The idea behind this coverage is to cover the cost of essential items you'll need because of the delay, such as toiletries and clothing.
Instead of covering the cost of replacing existing items, your coverage will be capped at a certain amount per day for up to five days, depending on the card.
Again, certain items may not be covered, such as contact lenses, glasses, or hearing aids. You'll also typically be out of luck with documents, tickets, money, and similar items.
Like lost luggage insurance, delayed baggage insurance is typically secondary to any travel insurance or reimbursement you may receive from the carrier.
How To File a Delayed Baggage Insurance Claim
The filing process for delayed baggage is similar to what you'd need to do if your luggage was lost or damaged. You'll typically need to file the claim within a few weeks. Then, you'll have up to 90 days from the date of the occurrence to provide any documentation the benefits administrator requires, which is similar to the lost baggage insurance requirements.
Other Types of Lost or Delayed Luggage Insurance
Credit card luggage insurance is convenient, but it's not the only way you can get recourse if a carrier loses, damages, or delays your luggage.
The carrier will typically provide some form of reimbursement if it mishandles your baggage. You'll need to report the lost, damaged, or delayed items as soon as possible to start the process. However, each carrier has its own ways of determining the value of your contents and how much to reimburse you for delayed baggage.
As a result, you may want additional protection just in case the airline or other travel provider offers an amount that falls short of the actual cost of replacing your items.
Homeowners or Renters Insurance
Depending on your policy, your personal belongings may be covered, even if they're nowhere near your property when they're lost or damaged.
Review your policy's terms and conditions to find out your coverage and limits.
Travel insurance policies can cover a wide range of issues you encounter during your trip, including lost, damaged, or delayed baggage. If you purchased a travel insurance policy, check the benefits to find out what's covered and how much.
Do I Need Lost Luggage Insurance on My Credit Card?
The Balance considers lost luggage insurance and delayed baggage insurance to be excellent perks for credit card customers.
If you can get a credit card that offers one or both of these coverages, you don't have to worry about relying solely on the carrier's reimbursement policies. What's more, you may not have to purchase a separate travel insurance policy every time you take a trip.
It's important to pick a credit card based on its complete list of features, not just one. So compare several travel credit card options to make sure you find the one that's the best fit for you overall.
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