Travel Guide


Basic Guidelines for Airline Baggage Requirements

Carry On Luggage
Most airlines enforce the 1 + 1 policy. Each passenger is allowed to carry on two items subject to size and weight. The first item is subject to a maximum of 40 pounds and maximum of 45 linear inches in size. Add the length, height and width of your item to calculate the linear inches. Your second carry-on item, such as a purse, computer bag, laptop, briefcase, camera case, or diaper bag must be sized to be able to fit under the seat in front of you. In addition to these two pieces, you are allowed to carry on an umbrella, coat, reading material, and food.

Checked Baggage
Each airline maintains their own requirement for checked baggage that changes from time to time. Consult the website of the airline that you will be flying for up-to-date information.


Airline

Checked Bag Policy

Carry-on Bag Policy

Airtran Checked Bag Details

1st bag under 50 lbs. and 62" - $25
2nd bag under 50 lbs. and 62" - $35
Excess Baggage under 50 lbs. and 62" - $75 per piece
Overweight: 51-100 lbs. - $75
Oversized: 63-80 linear inches - $75

Carry-on Bag Details

one suitcase under 24"x18"x13" or 55 linear inches
one personal item under 17"x12"x8.5"

American Airlines  Checked Bag Details

1st bag under 50 lbs. and 62" - $25
2nd bag under 50 lbs. and 62" - $35
Excess Baggage under 50 lbs. and 62" - $150 per piece
Overweight: 50-70 lbs. - $100
Overweight: 71-100 lbs. - $200
Oversized: 62-126 linear inches - $200

Carry-on Bag Details

one suitcase under 22"x14"x9" or 45 linear inches
one personal item under 36 linear inches

Delta Checked Bag Details

1st bag under 50 lbs. and 62" - $25
2nd bag under 50 lbs. and 62" - $35
3rd bag under 50 lbs. and 62" - $125
Excess baggage under 50 lbs and 62" - $200 per piece
Overweight: 51-70 lbs. - $100
Overweight: 71-100 lbs. - $200
Oversized: 63-80 linear inches - $200

Carry-on Bag Details

one suitcase under 22"x14"x9" or 45 linear inches

Frontier Checked Bag Details

1st bag under 50 lbs. and 62" - $25
2nd bag under 50 lbs. and 62" - $30
Excess baggage - $75
Overweight: over 50 lbs - $75
Oversized: over 62" linear inches - $75

Carry-on Bag Details

one suitcase under 24"x16"x10" and 50 lbs
one personal item under 18"x14"x8"

JetBlue Checked Bag Details

1st bag under 50 lbs. and 62 linear inches - Free
2nd bag under 50 lbs and 62 linear inches - $40
Excess baggage under 50 lbs. and 62 linear inches - $75
Overweight: 51-70 lbs. - $50
Overweight: 71-99 lbs. - $100
Oversized: 63-80 linear inches - $75

Carry-on Bag Details

one suitcase under 24"x16"x10" and 50 lbs.
one personal item under 18"x14"x8"

Southwest Checked Bag Details

1st and 2nd bag under 50 lbs. and 62 linear inches - Free
Excess baggage - $75 per piece
Overweight: 51-100 lbs. - $75
Oversized: 63-80 linear inches - $75

Carry-on Bag Details

one suitcase under 10"x16"x24" and 50 lbs.
one personal item

Spirit Airlines Checked Bag Details

1st bag under 40 lbs. and 62 linear inches - $30
2nd bag under 40 lbs. and 62 linear inches - $40
3rd-5th bag under 40 lbs. and 62 linear inches - $85
Overweight: 41-50 lbs. - $25
Overweight: 51-70 lbs. - $50
Overweight: 71-99 lbs. - $100
Oversized: 63-80 linear inches - $100
Oversized: 81+ linear inches - $150

Carry-on Bag Details

one personal item under 16"x14"x12"
one suitcase under 22"x18"x10" and 40 lbs. - $35

United Checked Bag Details

1st bag under 50 lbs. and 62 linear inches - $25
2nd bag under 50 lbs. and 62 linear inches - $35
Excess baggage under 50 lbs. and 62 linear inches - $100 per piece
Overweight: 51-70 lbs. - $100
Overweight: 71-100 lbs. - $200
Oversized: 63-115 linear inches - $100

Carry-on Bag Details

one suitcase under 9"x14"x22" or 45 linear inches
one personal item under 17"x10"x9" or 36 linear inches

US Airways Checked Bag Details

1st bag under 50 lbs. and 62 linear inches - $25
2nd bag under 50 lbs. and 62 linear inches - $35
3rd bag under 50 lbs. and 62 linear inches -$125
Excess baggage under 50 lbs. and 62 linear inches - $200 per piece
Overweight: 51-70 lbs. - $90
Overweight: 71-100 lbs. - $175
Oversized: 63-80 linear inches - $175

Carry-on Bag Details

one suitcase under 14"x9"x22" or 45 linear inches
one personal item

Virgin America Checked Bag Details

Bags under 50 lbs. and 62 linear inches - $25
Overweight: 51-70 lbs. - $50
Overweight: 71-100 - $100
Oversized: 63-80 linear inches - $50

Carry-on Bag Details

one suticase under 24"x16"x10" and 50" linear
one personal item



Linear inches is the sum of the width, depth, and height of the suitcase. All dimensions and prices based on one way US domestic basic/economy class flight. Most overweight and oversized fees are in addition to the checked bag fee.

Last updated 08-06-13.

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Useful Travel Sites

TSA 3-1-1 Carry-on Item Rules
Lets you know what you can and can't bring on the plane

FAA Flight Delay Information
Information about air-traffic delays for different parts of the country.

The National Weather Service
Great for tracking storm systems and for long range weather forecasts.

The World Health Organization
Information on disease outbreaks throughout the world, vaccination requirements for international travel and useful health-related information on each foreign country.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Information on disease outbreaks throughout the world, vaccination requirements for international travel and useful health-related information on each foreign country.

US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs
For travel warnings, travel public announcements and Consular Information Sheets.

US Transportation and Safety
Tips and news from the transportation security administration for traveling safely.

US Embassies and Consulates
Information on travel requirements. Use this site to get the information you need on how to contact the US embassies of the countries you plan to visit.