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Carry On Rules and Fees for 10 Major US Airlines

Countless travelers have been tripped up by questions like, “How much does it cost to check my bag?” and “Is my carry-on too big?” and airlines have made it frustratingly difficult to find answers. Here is a quick overview to help vacationers and business travelers alike know what to expect when they get to the airport.

Checked bag dimensions are found by adding length, width, and height of a bag. Airlines with n/a in any column means they do not offer that class.

Economy Class Carry On Rules and Fees

Economy Class Bag Prices

Summary of baggage fees & dimensions in economy class for 10 major US Airlines

American Airlines
Carry On: Free | 22”x14”x9”
1st Checked Bag: $25 | 62in | 50lbs
2nd Checked Bag: $35 | 62in | 50lbs
International: 1st checked bag free

Delta
Carry On: Free | 22”x14”x9”
1st Checked Bag: $25 | 62in | 50lbs
2nd Checked Bag: $35 | 62in | 50lbs
International: 1st checked bag free

United
Carry On: Free | 22”x14”x9”
1st Checked Bag: $25 | 62in | 50lbs
2nd Checked Bag: $35 | 62in | 50lbs
International: 1st checked bag free

JetBlue
Carry On: Free | 22”x14”x9”
1st Checked Bag Online: $20 | 62in | 50lbs
1st Checked Bag Airport: $25 | 62in | 50lbs
2nd Checked Bag: $35 | 62in | 50lbs
International: 1st checked bag free

Allegiant Air
Carry On: $15-20 | 22”x14”x9”
1st Checked Bag: $18-$30 | 80 in | 40lbs
2nd Checked Bag: Equal to 1st bag | 80in | 40lbs

Southwest
Carry On: Free | 24”x16”x10”
1st Checked Bag: Free | 62in | 50lbs
2nd Checked Bag: $35 | 62in | 50lbs

Virgin America
Carry On: Free | 24”x16”x10”
1st Checked Bag: $25 | 62in | 50lbs
2nd Checked Bag: $25 | 62in | 50lbs
International: $25

Frontier
Carry On: $35 | 24”x16”x10”
1st Checked Bag: $30 | 62in | 50lbs
2nd Checked Bag: $40 | 62in | 50lbs
International: $30

Alaska
Carry On: Free | 24”x17”x10”
1st Checked Bag: $25 | 62in | 50lbs
2nd Checked Bag: $25 | 62in | 50lbs

Spirit
Carry On: $35 | 22”x18”x10”
1st Checked Bag: $30 | 62in | 40lbs
2nd Checked Bag: $40 | 62in | 40lbs
International: $30

Business Class Carry On Rules and Fees

Business Class Bag Prices

Summary of baggage fees & dimensions in business class for 10 major US Airlines

All airlines offering a Business class allow passengers to check two bags for free, this also applies to international flights. Delta and United have increased weight allowances, up to 70 lbs, for checked baggage in Business class.

First Class Carry On Rules and Fees

First Class Bag Prices

Summary of baggage fees & dimensions in first class for 10 major US Airlines

All airlines offering a first class allow passengers to check two bags for free. As with business class, there are increased weight limits for Delta and United first class passengers.

3 thoughts on “Carry On Rules and Fees for 10 Major US Airlines”

    1. Hi Belinda! Technically it does include wheels. However, most airlines are pretty lenient when it comes to checked baggage and very rarely will pull out a measuring tape to check.

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