United Airlines 2021 Baggage Allowance
Flying with United Airlines? Discover everything you need to know about United Airlines baggage allowance, restrictions, fees and charges.
United Airlines Carry-On Baggage
One full-sized carry-on bag (22 cm x 35 cm x 56 cm) plus one personal item (22 cm x 25 cm x 43 cm) can be brought onboard free of charge.
For Basic Economy travellers, you will only be allowed one personal item, unless you are a Premier® member or a primary cardmember using a qualifying MileagePlus credit card. If you exceed this limit, you will be required to check their bag and pay the applicable checked bag plus a $25 gate handling charge.
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United Airlines Checked Baggage
The maximum exterior dimension of standard checked baggage is 62 inches (158 cm), including handles and wheels.
The max. weight for checked baggage is based on the class of service as well as your MileagePlus status, have a look below to find out more.
|United Business||70 lbs.
|United First||70 lbs.
|United PolarisSM first class||70 lbs.
|United Polaris business class||70 lbs.
|United Economy||50 lbs.
|Star Alliance Gold||70 lbs
|Premier 1K||70 lbs
|Premier Platinum||70 lbs
|Premier Gold||70 lbs
|Premier Silver||70 lbs.
United Airlines Excess Baggage
For checked baggage service charge exceptions, please see this page for details.
United Airlines Oversized, Overweight and Extra Baggage
Additional service charges may apply if your checked baggage exceeds the size and weight limitations that the airline allows for your ticket type. Oversized, overweight and extra baggage is not accepted on flights to certain destinations and on certain flights during specific time frames. For information on locations where overweight or extra baggage is not permitted on flights please see the Excess Baggage Embargo page.
Baggage with total outer dimensions measuring more than 115 inches (292 cm) will not be accepted as checked baggage.
With the exception of assistive devices and musical instruments, baggage weighing more than 100 lbs. (45 kg) will not be accepted.
Musical instruments up to 165 lbs. (75 kg) will be accepted.
Assistive devices are accepted at no charge.
Important note: For travel between the U.S. and Brazil, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, no more than three extra checked bags are accepted.
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Content is based on information gathered from the following sources on 09/12/19: