Flying with United Airlines? Discover everything you need to know about United Airlines baggage allowance, restrictions, fees and charges.
If you’re travelling with United Airlines on an upcoming flight, here’s everything you need to know about your United Airlines baggage allowance and fees.
One full-sized carry-on bag (56cm x 35cm x 23cm) plus one small personal item (43cm x 25cm x 22cm) 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.
The maximum exterior dimension of standard checked baggage is 62 inches (158 cm), including handles and wheels.
The maximum weight for checked baggage is based on the class of service as well your MileagePlus Premier® status.
|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.|
Sign in to your MileagePlus account to determine checked baggage service charges for an existing reservation, or select the “Any flights” tab to calculate the service charges for any United itinerary. See “Baggage Calculator“.
For checked baggage service charge exceptions, please see this page for details.
Additional service charges apply to any checked baggage that exceeds the size and/or weight limitations and baggage beyond your allowance. Oversized, overweight and extra baggage is not accepted on flights to certain destinations and on certain flights during specific time frames. For a list of cities where overweight or extra baggage is not accepted 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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