The quote “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us” was good enough until escaping from airlines’ baggage restriction started to become harder. Nowadays, every airline has different policies. So, prompting questions like how much luggage can you take on a plane, what size luggage do I need, how much luggage is allowed on international flights, how much is extra baggage, can I take two carry-on bags is pretty normal.

Therefore, to make your travel less hard, I have answered those questions and also discussed the policies regarding, personal items, carry-ons, and checked luggage.

How much luggage can you take on a plane?

How much luggage can you take on a plane?

Most airlines allow one carry-on luggage, one personal item (e.g. handbag, briefcase), and some airlines allow one check luggage for free. The average allowed carry-on dimension is 45 linear inches and the weight limit is 40 pounds.  

The maximum dimension allowed for checked luggage is 62 linear inches and the maximum weight limit is 50 pounds. Airlines allow additional checked luggage and overweight luggage for extra fees.

It is hard to mention the exact dimension and weight limit. Because allowed dimension and weight limit depend on airlines’ policy.

For instance, the maximum allowed carry-on dimension for American Airlines is 22x14x9 and doesn’t have a weight limit, on the other hand, the maximum allowed carry-on dimension for Sun Country Airlines is 24x16x11, which is much greater but restricted by 35 pounds weight limit. Also, some airlines allow 1 checked luggage for free, some allow up to 2 checked luggage.

So, it is always recommended to check your airline policies for luggage size and weight before travel.

What size luggage do I need? – Personal Item, Carry-On, and Checked Luggage Size Limits for 15 Major Airlines

The maximum carry-on size on most airlines is 22x14x9 inches or a total of 45 inches and the usual weight limit is 40 pounds but many airlines like Delta, Southwest, JetBlue don’t imply any weight restrictions. On the other hand, Airlines mostly measure checked luggage in linear inches. The total summation of height, weight, and length is called linear inches. So, choose your luggage accordingly.

Here’s a look at the personal item, carry-on, and checked luggage size limits for 15 major airlines.

Important Notes:

Standard checked luggage size
  • The dimension order is: Height x Width x Length and includes wheels and handles
  • The total dimension is the summation of height, width, and length
  • If the size exceeds your luggage, you will have to pay an extra luggage fee. But if your luggage is too big, airlines will deny checking.
  • Some airlines don’t allow carry-ons on basic economy classes
  • Most of the airlines charge for checked luggage and some allow up to two checked luggage for free.
  • Allowed dimension, weight change quite often, so be sure to double-check before booking a ticket
S/LAirlinePersonal Item (Each)Carry-On (Each)Checked (Each)
1American Airlines18 x 14 x 8 in22 x 14 x 9 inTotal 62 in
2Delta Air LinesNot Specified22 x 14 x 9 inTotal 62 in
3Southwest Airlines18.5 x 8.5 x 13.5 in24 x 16 x 10 inTotal 62 in
4United Airlines17 x 10 x 9 in22 x 14 x 9 in [1]Total 62 in
5Air Canada17 x 13 x 621.5 x 15.5 x 9Total 62 in
6Alaska AirlinesNot Specified22" x 14" x 9"Total 62 in
7JetBlue Airways17 x 13 x 8 in22" x 14" x 9"Total 62 in
8Spirit Airlines18 x 14 x 822 x 18 x10Total 62 in
9WestJet16 x 13 x 6 in21 x 15 x 9Total 62 in
10Frontier Airlines18 x 14 x 824 x 16 x 10Total 62 in
11InterjetNot Specified21 x 15 x 9 inTotal 62 in
12Allegiant Air16 x 15 x722 x 14 x 9Total 62 in
13EmiratesNot Specified21.7 x 15 x 7.9 inTotal 62 in
14Hawaiian AirlinesNot Specified22 x 14 x 9Total 62 in
15Sun Country Airlines17 x 13 x 9 in24 x 16 x 11 inTotal 62 in
[1] Carry-on luggage is not allowed in Basic Economy class. If you bring one, your luggage will be checked.

How much luggage is allowed on international flights?

Most of the international airlines allow one carry-on luggage and one checked luggage for free if both meet size and weight requirement. But if you want to transport more than that, you have to pay extra fees for the additional luggage. For exact information, contact your airlines or check out your airlines’ website.

International airlines’ rules and regulations are different from domestic airlines. The luggage number and weight restrictions vary on so many factors, where you’re traveling from, where your destination is, whether you are in the economy or business class, and so on.

For instance, Delta allows up to two checked (up to 50 pounds) luggage who are flying to or from South America (except Brazil). Again, Basic Economy passengers are allowed to carry only one under seater on American Airlines or United. But Business Class passengers get different privileges than those who are flying in Economy.

Nowadays, everything is laid out on the airlines’ websites. You will get every necessary information from there, so before starting to pack, check out the luggage restrictions for international flights on your particular airlines’ website or you can contact them.

How much is extra baggage?

Suppose, your airline allows one carry-on and one checked for free, you bring two carry-ons and two checked bags, then the second carry-on will be checked and the second checked bag will be considered as extra baggage. For instance, Delta charges $30 for first and $40 for second checked luggage but you will be charged $150 for the third checked luggage.

As you already know that luggage allowance varies airlines by airlines, so it is obvious that the ‘extra baggage’ standards also vary. American Airlines allows up to 10 checked bags if your trip is domestic, transatlantic, or transpacific. And the maximum allowed dimension for one checked luggage is 62-inch/158 cm, weight limit is 50 pounds but for first/business class is 70 pounds.

These rules may not apply for other airlines or if you are flying to another country, like when you’re flying to Mexico, you will have to pay $30 for your first checked luggage.

American Airlines doesn’t allow checked bags that weigh more than 100 pounds, so if your luggage weighs more than 50 pounds, you will be charged $100 but if the bag weighs more than 70 pounds, you will be charged from $200 up to $450 based on countries you’re flying to or from.

You can use a baggage calculator on your particular airline’s website to calculate the estimated fees accurately.

Can I take 2 carry-on bags?

You can bring 1 carry-on luggage and 1 personal item (handbags, backpacks, etc.) on most of the flights. So, ‘No’ you can’t bring 2 regular sized carry-ons but if one of your carry-ons can fit underneath the sit in front of you, then you can.

Note: Your carry-on bag should fit in the overhead bin and personal items should fit underneath the seat in front of you.

Conclusion

Well, since now you know basics about different airlines’ policies regarding and also know how to find out other policies, you will not be embarrassed with your big old luggage at the airport anymore. Also, airlines won’t be able to trick you to check your carry-on.

To jot down everything, let’s do a quick recap:

  • You can bring one personal item and one carry-on on a plane for free. Some airlines allow one checked bag for free.
  • The maximum allowed linear dimension for carry-ons on most airlines is 45-inches and for checked bags is 62-inches.
  • If you bring more bags than the number of allowed bags, it will cost you extra fees. Also, if your bags are overweight, you will have to pay extra charges. For most airlines, the weight limit for checked bags is 50 pounds.
  • You can’t bring 2 regular sized carry-ons unless your airline allows.

I hope the answers were useful to you. Your friends might find that answer useful too, so feel free to share with the others. Lastly, if you have any other questions, leave them in the comment section or you can contact me, on both cases I will reply to you as soon as possible. Peace.