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All you need to know about United Airline’s baggage policy

Traveling with a new airline can bring on a whole load of questions, especially around baggage allowance. But don’t worry, liligo.com will give you the low down on what you need to know in order to have a fee free vacation.

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Carry-on baggage

Each traveler can bring one carry-on bag plus one personal item on board free of charge. You must make sure these items are within the required measurements so they fit nicely within the overhead bin or under your seat. Your personal item shouldn’t exceed more than 9 x 10 x 17 inches and your carry-on bag shouldn’t exceed 22 x 14 x 9 inches (including handles and wheels).

If your baggage exceeds these measurements your items will be checked to your final destination and chargers will apply.

In addition to your one bag and one personal item you are allowed to bring the following items on board: Jacket or umbrella, reading material, food or merchandise purchased in the airport, assistive devices, FAA-approved child restraint system or safety seat, diaper bag, breast pump and pet carrier (service charges apply for in-cabin pets).United Airlines

Checked bags

The maximum exterior dimension (length + width + height) of standard checked baggage is 62 inches (including handles and wheels). The maximum weight for a checked bag is based on the class of service and on the traveler’s loyalty program. The maximum weight per bag for United Economy is 50 lbs, and for United Business, United BusinessFirst, United First and United Global First is 70lbs.

Depending on your route you will get between 0-3 bags checked for free. If you’re flying domestic your first checked bag will be $25, and your second checked bag will be $35. For Europe your first checked bag will be free, and the second will cost $100. For Mexico your first checked bag will be $25 and second will be $40.United Airlines

Find luggage information for other airlines:

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58 comments

  • Joanne Reply

    I just booked a flight from SLC to Atlanta with United. There is a note on the flight that says: “Adult baggage allowance: no bag” I am concerned. I wanted to do a carry on, but not sure what that message means. Can you tell me what it means.

    • felixjeschke Reply

      Dear Joanne,
      Many thanks for your message and your interest in liligo.com.
      The carry-on allowance on United depends on your flight class. Most passengers are allowed one full-sized carry-on bag plus one personal item (i.e. shoulder bag, purse, laptop bag or other small item) free of charge. However, if you booked your flight on Basic Economy, you will only be allowed a small bag on board.
      Unless you have indeed purchased Basic Economy, my guess is that the note refers to your checked baggage, which means that you will be able take 2 carry-on items. But if you have any doubts, don’t hesitate to contact us again or call the United hotline on 1-800-UNITED-1.
      Felix from the liligo.com team

  • Sheila Reply

    Can you check 3 bags on united? I’ll be traveling to New York and l have 3 bags to check in. I saw the fees for 1st and 2nd bags but nothing about 3rd bags. Is ut allowed ? Thanks

  • Shirley S Calcaterra Reply

    I want to carry a tote bag as my purse on a domestic, international flight to Ireland. It is burlap and measues 5x21x15.Will I be permitted to use it on this flight?

  • Jackie Reply

    I am traveling from Spokane to San Antonio, I am flying basic economy so I am allowed a carry on bag if I meet the requirements of size.

  • Sue Reply

    Hi we will be traveling united from vancouver to virginia and we have 1 bag to be checked in. However i cannot seem to book or indicate that i have 1 check in bag when i did my booking. Is this something that i have to do online when i do my online check in or at the counter as other airlines i have travelled on had a pre-paid check in luggage option which i booked and paid in advance. Hope to hear back. Thanks!

  • Nainoa Reply

    Im flying to Shanghai China and need to take some ukulele. If I understand correctly I can take 0-3 bags free? So…1-Suitcase 2- boxes , 62″ and 50 lbs. right?

  • Maddy Reply

    Hello , my baggage is 3cm bigger then it’s allowed , if they notice that how much would they charge me ?

  • Marty Too Reply

    What is the chance that a 63.5 inch bag bought at Target that says it is compliant will be flagged as being 1.5 inch oversized by United? Two of these fees round trip would be $800 (2x2x$200). Two bags over and two back.

    • Alexandra Reply

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment.

      We’re going to be honest – it’s impossible to say. If your checked bag has dimensions of 63.5″ (including handles and wheels), then it is oversized and if flagged United will be able to charge you the oversized baggage fee. While 1.5″ is not easily visible, there’s always the chance it could be noticed. Ultimately it’s down to your own judgement. Whatever you decide, have a great trip! :)

  • Ashley Reply

    If I am flying from BWI to LAX and I have a six year old and a three year old plus two adults how many carry on luggage and personal bags can I bring .

    • Alexandra Reply

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment.

      As far as we are aware, children are able to travel with the same amount of luggage as adults, as tickets are sold at full fare for both. Therefore, you should be able to take 4 carry on and 4 personal items on board, assuming you are traveling in economy class.

      However, we would recommend double checking with United to be sure!

      We hope this helps – happy travels :)

  • Lety Reply

    This will be our first time flying and we’re flying from Arizona to San Francisco with United economy. If I’m understanding correctly personal item bag and a carry-on bag is free as long is the requirements are met and if we bring an additional luggage that is considered checked baggage which is $25 for the first bag and $35 for a second bag. Sorry, I’ve been trying to call costumer service line and I waited an hour the got disconnected twice.

    • Alexandra Reply

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment :)

      Yes, that is correct – as you are flying with United economy class, you will be able to take one personal item and one carry on bag on board, within the specified measurements. The fees for checked luggage are as you mentioned: $25 for the first bag, and $35 for the second. You can use United’s baggage calculator to double check: http://bit.ly/1bfmhR3

      We’d also recommend double checking you aren’t flying Basic Economy; this should be specified on your tickets or booking confirmation, and comes with different baggage regulations.

      We hope this helps – have a great first flight!

  • Paul Hewat Reply

    G’day. If I was travelling from Melbourne Australia to LAX with United Economy can I have 2 checked in cases as long as the weights are no more than 23kg each. And also the combined size (L +W+D) is no more than 62″ each?
    Thanks

    • Alexandra Reply

      Hello,

      Yes, that is correct! You can also double check how much baggage you’re allowed to check in for your flight here: http://bit.ly/1bfmhR3

      We hope this helps – happy travels to Los Angeles :)

  • Janneth Reply

    I am traveling from Colombia to LAX. Am I allowed to bring a personal item, 2 bags and my computer?

    • Alexandra Reply

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment.

      As mentioned, travelers with United may bring one carry-on bag plus one personal item on board free of charge. For your trip from Colombia to LAX, you should also be able to check in two bags.

      We always recommend double checking with the airline to be sure :)

      We hope this helps – happy travels!

  • Kalyskan Reply

    Hello!I am flying to Frankfurt from Seattle,on my ticket it is wriiten “baggage allowance:1PC.Does it means I can take 1 checked in baggage no more than 23kg and one personal item and carry on bag in a board no more than 8kg together?And can a personal item be a backpack?

    • Alexandra Reply

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment. For your flight from Seattle to Frankfurt, you should indeed be able to check one item of baggage, with a weight of no more than 23kg. You will also be able to take one carry on bag as well as one personal item on board – taking a backpack as your personal item should be fine, however it will need to fit within the maximum dimensions allowed (9 x 10 x 17 inches).

      United doesn’t appear to have a maximum weight limit for carry on baggage. However, we would recommend double checking with them to be sure :)

      We hope this helps – happy travels!

  • Robin mays Reply

    My husband and I are traveling back home from Hawaii. Can we pack souvenirs in our checked luggage such as coffee and nuts?

    • Alexandra Reply

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment. As far as we know, you will be fine to bring souvenirs such as coffee and nuts back from Hawaii. However, we would recommend double checking with your airline, and with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (https://www.cbp.gov) to be sure :)

      We hope this helps – happy travels!

  • Sundaresan Sarma Reply

    Two of us are travelling from Washington DC to Sydney, Australia via San Francisco.
    We have 1 checked in baggage each.
    Do we have pay for that?

    • Alexandra Reply

      Hello,

      For your trip from Washington to Sydney, you should be able to check two bags per passenger, free of charge. However, we would recommend double checking with United to be sure :)

      We hope this helps – happy travels to Sydney!

  • Sainath Reply

    Hello , I would like to know about the Luggage limit per passenger in Economy ( Flexible ) Category . Please specify how many Bags are allowed as standard .Thanks.

    • Alexandra Reply

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment.

      The baggage limit per passenger is the same in the Economy (Flexible) Category as in the regular Economy category; therefore, you may bring one carry-on bag and one personal item within the United size limits. We would recommend double checking with United to be sure :)

      We hope this helps – happy travels!

  • Mateen Reply

    Hello,
    I’d like to know that how much weight can I carry on carry-on? Is it 18.1KGS 40LBS?

    • Alexandra Reply

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment. As far as we can tell, there is in fact no stated weight limit for carry-on baggage with United. We’d still advise you to stick under 40lbs just to be on the safe side, and get in touch with United to be extra sure :)

      We hope this helps – happy travels!

  • Kelly Douglas Reply

    My son and his girlfriend are traveling to Denver from DFW Airport, Economy .. Are they allowed a carry on and are they charged per person $25 each for checked bags or is considered $25 + $35?

    • Alexandra Reply

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment.

      As mentioned, travelers with United may bring one carry-on bag plus one personal item on board free of charge. When it comes to checked baggage, the fee is per person/ticket – so, if they will travel with one checked bag each, the cost will be $25 each. Booking checked baggage in advance will allow you to check the exact costs per bag.

      We always recommend checking with the airline to be absolutely sure :)

      We hope this helps – happy travels!

  • Nathan Ward Reply

    I am traveling from Charlotte to N.Y. . I have 2 bags ( 25 lbs each) Would my cost be 25.00 1st bag + 35.00 2nd bag = 60.00 TOTAL……is this correct?

    • Alexandra Reply

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment. Yes, your first checked bag will cost $25 and the second $35, making a total of $60. It’s worth noting that United allows checked bags with a weight of up to 50lbs each – therefore, if you’re able to combine your baggage into one item, you could save that extra $35.

      To be sure, we always recommend double checking with the airline before you travel.
      We hope this helps – happy travels!

  • Erwin Reply

    Hi,i’m leaving this July from NC to LAX with United Airlines would just like to know I have 1 carry on bge and 1 check in baggage is there a fee for my 1 check in baggage which weigh less than 50lbs?tks

    • Alexandra Reply

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment. As mentioned, when traveling on domestic flights with United Airlines, your first checked bag will cost $25.

      We hope this helps – happy travels!

  • Aleksandra Reply

    I am going from Boston to Chicago and I can bring only personal item because it is Basic Economy Class(United Airlines). Do you know how much it will cost to bring baggage under 23kg?

    • Alexandra Reply

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment. When traveling in basic economy, the same fees for checked baggage apply as in standard economy. Therefore, to check a bag up to 23kg in weight, the fee will be $25.

      We hope this helps – happy travels!

  • Robert Reply

    Hi I’m going to the Philippines on vacation with United Airlines all the way my big bag weight 48 lbs my small bag weight 14 lb which is my carry-on I’m allowed to carry a big bag and a small bag that come with the price of my tickets if my bag is not over weight I do not have to pay extra thank you

    • Alexandra Reply

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment. If your bag is not over weight or over sized, then we can see no reason why you would be asked to pay extra.

      To be sure, we always recommend checking with the airline before traveling :)

      We hope this helps – happy travels!

  • Gisselle Reply

    Hey there.

    Your post has been a big help. I have just a doubt. I am in Mexico and I am traveling to Houston, Tx. I am just taking a carry-on bag and my personal item (purse). My carry-on bag is small and I think it fits in the overhead bin even though my bag includes handle and little wheels). My question is even though i am taking this carry-on bag i have my personal things like perfume, toothpaste, etc… Do United Airlines here in Mexico allows if I’m taking those things? Or should I check-in my carry-on bag?

    • Alexandra Reply

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment – we’re glad our post has been helpful!

      Whether or not your personal items such as perfume and toothpaste are allowed on board, in your carry-on bag, will depend on their volume: liquids over 3.4oz (100ml) cannot be taken through airport security in hand luggage. If they’re under 100ml, and adhere to all other security requirements, you should be fine to take them in your carry-on bag. To be sure, we always recommend checking with the airline before traveling.

      We hope this helps – happy travels!

  • Cristian Reply

    Hi! I’m flying from Europe to Chicago so I need to pay a fee of 25 bucks for the first checked bag whereas the carry-on baggage and the personal item are free, right?

    • Alexandra Reply

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment.

      As mentioned, on flights from Europe your first checked bag is free, as are your items of carry-on baggage (your carry-on bag, and your personal item) :)

      We hope this helps – happy travels!

  • Gordon Foy Reply

    We are flying United from Sydney,Australia to Buffalo, New York in July. Do we have an allowance of 2 checked in bags for free, as long as they don’t exceed the dimensions and 23 kg in each bag limit? Therefore, each of us can check in a total of 46kg?

    • Alexandra Reply

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment.

      You do indeed have an allowance of 2 checked bags per person, provided they are within the size and weight restrictions allowed by United. Therefore, you can check 46kg – however as far as we can tell, this will need to be spread evenly across the two bags (so, a maximum of 23kg per bag). We always recommend double checking with your airline to be sure :)

      Happy travels!

  • Mayra Cervantes Reply

    Hello! I’m flying from okc to Mexico with my daughter, i have 2 bags on me, so how does the checked charge work?

    • Alexandra Reply

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment. The checked bag charge will depend on the size and weight of your checked bags. Assuming they are within the size and weight restrictions, then your first checked bag will be $25 and second will be $40. However, we would always recommend checking in with United to be sure.

      Happy travels to Mexico!

  • Sam Reply

    Hi am taking a flight from Chicago to Columbus and I have a 23 kg bag on me. What cost will I incur on united.

    • Alexandra Reply

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment.

      As mentioned, United allows up to 50lbs per bag in Economy class (which equates to 23kg). The first checked bag on domestic flights will cost $25, therefore for your trip the cost should be $25.

      We hope this helps – happy travels!

  • Jack Feng Reply

    What about international flights from the US to China? Three free checked bags for first or business class? Is a painting roll wraped in a roll considered one checked bag?

    • Alexandra Reply

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment. In first class you should be able to take three checked bags; in business and economy, two bags can be checked.

      United accepts checked baggage with total dimensions of no more than 62 inches (158 cm), so if the painting roll fits within these criteria it should be OK. However, we’d recommend checking with United before you travel.

      We hope this helps!

  • Aris Reply

    Okay, so if your checked bag is a half-inch over, is that a major problem? Will there be extra fees for that? I’m not very wealthy and can’t afford to go around buying new durable bags of a large size, but I’m going on a school trip to London and Paris. We will be flying United the entire way. My bag is a blue solidly built Calpack with measurements that add up to 62.5″ according to the tag. Will the airline be that particular about it? I know they can be picky when people are flying internationally, but I’m hoping.

    • Alexandra Reply

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment. While we can’t say for sure how strict the airline will be, we can’t imagine an extra half inch will be that noticable (it’s also worth bearing in mind that the maximum dimensions of 62 inches includes handles) and we would go for it. However, ultimately it’s a judgement call you’ll need to make at your own risk and we can’t speak on behalf of the airline :) We hope this helps, and have a great trip!

  • Guadalupe Lopez Reply

    so I can bring a carry on bag and a personal item with no charge …i will be flying with my infant is that including diaper bag ?

    • Alexandra Reply

      Hello,

      We’ve had a look on the United website, which states that customers may take a diaper bag in addition to the maximum carry-on baggage allowance. You can find the info here: http://bit.ly/1ATRWiV

      We hope this helps – happy travels!
      The liligo.com team

  • Lauren Reply

    Hi!

    I will be flying to London through Aer Lingus, but the first leg of the trip is on a United plane, so I assume I will have to check in my bags with them. Does United allow three bags to be checked? (of course I know there will be fees if so)

    Thanks!

    • Alexandra Reply

      Hello!

      Thank you for your comment. United allows three checked bags on certain flights, however we would recommend double checking with them to be sure your flight and travel class allows this :) You can check the baggage allowance and additional fees involved for your flight on this page: http://bit.ly/1bfmhR3

      We hope this helps – happy travels!

      Best,
      The liligo.com team

  • Emma McMahon Reply

    Hi there,

    I am flying with United Airlines in two weeks time and just wanted to ask a few questions about foods allowed in my carry on/checked I’m bags. Is it ok to bring fruit such as apples, cereal bars, cereal in a clear zip lock bag and a loaf of bread wrapped in clingfilm.

    Kind regards,

    Emma

    • Alexandra Reply

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment. While United generally allows food items on board, the items of food you’ll be able to travel with will depend on your destination – most importantly, whether you’re traveling on a domestic or international flight. To be sure, we would recommend checking with United before you fly :)

      We hope this helps – happy travels!

      Best,
      The liligo.com team