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United Airlines Baggage Report Card

Carry-on Allowance9/10
Checked Baggage Allowance7/10
Excess Baggage Fees6/10
Overall Grade7.3/10

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Carry-On Summary

When flying with United Airlines, you'll be allowed 1 carry-on bag, with maximum dimensions limited to 14 inches x 9 inches x 22 inches (23 x 35 x 56 cm). You can check the size at the airport by using one of metal bins at the check-in desk to measure your bags.

No weight limit is specified, but you must be able to easily place the bag into the overhead compartments by yourself, or keep it below the seat in front of you.

You can also bring a "personal item" such as a purse or laptop, which is limited in size to 9 x 10 x 17 inches (22 x 25 x 43 cm).

Please Note: If flying on United Airlines's new Basic Economy fare, you are allowed ONLY a personal item. No carry-on bag is allowed on United Airlines Basic Economy. You will not be allowed to use the overhead bins.

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Carry-On Security Rules

TSA - (USA): TSA Carry-On Regulations and Carry-On Liquid Restrictions

CATSA - (Canada): CATSA Carry-On Prohibited Items and CATSA Carry-On Liquids and Gel Restrictions

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Checked Baggage Summary

Baggage Fees apply to all checked bags on United Airlines flights within and between Canada, the US, the US Virgin Islands, and the Caribbean. The first bag will typically cost you in the range of $25-$30, and a second bag will be charged $35 - $40, depending on the destination.

These bags are limited in weight to a maximum of 50lbs (23kg).

Most other international destinations will allow the first bag to be checked free of charge, but a second bag (also limited to 50lbs/23kg) will charged a higher rate. This rate varies from $40-$150, although there are a few exceptions where a second bag fee is not charged.

Please note that the United Airlines baggage policies have been recently updated, so make sure to check the current regulations for what will apply to your flight.

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Useful Links

Linear Dimensions: What are Linear Dimensions?

Piece vs Weight: What is Piece Concept vs Weight Concept

Packing List: Travel Packing Checklist

Musical Instruments: Flying with Musical Instruments on United Airlines

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Excess/Oversize/Overweight Summary

Extra baggage (3rd bags and beyond) will usually be charged a flat rate of $150, along with any oversize/overweight fees.

Overweight fees will apply to bags weighing between 23kg-32kg (50-70lbs), costing $100 per bag for shorter flights, and $200 for other international destinations.

On most routes, bags over 32kg (70lbs) will not be accepted, but some routes will allow up to a maximum of 100lbs (45kg) per bag. In these cases, be prepared to pay between $200-$400 for the privilege of bringing these heavier bags. It often makes more sense to pack separately into smaller bags, and pay the lower "Extra Bag" fee.

Please take special note of when United Airlines imposes a baggage embargo, and whether this applies to your flight. Embargoes are usually in place on flights to destinations in South and Central America during popular travel times such as the Christmas holiday season.

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