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It's hard to keep up with all the changes around baggage fees. Here's all you need to know about United's baggage fees.

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While free checked luggage is mostly a thing of the past, you can avoid United baggage fees by understanding the fee rules and following several tips.

United Baggage Fee Basics

Bringing just carry-on bags and personal items will save you the most money when flying United. For most travelers, carry-on bags have no additional fees.

Basic Economy tickets include only one personal item, while all other classes of travel are allowed one carry-on bag and one personal item (more on that below).

Premier members or anyone using a MileagePlus credit card and flying Basic Economy can bring a carry-on bag as well as a personal item.

United's checked baggage fees vary depending on your destination, cabin class and the marketing carrier of your itinerary's first segment. Baggage fees start at $30.

U.S. domestic flights:

  • First bag = $30
  • Second bag =$40
  • Three or more bags = $150 per bag

International flights in Basic Economy:

  • First bag = $60
  • Second bag = $100
  • Three or more bags = $200 per bag

International Flights in Economy:

  • First bag = Free
  • Second bag = $100
  • Three or more bags = $200 per bag

Because United's baggage fees aren't straightforward, it's a good idea to use United's baggage calculator. MileagePlus members can log into their accounts to access the baggage calculator.

Note: All baggage fees are in USD and are per passenger, per leg of the trip.

Checked Luggage vs. Carry-on Bags

The length of your trip, destination and needs for that trip will ultimately determine whether you carry on your luggage or check your bags. Remember: for most tickets, you can take one carry-on and one personal item.

Carry-on bags: Must be less than 9 inches by 14 inches by 22 inches, including wheels and handles.

Per TSA policy, each passenger can bring one quart-sized clear bag of liquids, gels and aerosols in containers 3.4 ounces or less in their carry-on. Small musical instruments, such as a guitar, violin or clarinet, count as carry-on bags if they're stored in a hard case and fit in the overhead bin or under the seat.

Personal items: Must be smaller than 9 inches by 10 inches by 17 inches. Examples of accepted personal items include purses, backpacks, shoulder bags and laptop bags.

Items that you can bring along that don't count against your carry-on or personal item limit include:

  • Jacket or umbrella
  • Reading material such as a book, magazine or newspaper
  • Food or merchandise purchased in the airport

Make sure you check your bag in plenty of time before your flight - you must check your bags 45 minutes before your flight for domestic flights and 60 minutes for international flights.

To protect your personal property, carry valuable items (cash, jewelry, medication and keys) with you onboard. Don't forget to put your name, phone number and address inside your checked luggage, and only use TSA-recognized locks. If your itinerary includes stopovers, United takes care of checked bags from each stop to your final destination. You do have to claim and re-check your bags if:

  • Your connection involves an overnight stay.

  • Your itinerary includes other airlines outside Star Alliance partners.

  • You travel internationally and have a connecting domestic flight within your destination country.

Credit Cards That Offer Luggage Credits

Being a United Chase cardholder comes with many benefits, including free checked luggage. Cards that are eligible for baggage credits include:

  • Explorer Card: 1 free bag

  • Club Card: 2 free bags

  • Presidential Plus Card: 2 free bags

Several non-branded cards can be used to help cover baggage fees, including the American Express Gold, a CreditDonkey partner:

  • American Express Gold Card earns 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months. This card earns 4x points at U.S. restaurants. 4x points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000/year in purchases, then 1x). 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com. You can earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House (enrollment required). There is a $250 annual fee.

    This card includes benefits for travelers: There is no foreign transaction fee and a $100 airline fee credit to cover up to $100 per calendar year in incidental fees (such as baggage fees) at one selected qualifying airline. Terms apply.

  • American Express Platinum offers 60,000 Membership Rewards points if you spend $5,000 on purchases with your new card within the first three months of opening your account. You earn 5x Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel. This is a charge card so you will have to pay your balance in full each month. There is a $550 annual fee.

    This card includes several benefits for travelers: This card offers Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings. This card also offers up to a $200 airline fee credit per calendar year to cover baggage fees and more at your selected qualifying airline. This card gives you access to 5 airport lounge networks including The Centurion® lounge network, The International American Express lounges, Delta Sky Club® lounges, Priority Pass(TM) Select, and Airspace Lounge. Enrollment required for Priority Pass Select. There is no foreign transaction fees. This card also gives you access to Platinum Card® Concierge. You can enroll to get complimentary Hilton Honors™ Gold Status and complimentary Starwood Preferred Guest® Gold Status. Terms Apply.

  • Chase Sapphire Reserve lets you earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. This card offers a $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.

    This card earns 3X points on travel immediately after earning your $300 travel credit. 3X points on dining at restaurants & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases. The points can be transferred 1:1 to leading frequent travel programs including airline transfer partners. The card has $0 foreign transaction fees. The card comes with access to 1,000+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select. There is a $450 annual fee.

What else you need to know about United Chase credit card baggage benefits:

  • You must use your United Chase card to purchase the airfare to receive the baggage credits. If you pay for the flight using miles, you must use the Chase card to pay for the taxes or any overages.

  • You must include your MileagePlus number with the reservation.

  • Travelers must be current cardholders at time of check-in to receive the free checked bag benefit.

  • Overweight and oversized fees may apply.

  • Cardholders cannot use status free baggage credits on top of credit card baggage credits.

MileagePlus Membership Baggage Perks

Members of United's frequent flyer club receive baggage credits. You can become a status member by accruing a certain number of miles. The number of free checked bags depends on your membership level and destination:

Economy to continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean or Central America:

  • Premier Silver: 1 free bag

  • Premier Gold: 2 free bags

  • Premier Platinum: 3 free bags

  • Premier 1K: 3 free bags

Economy to South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Middle East and Africa:

  • Premier Silver: 2 free bags

  • Premier Gold: 3 free bags

  • Premier Platinum: 3 free bags

  • Premier 1K: 3 free bags

Economy to Intra-Asia and Micronesia:

In addition to the perks listed below, these flights automatically give all passengers 2 complimentary bags.

  • Premier Silver: 1 free bag

  • Premier Gold: 1 free bag

  • Premier Platinum: 1 free bag

  • Premier 1K: 1 free bag

Tips for Avoiding United Baggage Fees

Just because United charges for checked bags doesn't necessarily mean you have to pay those fees. Here are several tips for avoiding paying baggage fees:

Travel with a MileagePlus member: Travel companions on the same reservation as a MileagePlus member receive the same baggage benefits as that member.

However, if a MileagePlus member books you a ticket using their miles and does not travel with you, you don't get their baggage allowance - you only get the baggage allowance for your current status.

Book a higher class ticket: When flying United Business, United First, or United Polaris business class, you're allowed up to three complimentary checked bags. Even just springing for the Economy over Basic Economy gets you a free carry-on.

At times, United offers upgrades the day of travel for a reduced price. If you can get in on these discounted upgrades, you can receive the free checked bag benefit as well.

Travel with just a carry-on: As mentioned above, passengers traveling on a Basic Economy ticket can bring one personal item on board, while all other classes of travel are allowed one carry-on bag and one personal item.

Take advantage of free bags when you can, packing light and bringing just a carry-on and personal item if possible.

Use the size checkers: United offers bag sizers at the ticket counter and gate so you can be sure your bag will fit in the overhead bin or under your seat.

Don't try to sneak on a bag that's too big - you'll still have to check your bag when you get to the gate and pay the fee, plus a gate handling charge.

Check weight and size at home: Don't be surprised by extra fees at the airport by measuring and weighing your luggage at home before you leave. You can use a household scale or purchase a specialty luggage scale on Amazon.

Purchase a lightweight suitcase: Buying a new lightweight suitcase can help cut down on the chance of being overweight and paying the extra fees.

Many new suitcases also have flexible storage spaces that allow you to pack more efficiently. Tumi and Samsonite even offer discounts on luggage for MileagePlus members.

Be active military or a dependent: U.S. military personnel receive baggage credits when traveling on orders as well as when traveling for personal reasons.

Dependents receive the same luggage credits when traveling on the same reservation as the military personnel.

  • Personal travel = 3 free bags
    Maximum 62 inches and 70 pounds per bag.

  • Official business = 5 free bags
    Maximum 115 inches and 100 pounds per bag.

Ship your luggage: Consider sending your luggage ahead of you through FedEx, UPS or the United States Postal Service. Numerous companies, such as LugLess and Luggage Forward, specialize in shipping luggage, with fees varying depending on size, weight, distance and how soon you need it to arrive.

Learn to pack light: Use packing tips like rolling up clothing, using vacuum-sealed bags and wearing as much as you can on the plane. When planning your outfits, choose versatile pieces that you can mix and match, limiting the number of items you need to pack.

Condense luggage: Families traveling together can avoid luggage fees for each person by condensing all their belongings into just one or two bags. Since car seats fly for free, purchase a car seat bag and fill it with the car seat as well as other belongings, saving you some room in your suitcase.

Oversized and Overweight Bags

United sets guidelines for luggage size and weight, and any bags over those limits incur additional fees.

Oversized bags are any that are larger than 62 inches total (length plus width plus height), including handles and wheels. Overweight maximums vary depending on your class of ticket and airline status:

  • United Economy:
    50 pounds

  • United Business, United First, United Polaris first and business class:
    70 pounds

  • Premier Silver, Gold, Platinum and 5K:
    70 pounds

  • Star Alliance Gold:
    70 pounds

United does not accept any bags over 115 inches total or any bags that weigh more than 100 pounds. Musical instruments may weigh up to 165 pounds before United considers them overweight.

Cities that do not accept any checked luggage over 70 pounds:

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Athens, Greece
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Lima, Peru
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Milan, Italy
  • Munich, Germany
  • Porto, Portugal
  • Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Rome, Italy
  • Shannon, Ireland
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Venice, Italy

Cabin-Seat Baggage

Sometimes you may have to travel with an exceptionally bulky or oddly-shaped item that you don't want to check, such as a large musical instrument, media cameras or artifacts. In these instances, United has cabin-seat baggage tickets, allowing you to purchase a seat just for that item.

Cabin-seat baggage criteria:

  • Guitars are always considered carry-on baggage, not cabin-seat baggage, and must fit under the seat or in the overhead bin.

  • Cannot exceed 165 pounds or contain dangerous goods.

  • Must be packaged and covered to protect other passengers from injury.

  • Must be secured in the seat next to the owner by a seat belt.

  • Cannot restrict any emergency exits or aisles or obscure any passenger's view of the seatbelt and the no smoking and exit signs.

  • Must be reserved in advance - charges for cabin-seat baggage vary depending on the destination and travel day.

United Express Flights

Because it's used for shorter, commuter flights, the United Express fleet has smaller planes with less room for carry-on luggage. United Express flights have different guidelines for carry-on luggage from flights on regular United planes.

  • Roller bags and larger carry-on items may not fit on most United Express planes, except for the EMB170, EMB175 or CRJ-700 models, which have more overhead bin space. If larger carry-ons do not fit, you may check them with the gate agent.

  • Gate agents put green tags on gate-checked items, so that you can retrieve them planeside at your destination, rather than going to baggage claim.

  • If you do have to gate-check, keep any medications, as well as vaporizers or e-cigarettes, with you in a smaller bag.

  • Passengers on planes that hold 50 people or less, such as the EMB 145 and CRJ-200, are still allowed one carry-on and one personal item, but their carry-on must be gate-checked.

Restricted Items

Whether you're checking a bag or just carrying on, there are some items that are always prohibited on flights. These include:

  • Hoverboards
  • Avalanche packs
  • Camping stoves
  • Blue or wet ice
  • Mace and pepper sprays
  • Fireworks, gunpowder, flares, flare guns and fireworks novelties
  • Used gasoline-powered tools and equipment (brand-new items with the fuel source removed or purged are allowed)
  • Household cleaners
  • Recreational self-propelled vehicles such as:
    self-balancing wheeled devices, battery-assisted bicycles, wheeled vehicles or motorcycles, electrically-powered scooters and riding, motorized suitcases.
  • Ready-to-eat meals
  • Scuba tanks under 450 PSI
  • Shock absorbers
  • Smart bags with non-removable lithium batteries
  • Tasers
  • Kayaks and canoes

These items are allowed in your carry-on but not checked baggage:

  • Loose lithium batteries
  • Electronic cigarettes and personal vaporizers
  • Vaporized personal items such as hairspray and deodorant under 16 ounces per container
  • Cremated human and pet remains

While allowed on flights, United highly recommends not packing any high-value, fragile, irreplaceable or fragile items in checked luggage, including items such as:

  • Antiques, collectibles and heirlooms
  • Antlers or animal horns
  • Business equipment and samples
  • CDs, DVDs and MP3s
  • China, glassware or pottery
  • Computers and electronics
  • Anything packed in cardboard boxes
  • Flowers and plants
  • Money or gift cards
  • Works of art
  • Perishable items - you may carry these on flights as long as they're packaged in a hard-sided container with a maximum of 5.5 pounds of dry ice ($150 baggage fee)

United does not allow any smart bags without removable batteries. If you're traveling with a smart bag or suitcase that uses lithium batteries, you must remove the batteries and carry them onboard.

Special Items

Some items, like sports equipment and musical instruments, have special regulations when flying on United. To help passengers safely transport these special items, United offers containers and protective bags for car seats, strollers, skis and ski boots free of charge. You can also purchase:

  • Checked article box: $15

  • Garment bag box: $15

  • Double rifle case: $85

  • Two-pistol case: $85

  • Four-pistol case: $85

  • Lock for gun case: $8

  • TSA-approved lock: $10

Liquor: Must be in checked luggage. Any alcoholic beverages between 24 and 70 percent alcohol have a five-liter limit; alcoholic beverages over 70 percent are not permitted.

Assistance Devices: Passengers may check a wheelchair or other assistance device without it counting toward their checked bag allowance. Each passenger is allowed one free wheelchair or assistance device; any additional devices incur excess baggage charges. United has wheelchairs for passengers to use after they check their personal devices, or they can check their personal devices at the gate and get them back at their destination.

Musical Instruments:

  • Carry-On: Guitar, violin or other small instruments in a hard-shelled case and must fit under seat or in overhead bin; does not count as carry-on or personal item.

  • Checked Luggage: Must be in hard-shelled case; overweight and oversize rules apply.

Sports Equipment:
Most types of sports equipment are allowed on United flights, but oversize and overweight baggage fees apply, as well as first and second bag fees. Permitted equipment includes:

  • Archery (one bow, one quiver and maintenance kit)
  • Baseball
  • Non-motorized bikes
  • Boogie, skim and speed boards
  • Bowling (up to 3 balls and 1 pair of shoes)
  • Camping (tents, sleeping bags and backpacks)
  • Fencing and kendo
  • Firearms (in hard-sided, securely locked firearms cases or containers)
  • Fishing
  • Golf (one golf bag per person)
  • Hang gliding
  • Hockey/lacrosse (must tape sticks together)
  • Javelins
  • Kiteboards
  • Paintball
  • Parachutes and parasails
  • Pole vaulting
  • Skates
  • Skis and snowboards
  • Tennis
  • Wakeboards, surfboards and paddleboards
  • Windsurfing

Excess Baggage Policies

During busy times of the year, such as the summer months and holiday season, some airports and destinations limit the number of bags each passenger may bring or don't allow oversized or overweight bags.

Cities that do not allow oversized or overweight luggage at any time:

  • Tegucigalpa, Honduras
  • Havana, Cuba
  • San Salvador, El Salvador

Early June to late August and mid-November through mid-January, passengers are allowed only one excess bag under 99.9 pounds when traveling to these cities:

Mexico:
  • Acapulco
  • Aguascalientes
  • Chihuahua
  • Cozumel
  • Guadalajara
  • Ixtapa
  • Leon/Guanajuato
  • Los Cabos
  • Manzanillo
  • Merida
  • Mexico City
  • Monterrey
  • Morelia
  • Oaxaca
  • Puebla
  • Puerto Vallarta
  • Queretaro
  • San Luis Potosi

Central America and the Caribbean:
  • Antigua-St. John's, Antigua
  • Belize City, Belize
  • Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles
  • Grand Cayman Island, Cayman Islands
  • Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Liberia, Costa Rica
  • Managua, Nicaragua
  • Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Nassau, Bahamas
  • Oranjestad, Aruba
  • Port of Spain, Trinidad
  • Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
  • Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  • Roatan, Honduras
  • San Jose, Costa Rica

From early December through early January, passengers are allowed only one excess bag under 99.9 pounds when traveling to these cities:

  • Bogota, Colombia
  • Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Leon/Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Managua, Nicaragua
  • Monterrey, Mexico
  • Panama City, Panama
  • Port of Spain, Trinidad
  • Quito, Ecuador
  • San Pedro Sula, Honduras
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Spring Break (generally early to late April) passengers are allowed only one excess bag under 99.9 pounds when traveling to these cities:

  • Acapulco, Mexico
  • Antigua-St. John's, Antigua
  • Belize City, Belize
  • Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles
  • Ciudad Del Carmen, Mexico
  • Cozumel, Mexico
  • Grand Cayman Island, Cayman Islands
  • Ixtapa, Mexico
  • Liberia, Costa Rica
  • Los Cabos, Mexico
  • Manzanillo, Mexico
  • Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Nassau, Bahamas
  • Oranjestad, Aruba
  • Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
  • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  • Roatan, Honduras
  • San Jose, Costa Rica
  • St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles

Lost or Damaged Luggage

While United does its best to take care of your luggage, accidents and mistakes can happen. If your bag is lost or delayed, you can follow several steps to get the situation rectified.

Keep your claim check: That's the best proof and chance of getting reimbursement if your luggage gets lost or damage.

Damaged Luggage: When your bag is damaged, report it within 24 hours of arrival for domestic flight and within seven days for international flights.

United is not liable for baggage that is:

  • Previously damaged
  • Made of poor quality
  • Overpacked
  • Damaged by TSA - you must file a claim with them separately for damage or loss due to security screening

Delayed Luggage: If your bag doesn't show up in baggage claim, you can file a claim and receive text or email updates or track via the Bag Track page on the United website. Bags that don't show up within three days are eligible for a $1,500 reimbursement for the value of the bag and its contents without needing to show any documentation.

Passengers whose luggage value is over $1,500 can file an additional claim but must provide documentation. The DOT caps the maximum compensation for lost luggage at $3,500. The Warsaw Convention capped the compensation for international flights at $9.07 per pound, up to $640.00 per bag.

You can file claims for lost or damaged luggage with a United agent in baggage claim, online via the United website, or by calling the Baggage Resolution Center.

Traveling with Kids

When traveling with kids, you may bring on board a diaper bag, breast pump and car seat without counting against your carry-on and personal item limits. You may also gate-check one stroller or foldable wagon per child traveling.

Children and infants have the same carry-on and checked baggage policies as adults.

Traveling with Pets

United allows passengers to travel with their furry friends. The size of the animal typically determines how a pet can travel, either as a carry-on or via United's PetSafe program.

Pets are not allowed on flights to, from or through Australia, Hawaii and New Zealand.

When traveling with an in-cabin pet, check in with a United ticket agent to receive a yellow bag tag for the kennel. Only domesticated cats, dogs, rabbits and household birds (except cockatoos) are allowed to fly in the cabin. Expect to pay a $125 service charge per pet and per leg, plus $125 for each stopover longer than four hours. You must make reservations for in-cabin pets ahead of time at united.com - only four pets are allowed in economy per flight and two pets in premium cabins.

To keep the animals and passengers safe, all animals must remain in the kennel for the entire flight and while in the airport. Kennels must fit under the seat and remain there the entire flight, and the pet must be able to stand, sit and turn around comfortably in the kennel. Puppies and kittens must be at least eight weeks old for domestic travel and 16 weeks old for international travel.

To find out more about how to prepare your pets for travel, check out the article How to Travel With Pets.

PetSafe: Sometimes a pet cannot travel in-cabin, but United offers the PetSafe program to transport pets safely. With the PetSafe program, you can transport your pet to over 300 destinations under the care and supervision of a trained team.

PetSafe transports cats and dogs only. No brachycephalic (short or snub-nosed) dogs and cats, or strong-jawed dog breeds allowed.

Pets may not travel to/from/through Las Vegas, Tucson, Palm Springs and Phoenix from March 1 to September 30.

Book online via United's PetSafe website no longer than 30 days in advance and at least five days before you travel.

PetSafe pets go into the aircraft last and come out first to cut down on stress. They fly in a climate-controlled, pressurized compartment and must have a signed health certificate within 10 days of travel from their vet.

Kennels must be under 30 inches high, have a solid roof and only one door, and be reinforced with bolts where the top and bottom connect.

Before you travel, check the PetSafe website to find locations for drop off and pick up at each airport. You also need to sign a Customer Acknowledgment Form and provide photos of your pet and their kennel. Rates depend on the weight of the animal and destination.

Service Animals: Service animals may fly in the cabin with a passenger, but must follow these rules:

  1. Be seated on the floor space below your seat and not extend into the aisles.

  2. Behave properly in public and follow owner's commands.

Emotional and psychiatric animals must travel with these pieces of documentation:

  • Letter from mental/medical health professional
  • Health clearance from vet
  • Record of vaccinations

Baggage Delivery Service

Don't want to mess with your luggage once you reach your destination? Through BagsVIP, United offers baggage delivery service. Baggage delivery is available at select airports in the domestic U.S.

Baggage Delivery Service Process:

  1. Make your Baggage Delivery reservation online at least one hour ahead of departure.

  2. Check your bags when you arrive at the airport the day of travel - the ticketing agent marks your bags with a special tag.

  3. When you land, skip baggage claim and head straight to your destination.

If your destination is within 40 miles of the airport, BagsVIP delivers within four hours, and six hours for destinations 40 to 100 miles from the airport. BagsVIP fees are:

  • 1 bag: $29.95
  • 2 bags: $39.95
  • 3 - 8 bags: $49.95

Price is per bag and does not include $1/mile fee for destinations beyond 40 miles.

Baggage Subscriptions

United also sells luggage subscriptions for frequent flyers who often check bags when traveling.

Baggage subscriptions do not cover oversized or overweight bag fees. Subscriptions are nonrefundable and non-transferable and are good for one year.

Subscriptions are available in four regions:

Continental U.S:

  • Subscriber only/one checked bag = $349
  • Subscriber only/two checked bags = $399
  • Subscriber and one companion/one checked bag = $449
  • Subscriber and one companion/two checked bags = $499
  • Subscriber and up to eight companions/one checked bag = $649
  • Subscriber and up to eight companions/two checked bags = $699

North America and Central America:

  • Subscriber only/one checked bag = $449
  • Subscriber only/two checked bags = $499
  • Subscriber and one companion/one checked bag = $549
  • Subscriber and one companion/two checked bags = $599
  • Subscriber and up to eight companions/one checked bag = $849
  • Subscriber and up to eight companions/two checked bags = $899

Intra-Asia and Oceania:

  • Subscriber only/two checked bags = $399
  • Subscriber and one companion/two checked bags = $499
  • Subscriber and up to eight companions/two checked bags = $699

Global:

  • Subscriber only/two checked bags = $799
  • Subscriber and one companion/two checked bags = $899
  • Subscriber and up to eight companions/two checked bags = $999

Bottom Line

Baggage fees for United vary depending on your destination and class of ticket, so it pays to check the baggage calculator to know for sure what your fees will be. When flying United, it pays to have MileagePlus status or be a United Chase cardholder to cover baggage fees.

Editorial Note: Any opinions, analyses, reviews or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author's alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any card issuer. This site may be compensated through the Advertiser's affiliate programs.

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