US Airways Baggage and Carry-on

Find below US Airways approved luggage and carry-ons!

What is the carry-on allowance on US Airways flights?

On US Airways flights, passengers are allowed to carry with them on board one carry-on bag plus one personal item. Based on the stowage capacity of the aircraft, US Airways may impose additional limitations for carry-on baggage.

Carry-on baggage may not be permitted on some US Airways Express flights due to space limitations. On flights operated by Trans States, PSA, Piedmont, Colgan or Air Wisconsin, passengers are allowed 2 carry-on items: one personal item (in the cabin) and one small carry-on bag (tagged and placed in the cargo bin, upon arrival, the bag will be returned plane-side or in the jetway).

What is US Airways checked baggage policy?

The normal baggage allowance on US Airways flights includes the first and second checked bag, weighing no more than 50 lbs (23 kg) and measuring (length + height + width) no more than 62 inches (157 cm). Checked baggage that exceeds the maximum number, weight, or size will be subject to excess baggage charges.

Based on itinerary, US Airways may assess a fee for the first and second checked bag. Also, baggage fees may be waived for some passengers depending on itinerary, class, frequent flyer status, etc.

What are the maximum weight and size allowed for checked baggage?

US Airways does not accept any bag that weighs more than 100 lbs (45 kg) or has a linear dimension (length + height + width) greater than 80 in (203 cm). On itineraries to/through/from Europe, US Airways does not accept any bag that weighs more than 70 lbs (32 kg).


A carry-on bag includes, but is not limited to: a suitcase, a sport bag, a shopping bag, a small duffel bag, etc. A personal item includes, but is not limited to: a briefcase, a purse, a laptop, a camera, a diaper bag, a small backpack, etc.

Your carry-on baggage must not exceed 40 lbs (18 kg) in weight and a total of 45 in (115 cm) in size (combined length, width and height, i.e. 14 x 9 x 22 in or 36 x 23 x 56 cm). A carry-on bag must fit in the bag sizer, which indicates that the bag can be stowed under the seat in front of the passenger. All carry-on items (including personal items and items exempt from the baggage count) must fit in approved carry-on locations: valet closet (where available), overhead bin or under the seat in front of the passenger. A carry-on bag can be substituted with a “soft” foldable garment bag up to 51 inches (130 cm), provided that the garment bag can be stowed easily in the overhead bin or valet closet (where available).

The following articles are allowed in the cabin, free of charge, and do not count toward the carry-on allowance (size and weight requirements for carry-on baggage do not apply): coats/wraps, assistive devices, one safety seat for a lap or ticketed child, and a small bag of food.

Checked Baggage

You can check your baggage at the curbside, an airport kiosk or the ticket counter. When checking baggage at any US Airways skycap (available only for domestic flights), you must pay a $ 2 curbside fee, in addition to the baggage fee (only credit cards are accepted). You have the option to check your baggage and pay first and second checked bag fees when you check-in online. Then, with your printed or mobile boarding pass, drop your bags at any of the mentioned locations.

In addition to the checked baggage allowance, the following items are also allowed:

  • Mobility assistive devices (wheelchair, cane, etc.).
  • Infant assistive devices (car seat or stroller).
  • Required medical supplies or equipment.


Seasonal embargo applies for “southbound passengers” (Guadalajara, Mexico City and Santo Domingo) during Easter week (Friday prior to Good Friday until the Wednesday after Easter), from June 20 to September 1, and from November 15 to January 13. During these periods, passengers are allowed only 2 checked bags (fees apply). Passengers are not allowed to check excess baggage or boxes. Normal baggage allowances remain unchanged for Dividend Miles Preferred, Star Gold and Silver members and First Class passengers. Non-revs passengers are allowed only carry-on (no checked bags).

Baggage fee waivers

The following checked baggage fees are waived:

  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th checked bag fees for active U.S. military personnel and dependents traveling with them on orders, also exempt from overweight baggage fees for these checked bags.
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd checked bag fees for the following passengers:
    • Gold, Platinum and Chairman's Dividend Miles Preferred members.
    • Star Alliance Gold members.
  • 1st and 2nd checked bag fees for the following passengers:
    • Unaccompanied Minors for whom the US Airways assistance fee is paid.
    • Passengers traveling to/from Brazil, also exempt from overweight fees for the first 2 checked bags weighing up to 70 lbs (32 kg).
    • Confirmed First Class passengers, also exempt from overweight baggage fees for first the 2 checked bags weighing up to 70 lbs (32 kg) when flying between the U.S., Canada, Bermuda, Caribbean, Latin and South America.
    • Confirmed Envoy passengers, also exempt from overweight baggage fees for the first 2 checked bags weighing up to 70 lbs (32 kg) when traveling on transatlantic or transpacific flights.
    • Active U.S. military personnel on personal travel.
  • Oversized baggage fees for golf, hockey, lacrosse, ski, snowboard, vaulting, wakeboard and water skiing bags.

Baggage fees

You can pay for your 1st and 2nd checked bags when you check in online or at the airport. Baggage fees for additional bags must be paid at the airport. All baggage fees are non-refundable, per person and each way. Government taxes and fees may apply and will be added to the charge. Prices will be collected in the local currency.

Based on itinerary, US Airways charges the following excess, overweight or oversized baggage fees.


Baggage Allowance

Excess Baggage

Overweight Baggage



1st bag

2nd bag

3rd bag

4th – 9th bag

51-70 lbs

(23-32 kg)

71-100 lbs

(33-45 kg)

62-80 in

(157-203 cm)

U.S., Canada,



Latin America,

South America

$ 25$ 35$ 125$ 200$ 90$ 175$ 175

Transatlantic flights

No charge$ 100$ 200$ 200$ 150$ 175$ 175

Transpacific flights

No charge

No charge$ 200$ 200$ 150$ 175

$ 175


No chargeNo charge$ 85$ 85No charge$ 85$ 85

US Airways charges a $ 200 fee per item (each way) for sporting equipment that cannot be substituted for a regular checked bag. Sporting equipments that can be substituted for 1st or 2nd checked bag include archery, baseball, bowling, boogie board, fishing, fencing, golf, hockey, lacrosse, parachute, paintball, scuba (without tank), snowboard, ski, tennis, wakeboarding, vaulting, and water skiing.

Baggage Delivery Service

Starting June 4 2013, for flights departing from any U.S. domestic locations or select U.S. territories or international pre-clearance locations, and arriving at one of the 130 airports served by Bags VIP, you can skip baggage claim and have your baggage delivered to a location of your choice within 100 miles of the airport.

You must book your delivery and pay the baggage delivery fee on at least 1 hour before your departure and check your bags at the airport. The baggage delivery fee is separate from the US Airways baggage fees and depends on the number of bags and distance from the airport to the location you chose.

Baggage Service

If you lost an unchecked item, you should know that US Airways keeps lost and found items at the airport where the item was found for approximately 7 days.

If your bag is damaged, you must notify a US Airways representative in person at the airport. All reports must be made within 4 hours of your arrival for domestic travel and within 7 days for international travel.

If your bag is delayed, you should notify a US Airways representative before leaving the airport and within 4 hours of your arrival. If you already reported your delayed baggage, you can check the status of your delayed bags online. US Airways may reimburse you for reasonable items such as toiletries while you wait for your delayed baggage. If your bags have not been located within 5 days, you must submit a Passenger Property Form to the Central Baggage Resolution Office, by mail or fax.

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