American Airlines

Check-In, and Your Flight

You can check in online, beginning 24 hours, and up to 45 minutes before your flight (90 minutes for international).

In Most Locations you MUST be checked in by:

In the US, 45 Minutes before your scheduled departure

To Or From Outside the US, 60 Minutes prior to you scheduled departure.

*International flights may have exceptions to the above required check in times, so it’s better to double check with the airline regarding the country in which you are traveling to or from.

Seating is as follows…. (Not all flights have specific seating available, Check your scheduled flight for details)

First The highest level of service on flights across the U.S.

The highest level of service on shorter-distance international flights.

Premium Economy
More space and amenities on long-distance international flights.

Main Cabin Extra
More legroom in the Main Cabin with early boarding

Main Cabin
Free snacks and entertainment to get you from point A to B.

Basic Economy
The lowest Main Cabin fare with some restrictions.


As of August 2017….

Here’s the quick version of Bag Fees:

*fees are always subject to change, so be sure to check with the Airline pertaining to your individual flight for rules and regulations.

American Airlines calculates the size limits of your bag by adding the total outside dimensions of each bag, length + width + height.

For all regions, your checked baggage allowance is:

  • Dimension: 62 in / 158 cm
  • Weight: 50 lbs / 23 kgs
  • For First / Business Class and Brazil, weight is 70 lbs / 32 kgs


Bag 2

Bag 3 Bag4



$50 $200



$150 $200



$150 $200
Central America *$0-$25 $40-$55 $150 $200
Brazil $0 $0 $85 $85
South America *$0-$25 $0/$40/$55 $150 $200
Transatlantic $0 $100 $200 $200
Transpacific $0 $0 $200 $200

*Fees based on travel date and destination

1st and 2nd Bags are free for these programs:

  • AAdvantage® Platinum Pro
  • AAdvantage® Platinum
  • oneworld® Sapphire members
  • Alaska Airlines MVP Gold^
  • Confirmed Business Class customers*

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Bags are free for these:

  • Confirmed First Class customers on 3-cabin aircraft
  • AAdvantage® Executive Platinum
  • oneworld® Emerald
  • Alaska Airlines MVP Gold 75K^
  • Active U.S. military and/or dependents with ID traveling on orders (1st-5th bags free of charge)
  • Active U.S. military with ID on personal travel

AAdvantage Reward Program.

As a member of the AAdvantage® program, you’ll earn miles when you fly on American, oneworld® and other participating airlines, as well as over 1,000 partners. Then, you can use your miles for:

  • Flights to nearly 1,000 destinations worldwide
  • Upgrades
  • Vacations, car rentals and hotels
  • Other retail products

With AAnytime® Awards there are no blackout dates and if a seat is available, you can book it with miles. If your travel plans are flexible, MileSAAver awards are available for fewer miles.

(I love this feature, and remember the earlier you book, the better chances you have of using less miles)

Travel Notes:

You can check your flight for the type of plane you will have, in flight entertainment, and any additional requirements. I find this comes in handy traveling with my kids, because I know if there are TV’s, or if I need to bring my own tablet, and what snacks will be provided. Crucial Information with kids! Go to AA.Com for details.


American Airlines has invested $1.6 billion dollars to enhance terminals 4 & 5 at LAX. These enhancements at the airport will translate into more gates given to American Airlines which will continue to increase their presence at that airport. Look for more flights to more routes out of LA in the future.

Premium Economy;

American Airlines, is the first US carrier to introduce a Premium Economy product. This is a class of seating between coach and economy. It is designed with more legroom, enhanced dining and upgraded entertainment. AA has increased the number of routes that offer this seating class. I personally am SO excited about premium economy. We travel extensively to Europe and sometimes it doesn’t make sense in either points or cash to sit in business class. Premium Economy would solve that problem.

There are Premium Economy seats offered from Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas Fort Worth, Los Angles, Miami, & Philadelphia to select cities in Europe, South America, Asia and the Pacific.

We really enjoy flying American Airlines, and look forward to giving you more updates very soon.

Link to Check in

Link to seating: flight.jsp?anchorEvent=false&from=Nav

Link to bag fees: anchorEvent=false&from=Nav

Link to AAdvantage: anchorEvent=false&from=Nav