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Overweight and Oversize Bag Fees

If you haven’t flown before you might not know just how seriously airlines take their rules. If your suitcase is just slightly too heavy, or a just little too big, you are going to have to pay extra.

There is nothing you can do but pay if your bag exceeds the size limit. But if your bag is too heavy, you can try to transfer things to another bag. This is actually a far too common sight at check-in counters everywhere.

Take a look at the chart below for the size and weight limits for each airline and how much extra you will have to pay if you go over that limit.

Weight LimitOverweight FeeSize LimitOversize Fee
American50 lbs.$100 / 200 (2)(3)62 inches$200 (4)
Delta50 lbs.$100 / 200 (2)(3)62 inches$200 (5)
Southwest (6)50 lbs.$75 (3)62 inches$75 (5)
United50 lbs.$100 / 200 (2)(3)62 inches$200 (7)
Alaska50 lbs.$100 (3)62 inches$100 (7)
JetBlue50 lbs.$150 (3)62 inches$150 (5)
Spirit40 lbs.$35 / 60 / 100 (8)62 inches$100 (5)
Frontier50 lbs.$75 (3)62 inches$75 (9)
Allegiant40 lbs.$50 / 75 (2)80 inches$75
Hawaiian50 lbs.$50 / 200 (2)(3)62 inches$100 (5)
Sun Country50 lbs.$20 / 60 (10)(3)62 inches$100
(1) Sports and Specialty items may be subject to additional fees.
(2) Up to 70 pounds / 71 to 100 pounds.
(3) Bags over 100 pounds not accepted.
(4) Bags over 126 inches not accepted.
(5) Bags over 80 inches not accepted.
(6) If bag is both overweight and oversized only 1 charge applies.
(7) Bags over 115 inches not accepted.
(8) 41 to 50 pounds / 51 to 70 pounds / 71 to 100 pounds.
(9) Bags over 110 inches not accepted.
(10) up to 60 pounds / 61 to 100 pounds
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