Excess baggage embargo

Excess Baggage to/from the following destinations will be accepted as noted below.

During an excess baggage embargo, when no excess baggage is accepted: one box, instead of one free bag; maximum 50 pounds (23 kg) and 62 linear inches (158 cm) (total length + width + height) will be accepted free of charge. Exception: one box is accepted on ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. doing business as United Express® with destinations to the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico, instead of one bag; maximum 50 pounds and 42 linear inches (107 cm).

Baggage exceeding the allowable size (62 linear inches/158 cm) (total length + width + height) will be accepted as noted below.

Please note that information is subject to change without notice.

To determine checked baggage service charges for your itinerary, use our Baggage Calculator.

The following items of sporting equipment will not be accepted during an excess baggage embargo when no excess baggage is allowed: bicycles, hang gliders, pole vaults, surfboards, wakeboards and windsurfing boards.

Permanent baggage embargo

The following cities do not permit checked baggage in excess of 70 pounds (32 kg), and customers will be charged additional fees for checked baggage over 50 pounds (23 kg):

  • Auckland, New Zealand (AKL)
  • Belfast, United Kingdom (BFS)
  • Birmingham, United Kingdom (BHX)
  • Brussels, Belgium (BRU)
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom (EDI)
  • Glasgow, United Kingdom (GLA)
  • Havana, Cuba (HAV)
  • Lima, Peru (LIM)
  • London, United Kingdom (LHR)
  • Manchester, United Kingdom (MAN)
  • Melbourne, Australia (MEL)
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (GIG)
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil (GRU) (free up to 70lbs)
  • Sydney, Australia (SYD)

Temporary excess baggage embargo: December 10, 2016, through January 5, 2017

Customers traveling to, from or through the following cities are limited to one excess piece of checked baggage weighing up to 99.9 pounds. Oversized baggage is not permitted.

  • Bogota, Colombia (BOG)
  • Lima, Peru (LIM)
  • Panama City, Panama (PTY)
  • Quito, Ecuador (UIO)

Temporary excess baggage embargo: November 15, 2016, through January 15, 2017

Customers traveling to, from or through the following cities are limited to three excess pieces of checked baggage weighing up to 70 pounds. Oversized baggage is not permitted.

  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (GIG)
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil (GRU)

Customers traveling to, from or through the following cities are limited to three excess pieces of checked baggage weighing up to 99.9 pounds. Oversized baggage is not permitted.

  • Cancun, Mexico (CUN)
  • Buenos Aires (EZE)
  • Santiago (SCL)

Customers traveling to, from or through the following city may bring two standard bags weighing up to 99.9 pounds but are not permitted excess baggage or oversized baggage.

  • San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL)

Customers traveling to, from or through the following cities are limited to one excess piece of checked baggage weighing up to 99.9 pounds. Oversized baggage is not permitted.

  • Acapulco, Mexico (ACA)
  • Aguascalientes, Mexico (AGU)
  • Antigua-St. John's, Antigua (ANU)
  • Belize City, Belize (BZE)
  • Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (BON)
  • Caracas, Venezuela (CCS)
  • Chihuahua, Mexico (CUU)
  • Ciudad Del Carmen, Mexico (CME)
  • Cozumel, Mexico (CZM)
  • Grand Cayman Island, Cayman Islands (GCM)
  • Guatemala City, Guatemala (GUA)
  • Guadalajara, Mexico (GDL)
  • Ixtapa, Mexico (ZIH)
  • Leon/Guanajuato, Mexico (BJX)
  • Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR)
  • Los Cabos, Mexico (SJD)
  • Manzanillo, Mexico (ZLO)
  • Managua, Nicaragua (MGA)
  • Merida, Mexico (MID)
  • Mexico City, Mexico (MEX)
  • Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ)
  • Monterrey, Mexico (MTY)
  • Morelia, Mexico (MLM)
  • Nassau, Bahamas (NAS)
  • Oaxaca, Mexico (OAX)
  • Oranjestad, Aruba (AUA)
  • Port of Spain, Trinidad (POS)
  • Puebla, Mexico (PBC)
  • Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (POP)
  • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (PVR)
  • Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ)
  • Queretaro, Mexico (QRO)
  • Roatan, Honduras (RTB)
  • San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)
  • San Luis Potosi, Mexico (SLP)
  • San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP)
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ)
  • Santa Cruz Huatulco, Mexico (HUX)
  • St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles (SXM)
  • Tampico, Mexico (TAM)
  • Tegucigalpa, Honduras (TGU)
  • Veracruz, Mexico (VER)
  • Villahermosa, Mexico (VSA)

Temporary excess baggage embargo: November 15, 2016, through January 15, 2017

Customers traveling to, from or through the following cities are not permitted excess baggage weighing up to 70 pounds. Oversized baggage is not permitted.

  • Havana, Cuba (HAV)

Embargo fees for select destinations

Between November 15, 2016, and January 15, 2017, customers will be charged $75 for a second checked bag and $225 for any excess bag permitted to the following destinations:

  • Bogota, Colombia (BOG)
  • Leon/Guanajuato, Mexico (BJX)
  • Lima, Peru (LIM)
  • Monterrey, Mexico (MTY)
  • San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL)