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What is United Airlines Baggage Policy

United Airlines has long been renowned for its outstanding customer service and comprehensive flight services. One area that passengers need to be particularly aware of before flying with United Airlines is their baggage policy. As of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, here is a summary of the key aspects of United Airlines’ baggage policy. Please note that it is always a good idea to check the most recent guidelines on the airline’s official website, as policies can and do change.

Carry-On Baggage

Every passenger flying with United Airlines is allowed to bring one carry-on bag and one personal item such as a laptop bag, purse, or briefcase. The maximum dimensions for the carry-on bag are 9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches (22 cm x 35 cm x 56 cm), including handles and wheels. The personal item should fit under the seat in front of you, with maximum dimensions of 9 inches x 10 inches x 17 inches (22 cm x 25 cm x 43 cm).

Exceptions are made for customers traveling on a Basic Economy ticket. They are allowed to bring on board one personal item only unless they are a MileagePlus Premier member or a primary cardmember of a qualifying MileagePlus credit card.

Checked Baggage

United Airlines’ checked baggage policy varies depending on the passenger’s ticket class, MileagePlus status, and destination. In general, the maximum exterior dimension (length + width + height) of a checked bag can be up to 62 inches (158 cm), including handles and wheels, and must not exceed 50 pounds (23 kg) for Economy Class passengers.

Passengers in the Business, First, and Polaris class can bring two checked bags with a maximum weight of 70 pounds (32 kg) each. MileagePlus Premier Silver members are allowed to check a bag of the same weight, while Gold, Platinum, and 1K members can check up to three bags weighing 70 pounds (32 kg) each.

All checked bags must adhere to these limits, or they will be subject to additional, overweight, or oversize charges.

Excess Baggage

For passengers who need to check more bags or heavier bags than the standard allowance, excess baggage fees apply. The cost depends on the number of additional bags, their weight, and the travel destination.

Special Items

United Airlines also has a policy for special items such as sports equipment and musical instruments. These items often require special handling and may incur additional fees. In some cases, they can be counted as a passenger’s carry-on or checked baggage if they meet certain size and weight restrictions.

To avoid any potential inconvenience, it is strongly recommended that passengers check the specific baggage policies for their flight on United Airlines’ official website or contact their customer service for clarification. This is especially important for those who are traveling with special items or have special seating requirements due to a disability or other needs.

Remember, preparing in advance for your travel can help ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey with United Airlines.