Carry-On Luggage Size Rules


With the rise in checked baggage fees, travelers are choosing to carry on luggage instead. In turn, airlines are becoming more stern with carry-on luggage size rules. Some airlines are making travelers pay for carry on luggage or having bags gate-checked due to the amount of people opting to avoid checking bags. We believe this defeats the purpose of carrying on your luggage.

The following chart displays the rules for carry on luggage for travel within the United States on major commercial carriers.*

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Carry-On Luggage Size Rules

Updated September 5, 2014
Airline Personal Item
Max Size
Carry-On Bag
Allowance – Fee
Carry-On Bag
Max Size
More Details
Luggage Forward N/A $39-$69 45 in. (L+W+H) learn more >>
Air Canada 6 x 13 x 7 in. 1 – $0 9 x 15.5 x 21.5 in. baggage policy >>
Alaskan/Horizon Air Fit under seat 1 – $0  10 x 17 x 24 in. baggage policy >>
American Airlines Fit under seat 1 – $0 22 x 14 x 9 in. baggage policy >>
British Airways 18 x 14 x 8 in. 1 – $0  22 x 18 x 10 in. baggage policy >>
Delta Airlines Fit under seat 1 – $0 22 x 14 x 9 in. baggage policy >>
Frontier Airlines 18 x 14 x 8 in. 1 – $35-50 10 x 16 x 24 in. baggage policy >>
Hawaiian Airlines Fit under seat 1 – $0 22 x 14 x 9 in. baggage policy >>
JetBlue Airways 17 x 13 x 11 in. 1 – $0 24 x 16 x 10 in. baggage policy >>
Southwest Airlines Fit under seat 1 – $0 10 x 16 x 24 in. baggage policy >>
Spirit Airlines 16 x 14 x 12 in. 1 – $25 – $100 N/A baggage policy >>
United Airlines 9 x 14 x 22 in. 1 – $0 9 x 10 x 17 in. baggage policy >>
Virgin America N/A 1 – $0 N/A baggage policy >>

*Specific airline regulations can be found by clicking on the carry on baggage policy links above. As a reminder, this is only for domestic U.S. flights and International fights may differ. Although most airlines allow one personal item and one carry-on item for free, some airlines do charge fees and when traveling for a long period of time, it is just not possible to fit everything into a carry-on bag. Instead of carrying on or checking your bag, ship your luggage for the ultimate convenience.