Has your interest been piqued after seeing the title of this article? American Airlines has just announced changes to its policies pertaining to oversize music and sports equipment. To be more specific, the legacy carrier has eliminated oversize bag fees for common music and sports equipment, effective for travel on or after May 21, 2019. Oversize items the likes of scuba tanks, kite/windsurfing items, hang gliders, antlers and more will continue to incur a flat $150 fee.
As American Airlines has ended the oversize bag charges for majority of checked sports and music equipment, standard checked bag fees will apply in most cases. American Airlines customers can check their common oversize music and sports equipment as standard baggage, up to the maximum dimensions allowed, within weight requirements.
Just to be extra clear, your checked oversize bag will count toward your normal baggage allowance. Keep in mind a 50-lb limit on most domestic bags applies. Additional restrictions or allowances may apply based on destination, class of service or elite status. These additional restrictions or allowances may apply to AAdvantage® cardmembers (on domestic American-operated itineraries) and active U.S. military members, too.
The changes are certainly great news if you have been wanting to take your music or sports equipment with you on trips without having to bother about additional hefty oversize bag fees. The changes in policies come just in time before the start of the busy summer travel season.
For instance, if you are traveling within the United States, it will only cost you $30 - the cost of checking in a standard first bag - if the weight of your oversize item (say, a surf board) is less than 50 lbs, as compared to the $150 you would have had to pay in the past to check in an oversize item. And for those looking to travel with skis or a snowboard, take note that your equipment bag and snowboard/skis now count as one item. You can check your skis/snowboard and equipment bag as one bag, up to 50 lbs/62 in.