jetBlue baggage policy
A JetBlue plane – Marko Pavlichenko (unsplash)

Traveling, for most, is a thrilling yet stressful experience, especially when it’s time to pack your luggage. After all, not every airline offers the same baggage policy, making it difficult to know just how much you can pack. Fortunately, if you’re flying JetBlue Airways, you’ll enjoy that the low-cost carrier offers a clear and concise baggage policy.

JetBlue allows all passengers one personal item for free. Blue, Blue Plus, Blue Extra, and Mint fares also include one carry-on bag that’s no bigger than 22” x 14” x 9” (55.88 x 35.56  x 22.86 cm). The first checked bag is typically only included in JetBlue fares for transatlantic flights.

There are also additional fees for oversized and overweight baggage and different allowances for Mint fares, which means there’s much to learn about JetBlue’s baggage policy. Keep scrolling for a complete breakdown of JetBlue’s baggage fees and how JetBlue’s policy may affect your travel plans.

Number of Bags You Can Carry in JetBlue

Unfortunately, as a low-cost airline, JetBlue does not allow most passengers to check bags for free, but they do allow passengers with Blue, Blue Plus, Blue Extra, and Mint fares to bring one carry-on bag for free.

You’re, however, allowed to bring car seats and strollers for free if you’re traveling with children. These items can be checked for free.

Aside from the personal item you’re allowed (which has to fit underneath the seat in front of you and cannot exceed 17″ x 13″ x 8″ H), you’re pretty limited when it comes to luggage on JetBlue flights. Here’s what to know about JetBlue’s baggage policy concerning carry-on bags, checked bags, oversized bags, and more.

Carry-On Bag Allowance

You can bring one carry-on bag for free if you have purchased a Blue, Blue Plus, Blue Extra, or Mint fare. If you have a Blue Basic fare, you will not only have to pay for that luggage, but you will have to check it, as JetBlue does not allow carry-on bags for Basic Blue fares. 

If you’re a member of the US military, you’re eligible for military discount and free checked bags in Jetblue.

Carry-On Bag Fees

Currently, you have to pay $65 for the first and second checked bag or $180 for the third checked bag. However, this fee doesn’t apply if you’re traveling on a transatlantic flight, are an active US military member, or are a Mosaic member. For transatlantic flights, you are typically allowed your personal item and one carry-on bag, regardless of your fare.

Checked Bag Allowance

So, how many checked bags does JetBlue allow? Unless you pay for the Mint fare, JetBlue’s first-class fare, you typically will not have a checked bag included. You can, however, add up to two checked bags to your trip anytime you’d like (for an additional charge, which we’ll get to in just a second).

All checked bags must meet strict weight and measurement requirements. The total linear dimensions of each bag, which refers to the total dimensions when adding length + width + height together, must not exceed 62″ (157.48 cm). It must also not exceed 50 pounds (22.68 kg). While you can still check oversized or overweight bags, these will incur a fee.

Checked Bag Fees

JetBlue’s checked baggage fees vary depending on your flight route. They have two main categories:

  1. Domestic US/Latin America/Caribbean Flights
  2. Transatlantic Flights Between the US and the UK/Europe

For domestic flights within the United States or from the US to Latin America or the Caribbean, one checked bag is included with Blue Plus, Mint, Mosaic, and JetBlue Plus Cardmember fares. The first checked bag will cost $35 if you have a different fare.

A second checked bag is only included for Mint and Mosaic fares. All other ticket holders will have to pay $60 for the second checked bag, $125 for the third checked bag, and $150 for the fourth checked bag.

Traveling across the Atlantic Ocean? One checked bag is included in all fares except for the Basic Blue fare, for which you’d have to pay $65 to check your first bag. A second checked bag is also included with Mint and Mosaic fees. The cost to check a second bag for all other fares traveling to the UK or Europe is $105 and $200 for all subsequent checked bags.

Car Seats and Strollers on JetBlue

If you’re traveling with children, you’re allowed to bring a car seat and a stroller for free. Read more about this in our articles about JetBlue’s car seat policy and JetBlue’s stroller policy.

Oversized & Overweight Bags

As mentioned, JetBlue has a strict weight and measurement requirement that’s similar to other budget airline requirements. What is an oversized or overweight bag, according to JetBlue? As mentioned above, it’s any bag that’s over 50 pounds (22.68 kg) or has total linear dimensions exceeding 62″ (157.48 cm).

Overweight Bag Fees

JetBlue charges based on how overweight or oversized your luggage is. If your bag is between 51 pounds (23.13 kg) and 99 pounds (44.91 kg), you will have to pay an overweight luggage fee of $150 per bag.

It’s important to note that bags weighing over 70 pounds are not accepted on transatlantic flights. If you’re traveling overseas with JetBlue and need to pack more than 70 pounds, you’ll need to purchase more checked luggage and divide the weight between the bags.

Oversize Bag Fees

If your bag’s total linear dimensions are between 63” (160 cm) and 80” (203.3 cm), including wheels and handles), you will also have to pay an oversized luggage fee of $150 per bag.

Sports Equipment, Musical Instruments, and More

What about things like a snowboard or golf bag? Aren’t those going to be way more than 62” when you add up the length, height, and width? Yes, but JetBlue treats those differently. 

Their current baggage policy states that a snowboard, pair of skis, fishing rod, golf bag, or skimboard counts as one checked bag, regardless of the dimensions. However, it cannot exceed the weight limits mentioned above. Ultimately, it pays to contact JetBlue if you’re unsure about bringing sports equipment or other oversized luggage onboard. 

You can read more about flying with golf clubs on JetBlue here to start, but review JetBlue’s prohibited sports equipment list before flying just to be sure (for example, did you know you can’t bring kayaks or hoverboards onboard JetBlue flights?).

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