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JetBlue Luggage Size: Carry-On and Checked Baggage Guidelines

I’m always traveling and it seems like every time I go through airport security, they tell me that my carry-on luggage is too big.

It’s really frustrating when you’re told your luggage is too big because now you have to check it in and wait for it at the baggage claim. And if your flight is delayed, you’re out of luck.

So what is the JetBlue luggage size? On JetBlue, you can bring one personal item, such as a hand bag or laptop bag, if it is less than 17X13X 8 inches. When you travel on a Blue Basic fare, you can have one carry-on bag with a maximum dimension of 22X14X9 inches.

What is JetBlue’s Carry-On Baggage Policy?

JetBlue allows each passenger to bring 1 personal item and 1 carry-on bag on board for free. Personal items must fit under the seat in front of you, while carry-on bags must fit in the overhead bins. If your carry-on bags exceed the size or weight limits, you will be required to check them at the gate for a fee. That’s why it’s important to know JetBlue’s carry-on baggage dimensions before packing.

What are the Size and Weight Limits for JetBlue’s Carry-On Bags?

JetBlue has specific size restrictions for carry-on luggage:

1. Personal Item

Your personal item like a purse, laptop bag, or small backpack, must not exceed 17″ x 13″ x 8″ (43 cm x 33 cm x 20 cm). These items must fit completely under the seat in front of you.

2. Standard Carry-On Bag

In addition to a personal item, you can bring 1 standard carry-on bag that meets the following size and weight limits:

  • Maximum dimensions of 22″ x 14″ x 9″ (56 cm x 36 cm x 23 cm), including handles and wheels.
  • Maximum weight of 26 lbs (11.8 kg).

Any carry-on bag exceeding these dimensions or weight will need to be checked at the gate for a fee. Even if it fits in the overhead bin, oversized bags may be gate checked if there is not enough space onboard.

What Items Are Allowed in JetBlue’s Carry-On Bags?

You can pack clothing, toiletries, medications, laptops, portable medical devices, cell phones, cameras, books, magazines, travel documents and other similar items in your carry-on bags. Keep in mind that liquids, gels, aerosols must be in containers 3.4 oz (100ml) or smaller and all fit in a single quart-sized bag.

What is JetBlue’s Checked Baggage Policy?

JetBlue allows passengers to check 1 bag for free on domestic flights. You can check additional bags for a fee. There are specific size and weight limits for checked baggage as outlined below. Keep in mind, some international routes have different free checked bag allowances.

What are the Size and Weight Limits for JetBlue’s Checked Bags?

JetBlue has size and weight restrictions for checked luggage: 

1. First Checked Bag

Your first checked bag can weigh up to 50 lbs (23 kg) and must not exceed 62 inches (157 cm) when you total length + width + height.

2. Second Checked Bag

Your second checked bag is also limited to 50 lbs (23 kg) and 62 inches (157 cm).

3. Third and Additional Checked Bags

If you check a third bag or any additional bags, each one cannot exceed 50 lbs (23 kg) and 79 inches (201 cm).

Oversized and overweight bags will incur additional fees.

How Much Does It Cost to Check a Bag with JetBlue?

Here are the checked bag fees on JetBlue:

  • First checked bag: Free on domestic flights 
  • Second checked bag: $35 per bag
  • Third checked bag: $75 per bag 
  • Additional bags after 3: $150 per bag

Charges differ for bags checked on international routes and US territories. Military personnel and their dependents are exempt from checked baggage fees on domestic routes.

Are There Any Exceptions to JetBlue’s Luggage Policies?

JetBlue offers exceptions to their regular baggage policies for certain items:

1. Musical Instruments

Musical instruments like guitars and cellos are accepted as carry-on items on JetBlue. Bigger instruments can be checked free as your first checked bag.

2. Medical Equipment

Prescribed medical equipment like CPAP machines, oxygen concentrators, and mobility devices do not count toward your carry-on or checked bag allowance. However, make sure to note these items when booking.

3. Sports Equipment

Some sports equipment like bicycles, surfboards, and golf bags can be checked instead of a standard bag for a $75 fee. Fishing equipment is free as a first checked bag.

4. Infant and Child Items

A diaper bag, stroller, and infant car or booster seat can be checked for free on domestic flights. Strollers can be used at the gate.

5. Military Personnel

Active military members get 5 free checked bags, even for oversized military gear like duffel bags.

How to Avoid Extra Luggage Fees with JetBlue?

To avoid excess luggage fees on JetBlue:

  • Only bring 1 carry-on bag and personal item per passenger
  • Keep all checked bags under 50 lbs and within size limits 
  • Pack as light as possible and wear bulky items onboard
  • Share luggage with companions on the same reservation
  • Pay for 1-2 checked bags online in advance for a discount

Can You Pre-Pay for Your Luggage with JetBlue?

Yes, you can pre-pay checked bag fees on anytime from booking until check-in. Pre-paying online provides approximately $5 discount per bagcompared to paying at the airport. 

What Happens If Your Luggage Is Overweight or Oversized with JetBlue?

If your checked bag exceeds the 50 lb weight limit, you will be charged a fee of $150 per overweight bag at the airport. For bags over the size limit, you will pay $150 per oversized bag. Paying excess baggage fees at the airport costs more than pre-paying for additional bags online in advance.

To avoid extra charges, be sure you understand JetBlue’s carry-on and checked baggage policies. Measuring luggage prior to arrival and packing judiciously can help travelers avoid costly overweight or oversized luggage fees.