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JetBlue Airways Baggage Allowance, Carry on Size & Policy

Published on March 18, 2024

Whenever you plan to travel, one name that comes to your mind is JetBlue. This is not only because it is a renowned name in the Aviation industry but also because of its top-notch services. JetBlue Airways baggage allowance is one of the services that provides enough baggage space to travelers to bring all their essential stuff in a single go. 

Passengers traveling with JetBlue can bring carry-on luggage inside the cabin that can be stowed inside the overhead bin and small personal items that can be kept under the seat in front of them. JetBlue fare of different cabin classes offers different luggage allowances. For example, Blue, Blue Extra, Blue Plus, Mint, and Blue Basic Fares are available where Blue Basic Fares doesn’t allow travelers to carry any cabin bag onboard except one personal item. 

JetBlue Carry On Baggage Allowance

Various fares offer flexible baggage allowances to travelers, allowing them to carry cabin bags and personal items. However, some fares don’t allow a passenger to carry both. Here are the cabin fares with different baggage allowance:

Blue, Extra, Plus, and Mint Cabin Fares

JetBlue baggage policy for Blue, Blue Extra, Blue Plus, and Mint Cabin Fares allows travelers to carry a maximum of one carry-on bag along with one personal item, including a ladies’ purse, a small handbag, a small laptop bag, etc. Passengers must ensure that the cabin bag fits entirely inside the overhead bin and that the personal item bag can be placed under the seat in front of them. 

Blue Basic Cabin Fares

Having Basic fare tickets, passengers can only carry one personal item, ensuring it fits under the seat in front of them. Travelers are not allowed to bring a carry-on bag onboard. However, there are a few exceptions that you must know:

  • Mosaic (Passengers with carry-on bag allowance and early boarding with all fare tickets).
  • Passengers traveling from or to the United Kingdom or Europe.
  • Unaccompanied Minors

If any passenger does not follow the size restriction and packs a bag that doesn’t fit under the seat or inside the overhead bin, the bag will be checked. Carry-on bags will be checked at the gate by paying a nominal fee of $65 for the first and second bags. Similarly, the airline may charge $180 for the third checked bag. If the carry-on bags are checked at the gate, the airline may place them in the cargo hold. Passengers can collect it after they reach their desired destination airport. 

Weight Limit & Size Restrictions

Travelers must ensure that the size of the carry-on bag does not exceed 22 x 14 x 9 inches (55.88 x 35.56 x 22.86 cm), including wheels, handles, and pockets. The personal item bag must also be under 17 x 13 x 8 inches (43.2 x 33 x 20.32 cm).

According to JetBlue Airways, there have been no weight restrictions for carry-on bags till now. So passengers can carry any weight, ensuring the bag size restrictions are followed and it can completely fit inside the overhead bin or beneath the seat in front of them. 

Cabin Bag Exceptions

The airline allows passengers to carry luggage up to the given limit per the FAA/TSA rules and regulations. However, few items can be carried inside the cabin bag, with exceptions. These items include:

  • Infant food and care items
  • Special goods such as Coat, Umbrella, Infant Car Seat, etc.
  • Duty-free items with restricted limit and amount

JetBlue Airways Checked Baggage Policy

JetBlue Airways Checked Baggage Policy

If you like to carry heavy bags during travel, you will be happy to know that JetBlue’s baggage policy will allow you to do the same. The airline allows passengers to carry their checked bags by paying a nominal fee of $10 each. 

JetBlue Baggage fees are applicable on the first two checked bags if the check-in is done at least 24 hours before the scheduled flight departure. In addition, the airline states that the passengers will be eligible to get a full refund if the complete ticket booking is canceled before the scheduled flight departure. 

If any passenger adds 3rd or more checked bags at check-in or the airport, JetBlue baggage fees of $200/£150/€185 for each bag will be applicable for transatlantic flight routes. For other routes, the airline will charge checked baggage fees of $125 and $150 each for 4th bag or more. 

Checked Baggage Fees

The airline offers several different fee criteria for different fares. The charges also depend on when a flight departs, whether you add it within 24 hours or more than 24 hours before the flight departure. Check the below-mentioned table to know the applicable fees:

Within the U.S., Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada:

Departure Time: More Than 24 Hours
Number of BagsBlue BasicBlueBlue PlusBlue ExtraMintMosaicJetBlue Plus Cardmember
1st Bag$35$35Included$35IncludedIncludedIncluded
2nd Bag$50$50$50$50IncludedIncluded$50
Departure Time: Within 24 Hours
Number of BagsBlue BasicBlueBlue PlusBlue ExtraMintMosaicJetBlue Plus Cardmember
1st Bag$45$45Included$45Included (up to 70 lbs)IncludedIncluded
2nd Bag$60$60$60$60Included (up to 70 lbs)Included$60

Transatlantic Flights:

Number of BagsBlue BasicBlueBlue PlusBlue ExtraMintMosaicJetBlue Plus Cardmember
1st Bag$65/£55/€60IncludedIncludedIncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded
2nd Bag$105/£85/€95$105/£85/€95$105/£85/€95$105/£85/€95IncludedIncluded$105/£85/€95

Checked Baggage Weight & Size Limit

Traveling with checked bags will help you avoid unnecessary purchases of essential things during travel. You can pack all your favorite and needed stuff inside your checked luggage. But, ensuring the luggage size and weight are under the limit may save you from paying additional charges for excess baggage. 

JetBlue Airlines allows passengers to carry up to a maximum linear size dimensions of 62 inches (157.48 cm). The maximum allowed weight must not exceed 50 lbs (22.68 kg). Exceeding these limitations will cost additional charges such as oversized or overweight fees. The oversized and overweight fees will apply if any bag exceeds weight and size limitations. 

Overweight & Oversized Baggage Fees

The airline allows passengers to carry checked baggage under the given limit. If any checked bags exceed the allowed limit but are under 63 to 80 inches (160-203.3 cm), including wheels, handles, pockets, etc., $150/£120/€140, each bag will be charged. In addition, if the bag exceeds 80 inches (203.3 cm) in size, the airline may refuse to accept the bag as checked luggage. 

Carrying luggage between 51 to 99 lbs (23.13-44.91 kg) will cost you $150/£120/€140 each bag. The airline doesn’t allow passengers to bring checked luggage with a weight of more than that. In addition, the airline will reject luggage with more than 99 lbs (44.91 kg)

Baggage Restrictions for Specific Destinations

Ecuador: Passengers traveling to/from Ecuador can only carry up to 2 checked bags with a maximum linear size of 62 inches (157.48 cm). Also, the oversized weight baggage charges will apply if any bag weighs more than 50 lbs (22.73 kg). Additionally, the airline will not accept luggage exceeding 70 lbs (31.75 kg).

The Dominican Republic and Peru: The maximum allowed linear size must not exceed 62 inches (157.48 cm). Any 3rd checked bag can only be added at check-in or at the airport with applicable excess baggage charges. Overweight luggage fees will be applicable on bags exceeding 50 lbs (22.73 kg), and bags with more than 70 lbs (31.75 kg) will not be accepted. 

Guyana, Haiti, Trinidad & Tobago: The maximum linear size dimension must not exceed 62 inches (157.48 cm). Also, you can only add 3rd or more bags at check-in or at the airport with additional charges applied. Travelers with excess baggage must pay additional charges for the bag weighing over 50 lbs (22.73 kg), and the maximum allowed excess weight must not exceed 70 lbs (31.75 kg)

Europe: After checking in 2 bags, excess baggage charges will apply to the 3rd bag. The airline may charge a fee of $200/£150/€185 for 3rd or more bags. Passengers can only add 3rd bag at the airport or while checking in, ensuring no bag exceeds 70 lbs (31.75 kg)

Special Items as Checked Luggage

Passengers traveling with JetBlue Airways are allowed to carry special items with them. These items are not usual and take up a lot of space. In addition, some items are considered hazardous and may cause severe damage to other travelers and the aircraft. These items include sporting equipment, medical & musical instruments. 

While carrying these items, passengers must ensure that the special items’ weight doesn’t exceed 99 lbs. If any musical instruments or sporting equipment weighing more than 99 lbs up to 165 lbs, one must purchase a complete seat. Ensure that all the special items are adequately packed inside a rigid case to avoid damage. 

Musical Instruments

Are you a professional musician, or love to play instruments? JetBlue got you covered. The airline allows you to carry your musical instruments in a cabin or checked luggage. The instrument can also be carried as excess luggage if the dimensions or weight exceeds the allowed limit. All you have to do is book a separate seat for your device, and you are good to go. 

As Carry-On: Passengers can carry their musical instruments as carry-on luggage inside the cabin. However, it also depends on the cabin fare. Blue Basic fare passengers are not allowed to bring carry-on bags. Other fare classes must be booked to carry on baggage inside the cabin. Any musical instrument will be considered one carry-on item that must be placed inside the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you. However, standard carry-on baggage size restrictions do not apply to musical instruments. If the musical instruments are under the size of 22 x 14 x 9 inches, they can easily fit inside the overhead bin. 

As Checked Luggage: Passengers can carry their large musical instruments as checked luggage if they are larger and don’t fit inside the cabin. The airline doesn’t charge additional costs for oversized or overweight musical instruments until the instrument exceeds the maximum linear size dimension of 150 inches (381 cm) and/or 165 lbs (75 kg) of baggage weight. 

Extra Seat for Large Instrument: Some passengers carry large instruments and want to bring them inside the cabin. In that case, the airline allows them to purchase an additional seat to place the musical instrument inside the cabin. Ensuring that the instrument is properly packed and has no sharp edges. Also, it must be secured with a seat belt during the complete journey to avoid any damage to the instrument or the aircraft. The maximum weight of the instrument must not exceed 165 lbs (75 kg).

Media Equipment’s

Passengers traveling with media equipment such as cameras, film, video production, lighting, and sound equipment will be accepted by the airline, depending on the space availability inside the aircraft. The media person will be qualified enough to carry the devices. Also, the airlines may accept excess bags if the passengers are informed about them in advance. 

Media Bag Fees and Limitations

Passengers traveling with media bags will have to pay $50 for each bag, irrespective of the cabin fare selected (except Blue Basic Fare). The first checked bag’s maximum weight limit must not exceed 99 lbs

All the aircraft in JetBlue have certain restrictions, and travelers can only carry a limited number of bags. Carrying excess bags depends on the space availability in the aircraft. Here is the restricted limit for number of bags in each aircraft:

  • E190 with 100 seats: Max. 10 bags
  • A220 with 140 seats: Max. 10 bags
  • A320 with 150 seats: Max. 20 bags
  • A320 with 162 seats: Max. 10 bags
  • A321 with 200 seats: Max. 25 bags
  • A321 with Mint: No Limitations

Shooting Equipment, Firearms & Ammunition

JetBlue Airways is very strict on carrying weapons, firearms, ammunition, etc., on aircraft. The airline doesn’t allow passengers to carry concealed or unconcealed weapons as carry-on luggage inside the cabin. Firearms and ammunition are only allowed inside the checked baggage with certain restrictions. The restrictions may vary depending on the domestic and international laws. Here are some key points to remember while carrying firearms or shooting equipment: 

  • Passengers must be 18 years or older to carry firearms.
  • One piece of equipment will counter under a checked bag. 
  • Ensure that the firearms are unloaded and packed separately in a rigid container. 
  • One shooting equipment case may contain one rifle with not more than two rifles, one shooting net, a noise silencer, and a small rifle set.
  • If you are carrying a shotgun, it may contain a maximum of 2 shotguns.
  • 1 pistol case can only contain four pistols maximum. 
  • Ammunition cannot be carried in a cabin or checked luggage on international flights. 
  • All the ammunition must be packed in a separate container, and each passenger can carry a maximum of 11 lbs.

Seafood and Frozen Meat

Travelers can carry seafood and other meat in a cabin or checked luggage on both domestic and international flights under some restrictions. Remember the key points to avoid any hassle:

  • Ensure the meat is packed in leakage-proof containers to avoid any hassle to other passengers or additional charges during boarding. 
  • A maximum of 5.5 lbs (2.5 kg) of dry ice is allowed to carry.
  • Make sure that the dry ice container is ventilated correctly. 
  • Also, the container must be marked as “Dry Ice” or “Carbon Dioxide Solid,” along with the net weight of the dry ice carried inside the container. 
  • The airline must not accept styrofoam coolers. 

Sports Equipment

JetBlue allows you to travel with your sports equipment under some restrictions if you are a sports enthusiast or a professional sportsperson. Ensure your equipment is packed in a hard case to avoid any damage during travel. The maximum allowed weight for any sports equipment is 99 lbs, and items above this limit will not be checked as luggage. JetBlue clearly states that a passenger can carry multiple pieces of items in a single bag. However, there are a few restrictions that every traveler must know before traveling. This will help them avoid carrying prohibited sports equipment as luggage. Here is a list of prohibited sports items: 

  • Antlers or Horns
  • Balance Gliders
  • Scooters with Any Type of Motor or Battery
  • Hoverboards
  • Electric Skateboards with Lithium Batteries
  • Kayaks
  • Compressed Gas Cylinders Scuba Tanks
  • Paddle Boards & Paddles

Large Sports Equipment

You can also pack your large sports equipment to carry as your luggage. JetBlue allows passenger to carry their larger equipment without any hassle. However, there are a few limitations that must be followed anyhow. These larger pieces of equipment include Bikes, Boards, Skis, Golf Bags, Fishing Rods, etc. These items are allowed on domestic and international flights; you can carry them as checked luggage. 

In addition, the standard baggage size limitations don’t apply to large sports equipment. The airline won’t charge any oversized baggage fees from the passengers. However, an overweight checked baggage fee will be charged if the luggage weighs more than 50 lbs. Ensure that any item must not exceed the maximum weight limit of 99 lbs. Otherwise, the airline may refuse to accept it.

Here is a list of large sports equipment that can be carried under specific restrictions applicable to each item:

  • Bicycles: Handlebars and pedals must be removed and packed in a plastic foam cardboard box only for domestic flights with a maximum size of 80 inches of bike case, bike with not more than 62 inches, and 50 lbs. 
  • Fishing Equipment: Includes 2 rods, one reel, one landing net, one pair of fishing boots, and one fishing tackle box.
  • Golfing Equipment: containing 14 Golf Clubs, 3 Golf Balls, and 1 Pair of Golf Shoes.
  • Snow Skis & Snowboards: 1 pair of snow skis, one pair of ski poles, and one pair of ski boots.
  • Kiteboarding & Windsurfing Boards: Includes one and one mast with max. length of 15 feet, and one sail count.
  • Surfboards: Surfboard with hard-packaging case (accepted on flights to/from Puerto Plata and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic).
  • Water Skis & Wakeboards: 1 pair of water skis, one wakeboard, one tow rope, and one life saver (equipment not accepted on a flight to/from the Dominican Republic).

Other Sports Equipment’s

Various other sports items, including archery, drones, bowling, ice skating, etc., can be carried as carry-on or checked luggage under given restrictions. However, the checked baggage fees and overweight and oversized charges will be applicable accordingly. Travelers must ensure that Blue Basic fare doesn’t have any carry-on bag facility, and they have to upgrade to purchase a carry-on baggage allowance. Here is a list of sports items and allowance as checked or cabin luggage: 

Sports EquipmentAs Carry-On ItemAs Checked Bag
Hockey & LacrosseYesNo
Hunting & Shooting SportsYes (except EU, UK, and Jamaica)No
Ice SkatesYesYes
Pole VaultingYesYes
ScootersYes (Non-battery operated & without motor)Yes (Non-battery operated & without motor)
Scuba & SnorkelingYesYes
Tennis RacketsYesYes (Excluding Mexico)

Prohibited And Restricted Items

JetBlue released a list of prohibited and restricted items that can or cannot be carried as a cabin, checked luggage, or both to maintain extreme safety for all the passengers and crew. These items may cause severe injury if used directly, and travelers must be aware of whether the item is allowed to carry or strictly banned.

Items Banned in Checked Bags

Various items are considered as hazardous or dangerous for the passengers as well as aircraft. Here is a list of items that are not allowed to carry as a checked luggage:

  • Any Self-Balancing Board
  • Spillable Batteries
  • Chemicals
  • Chlorine
  • CO2 Cartridges
  • Compressed Gas
  • Explosives & Firearms
  • Flares & Gas Torches
  • Liquid Bleach & Liquid Fuels
  • Pepper Spray
  • Magnetized Materials
  • Motorized Tools
  • Oil-Based Paint & Oxygen Tanks, etc.

Items Prohibited As Carry-on Luggage

Several items can cause extreme damage to others, such as knives, explosives, guns, and other sharp objects. That is why the airline strictly prohibited these items. Here is a list of banned carry-on items:

  • Sharp objects
  • Guns and firearms
  • Airsoft firearms
  • Tools
  • Martial arts/Self-defense items
  • Explosive materials
  • Flammable items
  • Chemicals
  • Personal air purifiers

Traveling with Pets

JetBlue Airlines offers a flexible baggage policy if you are willing to travel with your four-legged companion. However, a few restrictions must be followed to avoid any hassle while traveling. Here are the guidelines for carrying the pet as luggage:

  • Passengers can carry only small cats and dogs inside the cabin, and each passenger can carry only one pet. 
  • Pets must be carried inside their container.
  • One pet per container is allowed.
  • Enough food and water must be available inside the carrier and pets must remain inside during the journey.
  • Blue Basic fare passengers can also carry their pets inside the cabin with the allowed personal items.

Pet Booking Charges

JetBlue offers several ways to book for pets online, via mobile app, or by calling them directly. $125 will be applicable as the pet charges each way. In addition, a maximum number of 6 pets per flight is allowed, ensuring that the pet carrier does not exceed the size dimensions of 17 x 12.5 x 8.5 inches (43.18 x 31.75 x 21.59 cm). The maximum combined weight of the pet and carrier will not exceed 20 lbs

The airline states that the carrier can be carried under the seat in front of you and will be considered one personal item even if you are traveling on Blue Basic fare. Also, Blue Mint Fare passengers cannot carry pets inside the cabin. While traveling with your pet, ensure that:

  • All the documents and certificates are available. 
  • Pet is already vaccinated, and vaccination details & certificate are with you.
  • The pet must be at least 16 weeks old and receive the vaccine one month before the scheduled travel date.
  • The carrier is leakproof to avoid any issues with your pet.
  • A rigid carrier from the outside and soft from the inside is mandatory.

Winding Up!

Passengers traveling with JetBlue Airways can expect an amazing flying experience because of their high-quality inflight services and amenities. This is also because of JetBlue baggage policy which gives enough space to almost every passenger. However, excess luggage allowance is chargeable, and one can pay additional charges if one carries luggage of any size or weight. Knowing everything before packing can be a good idea to avoid unwanted, stressful surprises at the airport. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How many bags can you take on JetBlue for free?

Each traveler can carry a maximum of one carry-on bag and one personal item, including a purse, small backpack, briefcase, small laptop bag, etc. However, Blue Basic fare passengers can only carry one personal item. 

What is the baggage allowance for JetBlue?

JetBlue Airways allows passengers to carry up to a maximum of 50 lbs (22.68 kg) weight with not more than 62 inches (157.48 cm) of linear size dimensions. 

Does JetBlue give you a free checked bag?

JetBlue offers several cabin fares, and some of them include free checked baggage allowance. It also depends on the destination booked for travel.

Can I bring a backpack and a carry-on JetBlue?

Travelers can easily carry cabin luggage and personal items with a maximum size dimension of not more than 22 x 14 x 9 inches, including pockets, wheels, and handles.

How much does JetBlue charge for baggage fees?

JetBlue usually charges $35 for the first, $50 for 2nd and $150 for 3rd or more bags.

Also Read about: Jet2 Baggage Allowance


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