You spoke, United listened. Today, United announced they would be allowing passengers flying from the United States to China and Hong Kong a free second checked bag. Customers flying to the U.S. from China and Hong Kong already receive this benefit. Prior to this rule change, the airline used to charge $100 for second checked bags to China and Hong Kong.

United is the leading U.S. carrier serving China with nearly 90 flights per week from U.S. destinations like Chicago, San Francisco, Newark, and Los Angeles.

However, the normal restrictions and charges for overweight and oversized bags will continue to be levied. The following charges will be applied:

  • Additional bags after 2 — $200 per bag
  • Oversized bags (From 63.0 to 115.0 linear inches (158.0 to 292.0 cm)) — $200 extra per bag
  • Overweight bags from 51 to 70 pounds — $200
  • Overweight bags from 71 to 100 pounds — $400

Does this rule matter if I bought a ticket from a partner?

No. Even if you purchased a United ticket marketed by one of United’s partners like ANA, Air China, or Air Canada, you will still be able to benefit from the new baggage policy.

How can I calculate my baggage fees?

United has a handy online calculator to calculate your baggage fees before purchasing tickets. Enter your origin/destination, class of service, status level, and marketing airline (if applicable).

Anything else?

United is offering discounted flights to China and Hong Kong for the upcoming Chinese New Year. Applicable outbound dates are as follows:

  • January 9 — February 16, 2018
  • April 2 — June 10, 2018


a screenshot of a flight schedule

Source: Google Flights


Will you be taking advantage of this generous offer?