Representatives from network television, broadcasting and commercial filmmaking companies will be charged a flat service charge to check camera, film, and lighting and sound equipment. The items must be checked by the media representative and the charges are per item at the prices listed in the chart below. The discounted service charge applies for worldwide travel on flights marketed and operated by United, and is subject to seasonal and permanent baggage embargoes. For flights connecting to other airlines, baggage charges are subject to the¬†connecting airline’s baggage policies.

To obtain media checked bag service charge rates, media representatives should provide United airport check-in counter representatives with media credentials; company personnel identification for an entertainment, media or production company; or clearly identified media equipment cases labeled with company identification. If the media representative is unable to provide such verification, customers will be charged standard checked baggage service charges. Spouses and/or other companions, whether traveling in the same or separate reservation as the media personnel, are not eligible for the discount unless they present eligible media credentials

Special media bag rates:

  • $50 Within North America (including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America)
  • $70 Outside of North America

Each account can check up to 25 bags (including the personal bag allowance) per flight at a discounted rate, subject to operational limitations. A media bag can include: audio, camera, lighting and photography equipment, wardrobes, trunks and musical instruments.

Fees for overweight and oversized bags (excluding musical instruments) are waived, up to either 70 lbs. / 32 kg or 100 lbs. / 45 kg, depending on your origin and destination, and a maximum linear size (length + width + height) of 126 inches / 320 cm.

Overweight fees apply to musical instruments over 50 lbs. / 23 kg.

Special media bag rates:

  • $50 one-way per bag on flights within the U.S. and Canada
  • $90 one-way per bag on international flights

Camera, film, video tape, lighting and sound equipment that is tendered by representatives of network or local television broadcasting companies or commercial film-making companies will be accepted as baggage at the fees noted below. All media-related passengers seeking to receive preferred media baggage rates must present proper media credentials at check-in, or request preferred baggage pricing and submit media credentials by e-mailing the Global Sales & Support desk at at least 24 hours prior to scheduled departure for all travel on or after February 24, 2020.

Special media bag rates:

  • 1st and 2nd bag Domestic – Same as general baggage allowance. Flat media rate of $50.
  • 3rd to 25th bag Domestic – $50 if no more than 100 lbs. and 115 total linear inches
  • 1st and 2nd bag International- Same as general baggage allowance. Flat media rate of $70.
  • 3rd to 25th bag International- $70 if no more than 100 lbs. and 115 total linear inches

Camera, film, video, lighting, and sound equipment will be accepted when presented by a representative of a network or local television broadcasting company or a commercial filmmaking company. A fee of $75 will be charged for each item in excess of the free baggage allowance. Media equipment will not be assessed oversized or overweight charges.