By Tim Jones, Editor
If you are traveling to Mexico on American Airlines (AA) flights operated by American Eagle, be aware that you will be restricted to only one checked bag unless you fly first class/business class. The Hunting Report
has learned that dozens of hunters flying to Sonora, Mexico, for a deer hunt were ambushed with this restriction upon check-in. Some hunters managed to upgrade their flights on the spot to get the additional baggage allowance, while others had to reschedule flights or book two seats. Some had to leave bags and gear behind.
According to the American Airlines website
, the company enforces seasonal limitations on checked baggage to some destinations from November 19, 2016, to January 8, 2017. However, those restrictions are now year-round for American Eagle flights going to Mexico. The only exception currently is for first-class and business class tickets. No oversized or overweight bags, either, no matter what class you fly. Also important to note is that you will not be able to travel with boxes, which are defined as "any container that isn't normally used for transporting items for air travel; this includes plastic tubs, containers and coolers."
If you are scheduled to hunt in Mexico and are traveling on an American Eagle flight, contact your travel agent and hunting operator immediately. You will likely need to upgrade your flight and may need to change your travel dates. Be careful about changing arrival cities in order to take advantage of AA flights without these baggage restrictions. Remember, if you are traveling with a firearm, your operator must meet you at your arrival city to handle the clearing of your firearm. Otherwise you will run into big problems with Mexican authorities....