Delta Air Lines Baggage Fees & Tips To Cover The Expenses

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Delta Air Lines follows a fairly standard baggage policy in terms of free carry-on bags, charging pretty average fees for US domestic & Canada/Mexico flights, and including one to two bags in the base fare for international flights (dependent on cabin class).

Additional pieces after 1-2 bags, as well as overweight/oversized bags carry a pretty hefty fee so try to stick to your regulations!

Delta Carry-On Allowance

1 personal item: FREE
1 standard carry-on bag: FREE

Size Restrictions

  • Personal: undisclosed
  • Standard: 22″ x 14″ x 9″

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

  • If children are traveling for free, they don’t have a baggage allowance. So any baggage for the child counts as part of the adult’s baggage allowance.

Stroller Check Policy

  • Delta Airlines does not count strollers as part of standard baggage. Therefore, Delta checks strollers for free at the curbside, ticket counter, or gate.

Delta Checked Baggage Allowance

All checked bags must adhere to a max weight of 23kg (50lb) for Economy & 32kg (70lb) for Delta One, First, Business Class, and must adhere to max linear dimensions of 158cm (62”).

Delta One, First, & Business Class (regardless of route)

  • 1st Bag: FREE
  • 2nd Bag: FREE

Economy

Route1st Bag2nd Bag3rd Bag4th + Bags
Within US $30$40$150$200
Between US & Canada$30/CAD$50/CAD$150/CAD$200/CAD
US & Canada to/from Mexico
$30$55$180/CAD$200/CAD
US & Canada to/from US Virgin Islands,
Central America & Caribbean, Guyana, Bermuda
$30$40$125 – $150$200
US & Canada to/from El Salvador, Ecuador, PanamaFREE$40$200
US, Canada, Caribbean, Mexico &
Central America to/from South America
(excl Brazil, Guyana)
FREEFREE$200
US, Canada, Caribbean, Mexico &
Central America to/from Europe
& Northern Africa
FREE$100/120CAD/€85$285/330CAD/€240
US, Canada, Caribbean, Mexico &
Central America to/from Asia 
FREEFREE$200/CAD/EUR

* For Economy allowance on addt’l routes, please see Delta’s baggage policy here.
* Up to 10 bags may be checked per passenger.

Additional / Excess Baggage Fees

RouteOverweight
51lb – 70lb
Overweight
71lb – 100lb
Oversize
63” – 80”
Within US & Canda$100/CAD*$200/CAD*$200/CAD*
Between North/South/Central America & Europe or North Africa$100/120CAD/€85Bags exceeding 70 lbs not allowed$300/345 CAD /€250
Between North America and San Pedro Sula, Hondruas or San Salvador, El Salvador$150 USD/CAD*Bags exceeding 70 lbs not allowed
To/from/within Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean100 USD/CAD*200 USD/CAD*150 USD/CAD*
To / from / within Asia100 USD/CAD*200 USD/CAD*175 USD/CAD/EUR*
To / from / within Australia and New Zealand 100 USD/CAD*Bags exceeding 70 lbs not allowed

*CAD or EUR amounts will be charged when exiting Canada or Europe, respectively.

For baggage fees related to special luggage (sporting equipment, musical instruments, etc.) please refer to Delta’s policy here.

Can I Pre-pay for Baggage?

Delta Air Lines does allow passengers the ability to pre-pay for luggage online when checking in from 24 hours before the flight departure.

Here’s how you can pre-pay:

Credit Cards That Give You A Free Checked Bag With Delta Air Lines

American Express provides numerous co-branded credit cards with Delta. Each card provides you with a free checked bag on your flights with Delta. Even your friends and family can enjoy the benefit.

Check out the details below:

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express- use this card to get one free checked bag for you and up to 8 companions on your itinerary, which we see as a "must-have" if you fly Delta regularly. There's currently a 30,000 bonus miles welcome bonus too. (terms apply). For rates and fees of the Gold Delta, click here.
Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express - This card information is being updated.

Exclusions & Waivers

At the time of check in with Delta for a Delta-marketed and Delta-operated flight (including Delta Connection), all SkyMiles Medallion members, SkyTeam® Elite & Elite Plus Members will be able to check one additional bag over the standard cabin allowance (see above) for travel outside the United States and Canada and/or travel between the United States & Canada and select Caribbean destinations.

This benefit is subject to the weight and size restrictions of your cabin of travel as well as any applicable embargoes in place. Furthermore, the benefits listed below extend to up to 8 travel companions on the Medallion member’s reservation for a total of 9 passengers.

*Note: Silver Medallions who also hold a SkyMiles American Express Reserve, Platinum, or Gold Credit Card will be able to receive a second bag free (up to two free bags at 70 pounds or 32 kg each) for themselves and up to eight (8) others traveling in the eligible member’s reservation, for flights within the U.S. and Canada.

At the time of check in with Delta for a Delta-marketed and Delta-operated flight (including Delta Connection), passengers who book with a Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express – Gold, Platinum, or Reserve – will be allowed to check their first bag for free system-wide. The benefit is subject to the weight and size restrictions of your cabin of travel. The benefit extends to up to 8 travel companions on the Cardholder’s reservation for a total of 9 passengers.

For active duty U.S. military personnel when traveling on orders or for personal travel.

  • On Military Orders:
    • Basic Economy, Main Camib & Delta Comfort: 4 free bags (70lb)
    • First Class, Delta Premium Select & Delta One: 5 free bags (70lb)
    • Your bags can be 80 inches (total length + width + height)
  • For Personal Travel:
    • Basic Economy, Main Camib & Delta Comfort: 2 free bags (70lb)
    • First Class, Delta Premium Select & Delta One: 3 free bags (70lb)
    • Your bags can be 62 inches (total length + width + height)

Skyteam Member

  • If you are an Elite or Elite Plus member of Skyteam, you receive an extra allowance (10 kg for Elite, 20 kg for Elite Plus), or one additional bag where the piece concept applies. This depends on routing.

To see more airline baggage fees and policies, click here.

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14 comments

  1. How can I obtain a lost baggage fee receipt? I have been on hold on the phone for over 15 minutes. Can you please email the receipt to me for Andrea Romisher trip on 9/13/2018.

  2. Linda mcquade · May 28, 2019 · Reply

    Hello. Our return flight from San Francisco to Glasgow Scotland is 1st of July. Can you please tell me if we have to pay for a 20 kilo case? Thanks. Our flite no is VS3215 to JFK, then VS4003 to Glasgow. Also my husband Michael has Parkinson’s, could we please have assistance? Thank you, Linda Mcquade. X

    • Hi Linda, please be advised we are not Delta Airlines. We are Upgraded Points, a website that published articles based on points and miles maximization as well as other travel related pieces like this baggage fee article.

      As such, unfortunately, we cannot help in properly addressing your request for assistance for you and your husband with Parkinson’s. You can find more information on Delta’s Accessible Services here: https://www.delta.com/us/en/accessible-travel-services/overview.

      You can also see the link here for requesting wheelchair assistance: https://www.delta.com/us/en/accessible-travel-services/wheelchair-services.

      In both cases, there are phone numbers listed where you can contact Delta directly – we suggest this route since we are not affiliated with Delta’s services in any way. Hope this helps!

  3. Aliena Martirez · May 31, 2019 · Reply

    For a domestic economy flight, does delta allow 2 pieces of baggage with 50lbs(23kgs) per bag?

    • Hi Aliena!

      For a domestic economy flight with Delta, you definitely can check 2 pieces of baggage that are up to 50lbs(23kgs) per bag. Do keep in mind, the cost to do so will be $30 for your first bag and $40 for your second in each direction.

  4. I am purchasing a RT domestic BASIC ticket on DELTA for my friend with my Delta Gold credit card, which allows one free checked bag. However, I will not be traveling with him. Will he be able to check his GOLF BAG with NO additional FEE?

    • Catherine Luther · June 29, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Nan,

      To be eligible for the first bag free benefit, the credit card holder must be be traveling on the reservation. So your friend would not receive a free bag if traveling without you, even if you purchase the flight with your credit card.

  5. Darius Green · July 1, 2019 · Reply

    If you hold the delta gold card but you book the flight with miles, are you still able to get the checked bag free?

  6. bryan · July 5, 2019 · Reply

    Is the follow statement correct? I thought 70 lbs is only if your in First or One.

    *Note: Silver Medallions who also hold a SkyMiles American Express Reserve, Platinum, or Gold Credit Card will be able to receive a second bag free (up to two free bags at 70 pounds or 32 kg each) for themselves and up to eight (8) others traveling in the eligible member’s reservation.

    • Catherine Luther · July 6, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Bryan,

      This is correct for flights within the U.S. and Canada and the article has been updated to make this stipulation clearer.

      If you would like to view this information on Delta’s website, it can be found under the section “DELTA SKYMILES MEDALLION MEMBERS.”

  7. Laural · July 10, 2019 · Reply

    Hello. I’m wondering if you are aware of a recent change in Delta’s free baggage policy for Delta card holders. Per the below link to Delta’s free bag policy, it looks like you must purchase the flight specifically with the Delta card, not simply have the card. I was hoping to purchase an upcoming flight with my Chase Sapphire Reserve so as to receive the travel benefits from that card. If this is the case, I wonder if they would allow you to pay for the flight with the Delta card and then the taxes with another card, the CSR, so as to receive the benefits of both? Thanks for your opinion. Best regards.

    https://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/baggage/before-your-trip/checked/first-bag-free.html/

    • Catherine Luther · July 11, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Laurel,

      Thanks for highlighting this change to us, we’ll validate this info and get the article updated.

      We don’t have any experience of split card payments with Delta and can’t find any info on their website; however, we did find a response to this question on Delta’s Twitter page where Delta’s customer representative advised split payment between 2 credit cards is not possible. It might be worth you giving Delta a call to confirm this.

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