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 inches (56 x 35 x  23 cm)

Weight Restrictions (from the following departure airports only):

  • Singapore Changi International Airport: 15 lbs / 7 kg
  • Beijing Capital International Airport: 22 lbs / 10 kg
  • Shanghai Pudong International Airport: 22 lbs / 10 kg

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 50 pound (23 kg) for Economy & 70 pound (32 kg) for Delta One, First, Business Class, and must adhere to max linear dimensions of 62 inches (158cm).

Delta One, Delta Premium Select, and First Class (regardless of route)

  • 1st Bag: FREE
  • 2nd Bag: FREE

Economy

 



Basic Economy (BE), Main Cabin (MC), Delta Comfort+® (DC+)

Travel between1st Bag2nd Bag
U.S. (including Puerto Rico)U.S. (including Puerto Rico)$30$40
U.S.Canada$30$50
U.S. & CanadaU.S. Virgin Islands,
Central America, Caribbean, Guyana, & Bermuda
$30*$40
U.S./CanadaMexico$30$55
U.S. / El Salvador, Ecuador, PanamaU.S. / El Salvador, Ecuador, Panama$30(BE only);
Free (MC/DC+)
$40
U.S., Canada
& Mexico
Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan & UzbekistanFREE$75
U.S., Canada
& Mexico
Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, & YemenFREEFREE
Caribbean, Mexico, Central AmericaSouth America
(excluding Guyana)
FREEFREE
U.S. / South America
(excluding Brazil, Colombia,
Ecuador, Guyana)
U.S. / South America
(excluding Brazil, Colombia,
Ecuador, Guyana)
$60 (BE Only);
Free (MC/DC+)
$100 (BE Only);
Free (MC/DC+)
Canada / South America (excluding Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana)Canada / South America (excluding Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana)FREEFREE
U.S. & CanadaTahiti (PPT)$60 (BE ONLY);
FREE (MC/DC+)
$100
MexicoTahiti (PPT)FREE$100
U.S. / ColombiaU.S. / Colombia$30 USD (BE only);
Free (MC/DC+)
$60
Canada / ColombiaCanada / ColombiaFREE

FREE
U.S & CanadaBrazil (excluding select G3-operated flights)FREEFREE
Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, Central America (excluding Brazil)IsraelFREE$100
U.SIsraelFREE (MC/DC+); $60 (BE only)$100
U.S & Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, South America (excluding Brazil)Australia, New Zealand & The PhilippinesFREEFREE
U.S. & Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, South AmericaAsiaFREEFREE
U.S. & Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, South AmericaSouthern and West AfricaFREEFREE
U.S. & Canada, MexicoIndiaFREEFREE
U.S. & CanadaEurope & North AfricaFREE (MC/DC+); $60 (BE only)$100
Caribbean, Central America, South America (excluding Brazil)Europe & North AfricaFREE$100
Caribbean, Central America, South America (excluding Brazil)Middle East (excluding Israel)FREE$75
Mexico, Central America & CaribbeanMexico, Central America & Caribbean$30$40
EuropeIndiaFREE$75
JapanGuam, Saipan & PalauFREE$40
MexicoEuropeFREE (MC/DC+); $60 (BE only)$100
Caribbean, Central America, South America (excluding Brazil)IndiaFREE$75
U.S. & Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, South America (excluding Brazil)First originating point of travel in IndiaFREEFREE

*Fee waived for passengers traveling between Los Angeles, California (LAX) and Guatemala City, Guatemala (GUA). 

All passengers traveling to or from Key West, Florida are limited to one checked bag. This supersedes all exceptions.

For Economy allowance on additional routes, please see Delta’s baggage policy here.

Up to 10 bags may be checked per passenger.

Additional Baggage Fees

Geographical region3rd bag4+ bags

Travel between the United States (including the U.S. Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico) or Canada and Caribbean

$150

$200

Travel between United States (including the U.S. Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico), Canada, Mexico and Central America (excludes GUA, SAP and SAL)

$150

$200

Travel  between the United States (including the U.S. Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico), Canada and Mexico

$180

$200

Travel within/between Mexico, Central America and Caribbean

$125

$200
Travel between United States (including the U.S. Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico), Canada, and San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP) or San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL)$200$200

Travel between United States (including the U.S. Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico), Canada and Guatemala City, Guatemala (GUA)

$200

$285

Travel between South America (excluding select GOL-operated flights between BSB-MCO/MIA and FOR-MCO/MIA; see below) and the United States (including the U.S. Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico), Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America

$200

$200

Travel on GOL-operated/Delta-marketed flights between Brasília International Airport (BSB) and Miami, FL (MIA) or Orlando, FL (MCO) or Fortaleza International Airport (FOR) and Miami, FL (MIA) or Orlando, FL (MCO)

$100

$100

Travel between North/South/Central America and Europe or North Africa

$285

$285

Travel to/from/within Asia

$200

$200
Travel between North America (United States, Canada, and Mexico) and Tahiti$285$285

All others

$200

$200

Excess Baggage Fees

RouteOverweight
51lb – 70lb
Overweight
71lb – 100lb
Oversize
63” – 80”
Within US & Canada ((including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico)$100$200$200/CAD*
Between North/South/Central America & Europe or North Africa$100Bags exceeding 70 lbs not allowed$300/345 CAD /€250
Between North America and San Pedro Sula, Honduras or San Salvador, El Salvador$150Bags exceeding 70 lbs not allowed
To/from/within Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean$100$200150 USD/CAD*
To / from / within Asia$100$200175 USD/CAD/EUR*
To / from / within Australia and New Zealand $100Bags exceeding 70 lbs not allowed

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. Earn 30,000 Bonus Miles after you use your new Card to make $1,000 in purchases within your first 3 months and a $50 Statement Credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. For rates and fees of the Gold Delta, click here.

Exclusions & Waivers

SkyMiles Medallion members, SkyTeam® Elite & Elite Plus Members: 1 additional bag (for travel outside the United States and Canada and/or travel between the United States & Canada and selected Caribbean destinations). This is valid for up to 8 travel companions on the same reservation is not applicable to flights departing from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) or Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS).

Silver Medallions who also hold a SkyMiles credit card from American Express 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.

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

  • On Military Orders:
    • Basic Economy, Main Cabin & Delta Comfort: 5 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 Cabin & 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)

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

FAQ

What is the baggage allowance for Delta Airlines?

The baggage allowance for Delta Air Lines depends on the fare type and the route. Check the table in this article to check the fees for your specific route.

Do you get a free checked bag on Delta?

Some fares and destinations receive free checked luggage with Delta Air Lines. Delta One, Delta Premium Select, and First Class receive two checked bags and Economy passengers receive a free checked bag for some international destinations.

Can I take a backpack and carry-on on Delta?

A small backpack would count as a personal item if it fits under the seat in front of you. Delta does not disclose any size restrictions for personal items but lists items such as a purse, briefcase, camera bag or diaper bag.

How much is a checked bag on Delta International?

Flights to some international destinations include free checked luggage. Economy passengers on flights from the U.S. to Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East receive a free checked bag, providing they have not purchased a Basic Economy fare.

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49 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.

    • Meggan Forbes- Patterson · August 8, 2019 · Reply

      I have a 32″ Television and 2 checked bags. How much do I have to pay for the TV?
      Or does it count as a check bag too. Thank you

      • Catherine Luther · August 9, 2019 · Reply

        Hi Meggan,

        If the maximum linear dimensions do not exceed 158cm (62”) then you should be able to check this at the cost of a normal checked bag. You may be asked to sign a limited liability release.

  8. Fatmata · July 22, 2019 · Reply

    Hi. Are carry-on and hand luggage free? How is your excess fee/kg?

    • Stephen Au · July 23, 2019 · Reply

      Hey Fatmata,

      Yes, Delta doesn’t charge for 1 carry-on and 1 personal item.

  9. Stephen Au · July 23, 2019 · Reply

    Fatmata,

    We are not Delta Airlines, so please consult them directly. It depends on the exact route you’re flying, so please contact Delta.

  10. Sofia Rodriguez · August 2, 2019 · Reply

    Hi there,

    Very helpful website! I cannot find what is the cost and weight limit of a third bag in First Class, for a flight between US and Central America. We will have a lot of luggage, so we’re wondering if it would pay off to get first class tickets and be able to have heavier bags… but that’ll depend on the cost of the third bag in first class.

    • Catherine Luther · August 5, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Sofia,

      A third bag to Central America would cost 150 USD and for 4-10 bags the charge would be 200 USD each. This excludes the following airports: GUA Guatemala, SAP Honduras, SAL El Salvador where the cost is $200 each for any additional bags. These additional bags would be 32 kgs which is the same weight as your free allowance for First Class. If you booked an Economy ticket then each bag could only weigh up to 23 kgs.

  11. Meggan Forbes- Patterson · August 8, 2019 · Reply

    Flying from New York to Jamaica. How much is it for the second and third check on luggage?

  12. Hello, what are the baggage requirements for Delta Business Class, domestic flight? Is it the same as First Class? Thank you for the helpful information!

  13. Christopher Constantinou · August 21, 2019 · Reply

    Hello,

    I have a flight from London to Boston with a comfort plus ticket. Could you please clarify if I can take on board 1 cabin bag plus a standard shoulder bag?

    Thank you

    • Andrew Kunesh · August 21, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Christopher, that’s correct: Comfort+ ticketholders are entitled to one personal item (shoulder bag) and a cabin bag. Thanks and safe travels!

  14. I am considering on applying for the Gold Delta SkyMiles American Express card and be able to check in our luggage for free. However, I already purchased our tickets with another credit card. If I apply for this Amex card, will I still be able to check in my luggage for free?

  15. Peter J Jones · August 24, 2019 · Reply

    I am flying from LHR to BOS with 1 hold bag in delta comfort+. Is the first bag 23kg free or not?

  16. Kelvin Tavarez · September 3, 2019 · Reply

    Hello,

    I have a question regarding my trip to Spain. I’m planning on purchasing the flight via Delta using my new Gold Delta SkyMiles. I need to check in two 23kg luggage’s and am trying to figure out the most economic way of doing this. What I want to know is the following:

    If I purchase a ticket for the main cabin which includes a free checked-in bag, does that mean that the Gold SkyMiles card will grant me an additional luggage to check in or will I have to pay for the second?

    Is it better to purchase a basic economy ticket which is usually cheaper than the main cabin. Although I’ll have to pay for the second luggage, I’ll be able to get the free luggage that the SkyMiles card offers which will ultimately result in a lower cost.

    Which one should I go with?

    • Catherine Luther · September 4, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Kelvin,

      The free checked bag applies to the first checked bag only, so if you booked a flight that already includes luggage, you would still have to pay for the 2nd bag. So it would likely be cheaper for you to book a basic economy ticket and purchase your 2nd bag. Just obviously be aware of the limitations that can come with a basic economy fare such as no changes/cancellations or seat selection.

  17. Lesley Sales · September 29, 2019 · Reply

    Hi
    We are flying from Seattle (SEA) to Spokane (GEG) and wish to know the baggage allowance on Delta Premium Economy flights, which doesn’t seem to be listed anywhere.
    One passenger will have one suitcase up to 50lb and the other will have one suitcase up to 50lb and a second suitcase that may be over 50lb but still less than 70lb.
    Can you advise me, please?
    Thanks in advance

    • Hi Lesley,

      For this route, each passngers first checked bag will cost $30 if it is under 50 lbs, and $40 for a second bag under 50 lbs. If either bag is over 50 lbs but under 70 lbs then they charge will be $100.

      Thanks for reading!

  18. Andy Veit · October 1, 2019 · Reply

    We’re flying from Paris to Atlanta in Delta “Premium Economy” seats, which aren’t listed on the Delta “Baggage and Travel Fees” page (I think it might be because it’s an Air France flight booked through Delta). Can you tell me what the baggage fees will be?

    • Hi Andy,

      For this route, you may bring 1 personal item, 1 carry-on item, and 1 checked bag free of charge.

      Thanks for reading!

  19. PoorChurner · October 7, 2019 · Reply

    I purchased a Delta economy ticket last month with another credit card. If I apply for Delta Gold will the checked bag fee be waived?

    • Hi PoorChurner,

      If you open the card before your flight then you should be able to receive a free checked bag since the benefit will be associated with your SkyMiles number and not the card you paid with. You could reach out to Delta for confirmation of this as well.

      Thanks for reading!

  20. Hi,

    We are planning on flying from London – Las Vegas with Delta Airlines. I am a platinum member. How does the first free checked baggage work?

    When I book the flights, do I purchase the flight without baggage and then add it later for it to be waived? The only option it gives me is to upgrade from economy light to economy plus however nothing is waived in pricing.

    Also, will the free checked luggage apply to both me and my partner?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Catherine Luther · October 15, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Jyoti,

      I don’t believe the free checked bag benefit applies when booking a basic economy ticket with Delta and a transatlantic flight in standard economy already includes a checked bag . Give Delta a call to see what your options are.

  21. If I book an Air France flight from delta.com using Delta Amex Gold/Platinum card will I get a checked bag free?

    • Hi Ravi,

      Unfortunately, those cards do not include a free checked bag benefit. However, if you have Delta Air Lines set as your airline for the incidental credits offered with each card, then you can get your baggage fees reimbursed after paying for them with either your Amex Gold or Platinum card. Each year, you receive $100 in incidental credits on the Gold card and $200 on the Platinum card.

      Thanks for reading!

  22. I have a domestic flight on delta on economy with zero baggage allowance. If I upgraded online to first (with money and not miles) will I be have 2 baggage allowance as per first fare rules or not?

    • Catherine Luther · October 15, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Deema,

      You should receive the baggage allowance from first class but check the information on the upgrade page if you do which should detail this.

  23. igor andelman · November 11, 2019 · Reply

    Is a tennis racket considered a carry on?

    • Hi Igor, Delta does not specifically mention any information about tennis rackets in their online section regarding baggage and sporting goods. However, Delta outlines the dimensions of a carry-on bag to not exceed 22″ x 14″ x 9″ as per their policy, and I would assume your racket is smaller than this? That being said, it also may depend on if you plan to bring this on as your “carry-on” item or as your “personal item”.

      As such (and since we are not Delta), I suggest you call their customer service line and inquire with them directly. (1-800-221-1212 from the U.S.)

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