Delta Air Lines Baggage Fees & Tips To Cover The Expenses

Delta baggage fees

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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 U.S. domestic and 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, but Delta references items such as a purse, briefcase, camera bag, or laptop bag
  • 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 pounds / 7 kg
  • Beijing Capital International Airport: 22 pounds / 10 kg
  • Shanghai Pudong International Airport: 22 pounds / 10 kg

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

  • Unticketed infants do not have a baggage allowance. So any baggage for the child counts as part of the adult’s baggage allowance. An adult is permitted to bring an infant seat, bassinet, breast pump and/or associated cooler bag, in addition to their carry-on allowance.

Stroller Check Policy

  • Delta Air Lines does not count strollers or car seats as part of standard baggage. Therefore, Delta checks these items for free at the curbside, ticket counter, or gate.

Delta Checked Baggage Allowance

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

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

  • 1st Bag: FREE
  • 2nd Bag: FREE



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. & CanadaU.S. Virgin Islands,
Central America, Caribbean, Guyana, & Bermuda
U.S. / El Salvador, Ecuador, PanamaU.S. / El Salvador, Ecuador, Panama$30(BE only);
Free (MC/DC+)
Canada / El Salvador, Ecuador, PanamaCanada / El Salvador, Ecuador, PanamaFREE$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)
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);
MexicoTahiti (PPT)FREE$100
U.S. / ColombiaU.S. / Colombia$30 USD (BE only);
Free (MC/DC+)
Canada / ColombiaCanada / ColombiaFREE

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
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
First originating point of travel in Ghana, Nigeria, Namibia, Angola, Egypt, Jordan, or LebanonU.S. & CanadaFREEFREE (MC/DC+);
70 USD
U.S. & CanadaGhana, Nigeria, Namibia, Angola, Egypt, Jordan, or LebanonFREEFREE

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

Up to 10 bags may be checked per passenger on flights operated by Delta or Delta Shuttle® and up to four total checked bags on Delta Connection® carrier flights.

Additional Baggage Fees

Geographical region3rd bag4+ bags

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



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



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



Travel within/between Mexico, Central America and Caribbean


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)



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



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)



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



Travel to/from/within Asia


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

All others



Excess Baggage Fees

Within US & Canada (including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico)$100$200
Between North/South/Central America & Europe or North Africa$100Bags exceeding 70 lbs not allowed
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$200
To / from / within Asia$100$200
To / from / within Australia and New Zealand $100Bags exceeding 70 lbs not allowed
All others

Oversized charges

RouteOversized (63-80 inches)
Travel within/between United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands$200
Travel to/from/between Asia, Middle East, Australia, India$175
Travel between North/South/Central America and Europe or North Africa$300
Travel between US (including U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico ) or Canada and Mexico, Caribbean, Central/South America$150
Travel between North America and all other African countries $175
Travel to/from Brazil$100

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.

Exclusions & Waivers

  • SkyMiles Medallion members, SkyTeam® Elite & Elite Plus Members: 1 additional bag when traveling in Comfort+, Main Cabin, or Basic Economy between the U.S./Canada and any international destination. 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 (70 pounds/ 32 kg each)
    • First Class, Delta Premium Select & Delta One: 5 free bags (70 pounds/ 32 kg each)
    • Your bags can be 80 inches (total length + width + height)
  • For Personal Travel:
    • Basic Economy, Main Cabin & Delta Comfort: 2 free bags (50 pounds / 23 kg each)
    • First Class, Delta Premium Select & Delta One: 3 free bags (70 pounds/ 32 kg each)
    • Your bags can be 62 inches (total length + width + height)

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

For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card, click here.

Frequently asked questions

What is the baggage allowance for Delta Air Lines?

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. For all destinations, check the table above for applicable fees.

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  1. Andrea Romisher September 17, 2018

    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

    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:

      You can also see the link here for requesting wheelchair assistance:

      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

    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

      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

    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. 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

      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. 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.


    • Catherine Luther July 11, 2019

      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

      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

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


  9. 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

    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

      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

    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


    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


    • 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

    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


    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

      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. 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. 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?


  19. PoorChurner October 7, 2019

    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

      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 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!


      • Jarrod West, can you reassess Ravi’s question? He is using either Gold Delta SkyMiles Card or Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card, those cards have the 1st bag checked for free as a benefit.

        If you booked through and the flight is operated by a partner airline, do you get the 1st checked bag free if a Delta SkyMiles card is used to book the flight?


        • Hi Yuri,

          You are not required to pay with the Delta Gold/Platinum card in order to receive the free baggage benefit. However, the terms state “The first checked bag fee waiver will only be applied on flight segments which originate on a Delta or Delta Connection® carrier when you check-in with Delta for both a Delta marketed and Delta operated flight. Codeshare flights are not eligible.”

          In this case, you would not receive a free checked bag from the credit card when flying with Air France.


          • Hello, just to confirm I have a air france flight to CDG booked through delta,if i have Delta Air Lines set as my airline for the incidental credits offered with my platinum card, can i pay for air france baggage through delta to get my baggage fees reimbursed?

          • Hi Ari,

            Yes, if you pay through Delta then your fees should be reimbursed.

  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

      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

    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.)


  24. How do active military get free baggage on international flights returning to us states? Does the foreign country delta workers recognize delta’s commitment of US military free luggage? It’s challenging with the language barrier.


    • Hi Cody,

      If your flight is with Delta Air Lines or was booked through Delta Air Lines, then their baggage benefit for active-duty military should be honored, even overseas.


  25. Reymundo Rosales December 15, 2019

    I’m in the military and I have 3 bags and 1 carry-on. I know 2 of my bags are free how much will my 3rd be?


  26. Hello,
    We are flying AMS-PDX in economy. What would the price of an overweight second bag be? Would it be $100/€85 (either as the standard fee for a second checked bag or for being an overweight bag) or would it be an additional $100/€85 for being both a second bag AND overweight (for a total of $200/€170)? Thank you in advance.


    • Hi Kim,

      Your assessment is correct. You should need to pay both $100 for the 2nd bag, and an additional $100 for it being overweight.

      Thanks for reading!


  27. What is the weight allowance for the free carry on standard case/bag?


    • Hi Sue,

      There should be no weight limit for carry-on bags with Delta, unless you’re flying out Singapore, Bejing, or Shanghai.

      Thanks for reading!


  28. Juliette swindull January 7, 2020

    Flying from Fl. to Seattle Wa. in May. I am using my SkyMiles and I used my Amex Express Delta Gold card. I have purchased a round trip ticket for myself and for my 2 daughters. Do they get a free carry on and 1 free checked bag?


    • Catherine Luther January 8, 2020

      Hi Juliette,

      You would all get a carry-on and piece of checked luggage. The free bag benefit applies to companions on the same ticket.


  29. Mr Keshab Raj Pandey January 14, 2020

    I have 2 23kgs bags, and I have one carry-on bag that is 8 kgs. I am flying from New York to Florida, Florida to Colorado, and Colorado to Los Angles. How much will I have to pay?


    • Hi Keshab,

      For the route, you should need to pay $30 for your first checked bag and $40 for your second checked bag, for a total of $70.

      Thanks for reading!


  30. We are traveling on an international flight booked with bank miles (not My Delta miles) it’s a KLM/Delta flight only carry on included. Can I still check a bag for free since I have the American Express card?


  31. Steven Shadbolt February 11, 2020

    We (2 people) are flying from Amsterdam to Los Angeles via Portland. Next to the carry on luggage, we will have 1 suitcase each (23 kg each). It is unclear if we need to pay a fee on the leg Amsterdam – Portland and/or Portland – Los Angeles. Please advise?


    • Catherine Luther February 12, 2020

      Hi Steven,

      This would depend on whether you’ve booked a basic or standard economy ticket. Basic economy does not include any checked luggage and would need to be purchased separately for $60. As we’re not Delta, you would need to contact the airline to confirm. If you booked both flights on 1 ticket then your baggage should apply for the full route, but you can also confirm this when you contact the airline.


  32. Joshua Oyeniyi February 20, 2020

    Hello UPGRADEDPOINTS, I am thankful for this piece as it is very eye-opening for me especially since I will be flying Delta Air Lines for the first time in March, 2020 from Lagos, Nigeria to New York, USA. I’d like to know which or if all of the below items can go in with me without paying extra.
    1. Backpack bag
    2. Laptop bag
    3. 1 Luggage under 23KG

    Thank you.


    • Catherine Luther February 21, 2020

      Hi Joshua,

      Your carry-on allowance would be 1 item not exceeding 22 x 14 x 9 inches (56 x 35 x 23 cm) and 1 personal item (Delta allows laptops bags).

      For your route, you would be permitted 1 x 23 kg bag.


    • I am traveling to LAX from JFK tomorrow but it appears that one of my bags is 3 pounds over the limit, can I pay for the extra weight? If so, how much will it be?


  33. Kimberly Egbert February 26, 2020

    I was only able to upgrade the 2nd leg of my flight home as first class… will I still be able to check my bags free since half of my route is First Class?


    • Catherine Luther February 27, 2020

      Hi Kimberley,

      It is unlikely that you’ll receive the first class baggage allowance for the entire route, especially as the lower cabin is at the start of your journey where you will check your bags. You should contact the airline to confirm.


  34. Nadine Rose March 6, 2020

    Hi we are military family stationed overseas, looking to fly nue-ams and-seattle (not on orders)The flights are booked through delta but the first leg of the flight is operated by KLM! Any insight if the luggage fees still be waived by klm for being military or do we pay for our luggage? And how Much would it cost for two checked bags?


  35. What if I book a basic economy ticket with points through chase ultimate rewards? I hold a delta gold Amex. Can I pay for the checked bag with delta credit card at check in and request reimbursement? This is possible with the United chase card with same situation at United.


  36. Hello! I am a Delta Gold Skymiles card holder. I am buy tickets for myself and a friend . I am originating in New York. They are originating in Boston. We are meeting at our connection in Atlanta then going on together to our destination. Will my friend qualify for a free checked bag even though we are originating from different cities?


    • Marie,

      If they’re traveling on the same reservation as you, then it’s included. If you booked separate tickets, then you’ll get the free checked bag but they will not.


  37. I plan to fly from JFK to CHS. If I am flying first class, will I get 2 free checked bags? As a sky team elite plus member, I get 1 additional free checked bag. So I can check in 3 bags for free, right?


  38. Delta Traveler February 20, 2021

    My family will be taking a 6am flight out of ORD in April of this year (international flight, but the first leg is domestic with layover in ATL). Is there a way for us to pre-check in our luggage the night before? We are planning to spend the night at the airport hotel.


    • Catherine Luther February 22, 2021


      Generally, airlines will only accept luggage 4 hours before a scheduled flight, but we suggest you give Delta a call to check with them.


  39. Do I have to pay for the luggage of a layover flight as well? I booked a round-trip tickets and one of them has a very long layover and I was saying I have to pay for each flights checked bag policy.


    • Hi Zoe,

      If the trip is all booked under the same itinerary, then you should not need to pay twice for your baggage during the layover portion of your trip.


  40. Deborah R McGarry March 29, 2021

    Just to confirm I change planes 3 times to go to Virginia and we have to pay 30 each plane change for our luggage? And the same coming home 3 plane changes?


  41. Due to my shoulder replacement, I need to use a pillow under my arm when sitting. It is about a foot square and about 4 inches thick. Will this count as a personal item or is it a health item free. What about my walking stick?


    • Hi Delores,

      Yes, you should be able to bring the pillow without issue, and your walking stick is considered a mobility aid so there is no issue in bringing that either.


  42. 2 questions:

    Can I bring a pillow for my back next to my personal item and hand luggage?

    I fly with Delta/KLM from Miami, layover Atlanta to Amsterdam

    How much will each extra suitcase of 23kg cost me?
    And can I pay cash at the desk/airport?

    And/or is it cheaper to pay for my extra 2 suitcases online?

    Thanks in advance! 🙂

    P.S. I’m trying to call Delta, but I’m on hold now for 3hours and still waiting


    • Catherine Luther April 30, 2021

      Hi Rosanna,

      It’s advisable to ensure you’ve got space in your carry-on to be able to pack your pillow inside if requested, as it can depend completely on the check-in agent on the day.

      One 23 kg bag would be included with your ticket, with your first additional piece costing $100 and any further pieces, $285. Miami is one of Delta’s cashless airports, so it will not be possible for you to pay cash. Baggage fees are the same whether you purchase online or at the airport.


  43. Delta required me to pay for the 2nd checked baggage ($100) on my economy flight from the US to Asia. Is there an additional update after this post?


    • Hi DK,

      What country in Asia did you fly to? Was either of your bags oversized or overweight?


      • The new DL policy for international economy ticket is one free bag. Second bag is $100 each way. Third bag is $200 each way. For medallions two bags for free and the third bag is $200 each way. Please update your website.


  44. Dijana mitrovic May 25, 2021

    I am flying from NY to Dubrovnik with economy class, how many bags I am allowed?


    • Hi Dijana,

      As long as you are not flying basic economy, you will be allowed to bring 1 personal item, 1 carry-on bag, and 1 checked bag.


  45. Jason Campbell June 9, 2021

    If I’m boarding a sequence of Delta flights from Europe to the USA with the first flight being a Delta codeshare operated by KLM, do I look to KLM for the baggage charges or to Delta? And if I book a Premium Select fare that only applies to the transatlantic leg will I still get the 2 free checked bags despite checking in with KLM? Thanks for any insights you can offer!


    • Hi Jason,

      If you booked the flight through Delta you will go by Delta’s baggage allowances, and yes you should get your 2 free checked bags for the entire trip.


  46. Hi,

    Does the delta gold card waive the first checked bag on basic economy international routes (like to europe, where there are no checked luggage included in basic economy fares)?


    • Hi Mendel,

      No, the benefit does not stack if you already receive a free checked bag. It only applies to routes where you would have to pay for a bag.


  47. Amex Gold SkyMiles card used to buy Delta ticketed flight ATL-MAN via AMS return. (Basic economy). Of course, the AMS-MAN and MAN-AMS legs are operated by KLM, all other legs are on Delta aircraft. Because the return legs begin with a short MAN-AMS hop there is no free checked bag allowed for the entire return series. Interestingly, the KLM charge for that leg would be 20 euros, Delta insists that the charge is not relevant, the charge will be $60. I called and had it confirmed. I guess it makes sense to someone somewhere.


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