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Delta Becomes Third U.S. Carrier to Recently Raise Checked Luggage Fees

Sept. 20, 2018
Travel, Vacations & Trip Planning
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Delta Air Lines will join two of its competitors in charging passengers more to check their bags to their final destination. Starting Sept. 19, passengers will pay $5 more for each of their first two checked bags domestically, traveling each way.

The move comes after both JetBlue and United Airlines increased prices for checked luggage based on destination. But Delta passengers can still get one free checked bag for themselves and up to eight people traveling on the same itinerary by booking their flight with the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express.

$30 for your first bag, $40 for your second

For new tickets purchased on or after Sept. 19, domestic passengers in the main cabin or Delta Comfort Plus will pay increased prices for their luggage. Their first bag under 50 pounds will cost $30 each way, while the second under 50 pounds will cost $40.

»Learn More: You can still get a free checked bag with the right airline credit card.

Checked luggage prices are also increasing based on your final destination. Flying from the United States to the U.S. Virgin Islands, Central America, the Caribbean, Guyana and Bermuda, a second bag weighing under 50 pounds will cost $40 each way. To and from Canada, passengers will pay $50 to check a second bag under 50 pounds each way. And flying to Mexico, checking a second bag under 50 pounds will cost $55 each way.

For many international routes, passengers in the main cabin or Comfort Plus will still receive a free checked bag. Those flying in the main cabin or Comfort Plus on most routes to Ecuador, El Salvador, Europe, Panama or Tahiti will get at least one checked bag free, while those flying to Australia, the Middle East, South America, Southern and West Africa, India or New Zealand will still get two free checked bags.

How to get a free checked bag on Delta

While the baggage prices are increasing, it’s still possible to get a free checked bag aboard Delta. The easiest way to get free checked luggage is by booking airfare with the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express. When a cardholder travels aboard Delta and uses their Delta SkyMiles number, they may receive one free checked bag for themselves and up to eight companions on the same itinerary. In addition, the cardholder can receive a discount on day passes to the Delta Sky Club lounge when traveling on a Delta-coded or Delta-operated flight.

Other ways to get free checked luggage include:

  • Flying as an active member of the U.S. military traveling on orders or for personal travel.
  • Attain any level of SkyMiles Medallion Status, starting with Silver.
  • Fly confirmed in First Class or Delta One.

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