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      Delta Air Lines Baggage Fees, Allowance, & Policy (2022)

      Natasha Gabrielle
      Delta Air Lines Baggage Fees

      Baggage rules and fees can vary from one airline to another. If you’re planning to fly with Delta Air Lines soon, you want to make sure that you fully understand the baggage rules and fees, so you don’t have any surprises. This Delta Air Lines baggage fees guide will outline the must-know details before you begin packing your bags. To get the most out of your next flight, see our Delta SkyMiles loyalty program guide and our Best Ways to Earn Delta SkyMiles guide.

      Personal Items

      You can bring one personal item when flying with Delta Air Lines, no matter what ticket type you purchase. Examples of acceptable personal bags include a briefcase, purse, laptop bag, or small bag. Your personal item must fit under the seat in front of you. 

      Delta doesn’t outline exact measurement restrictions for personal items like most other airlines. The one personal item you bring should be a similar size or smaller than the example items listed above.

      Carry-on Baggage

      All Delta Air Lines passengers can bring one carry-on bag without paying additional fees. Carry-on bags must meet the size requirements. 

      Bag dimensions shouldn’t exceed 22 x 14 x 9, including handles and wheels. The combined L+W+H of your bag shouldn’t exceed 45 linear inches. These measurements don’t apply to small musical instruments that fit in the overhead bin or under-space seat.

      For most flights, there is no maximum weight for carry-on bags. Some international destinations have weight restrictions. 

      Note: In addition to the above, you can bring the following items onboard for free: 

      • A jacket
      • An umbrella
      • Food and drink items purchased after security
      • Duty-free merchandise 
      • Special items like strollers, wheelchairs, child safety seats, or assistive devices like crutches

      Checked Baggage

      When flying with Delta Air Lines, you can bring checked bags. Checked bags shouldn’t exceed 62 inches (L+W+H).

      Depending on your ticket type and destination, you may need to pay applicable fees to check a bag. Main Cabin passengers flying within the United States will need to pay $30 (each way) for their first checked bag and $40 (each way) for a second checked bag. Fees may vary for other routes and ticket classes.

      Delta clearly shows checked bag prices before you complete the check-out process. Delta Air Lines also provides travelers with a baggage fee calculator to better estimate baggage fees. 

      Here’s what the tool looks like:

      Delta Baggage Fees Calculator

      Screenshot: delta.com

      You can use this tool before your next flight to figure out the fees you’ll need to pay. Another option is to log in to your account, go to the “My Trips” section of your account, and calculate the costs that way.

      How Many Checked Bags Can You Bring?

      You may be wondering how many checked bags you can bring when flying with Delta Air Lines. 

      • When flying on Delta or Delta Shuttle flights, each passenger can check up to ten bags.
      • When flying on Delta Connection carrier flights, each passenger can check up to four bags.

      How to Prepay for Checked Bags

      You can prepay for bags through the Delta website or app. Within 24 hours of your flight departure and during the online check-in process, you can make a note of checked bags and can also pay in advance. If you prefer, you can pay for your bags when you get to the airport.

      Checked Baggage Weight and Size Restrictions

      Baggage size and weight restrictions vary by destination. 

      Baggage Weight Restrictions:

      For all destinations, standard checked bags should not exceed 50 pounds. Otherwise, overweight bag fees will apply. All fees are charged each way

      Below are the maximum weight restrictions for checked bags by destination:

      Flights between the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands: Passengers cannot check bags that exceed 100 pounds. 

      Flights between North/South/Central America and Europe/North Africa: Passengers cannot check bags exceeding 70 pounds. 

      Flights between to/from/within Australia and New Zealand: Passengers cannot check bags exceeding 70 pounds. 

      Flights to/from/within Europe, South Africa, or the United Arab Emirates: Passengers cannot check bags exceeding 70 pounds. 

      Baggage Size Restrictions: 

      Checked bags shouldn’t exceed 62 inches (L+W+H). Larger bags will be subject to oversized bag fees. No matter your destination, checked bags larger than 80 inches (L+W+H) are not permitted.

      Oversized Bag Fees

      Checked bags bigger than 62 inches will be subject to oversized bag fees. Fees vary by destination and are charged each way. These are the fees you can expect to pay (each way): 

      Travel within the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico:

      • When flying within the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, checked bags 63 inches to 80 inches will require an additional oversized bag fee of $200. 

      Travel between the United States and Canada:

      • When flying between the United States and Canada, checked bags 63 inches to 80 inches will require an additional oversized bag fee of $200. 

      Travel from Asia/Middle East/Australia/India to any destination:

      • When flying from Asia/Middle East/Australia/India to any destination, checked bags 63 inches to 80 inches will require an additional oversized bag fee of $175. 

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

      • When flying between North/South/Central America and Europe/North Africa, checked bags 63 inches to 80 inches will require an additional oversized bag fee of $300. 

      Travel from the United States and Canada to Mexico/Caribbean/Central America/South America:

      • When flying from the United States and Canada to Mexico/Caribbean/Central America/South America, checked bags 63 inches to 80 inches will require an additional oversized bag fee of $150.

      Travel between North America and Africa (excluding South Africa):

      • When flying between North America and Africa (excluding South Africa), checked bags 63 inches to 80 inches will require an additional oversized bag fee of $175. 

      Travel between Brazil and any destination:

      • When flying between Brazil and any destination, checked bags 63 inches to 80 inches will require an additional oversized bag fee of $100.

      Overweight Bag Fees

      Overweight bag fees vary by destination and are charged each way. These are the fees you can expect to pay (each way): 

      Travel within the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico:

      • When flying within the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, checked bags weighing 51 to 70 pounds will require an additional overweight bag fee of $100. 
      • When flying within the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, checked bags weighing 71 to 100 pounds will require an additional overweight bag fee of $200. 

      Travel between the United States and Canada:

      • When flying between the United States and Canada, checked bags weighing 51 to 70 pounds will require an additional overweight bag fee of $100. 
      • When flying between the United States and Canada, checked bags weighing 71 to 100 pounds will require an additional overweight bag fee of $200. 

      Travel from North/South/Central America and Europe/North Africa:

      • When flying between North/South/Central America and Europe/North Africa checked bags weighing 51 to 70 pounds will require an additional overweight bag fee of $100. 

      Travel from Mexico/Central America/South America/Caribbean to any destination:

      • When flying from Mexico/Central America/South America/Caribbean to any destination, checked bags weighing 51 to 70 pounds will require an additional overweight bag fee of $100. 
      • When flying from Mexico/Central America/South America/Caribbean to any destination, checked bags weighing 71 to 100 pounds will require an additional overweight bag fee of $200. 

      Travel from North America to San Pedro Sula/Honduras (SAP) /San Salvador/El Salvador (SAL):    

      • When flying from North America to San Pedro Sula/Honduras (SAP) /San Salvador/El Salvador (SAL), checked bags weighing 51 to 70 pounds will require an additional overweight bag fee of $150.  

      Travel between Asia and any destination:

      • When flying between Asia and any destination, checked bags weighing 51 to 70 pounds will require an additional overweight bag fee of $100. 
      • When flying between Asia and any destination, checked bags weighing 71 to 100 pounds will require an additional overweight bag fee of $200. 

      Travel between Australia/New Zealand and any destination:

      • When flying between Australia/New Zealand and any destination, checked bags weighing 51 to 70 pounds will require an additional overweight bag fee of $150.  

      All other international destinations:

      • When flying to any other international destination, checked bags weighing 51 to 70 pounds will require an additional overweight bag fee of $100. 
      • When flying to any other international destination, checked bags weighing 71 to 100 pounds will require an additional overweight bag fee of $200.

      Important Baggage Rules 

      Delta Air Lines Free Bags

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      When flying with Delta Air Lines, you may be able to bring certain special items. You may need to pay an additional fee to do so. You should plan to check with an agent at the airport to determine the exact fees and restrictions for special items. 

      Your bag may be considered a special item if it has a unique shape, exceeds 50 pounds, contains items that require additional care, or if you’re bringing equipment for medical assistance, children’s items, musical instruments, or sporting equipment and gear.

      You can check out the rules and restrictions for all eligible special items.

      Damaged, Delayed, and Lost Baggage

      Here is important information regarding damaged, delayed, and lost baggage.

      Damaged Bags

      f your bag has been damaged during a flight, you should bring it to the Delta Air Lines Baggage Office immediately after arrival. A staff member will evaluate the damage, and they may direct you to fill out a damaged bag form. You must report your claim within 24 hours for travel within the United States and seven days for international travel. You can start a damaged baggage claim form online.

      Delayed Bags

      If your bag is delayed, you should submit a claim. If your first or second paid checked bags have been delayed for more than 12 hours after being reported, you might be eligible for a bag fee rebate. You can fill out a delayed bag fee rebate form.   

      Delta Air Lines will reimburse for reasonable expenses if you need to make purchases while waiting for your bag. Generally, Delta will cover costs of up to $50 per day for the first five days that your bag is delayed. Delta will deduct your reimbursements from the final claim settlement if your bag is not found. You must keep and present all receipts for these expenses.

      Lost Bags

      If your bag is lost, you may be eligible for reimbursement. For most domestic flights, Delta Air Lines is only responsible for a value of up to $3,800 per ticketed passenger or $640 per bag for most international flights.

      If you declare a higher value, you may be eligible for higher reimbursement. However, you can’t declare a value higher than $5,000. Rules vary depending on when you purchased your ticket, so check the baggage value reimbursement rules.

      How to Get Free Bags

      Here are ways to get free bags depending on your status level and seat.

      First Class Passengers

      Delta customers traveling on a First Class ticket can get up to two free checked bags for free. Additional bags may be available for free, depending on Delta SkyMiles® membership level.

      Elite Status Members Get Free Bags

      Delta SkyMiles® members can take advantage of additional perks and earn SkyMiles when flying with Delta. Elite SkyMiles Medallion members get free checked bag perks. 

      Here’s a breakdown of the free bag perks by ticket type, destination, and SkyMiles Medallion tier level: 

      Basic Economy, Main Cabin, Delta Comfort+

      Within the United States and Canada 

      • Silver: 1 free checked bag up to 70 pounds (each way) 
      • Gold: 2 free checked bags up to 70 pounds (each way) 
      • Platinum: 3 free checked bags up to 70 pounds (each way) 
      • Diamond: 3 free checked bags up to 70 pounds (each way) 

      To/from all other international destinations

      • Silver: 1 additional free checked bag over standard bag allowance (each way)
      • Gold: 1 additional free checked bag over standard bag allowance (each way)
      • Platinum: 1 additional free checked bag over standard bag allowance (each way)
      • Diamond: 1 additional free checked bag over standard bag allowance (each way)

      Delta Premium Select

      To/from all destinations

      • Silver: 3 free checked bags up to 50 pounds (each way) 
      • Gold: 3 free checked bags up to 50 pounds (each way) 
      • Platinum: 3 free checked bags up to 50 pounds (each way) 
      • Diamond: 3 free checked bags up to 50 pounds (each way) 

      First Class, Delta One

      To/from all destinations

      • Silver: 3 free checked bags up to 70 pounds (each way) 
      • Gold: 3 free checked bags up to 70 pounds (each way) 
      • Platinum: 3 free checked bags up to 70 pounds (each way) 
      • Diamond: 3 free checked bags up to 70 pounds (each way)

      Free Bags with Eligible Delta Credit Cards

      If you use the right credit card to pay for your Delta Air Lines tickets, you may be able to check a bag for free. It depends on which card you have. You can expect the following free bag perks: 

      Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card: With this credit card, you and up to eight companions on the same reservation will each get your first checked bag free on Delta Air Lines flights. (Read Our Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card Review

      Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card: With this credit card, you and up to eight companions on the same reservation will each get your first checked bag free on Delta Air Lines flights.

      Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card: With this credit card, you and up to eight companions on the same reservation will each get your first checked bag free on Delta Air Lines flights. 

      Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card: With this credit card, you and up to eight companions on the same reservation will each get your first checked bag free on Delta Air Lines flights. 

      Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card: With this credit card, you and up to eight companions on the same reservation will each get your first checked bag free on Delta Air Lines flights. 

      Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card: With this credit card, you and up to eight companions on the same reservation will each get your first checked bag free on Delta Air Lines flights.

      Military Members

      If you’re an active United States Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, Navy, or Coast Guard member, you qualify for baggage benefits when flying with Delta Air Lines. 

      Here’s a breakdown of the rules depending on travel type:

      Traveling on Military Orders

      Regardless of ticket type, active-duty members traveling on military orders can bring up to five free bags at 100 pounds each.

      Personal Travel

      When traveling for personal reasons, all active-duty members flying on a Basic Economy, Main Cabin, or Delta Comfort+ ticket can bring up to two free bags at 50 pounds each. 

      All active-duty members flying on a Delta Premium Select ticket can bring up to three free bags at 50 pounds each when traveling for personal reasons. 

      All active-duty members flying on First Class or Delta One ticket can bring up to three free bags at 70 pounds each when traveling for personal reasons.

      FAQ

      Can I bring a free carry-on bag when flying with Delta Air Lines?

      Yes, when flying with Delta Air Lines, all passengers can bring one personal item and one carry-on bag free of charge.

      Does Delta offer free checked bags?

      If you’re flying on a First Class ticket, are an elite loyalty member, are using a Delta credit card to book your tickets, or are an active-duty military member, you may be eligible for free bags. Otherwise, most passengers will need to pay an additional fee to check bags

      How much does Delta charge for baggage?

      Checked bag fees vary when flying with Delta. Main Cabin passengers will usually pay $30 for the first checked bag and $40 for a second checked bag. These fees are charged each way. You can use the Delta Air Lines baggage fee calculator to check fees before your flight.

      Can you pay for checked bags before you get to the airport?

      Yes. You can prepay when checking in for your flight through the Delta website or app.

      The Vacationer’s Final Thoughts

      Familiarize yourself with Delta Air Line’s baggage rules and fees before flying. Fees and restrictions vary by where you are traveling. Check your elite Delta elite status as well as any airline credit cards you may have for possible free bag perks.

      For further reading, see our American Airlines Baggage Fees, Spirit Airlines Baggage Fees, and United Airlines Baggage Fees guides.

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      By Natasha Gabrielle

      Natasha has been a freelance writer since 2015. She specializes in writing travel and credit card rewards content. When not busy writing, she’s either dreaming up her next credit card rewards redemption or traveling the globe. Her goal is to encourage more people to experience the world around them while making smart money choices.