Delta Airlines Checked Baggage Fee, Weight Limit

These days, life moves at a rate of knots. Most of us can no longer afford to travel for a long time to reach our destinations. Time is the most valuable asset an individual possesses, therefore, spending too much time on travel is not preferred by people in the 21st century any longer. Hence air travel is the answer. For longer as well as shorter routes, air travel is a common choice as it is luxurious as well as time-saving. One of the most popular and reputed international airlines in America is Delta Airlines, which offers flights to all around the world. 

While looking to book a flight one might go for Delta Airlines, but before that, it is important to know about all the rules and restrictions regarding baggage Policy so that there is no confusion while boarding the flight and traveling. It is advisable to go through all the details regarding baggage for Delta Airlines carefully so that one does not have to pay heavy fines for overweight baggage.

Delta Airlines allows a passenger to carry one carry-on bag and one personal belonging of themselves inside the cabin during all flights. Such items can include purses, briefcases, etc. and no fee is charged for these. Each personal item should be within 45 inches of linear dimension i.e. within 22 x 14 x 9 inches and should be small enough to fit under the seat in front of the passenger or the overhead bin. As mentioned, these are free of charge. However, there are certain stipulations about checked baggage which will be discussed below.

Delta Checked Bag Weight Limit and Delta Checked Baggage Size

The weight limit for checked bags delta and their size limitations are discussed here.

  • Maximum weight for each checked bag is 50 lbs. i.e. 23 kg.
  • Maximum dimensions for each checked bag is 62 inches i.e. 157 cm, combining length, width, and height.

If a passenger exceeds these limits, extra charges need to be paid as fine, besides the standard baggage fee.

For standard checked baggage fees to be applicable, a passenger is entitled to 2 bags. If required, passengers are allowed up to 10 bags (maximum). In that case, on the first two bags, standard checked bag fee will be applicable, and from the third bag onwards extra charge will be incurred for excess luggage. On Delta Connection flights, a passenger is allowed up to a maximum of 4 checked-in bags (instead of 10).

Delta Checked Baggage Fee

Delta checked bag fee depends on the type of seat purchased, the destination that has been selected, and whether the passenger is eligible for certain exemptions (US Military personnel, member of Delta Airlines Frequent Flyer Program, member of SkyMiles Medallion, or if the passenger uses credit card sponsored by Delta Airlines).

Checked Baggage Fee for US Domestic Flights

While flying within the United States, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, a passenger has to pay USD 30 for the first checked bag and USD 40 for the second one.

Checked Baggage Fee for International Flights

The fee for checked baggage varies a lot on the international routes and passengers should look for the fee-based on which country they are traveling to/from.

  • If an individual is traveling from the US to Canada or vice versa, the first checked bag will be charged USD 30 (with an extra-base charge of 1 Canadian dollar while departing from Canada, which will be converted into local currency) and the second checked bag will be charged USD 50 (with an extra-base charge of 1 Canadian dollar, converted into local currency, while departing from Canada). Also, note that passengers who are flying to or from the city of Key West in Florida are allowed only one checked bag.
  • If a passenger is flying from the US/Canada to Caribbean/Bermuda/Guyana/Central America/U.S Virgin Islands or vice versa, the first checked bag will be charged USD 30 (with an extra-base charge of 1 Canadian dollar while departing from Canada, which will be converted into local currency) and the second checked bag will be charged USD 40 (with an extra-base charge of 1 Canadian dollar, converted into local currency, while departing from Canada). Note that if a passenger is flying between Los Angeles and Guatemala City, the first checked bag will be free of charge.
  • While flying from the US/Canada to Mexico or vice versa, the first checked bag will be charged USD 30 (with an extra-base charge of 1 Canadian dollar while departing from Canada, which will be converted into local currency) and the second checked bag will be charged USD 55 (with an extra-base charge of 1 Canadian dollar, converted into local currency, while departing from Canada).
  • If an individual is traveling from the US or Canada to Ecuador and El Salvador or vice versa, the first checked bag will be charged free (but there will be a base charge of 1 Canadian dollar while departing from Canada, which will be converted into local currency) and the second checked bag will be charged USD 40 (with an extra-base charge of 1 Canadian dollar, converted into local currency, while departing from Canada). However, note that the fee for the second checked bag is USD 30 for those traveling between Los Angeles and San Salvador. 
  • Passengers flying from the US or Canada to Panama City or vice versa are not charged for the first checked bag, except if they are traveling in Basic Economy- then they will have to pay USD 30. For the second checked bag, a fee of USD 40 is charged.
  • If an individual is traveling from the US/ Canada/Mexico to Tahiti or vice versa, the first checked bag is free of charge while the second one is charged USD 100 with an extra-base charge of 1 Canadian dollar while departing from Canada (converted into local currency).
  • If an individual is traveling from the US/Canada/Mexico to Sudan/Syria/Kazakhstan/Iraq/Kyrgyzstan/Uzbekistan or vice versa, the first checked bag is free of charge while the second one is charged USD 75 with an extra-base charge of 1 Canadian dollar while departing from Canada (converted into local currency).
  • If an individual is traveling from the US/Canada/Caribbean/Mexico/Central America/South America (except Brazil) to Israel or vice versa, the first checked bag is free of charge while the second one is charged USD 100 with an extra-base charge of 1 Canadian dollar while departing from Canada (converted into local currency).
  • Passengers flying from the US/Canada to Europe/North Africa or vice versa are not charged for the first checked bag, except if they are traveling in Basic Economy- then they will have to pay USD 60 (or CAD 75 or 50 EUR) For the second checked bag, a fee of USD 100 (or CAD 120 or 85 EUR) is charged.
  • Passengers flying from the Caribbean/Central America/Mexico/South America (except Brazil) to Europe/North America or vice versa are not charged for the first checked bag. For the second checked bag, a fee of USD 100 (or CAD 120 or 85 EUR) is charged.
  • Passengers flying from the Caribbean/Central America/Mexico/South America (except Brazil) to the Middle East (except Israel) or vice versa are not charged for the first checked bag. For the second checked bag, a fee of USD 75 is charged.
  • If an individual is traveling within the Caribbean/Central America/Mexico, the first checked bag will be charged USD 30 and the second checked bag will be charged USD 40.
  • While traveling from Europe to India or vice versa, the first checked bag is free while the fee for a second checked bag is 75 EUR.
  • While traveling from Japan to Saipan/Guan/Palau or vice versa, the first checked bag is free while the fee for a second checked bag is USD 40.
  • Cases where both the first checked bag and the second one are free of charge, if the passenger is flying: 
  • From the US/Canada/Mexico to Saudi Arabia/Oman/ Qatar/Kuwait/Bahrain/ Lebanon/ Egypt/ Iran/ Jordan/Afghanistan/Pakistan/ Yemen or vice versa
  • from Caribbean/ Central America/ Mexico to South America (except Guyana) or vice versa
  • from the US/ Canada to South America (except Guyana and Ecuador) or vice versa
  • From the US/Canada/Caribbean/Mexico/Central America/South America (except Brazil) to Australia/New Zealand/The Philippines/Southern or West Africa or vice versa
  • From the US/Canada/Caribbean/Mexico/Central America/South America to Asia or vice versa
  • From the US/Canada/Mexico to India or vice versa.

However, if passengers are traveling First Class, Delta One or Delta Premium Select, they get two complimentary free checked bags and baggage weight limit is also increased to 70 lbs.

Delta Checked Bag Time

There is minimum check-in time for checked baggage.

  • For US Domestic Flights: The minimum check-in time for checked baggage is 30 minutes before the scheduled flight departure time.
  • For International Flights to or from the US: The minimum check-in time for checked baggage is 60 minutes before the scheduled flight departure time

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One thought on “Delta Airlines Checked Baggage Fee, Weight Limit”

  • On googling I found that Delta Airlines Checked Baggage Weight Limit was much more than many of its competitors. The limit for an economy class passenger like me was well above the 30%. Hats off to Delta airlines for taking good care of students like me.

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