Delta Airlines Baggage Allowance

Delta Airlines

If you’re travelling with Delta Airlines, you need to know just how much baggage you are allowed what fees you will incur for anything over their company limits. 

Delta Baggage Allowance

Send Your Luggage

Whether you are taking a domestic or international flight, there are luggage delivery companies that can send your luggage directly to your cruise ship, your hotel, or anywhere else for a limited fee. Students who are studying abroad can send all of their bags ahead of time so that they arrive at the same time as the luggage.  Students travelling abroad, families moving, or individuals flying with five or six bags might find it incredibly difficult if not impossible to physically handle all of the bags they have even if the airlines didn’t overcharge. Shipping your luggage door to door brings you not only monetary savings but the convenience of not having to haul heavy luggage or oversized bags with you through an airport. 

Delta Checked/Hold Baggage Allowance

Passengers are allowed to check a bag that is no larger than 62 in or 157 cm and weigh no more than fifty pounds or 23 kilograms.

Travelling within the United States or Canada will incur a fee of $30 for the first checked bag and $40 for a second checked bag.

Travelling to any other area internationally will incur a fee of $60 for the first checked bag and $100 for any bag checked thereafter.

Delta Cabin Allowance for Infants

Delta does not charge any fees for travelling with child restraint seats or strollers. They also do not count toward your baggage allowance. You can bring a breast pump and soft cooler, bassinets, or booster seat in addition to your carry-on allowance as long as the items meet the carry-on size restrictions.

  • Children travelling internationally with a ticket that is 10% of the adult fare can bring one checked bag up to 20 lb no larger than 45 in + a checked pushchair or collapsible stroller.
  • Infants carried in the arms of their parents for an international flight do not qualify for free baggage.
  • Children travelling on a ticket that is 50% or more of the adult ticket cost are allowed standard bag based on the type of ticket they have

Note: Any children travelling for free do not have a baggage allowance which means any baggage a child has counts toward the baggage allowance of the ticket adults.

Delta List of Prohibited items

Delta prohibits the following:

  •  fireworks or sparklers
  •  bleach or oven cleaner
  •  Samsung Galaxy Note 7
  •  hoverboards or other balance boards
  •  Firearms
  •  cigarettes, lighters, or matches in carry-on bags
  •  e-cigarettes or vaping devices in checked bags

Luggage Delivery Company: Your Delta Baggage Alternative 

If you want to avoid all of these costs, especially if you plan to travel with multiple items, sports equipment, or bulkier items, a luggage delivery company will simply charge you one flat fee for same-day delivery and door-to-door pickup and delivery. The flat fee will cost you less than what the airlines charge when you consider the individual fees that companies like Delta will compound against your oversized bag. What’s more, a luggage delivery company picks up your items before you even head to the airport so you don’t have to worry about bringing bags with you through security checkpoints, or fighting with other people for limited overhead storage space.

Delta Excess Baggage/Overweight Fee

If you have more than the allowed number of bags, your bag exceeds the size restrictions, or your bag is overweight, Delta will charge you an additional fee.

The fees apply to every limitation. 

For example: If you have a bag that is bigger than the size limits and the weight limits, you will have to pay 2 fees: one fee for being overweight and one free for being over the size limit. If your ticket allows 1 checked bag but you are bringing 2 checked bags, and the second bag is overweight and over the size limit, you will pay 3 fees: one fee for a second bag, one fee for being overweight, and one fee for being over the size limit. 

What if My Bag is Overweight?

Overweight bags will incur additional fees based on the type of ticket you have. This could be $60 or $100, and much more if you have more than one bag. A luggage delivery company will charge a flat fee no matter the type of ticket you have with Delta and still get your bags where you need them to be.

Delta Excess Baggage Allowance for Sports Equipment

Sporting equipment is considered a special item and any item that exceeds the standard 50 lb limit or size restrictions of 157 centimetres or 62 in will incur an additional fee for being oversized or overweight. 

You can bring:

  • Windsurfing boards or surfboards
  • vaulting poles
  • skis or snowboards
  • wakeboards or kneeboards
  • Skateboards
  • shooting equipment
  • scuba equipment
  • canoes or kayaks
  • golf equipment
  • fishing equipment
  • Parachutes
  • Bicycles
  • hockey or lacrosse equipment

Note: Delta provides a list of equipment that is approved but if your approved item is outside the size limitations they will not allow it on the plane. Anything that is outside of your weight allowance will incur an additional fee and the standard baggage allowance is based on the type of ticket you have and where you are travelling, either domestically or internationally.

Delta Carry-On Baggage Allowance and Musical Instruments

Delta allows you to carry musical instruments onboard if they are small enough to fit in the overhead compartment or under your seat. Even if your musical instrument fits within these parameters, if you are one of the last people to board your flight and there is no more room in the overhead containers, they will place your bag under the aeroplane and charge you an extra fee for this. If your item is too large or too fragile it can be placed in the seat next to you but you will have to pay for additional tickets. This can run in the hundreds of dollars or thousands of dollars depending on your flight.

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