Just three short months after Delta imposed its $25 fee for checking a second bag, the airline has announced it will double that fee for anyone booking domestic flights after July 31 and traveling after August 5. Delta still is not charging for a first checked bag and its spokeswoman says fewer than 20 percent of passengers check a second bag, though I'm more concerned about the increased charges for heavy bags.
The charges for heavy luggage apply to all checked baggage, including the free first bag. A bag weighing 51 to 70 pounds will cost $90 to check on domestic flights and $150 on an international trip. And if you're flying internationally with a bag weighing 71 to 100 pounds, it will cost as much as $300!
More often than not, my fiancé and I share luggage when we travel and when it's a particularly long trip we end up with luggage that's over 50 pounds. We were charged a penalty when flying to New York last Fall, and they wouldn't hear my argument that if we checked two separate bags, they'd be carrying the same weight but we wouldn't have to pay a penalty. I guess it would just be cheaper to pack two bags. Has anyone else come across this frustrating luggage situation?