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Delta Doubles Checked Bag Fee

Delta Doubles Checked Bag Fee and Penalizes Heavy Packers

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?


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mayara mayara 8 years
Apparently someone beat me to mentioning the baggage handlers in regards to the heavy luggage. My husband and I share luggage, but generally take two bags for that very reason; we're both avid readers and need more reading material with us than we could possibly get through, and that weight adds up fast -- we've had to do some quick shifting at the counter to prevent heavy luggage charges, but it usually just involves moving a couple books from one bag to another without completely opening the bag, so it doesn't really add any time. (My husband still climbs onto a bathroom scale with the bag before leaving for the airport to minimize the chances of embarrassing ourselves.)
Bettyjane Bettyjane 8 years
Absolut, when you travel often you do learn to be efficient with your bag space! I still over pack :( out of fear for what I "might" need. The new fees will force us all to be more efficient! Probably a good thing! :)
absolutromantic absolutromantic 8 years
The extra fees for heavier bags actually makes perfect sense. The labor unions that govern baggage handlers have very strict rules about what can and can't be lifted. It is MUCH easier for them to lift two lighter bags than one heavier one. I travel for business at least once/week, and have learned to pack efficiently. I only check baggage if I will be gone for two weeks or longer - otherwise, it's entirely possible to pack into one carry on as long as you only pack what you'll actually wear/use, and don't try to bring your whole wardrobe.
cordata cordata 8 years
if only I didn't need to fly overseas. Lol, may ocean liners like the Titanic will come back in style. Or I can just start my own private jet company ;)
Bettyjane Bettyjane 8 years
Well, when everyone stops flying they will just be S@*% out of luck won't they. :) Passing this much cost onto passengers just means they will not be in business much longer.
cordata cordata 8 years
I wish people would have a mass protest about being so shabbily treated my these airlines. If I lose 10 pounds, can I make up for it with a heavier suitcase???
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
yet another reason why i refuse to ever fly Delta again
wags0007 wags0007 8 years
its either they charge more for checked bags --or the price of the average ticket skyrockets. airlines barley make any profit per flight --with the high gas prices they have to do something or go out of business.
MindayH MindayH 8 years
glad that I am platinum with American
redegg redegg 8 years
And they also landed with a dead passenger in the restroom today! They're not high on my list especially after the last time I flew them they changed my non-stop flight to a connecting one, even though I paid much more for it. Plus they changed it two more times after that including the morning I flew.
valancyjane valancyjane 8 years
When I flew last week (not Delta, but it might as well have been, for all the fees) the man in front of me had 2 bags, one of which was overweight. His extra charges were something like $130, and he said to the ticket agent, "That's extortion." The agent just said, "Yup," which I found sort of funny. No party line for this guy! Though I had to wonder why the guy hadn't taken preventive measures. He looked like a business traveler; why didn't he know about the fees? I hate traveling with just one bag -- I like to have one for clothes and one for toiletries, because something always spills. But now I just keep the shampoo and whatnot in one of the big bags comforters come in - perfect size for a suitcase and it keeps the spills off my good work clothes. Take that, airlines!
YayaOzoHead YayaOzoHead 8 years
That's just crazy. That's why I fly Southwest!
cotedazur cotedazur 8 years
My fiancé and I recently ran into this problem on Ryanair in Europe. They have a 15kg limit (about 35 pounds) for checked bags, and I was leaving on a three-week trip -- needless to say, I went over the limit. I wound up paying 120 euros for 7 kilograms of extra baggage! I found that absolutely unreasonable. Luckily the next leg of my trip was on Northwest, for which I was thankfully under the weight limit.
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