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Delta 2017 Luggage Allowance & Excess Baggage Fees

Review Delta luggage allowances and charges before travelling.

delta carry-on allowance

Delta’s carry-on allowance permits passengers to bring on board one cabin bag, plus one personal item, free of charge. Bags must not exceed 22 x 14 x 9 inches (56 x 35 x 23 cm).

Certain additional items are exempt from the Delta carry-on baggage allowance and may also be brought into the cabin, such as an umbrella, a seat restraint or a pushchair.

On Delta Connection flights with 50 seats or less, passengers may only bring personal items on board, due to restricted storage space. Other carry-on bags can be checked in at the gate, free of charge.


Dogs, cats and household birds (birds are only allowed on domestic US flights) can be carried on board for $125 one way to/ from most destinations within the US/ US Virgin Islands/ Canada or Puerto Rico. The fee is $200 for travel outside the US, and $75 for travel to/ from Brazil.

The pet must fit comfortably within a carrier that, in turn, fits under the seat in front. The carrier counts as one piece of carry-on luggage.

delta checked-in baggage

The number and size of checked bags that are permitted in accordance with Delta’s baggage allowances vary according to route travelled and the passenger’s fare type.

If you are a passenger in the main cabin, each hold bag must not exceed 50 lbs (23 kg) or 62 inches (157cm) in total dimensions.

The number of bags permitted by Delta’s baggage allowance varies greatly according to route. Below are a few examples of how many bags an economy passenger is allowed on different routes:

For travel within the US and Canada, passengers in the main cabin are charged for all checked bags. The price is $25 (25 CAD) for the first bag and $35 (35 CAD) for the second bag.

For travel between the US, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America (except Brazil) AND Europe & North Africa passengers in the main cabin may check one smaller bag free of charge. A second bag costs $100 (120 CAD/ 85 EUR).

delta excess baggage fees

If a bag exceeds the size/ weight or quantity of bags permitted by Delta’s baggage allowance, excess fees will be charged. Fees apply to each limitation. This means that if an extra piece of baggage exceeds the weight and size limits, the passenger will have to pay three fees: one for the extra bag, one for going over the weight limit and one for exceeding the size restriction. The fees charged, once again, vary according to the route travelled.

extra bags

For extra bags checked onto a flight within the US (incl. the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico), the fee is $150, one way, for the first extra bag (the 3rd bag in total), or $200 for each additional bag after that.

For travel between North/South/Central America and Europe or North Africa, the charge is $285 each for bags number 3 – 10.

Passengers are permitted to check up to a maximum of 10 bags on flights operated by Delta and up to 4 on Delta Connection flights.

overweight bags

According to Delta’s checked baggage allowance rules, overweight bags incur fees that are different depending on the route travelled. For flights within the US/ Canada, the fee is $100 for bags weighing between 51-70 lbs or $200 for bags between 71-100 lbs. Bags over 100lbs (45kg) are not allowed.

For flights between the US and Europe, the fee is $100 for bags weighing between 51-70 lbs. Bags over 70 lbs are not permitted.

oversized bags

Oversized bags also incur different costs depending on the route travelled. For travel within the US/ Canada, the charge is $200 for a bag between 63-80 inches (161-203 cm) in total dimensions.

For travel between the US and Europe, the fee is $300 for bags with total dimensions between 63-80 inches (161-203 cm).
Bags larger than 80 inches (203cm) are not allowed in the hold.

exceptional items

Exceptional items like sports equipment can be viewed as standard hold luggage if it is small enough. Fees apply to some items.

For example, it costs $150 to check a bike into the hold on all routes (except Brazil ($75)).

Musical instruments may be checked into the hold, providing they don’t exceed 150in (381cm) in total dimensions or 165lbs (75kg) in weight.


Disclaimer - Information gathered from these webpages on 23.03.2017:


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