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Delta Luggage Allowance & Excess Baggage Fees

Review Delta luggage allowances and charges before travelling.

delta carry-on allowance

Each Delta passenger is allowed to carry 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).

Extra items may also be brought on board, such as an umbrella, a pushchair or a seat restraint. Pushchairs and seat restraints may also be checked, free of charge, either at the curbside, ticket counter, or at the gate.

Note that for passengers traveling on Delta Connection flights with 50 seats or less, personal items only may be carried on board, due to limited storage space. Other carry-on bags will be checked in at the gate, free of charge.


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

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

delta checked-in baggage

The number and size of bags that may be checked into the hold vary according to route travelled and fare type.

For passengers travelling in the main cabin, each checked bag must not exceed 50 lbs (23 kg) or 62 inches (157cm) in total dimensions.

The number of bags permitted varies greatly according to route. Below are a few examples for an economy fare:

For travel within the US and Canada, passengers travelling in the main cabin must pay 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 travelling in the main cabin are permitted to 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 permitted size/ weight or quantity of bags allowed, excess fees will be charged. Fees apply to each limitation. So, if an extra piece of baggage exceeds the weight and size limits, it will be subject to three fees: one for the extra bag, one for exceeding the weight limit and one for going over the size restriction. The fees charged, once again, vary according to route travelled.

extra bags

For example, for extra bags on a flight within the US (incl. the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico), the charge 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 fee is $285 for bags number 3 – 10.

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

overweight bags

Overweight bags incur varying fees. 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 permitted

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 incur different costs depending on route travelled. For travel within the US/ Canada, the fee 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 measuring between 63-80 inches (161-203 cm) in total dimensions.
Bags larger than 80 inches (203cm) are not permitted.

exceptional items

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

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

Musical instruments may be checked into the hold, as long as they don’t exceed 115in (292cm) in total dimensions or 100lbs (45kg) in weight.


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