Delta Airlines Baggage Fees Guide: (International & Oversized) [2024]

Delta baggage fees are pretty similar to what other major carriers like United and American but there are some differences. In this article, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about the different types of baggage policies and fees for personal items, carry-ons, and checked baggage. I’ll also show you several ways that you can avoid paying Delta baggage fees, including those on international flights.

What are the Delta baggage fees?

Delta allows you to bring on one personal item and one carry-on item free of charge and will usually charge $35 each way for your first checked bag at or under 50 pounds. The price for additional bags will depend on the route you’re taking and on additional factors as well. Keep reading below for more specifics on the baggage fees. 

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How to get free checked baggage with Delta

There are numerous ways to avoid checked baggage fees on delta airlines. One of the easiest and quickest methods is to just get the right credit card but I will cover all the different routes you can go below.

Delta credit cards baggage benefits

If you have an eligible SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express, you receive your first bag free on Delta flights booked with your SkyMiles Credit Card. The benefit extends to up to eight travel companions listed on the cardmember’s reservation (for a total of nine passengers).

Here is a list of eligible cards:

The Delta credit cards offer welcome bonuses tend to come and go throughout the year so for cards like the Gold and Platinum card, you want to make sure that you’re jumping on those cards when the welcome offers are the highest.

Typically, I would try to find these cards offering 60,000 miles or more for a welcome bonus. However, if you are primarily concerned with free baggage, then you might want to just jump on these cards right away!

Related: How much are Delta SkyMiles worth?

Delta elite status baggage policy

If you have elite status with Delta they will reward you with free baggage (up to three bags). Here’s what you can expect to get from Medallion status.

Flights within the US

  • Silver: One free 70 pound bag
  • Gold: Two free 70 pound bags
  • Platinum: Three free 70 pound bags
  • Diamond: Three free 70 pound bags

You’ll also get an additional 50 pound bag for free when flying between other international destinations.

Also, if you are flying first class (Delta One) you can get three free 70 pound bags regardless of status level. And if you are flying Delta premium select you can get three free 50 pound bags regardless of status level.

Delta military baggage policy

If you are an active military member flying with Delta you can get many bags for free. When on military orders your bags can be 80 inches and for personal travel your bags can be 62 inches. If you are traveling on military orders you can get five free 100 pound bags regardless of what type of class you are flying. So for example if you are flying basic economy or you are flying first class you will get five free 100 pound bags each time.

Things are a little bit different if you are flying for personal travel. If you’re flying for personal travel then you will only get two free 50 pound bags if you are flying basic economy, main cabin, or Delta comfort plus. If you’re flying Delta premium select you get three free 50 pound bags. However, if you are flying first class, or Delta one you will get three free 70 pound bags. To find out more about military airline benefits click here.

Delta carry-on & personal item rules

Delta allows you to bring on one personal item and one carry-on. This is very similar to other major US airlines but different from those budget carriers like Spirit and Frontier that love to charge you for carry-on items. One thing that makes Delta unique is that with their basic economy product, you still get a free carry-on.

What are Delta personal items?

Delta personal items may consist of the following:

  • Purse
  • Briefcase
  • Camera bag
  • Diaper bag
  • Laptop computer (computers cannot be checked)
  • 1 item of a similar or smaller size to those listed above

Typically, a small backpack may be considered a personal item as well and they won’t give you any trouble unless you’re trying to bring along a giant backpack. There’s also a list of items that don’t count as personal items and they are as follows:

Related: What’s a Personal Item on a Plane?

What are the Delta carry-on dimensions?

  • Baggage may not exceed 45 linear inches (or 114 cm) in combined length, width and height, including any handles and wheels, with the exception of small musical instruments that fit in the overhead compartment space or under-seat space available at the time of boarding.
  • Baggage must meet carry on size limits (approximately 22″ x 14″ x 9″ or 56 x 35 x  23 cm).

Passengers traveling on Delta Connection flights, and only those flights with 50 seats or less, are only permitted to carry personal items on board the aircraft due to limited overhead space.

Delta checked baggage policy

Delta checked baggage dimensions 

Your checked baggage must not exceed 62 inches when you total the length + width + height. Your bag must also be no more than 50 pounds unless one of the exceptions applies that allow you to have bags up to 70 or 100 pounds.

You should note that there are separate fees for each limitation you exceed: size, weight and quantity. So let’s say that you were checking an extra bag that also exceeded your weight allowance of 50 pounds and that the bag was also oversized. In that case you’d 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 can change depending on where you are flying to so if you want to check out the fees to the different locations then click here.

Delta domestic checked baggage fees

The standard amount that you will pay for your first checked bag will be $35. However, the prices for checked luggage change depending on the route that you’re flying. Below are some of the fees you can expect to pay for domestic travel when traveling in basic economy, main cabin, or Delta Comfort+.

  • 1st bag: $35
  • 2nd bag: $45
  • 3rd bag: $150
  • 4th+ bag: $200 each

If you are traveling in first class, Delta Premium Select, or Delta One, you’ll be able to bring along two free checked bags up to 70 pounds on just about every route. 

Delta international checked baggage fees

When it comes to international flights, the baggage fees can change a lot depending on your destination. Here are some prices you might run into for travel around North America.

Travel between US and Canada

  • 1st bag: $35 USD/CAD
  • 2nd bag: $45 USD/CAD

Travel between US and Mexico

  • 1st bag: $30 USD/CAD
  • 2nd bag: $55 USD/CAD

It’s worth noting that for some international routes you don’t have to pay for your checked luggage at all!

For example, your first two bags can be checked for free when traveling from North America to the following countries: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, & Yemen.

There are also a lot of other places that give you your first two bags for free when flying to or from the US like Australia, India, and many countries in Africa, South America, and Asia.

Check here for the full list of countries you can fly to while avoiding baggage fees.  

First class, Delta Premium Select, and Delta One baggage fees

As stated, you can check two bags free if you are flying First class, Delta Premium Select, or Delta One. Moreover, these bags can weigh up to 70 pounds each. This is the standard allowance of premium passengers that other airlines offer as well.

If you want all the tips on how to deal with checked baggage and how to avoid fees, be sure to check out the ultimate guide to checked luggage here.

Special baggage limitations

Geographical restrictions with Delta baggage

Many airlines have special limitations on baggage when traveling to certain destination during certain times and Delta is no different.

For example, you may be limited to a maximum of one or two checked pieces of luggage when flying to places like Key West, Florida (EYW), Quito, Ecuador (UIO), the list goes on and on.

So they key is that if you have plans to fly out of the country on Delta and you are planning on bringing a lot of luggage with you, you need to first verify that you’re allowed to bring so much luggage with you during that time. 

What is the total number of bags you can check with Delta?

You can check up to 10 bags per passenger on flights operated by Delta, Delta Shuttle or Delta Connection. Delta does reserve the right to limit the amount of baggage you bring on the plane when the excess prevents them from transporting up to two bags per passenger.

Can you bring excess bags on Delta Connection flights?

Delta Connection carriers will accept excess baggage but only on a space-available basis. If the baggage cannot be carried on the same flight with you, it will be transported on the next available flight.

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Delta special baggage items

Delta has some special rules for certain items such as fragile items, sports equipment, medical supplies, etc. Here’s a rundown of some of those policies.

Fragile or bulky items

If you are traveling with something bulky or very fragile, you may want to purchase a ticket for your fragile item so that you can store your item in any passenger seat with a physical bulkhead or divider in front of the compartment.

You’ll need to contact reservations to see about the fee for this but if you wish to do this the item must not exceed 100 pounds and also meet some other requirements you can find here.

Also, if you’re checking something fragile, you might need to fill out a limitation of liability form.

Here’a list of potential fragile or bulky items:

  • Amplifiers 
  • Antiques
  • Bicycles
  • Blueprints
  • Cameras
  • Car Seats
  • Ceramics
  • China
  • Counters
  • Crystal
  • Fishing Rods
  • Flowers
  • Mirrors
  • Musical Equipment
  • Paintings
  • Plants
  • Projectors
  • Sculptures
  • Strollers
  • Televisions
  • Tennis Racquets
  • Trophies
  • Wines

Sports equipment

If you want to bring your special sporting equipment with you on a Delta flight you’ll probably be allowed. Many of the different types of equipment will require you to pay a special fee if they are large or heavy. This fee will likely be around $150 but it depends on the route. Also, be aware that certain countries have specific rules about bringing in certain types of equipment so make sure that you’re aware about that.

  • Antlers 
  • Archery
  • Bicycles
  • Boogie/Skim Boards
  • Canoes/Kayaks (foldable)
  • Fishing Equipment
  • Golfing Equipment
  • Hockey and Lacrosse Equipment
  • Javelins
  • Kiteboards
  • Kneeboards/Wakeboards
  • Parachutes
  • Scuba Equipment
  • Shooting Equipment
  • Skateboards
  • Ski or Snowboard Equipment
  • Surfboards

Musical instruments

Musical instruments or equipment can be checked if the total linear dimension (length + width + height) does not exceed 150 inches (381 cm), and provided the weight, including the case, does not exceed 165lbs (75 kg).


If you’re looking for special information on pets and the fees for those you can check those here.

Delta baggage protection

You can get your baggage protected from getting lost or being damaged in the transport with many different types of credit cards. But you can also purchase baggage protection from Delta. The fee will be paid at check-in and will change depending on the route and value of your luggage. Here are what the fees look like.





$3500.01 to $4000.00



$4000.01 to $5000.00



UP to $1000.00



$1000.01 to $2000.00



$2000.01 to $3000.00



$3000.01 to $4000.00



$4000.01 to $5000.00


Delta Airlines Baggage Fees FAQ

How much are the Delta baggage fees?

Delta will charge you $30 each way for your first checked bag.

How can I check a bag for free?

You can check your bag for free by using a travel rewards card like the Amex Platinum Card that comes with a $200 airline credit.

There are also co-branded Delta Airlines cards that come with free checked bag benefits.

And finally, if you have elite status or are flying in specific cabins such as business class or first class, you will get free checked baggage.

How heavy can my checked bag be?

Checked bags must not exceed 50 pounds. If you have Medallion status or are flying in a premium cabin (such as business class), your baggage may weigh up to 70 pounds.

How large can checked baggage be?

Your checked baggage must not exceed 62 inches when you total the length + width + height.

How many total bags can I check?

Delta allows you to check up to 10 bags per passenger.

Do I get a free carry-on?

Yes, Delta allows you to bring one carry-on for free as well as one personal item.

How big can a carry-on be?

Delta states that a carry-on cannot exceed 45 linear inches (or 114 cm) in combined length, width and height.

Typically the size limits will be approximately 22″ x 14″ x 9″ or 56 x 35 x  23 cm.

Do military members get free baggage on Delta Airlines?

Active military members can get up to five bags checked for free. If they are on military orders, the bags can weigh up to 100 pounds each even if they are flying main cabin or basic economy.

If they are flying for personal travel, they will get two free checked bags that can weigh up to 50 pounds when flying in main cabin.

And if they are traveling in First Class or Delta One, they can get three free checked bags that can weigh up to 70 pounds.

Final word

As you can see, Delta Airlines has a pretty straightforward luggage policy. You can take advantage of free bags if you have status, the right credit cards, are a member of the military, or if you are headed to certain destinations. Always check about special restrictions and fees for special items and you should be good to go with Delta.


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  2. I’m trying to find out how much Delta will charge me on international flight ( Usa to Poland) for 1 checked bag…..basic economy Pls answer me. It it less to pay on line instead of at the airport?

  3. How much do i pay for a second check in bag from Manila to Glirida on economy ticket. Is it cheaper to pay on line than in the airport?

  4. How much do I pay for a Third check in bag from IndianaPolis to Mumbai (Bombay) on Business Class ticket. Flight details are DL5260, KL644 & KL877 .Is it cheaper to pay on line than in the airport?

  5. I am connecting from Canada through Atlanta and changing to Delta flying to South Africa. I will have 1 personal item, 1 carry-on and 1 checked carry-on sized bag. Will I have to pay a baggage fee for the checked piece of baggage??

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