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CHECKED BAGS and FEES

You should never feel insecure about handing over your possessions to an airline. That's why we're making every effort to give you as much control over your bags as possible, short of strapping on a vest and helping the crew load the luggage yourself. From guidelines and fees by country to declaring baggage value and ultimate bag-tracking abilities with the Fly Delta app, here are all the information and tools you need to feel confident about checking in your luggage.

Checking In & Paying Online

Within 24 hours of your departure, you can tell us how many bags you will check and pay any fees quickly and easily online. That means one less thing you will have to do at the airport. When you arrive at the airport, you can drop off your checked baggage at the nearest baggage drop, marked with red "Baggage Drop" signage, or curbside check-in station (available within 6 hours of departure time). You may also check your bags at the airport kiosk, ticket counter, or curbside.

If your bag exceeds weight or size limits, please review the Additional, Overweight, and Oversized Baggage section. You may also carry on one bag and one small personal item at no charge. Visit our Carry-on Baggage section for more information. More restrictive baggage rules apply on some flights operated by our Codeshare partners.

All baggage fees listed below are current and applicable for all ticketing on or after today when Delta's baggage rules are determined to apply.  If you ticketed before today, please refer to Delta's previous checked baggage page for more details.  You can also refer to your e-Receipt issued by Delta for detailed baggage fee information.    

NOTE: Please refer to our Codeshare Partners page for information on a specific carrier's baggage policy.

Guidelines and Fees by Country

Fees for the first and second checked bags vary based on your flight destination. We've outlined them all here. 

Do you have status with Delta or status with another affiliated airline (Medallion® Members or SkyTeam®)? Perhaps a credit card with Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express?  Or are you part of the United States Military?  See below for special exceptions that may apply when you check in with Delta.

Standard Checked Bag Allowance

Legend:

70 lbs (32 kg)
62 inches (157 cm) when you total length+width+height

50 lbs (23 kg)
62 inches (157 cm) when you total length+width+height

Type

BusinessElite®, First, Business

Economy
1 CAD or EUR base amounts will be charged when exiting Canada or Europe, respectively, and converted to local currency
2 EUR base amount will be charged, converted to local currency
3 For travel via the Pacific * Note: All passengers traveling to or from Key West, Florida are limited to one checked bag. This supersedes all exceptions. Boxes are not accepted as checked baggage to Central or South America (except Brazil, Mexico, and Chile) at any time of the year; however, original factory-sealed boxes may be accepted on a standby basis.
First Checked Bag
Second Checked Bag
Travel within the United States and Canada (If traveling to/from Key West, see note below)
Free
25 USD/CAD¹*
35 USD/CAD¹*
United States and Canada
Caribbean and Bermuda (excluding Dominican Republic, Guyana, & Haiti)                         Exceptions may apply; see chart below.
Free
25 USD/CAD¹
40 USD/CAD¹
United States and Canada
Central America, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Guyana, & Haiti                                                         Exceptions may apply; see chart below.
Free
25 USD/CAD¹
40 USD/CAD¹
Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean                         Exceptions may apply; see chart below.
Free
25 USD/CAD¹
40 USD/CAD¹
United States, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America
South America (excluding Brazil & Guyana)
Free
Free
75 USD/CAD¹
United States, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America (excluding Brazil)
Europe, North Africa, and Israel
Free
Free
100 USD/CAD¹ or 70 EUR¹
United States, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America (excluding Brazil)
China, Japan, Guam, Hong Kong, Palau, Saipan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, & Thailand                         Exceptions may apply; see chart below.
Free
Free
100 USD/CAD¹
United States, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America (excluding Brazil)
Australia, New Zealand & the Philippines
Free
Free
Free
Japan
Guam, Saipan, Palau & Hawaii                         Exceptions may apply; see chart below.
Free
Free
40 USD/CAD¹
United States, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America (excluding Brazil)
Free
Free
Free
United States, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America (excluding Brazil)
Middle East      (excluding Israel)
Free
Free
75 USD/CAD¹
United States, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America (excluding Brazil)
India
Free
Free
75 USD/CAD¹ OR 70 EUR2
Europe
India
Free
Free
75 EUR¹
Brazil
Free
Free
Free
For all other international flights
You may check up to two bags that meet our size and weight restrictions at no extra charge when traveling within regions not listed above.

NOTE: Weight restrictions at no extra charge vary by cabin. Economy passengers should follow the standard 50 lb limit per piece. BusinessElite®, First, and Business passengers should follow the 70 lb limit per piece.

General Exceptions
Type
Economy
1CAD base amount will be charged when exciting Canada and converted to local currency 2Passengers who meet the exception criteria will receive the allowance for their entire journey
Between
First Checked Bag
Second Checked Bag
For tickets purchased on/after May 2, 2014 First bag fee does not apply in the following markets if traveling to/from the United States and Canada or within Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean:  Mexico - MEX, GDL, MTY, BJX Dominican Republic/Haiti - SDQ, STI, PAP Central America - GUA, SAP, TGU, MGA, PTY, SAL
Free
40 USD/CAD1
For tickets purchased on/after April 1, 20142 United States, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America
First originating point of travel in China, Guam, Hong Kong, Palau, Saipan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand
Free
Free
For tickets purchased on/after April 17, 20142 United States, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America
First originating point of travel in India
Free
Free
For tickets purchased on/after April 1, 20142 Hawaii
First originating point of travel in Japan
Free
Free

Additionally, lower fees may apply depending upon the date you purchased your ticket. For a summary of previous checked bag fees, click here.

SkyMiles Medallion members, SkyMiles Credit Cardmembers from American Express and other exceptions

At the time of check in with Delta for a Delta-marketed and Delta-operated flights (including Delta Connection), all SkyMiles Medallion members, SkyTeam® Elite & Elite Plus Members will be able to check one additional bag over the standard cabin allowance (see above) for travel outside the United States and Canada and/or travel between the United States & Canada and select Caribbean destinations. This benefit is subject to the weight and size restrictions of your cabin of travel. Furthermore, the benefits listed below extend to up to 8 travel companions on the Medallion member's reservation for a total of 9 passengers. 

All bags in excess of the free allowance will be assessed using the standard cabin pricing.

Type
Diamond &
Platinum
Medallions

Gold Medallions SkyTeam® Elite Plus

Silver Medallions
SkyTeam Elite
BusinessElite
First
Business
Economy
BusinessElite
First
Business
Economy
BusinessElite
First
Business
Economy
Travel
within
the
United States and Canada
Free
Free
Free
Free
Free
Free*
United States
Canada to/from/within
Caribbean Mexico Central America
Free
Free
Free
Free
Free
Free
Travel
to/from
Australia, New Zealand & the Philippines
(via the Pacific only)
Free
Free
Free
Free
Free
Free
Brazil
Free
Free
Free
Free
Free
Free
All Other
Int'l
Flights
Free
One additional free bag over standard allowance
Free
One
additional
free bag
over
standard allowance
Free
One
additional
free bag
over
standard allowance
*Note: Silver Medallions who also hold a SkyMiles American Express Reserve, Platinum, or Gold Credit Card will be able to receive a second bag free (up to two free bags at 70 pounds or 32 kg each) for themselves and up to eight (8) others traveling in the eligible member's reservation.

Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express Baggage Benefit

At the time of check in with Delta for a Delta-marketed and Delta-operated flights (including Delta Connection), our passengers who hold a Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express - Gold, Platinum, or Reserve - will be allowed to check their first bag for free system wide. The benefit is subject to the weight and size restrictions of your cabin of travel. The benefit extends to up to 8 travel companions on the Cardholder's reservation for a total of 9 passengers.

Type
Benefit
SkyMiles Credit Cardmembers from American Express See Terms and Conditions
First Bag Free*

Remember that excess baggage fees may apply if you check more than two bags or if they exceed our size and weight restrictions.

Additionally, lower fees may apply depending upon the date you purchased your ticket. For a summary of previous checked bag fees, click here.

Size and Weight Restrictions

To avoid extra charges for oversize or overweight baggage, your checked bag must:

  • weigh 50 pounds (23 kg) or less
  •  not exceed 62 inches (157 cm) when you total length + width + height

Each special item you're checking counts as one bag. What constitutes as a " special item"?

Declaring Baggage Value

Liability for lost, delayed or damaged baggage is limited unless you have purchased a higher valuation for your checked baggage. You can extend your baggage value for a fee at check-in if you wish. See Excess Valuation for details about purchasing higher valuation. Otherwise, here are our standard liability limits:

Type
Liability Limits
Domestic Liability Limit
$3,400 per ticketed passenger (USD)
International Liability Limit (governed by the Warsaw Convention)
$9.07 per lb. up to $640 per bag (USD)
International Liability Limit (governed by the Montreal Convention)
1000 SDR (Special Drawing Rights) per ticketed passenger*

Despite our best efforts, it’s possible that your luggage shows evidence of wear and tear at the end of its journey. We must state that Delta assumes no liability for minor cuts, scratches, and dents, or for items that protrude from luggage, such as retractable handles, wheels, etc.

Here are all of the liability restrictions and exceptions:

  • Maximum liability is not automatic—damage or loss value must be proven.
  • No maximum liability applies to wheelchairs or assistive devices.
  • Delta is not liable for unsuitably packed items.
  • Delta is not liable for loss, damage, or delay of baggage that may result from a security search conducted by any local, state, or federal agency.

All items with declared excess value may be inspected by the check-in agent.

Excess Valuation Chart

Delta Air Lines is not liable for checked or unchecked baggage in excess of the limits described above unless you decide to claim excess valuation on your belongings. Here are the details if you decide to declare a higher valuation:

  • The declared value may not exceed $5,000.
  • The item is properly described and properly packaged and undamaged.
  • You pay an excess value fee at check-in.

The excess valuation charge is applicable only when the declared value is greater than the applicable liability limit.

Domestic Excess Valuation Charges

(Continental U.S., Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and U. S. Virgin Islands)

Type
Fee Paid at Check-in
$3400.01 to $4000.00
$40.00
$4000.01 to $5000.00
$50.00

International Excess Valuation Charges

(Bermuda, Bahamas, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa)

Type
Fee Paid at Check-in
up to $1000.00
$10.00
$1000.01 to $2000.00
$20.00
$2000.01 to $3000.00
$30.00
$3000.01 to $4000.00
$40.00
$4000.01 to $5000.00
$50.00

Delta is not responsible or liable for cash, camera equipment, commercial effects, computer software and equipment, electronic equipment, fragile articles, jewelry, lifesaving medication, negotiable papers, irreplaceable business documents, works of art or other similar valuable items contained in checked or unchecked baggage. These types of items should be carried on — and kept in sight.

Delta will only collect excess valuation for declared baggage from your point of origin to:

  • a Delta destination
  • the first Delta stopover
  • your point of transfer to another carrier

Note: You must re-declare and pay the applicable charges each time you check your excess baggage.

See Delta's Contract of Carriage for complete Baggage Liability rules.

Active Duty U.S. Military Personnel

At the time of check in with Delta for a Delta-marketed and Delta-operated flights (including Delta Connection), active duty U.S. military personnel on orders to or from duty stations and dependents traveling with them or active U.S. military dependents traveling separately on relocation orders may check the following at no charge:

Type
Personal Travel**
*Bag size can be up to 80 in (203 cm). Benefits extend to up to 8 other companions traveling with the U.S. military personnel. The companions' must be on the same itinerary as the US military personnel OR the companions' itineraries must match exactly to the active duty U.S. military personnel's itinerary. **Bag size can be up to 62 in (157 cm). Benefits extend only to U.S. military personnel.
BusinessElite, First, Business
Economy
BusinessElite, First, Business
Economy
5 bags free
4 bags free
3 bags free
2 bags free
80 inches (203 cm) when you total length+width+height
62 inches (157 cm) when you total length+width+height
Legend:
70 lbs (32 kg)
50 lbs (23 kg)

Track Checked Baggage

Keep your bags in sight at all times. Virtually speaking, at least. In order to track your checked bags, just enter the Bag Tag Number that you received at the time of baggage check-in. If your bags have been delayed, you can check their status here as well. Enter the File Reference Number located on the Property Irregularity Report you received when you reported your delayed baggage. For the ultimate in tracking abilities, download the Fly Delta app, which lets you track your bags even at 30,000 feet.

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