When flying with Delta Airlines you will face fees for checked bags, as of Spring of 2011, of $23 for the first bag and $32 for the second bag. International flights to Latin America and Europe typically allow one checked bag for free while charging around $20 for a second checked bag. These fees can add up on a round-trip flight, and you may be trying to figure out how to discount baggage on Delta flights.
Things You'll Need
- Delta skymiles number
- Delta skymiles credit-card
Register for a Delta Skymiles number and card. You can do this online, via mail or by telephone. Delta will mail you a frequent flyer card with a 10-digit number.
Claim your miles after each flight with Delta. You will not be able to discount your flight right away. Keep in mind that you can also earn miles flying with Delta's code-share partners. Airlines such as Kenya Airways, Alaska Airlines and China Eastern. Delta also has hotel, car rental, dining and cruise partners. Purchases of these or at these establishments can also earn you miles. And these miles, once added up, can discount baggage fees.
Obtain enough miles to achieve silver, gold, platinum or diamond member status with Delta Skymiles. Silver status requires 25,000 miles; gold requires $50,000 miles; platinum requires $75,000; and diamond requires $150,000. Achieving these statuses grants you the right to check two pieces of baggage for free. The weight can be up to 70 pounds for each bag. 25,000 miles can also get you a free domestic flight within the United States, excluding Hawaii.
Delta Skymiles Credit Card
Apply for a Delta Skymiles American Express credit card via mail, online or by phone. There are three different types: gold, platinum and reserved. Choose one that suits your style, budget and spending habits.
Receive your credit card from Delta and make a purchase with it. Your first purchase with this card will also earn you thousands of miles. Amount varies according to time of year, promotions and purchase amount.
Provide the number of your credit card when booking the flight with Delta or a Delta code-share partner. This will enable you to check your first bag free. If you use your credit card to pay for the flight, you will earn double miles as a Skymiles member.