What Are Delta Charges?

Delta Airlines charges economy passengers for in-flight meals.
Delta Airlines charges economy passengers for in-flight meals. (Image: David De Lossy/Valueline/Getty Images)

In an attempt to offset overall operation costs, many airlines charge passengers fees on a wide variety of services that were once complimentary. Delta, one of the largest airline companies in the world, is no exception and fees are incurred for everything from checked baggage to in-flight entertainment. For those planning to travel either domestically or internationally, it is wise to plan ahead in order to avoid surprises at the airport.

Domestic Checked Baggage Fees

For economy passengers traveling within the United States, Delta Airlines charges $25 for the first checked bag, $35 for the second and $125 for the third. For those who check-in online, Delta offers online discounts of $2 for the first piece of checked luggage and $3 for the second. First- class, business-class and elite-level passengers are allowed up to three pieces of checked baggage at no charge. All passengers are charged $200 for four or more items with a limit of 10, as well as oversized baggage fees that begin at $175 for each item more than 62 inches in size (combined length, width, and height) and overweight baggage fees, which begin at $90 for baggage weighing more than 50 pounds each.

International Checked Baggage Fees

For international travel, economy passengers are allowed one piece of checked baggage at no cost but are charged between $27 to $50 for the second checked bag. The fee for the third checked bag varies by destination and includes $100 for Latin America, $150 for Pacific travel, and $200 for Transatlantic travel. First-class, business-class and elite-level travelers receive an allowance of up to three pieces of baggage at no cost. All passengers traveling with four or more pieces of checked baggage are charged fees of $100 for Latin America, $150 for Pacific travel, and $200 for Transatlantic flights while those checking six to 10 pieces of baggage are charged $600 for Latin America, $150 for Pacific travel, and $200 for Transatlantic flights. Oversized baggage fees are between $175 to $300 while overweight baggage fees range from $50 to $450 each.

Traveling with Pets

For all passengers traveling with pets as carry-on baggage, one-way fees are $125 for travel within the U.S. and $200 for international travel. A one-way fee of $200 for both U.S. and international destinations is charged for pets checked in as baggage in the temperature-controlled and pressurized cargo hold. Passengers who checked their pets as baggage are charged an additional $200 each way for connection times of two hours or longer.

In-Flight Fees

On all Delta Airlines flights of more than 250 miles, all passengers receive complimentary drinks and snacks, satellite television (if available) and limited in-flight entertainment. Economy passengers are charged between three and five dollars for additional snacks, six to $10 for meals, and five to seven dollars for alcoholic beverages. Headsets are offered for a fee of two dollars and expanded in-flight entertainment charges include: one dollar for a television episode, two dollars for an HBO episode, five dollars for a bundle of games, and six dollars for a movie. All first-class and business-class passengers elite-level and members receive all amenities at no extra charge.

Additional Fees

Although all online booking and cancellations within 24 hours are complimentary for all passengers, direct ticketing incurs a booking fee between $25 to $35. Flight-change fees for economy passengers range from $150 to $250 but are complimentary (with exceptions) for first-class and business-class travelers as well as elite members. SkyMiles Award ticket changes for all passengers incur a fee of $150.

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