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Delta Airlines Baggage Report Card

Carry-on Allowance9/10
Checked Baggage Allowance6/10
Excess Baggage Fees4/10
Overall Grade6.3/10

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Carry-On Summary

Delta allows one bag as carry-on bag, and one personal item, free of charge. The maximum dimensions for the carry-on bag are 22 x 14 x 9 inches (56x46x23cm).

No official weight limit for carry-on baggage exists, but be sure to pack light enough that you can easily fit your bag into the overhead compartment, otherwise you'll be forced to sit with it at your feet, below the seat in front of you. A weight limit of 7-10 kg applies to carry-on baggage at some airports in Asia.

You'll also be allowed to bring one "Personal Item" such as a laptop, purse, or briefcase, which must also fit within the same dimensions.

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Carry-On Security Rules

TSA - (USA): TSA Carry-On Regulations and Carry-On Liquid Restrictions

CATSA - (Canada): CATSA Carry-On Prohibited Items and CATSA Carry-On Liquids and Gel Restrictions

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Checked Baggage Summary

Delta has quite complex checked baggage rules, with different rules depending on your airline loyalty status, the route you're travelling on, and the seat class you will be flying in. Be sure to check the exact rules for your trip to avoid any nasty surprises.

In general, flights within Canada and the US, or between Canada the US and the Caribbean, will charge you for every checked bag. Most of the time this will be $25 for the first bag, and $35 or $40 for a second bag. These bags are limited to a maximum of 50lbs (23kg) each.

Most Delta flights to other destinations allow economy passengers one free bag of up to 23kg (50lbs), and will charge between $40-$100 for a second bag, depending on the destination. If you pre-purchase your extra luggage online before arriving at the airport, your baggage fee may be slightly less.

There is a list of different airline statuses and seat classes that offer exceptions to the fees for the first bag or two, or increase the weight allowance to 70lbs (32kg), so be sure to check if you qualify for any of these discounts.

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Useful Links

Linear Dimensions: What are Linear Dimensions?

Piece vs Weight: What is Piece Concept vs Weight Concept

Packing List: Travel Packing Checklist

Musical Instruments: Flying with Musical Instruments on Delta Airlines

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Excess/Oversize/Overweight Summary

Delta Airlines charges a flat rate for additional bags, with the rate depending on your specific route. Delta's excess baggage fees range from $125/bag to over $300/bag. Delta has some of the harshest extra bag fees in the industry, so be sure to carefully read and understand the limits for your flight, and try to limit how much you need to travel with.

Overweight baggage is also charged on a flat-fee basis, rather than per kilogram, so even being overweight be 3 or 4 lbs may incur a fee of $100-$200. On some routes, Delta has stepped overweight fees, with a charge of around $100 if your bag weighs between 51-70lbs (23-32kg), and $200 if between 71-100 lbs (32-45kg).

Some routes do not accept any bags over 32kg (70lbs), so you will be asked to re-pack into 2 separate bags in those situations. In these cases, Delta will be happy to charge you an extra baggage fee for the privilege.

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