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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, with maximum dimensions of about 22 x 14 x 9 inches (56x46x23cm). This is the size of the bin at the check-in counter, and you may be asked to fit your bag into the bin to confirm it does not exceed this size.

Make 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.

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

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Be sure to consult TSA Carry-On Regulations and Carry-On Liquid Restrictions before your trip.

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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 will, 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-$80 for a second bag, depending on the destination. If you pre-purchase your extra luggage online before getting to the airport, you'll often get a discount on these fees.

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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Excess/Oversize/Overweight Summary

Additional bags will be charged flat rates depending on your specific route, with rates ranging from $125/bag up to $285/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.

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 up to $75. On some routes, Delta has incremental fees, usually of $75 if your bag weighs between 51-70lbs (23-32kg), and $200 if between 71-100 lbs (32-44kg).

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.

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