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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 & 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:

1-70lb. bag

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

1-50lb. bag

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

 
 

Between

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.

† This fee will be waived for tickets booked after July 24, 2014 for travel dates on or after September 1, 2014. 

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

Free

25 USD/CAD¹

25 USD/CAD¹*

35 USD/CAD¹

35 USD/CAD¹*

United States and Canada

Caribbean & Bermuda (excluding Dominican Republic, Guyana, & Haiti)                        

Exceptions may apply; see chart below.

Free

Free

25 USD/CAD¹

25 USD/CAD¹

40 USD/CAD¹

40 USD/CAD¹

United States and Canada

Central America, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Guyana, & Haiti                                                        

Exceptions may apply; see chart below.

Free

Free

25 USD/CAD¹

25 USD/CAD¹

40 USD/CAD¹

40 USD/CAD¹

Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean                        

Exceptions may apply; see chart below.

Free

Free

25 USD/CAD¹

25 USD/CAD¹

40 USD/CAD¹

40 USD/CAD¹

United States, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America

South America (excluding Brazil & Guyana)

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

75 USD/CAD1†

 

United States, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America (excluding Brazil)

Europe, North Africa, and Israel

Free

Free

Free

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

Free

Free

free

100 USD/CAD¹

United States, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America (excluding Brazil)

Australia, New Zealand & the Philippines

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

Japan

Guam, Saipan, Palau & Hawaii                        

Exceptions may apply; see chart below.

Free

Free

Free

Free

40 USD/CAD¹

40 USD/CAD¹

United States, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America (excluding Brazil)

Two free

Free

First bag free

Free

Second bag free

Free

United States, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America (excluding Brazil)

Middle East      (excluding Israel)

Exceptions may apply; see chart below.

Free

Free

Free

Free

75 USD/CAD

75 USD/CAD¹

United States, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America (excluding Brazil)

India

Free

Free

Free

Free

75 USD/CAD

75 USD/CAD¹ OR 70 EUR2

Europe

India

2-70lb bags

Free

1-50lb bag

Free

1-50lb bag

75 EUR¹

Brazil

Free (up to 32kg)

Free

Free (up to 32kg)

Free

Free (up to 32kg)

Free

For all other international flights

You may check up to two bags that meet our size & 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

General Market Exceptions 

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 (up to 50 lbs)

Free

40 USD/CAD (up to 50 lbs)

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 (up to 50 lbs)

Free

Free (up to 50 lbs)

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 (up to 50 lbs)

Free

Free (up to 50 lbs)

Free

For tickets purchased on/after April 1, 20142

Hawaii

First originating point of travel in Japan

Free (up to 50 lbs)

Free

Free (up to 50 lbs)

Free

For tickets purchased on/after July 25, 2014 for travel dates prior to 11/15/14 or after 1/15/15

Unites States and Canada

El Salvador

Free (up to 50 lbs)

Free

Free (up to 50 lbs)

Free

For tickets purchased on/after August 14, 20142

North America (United States, Canada, Mexico)

Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Eqypt, Lebanon, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Yemen

1-50lb bag

Free

1-50lb bag

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.

 

Travel
Region

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

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free*

United States
Canada

to/from/within
Caribbean

Mexico

Central America

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

Fre

Free

Travel
to/from
Australia, New Zealand & the Philippines
(via the Pacific only)

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

Brazil

Free

Free

3-70lb bags

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

All Other
Int'l
Flights

Free

Free

Free

One additional free bag over standard allowance

Free

Free

Free

One
additional
free bag
over
 standard
allowance

Free

Free

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.

 

Recipient

Benefit

*The benefit applies to up to 9 people traveling in the eligible member's reservation.

SkyMiles Credit Cardmembers from American Express
See Terms & Conditions

1-50lb bag

First Bag Free*

Remember that excess baggage fees may apply if you check more than two bags or if they exceed our size & 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 & 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 of Liability

Liability Limits

*SDR (Special Drawing Rights) is an International Monetary Fund unit of currency. SDR's will be converted to U.S. Dollars using the rate in effect on the mishandled baggage settlement date.

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)

 

Total Amount of Declared Value

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)

 

Total Amount of Declared Value

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:

 

On Military Orders*

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

5 bags free

4 bags free

4 bags free

3 bags free

3 bags free

2 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

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Legend:

70 lbs (32 kg)

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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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