Think Twice Before Stuffing that Second Suitcase
Frequent and infrequent travelers the like will be tugging at their wallets once more and they have Delta Air Lines, Inc. to thank for it.
The world's biggest airline announced today that it was raising its fees to check your first bag on a domestic flight by $8 and the second bag by $7 — meaning $23 for the first bag and $32 for the second.
For those travelers that don't pay the fees in advance on the airline's Web site, Delta is implementing an add-on a surcharge — $2 for the first bag and $3 for the second. You will have to pay the surcharges if you check your bags at an airport ticket counter, kiosk or curbside.
The new fees are for travel beginning Tuesday on tickets purchased on or after Jan. 5. Tickets purchased before then, regardless of when the travel begins, are subject to the current fees — $15 for the first bag and $25 for the second.
The domestic bag fee increases apply to travel in coach within the 50 states, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada and Puerto Rico.
Elite frequent fliers, first class fliers and certain other customers, including active military personnel on deployment, are exempt from the fees.
Continental followed suit today with an announcement of fee hikes of their own.
The increase on Continental applies to passengers who purchased tickets on or after January 9 for travel on or after January 16.
Those checking in bags at the airport will shell out even more: $25 for the first bag, $35 for the second on both airlines.