Delta Airlines Baggage Policy, Allowance, Weight, and Size

Delta Airlines allows its passengers to bring one carry-on bag & one personal item for free. The Overhead bin is the designated place to keep your carry-on bag and the personal item should not exceed the size rather it will not fit beneath the seat in front of the passenger. 

For checked baggage, Delta offers different allowances and fees based on the cabin class and route. Frequent flyers in Delta can also get huge discounts on baggage. In general, there is a maximum weight as well as size for the baggage allowance.

Additionally, there will be extra fees for oversized and overweight baggage. Delta even has specific restrictions over dangerous, fragile, and valuable items.

Types of Delta Airlines Baggage and Fees  

Delta Airlines offers several baggage options for passengers traveling on their flights. The types of baggage options include:

Personal Item Bag

Delta baggage policy allows its passengers to carry one Personal items bag for free. A Personal items bag could be anything from a backpack, school bag, laptop bag, ladies' bag, or purse. You can carry anything which does not violate the prohibited items criteria of delta airlines in a personal items bag. This bag should not be larger than its maximum size because the space under the seat in front of you is a designated space for a personal items bag.

Carry-on Baggage

Delta Airlines also allows one carry-on bag for free. This is the bag that is larger than the personal items bag and you can carry it on the aircraft with you easily. The carry-on bag should not exceed the maximum size otherwise it will be considered a checked bag. The bag has to be small enough to fit properly in the bin overhead the passenger which is a designated place for carry-on bags.

Checked Baggage

Delta Airlines allows free checked bags only for some specific seating classes such as Delta One & First Class. For other classes, the airline charges a fee for checked bags and the fee starts from $30 for the first bag and $40 for the second bag domestically & for international destinations the fee is variable. This category of bags could not be carried in the cabin because they are larger and heavier than the normal carry-on bags that's why these bags are carried into the belly of the aircraft.   

Excess Baggage

The baggage that even exceeds the allowed size & weight of a normal carry-on bag is called oversized & overweight baggage. Delta Airlines charges an additional fee starting from $100 for an overweight bag and $200 for oversize baggage. The prices could go even higher if the size and weight will increase. 

Special Items

Delta has a specific fee structure and policies for special items and luggage. This luggage could be anything like musical instruments such as a guitar, violin, or a piano, sports equipment like a basketball kit or a football kit, and even small domestic pets such as dogs/puppies, cats/kittens or rabbits, and some birds. So you don't get in trouble then you should read about Delta pet policy.

It's best to check the Delta luggage policy before your trip to avoid facing any problems at the airport.

To understand better you can also read the information mentioned in the table below:

Type of Bags

Details about Baggage

Baggage Fee

Personal Item Bags that come in the category of Laptop bags, backpacks, or Purse  1 is allowed and free to carry
Carry-On This category includes bags with handles and wheels that can be carried in the aircraft 1 or 2 are allowed free to carry for more you can pay extra
Checked Baggage This category includes Oversized & Overweight Bags

$30 for the first $40 for the second (Domestic)

International may vary

Excess Baggage This category includes Oversized & Overweight Bags Starts from $100 and goes up
Special Items This category includes sports equipment, musical instruments, and pets Varies on items, size, weight, and destination

Note: It is crucial to note that the Delta baggage fees listed above are subject to change.

Delta Airlines Carry-on Baggage Policy and Allowance

Delta Airlines' baggage policy offers different policies and allowances for Carry-on baggage in accordance with the seating classes offered by the airline. You can read all the seating categories with carry-on baggage allowance mentioned below; 

Delta One

Passengers traveling in Delta One are allowed to bring up to two carry-on bags for free as well as they can also carry a personal item for free. The maximum carry-on luggage size Delta bag should not be more than 22 x 14 x 9 in. or 56 x 36 x 23 cm and no weight limit.

First Class

First Class Passengers with Delta Airlines are allowed to bring up to two 22 x 14 x 9 in. or 56 x 36 x 23 cm sized carry-on bags for free as well as they are also allowed to carry one personal item for free.

Main Cabin

Passengers traveling in Delta Main Cabin are allowed to bring one carry-on bag with the maximum size for free as well as they can also carry one personal item on board for free.

Basic Economy

For Basic Economy passengers only one personal item bag is allowed to carry for free on board. Passengers can pre-purchase during the Delta flight booking or they can purchase at the airport if they want to bring a carry-on bag.

The below table outlines Delta baggage weight limit size & allowance for carry-on baggage:

Seating Classes

Allowed Bags Number

Maximum size allowed

Maximum Weight per Bag

Basic Economy 1 carry-on bag for a fee

22 x 14 x 9 in

56 x 36 x 23 cm

No specific weight limit
Main Cabin  1 carry-on bag for free  22 x 14 x 9 in

56 x 36 x 23 cm

 No specific weight limit
First Class  2 carry-on bags for free  22 x 14 x 9 in

56 x 36 x 23 cm each

 No specific weight limit
Delta One  2 carry-on bags for free  22 x 14 x 9 in

56 x 36 x 23 cm each

  No specific weight limit

Delta Airlines Checked Baggage Policy and Allowance 

Delta baggage policy for Checked baggage is also based on the seating classes. If you do not comprehend with the checked baggage policy and allowance, you might have to miss your flight in the process. So make sure to check out the Delta Missed Flight Policy. Here is the checked baggage policy for each seating class;

Delta One

Passengers traveling in Delta One are allowed to bring up to three checked bags for free, with a maximum weight of 70 pounds or 32 kilograms per bag and a maximum size of 62 inches or 157 centimeters (length + width + height).

First Class

Passengers traveling in First Class are allowed to bring up to two checked bags for free, with a maximum weight of 70 pounds or 32 kilograms per bag and a maximum size of 62 inches or 157 centimeters (length + width + height).

Main Cabin

Passengers traveling in Main Cabin are allowed to bring one checked bag for free, with a maximum weight of 50 pounds or 23 kilograms and a maximum size of 62 inches or 157 centimeters (length + width + height).

Basic Economy

Passengers traveling in Basic Economy are allowed to bring one checked bag for a fee, with a maximum weight of 50 pounds or 23 kilograms and a maximum size of 62 inches or 157 centimeters (length + width + height).

The below table outlines Delta baggage weight limit size & allowance for checked baggage:

Seating Class

Allowed Bags Number Maximum size allowed Maximum Weight per Bag
Basic Economy 1 checked bag

62 in. or 157 cm.

(length + width + height)

50 lbs (23 kg)
Main Cabin 1 checked bags

62 in. or 157 cm.

(length + width + height)

50 lbs (23 kg)
First Class 1 checked bags

62 in. or 157 cm.

(length + width + height)

70 lbs (32 kg) each
Delta One 1 checked bags

62 in. or 157 cm.

(length + width + height)

70 lbs (32 kg) each

Note: It is crucial to note that the Delta baggage fees listed above are subject to change.

Delta Airlines Weight and Size Restrictions 

Delta Airlines has weight and size restrictions for both carry-on and checked baggage. Here are the weight and size restrictions for Delta Airlines baggage:

Personal Item

A Personal items bag could be anything from a backpack, school bag, laptop bag, ladies' bag, or purse. You can carry anything which does not violate the prohibited items criteria of delta airlines in a personal items bag. This bag should not be larger than its maximum size of 18 x 14 x 8 in.(45 x 35 x 20 cm.) because the space under the seat in front of you is a designated space for a personal items bag.

Carry-On Baggage

This is the bag that is larger than the personal items bag and you can carry it on the aircraft with you easily. Including handles and wheels carry-on luggage size Delta must not exceed 22 x 14 x 9 in. or 56 x 36 x 23 cm. The carry-on bag has no weight limit but it should not be too heavy because if it exceeds the maximum size it will be considered a checked bag. The bag should be small should fit properly in its designated place, the overhead bin of the passenger.

Checked Baggage

This category of bags could not be carried in the cabin because they are larger and heavier than the normal carry-on bags that’s why these bags are carried into the belly of the aircraft. The maximum Delta luggage weight & size for checked baggage is 50-70 lbs 23-32 kg & 62 in/157 cm (length+width+height).

How to Pay for Delta Baggage Fees 

There are several ways to pay for baggage fees on Delta Airlines.

Online

Baggage can be purchased online through the official website of Delta Airlines. You can purchase baggage during the booking process of your ticket. You can avail of many discounts over the internet as well as go for more easy payment options.

At The Airport

At the airport baggage can also be purchased, Delta Airlines gives options to purchase the luggage at the airport but usually at a higher price than the official website. You can use a debit/credit card, cash & other available payment options.

Upgrade Your Ticket

If you want you can upgrade your booking from the official website through its managed booking section and purchase extra luggage at any time.

During Check-In

Delta passengers can even purchase baggage options at the time of check-in, this will cost the passenger the highest but it is very useful for some latecomers. Passengers can pay using a credit/debit card or cash.

Prohibited Items 

Delta Airlines has a list of prohibited items that are not allowed in both carry-on and checked baggage. Here are some of the items that are prohibited:

  • Items such as fireworks, flares, gunpowder, and other explosive items are strictly not allowed to carry. 
  • Some firearms and ammunition could be allowed to carry in checked bags only but most of the time it depends on the destination you are traveling to if the firearms are allowed there or not.
  • Bleach, chlorine, and other toxic chemical substances are not allowed.
  • Some items which have Lithium or Lithium-ion Batteries are restricted.
  • Other items such as hoverboards, self-balancing scooters, and e-cigarettes are also strictly prohibited by Delta Airlines.

It's always best to check the complete list of prohibited items on the Delta Airlines website before your trip to avoid any issues at the airport.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Delta Airlines allows one carry-on bag for free. The carry-on bag must fit in the overhead bin.

Delta baggage allowance and fees are based on the route and cabin class and can be differentiated. For most domestic flights, the first checked bag starts at $30 and the second checked bag starts at $40. For international flights, the fees can vary depending on the destination.

The maximum size for checked baggage on Delta Airlines is 62 inches or 157 centimeters (length + width + height).

Musical instruments can be carried on board or in checked baggage on Delta Airlines, but there are specific requirements and fees.

For domestic routes the fee for Delta Airline checked baggage is $30 for the first bag and $40 for the second bag. For international destinations the fee can be variable.

Yes, Delta Airlines allows pets in the cabin as well as checked baggage for a fee.

Charges for excess baggage start from $100 and can go high according to Delta luggage weight and size.

Delta Airlines will investigate the lost and damaged matter and provide compensation if necessary. All you have to do is file a report with the baggage service office.