Delta Air Lines Joins Others in Raising Bag Fees

by Daniel McCarthy
Delta Air Lines Joins Others in Raising Bag Fees

Delta's bag fees now match United and JetBlue. Photo: Delta.


Delta Air Lines became the third major U.S. airline, and the second U.S. legacy carrier, to raise bag fees when it quietly updated its baggage fee page on its website this week.

Delta will immediately begin charging $30 for the first checked bag (up from $25) and $40 for the second (up from $35). The increases are the same ones made by United Airlines and JetBlue last month and are similar to ones made by Canadian carriers Air Canada and WestJet.

The increase comes as no surprise to most of the industry — after United matched JetBlue’s increase, many speculated that the rest of the industry would follow. Delta did not return Travel Market Report’s request for comment on the future of its bag fees after the initial increases earlier this month.

Delta will still offer free bags to some of its Delta SkyMiles Credit cardholders and to its Premium Select and Delta One passengers.

Now, travelers wait on news from other legacy carriers — Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, and Hawaiian Airlines — to see if the change will be made industrywide.

While an American spokesperson told Travel Market Report earlier this month when asked about its future bag fees that the carrier was “unable to comment on questions regarding future pricing,” that airline, along with Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines, all still charge $25 for the first bag, for the moment.

  1
  2
Tip of the Day
The professional travel advisor’s job is to equip the traveler with the necessary information to enable a good decision that will reflect that person’s own risk tolerance.
 
Paul Ruden
Daily Top List

Most Powerful Passports in the World

1. United Arab Emirates

2. Singapore

3. Germany

4. Denmark

5. Sweden

Source: Passport Index

TMR THIS WEEK
http://services.travelsavers.com/AMGService.svc/REST/GetImage?ImageID=5aa4cac6-77fe-e811-b9b4-782bcb667b27

How Will You Give Back This Year?

Learn from travel advisors who are positively impacting tourism through their sustainable travel efforts and empowering their clients to do the same. 

TMR Recommendations
Top Stories
Alitalia Unveils Turnaround Plan Involving Closer Ties with Skyteam Partners
Alitalia Unveils Turnaround Plan Involving Closer Ties with Skyteam Partners

Reports say that Delta and the Italian railway system have expressed interest in investing in the airline.

Royal Air Maroc Joins Oneworld Alliance as First Member on African Continent
Royal Air Maroc Joins Oneworld Alliance as First Member on African Continent

The alliance also added Fiji Airways as its first member in a new membership category, Oneworld Connect.

Will 2019 Be the Year NDC Bookings Gain Momentum?
Will 2019 Be the Year NDC Bookings Gain Momentum?

More than 50 airlines around the world are now certified at NDC Level 3, IATA’s highest NDC certification level, as well as the main GDSs.

LaGuardia Airport Opens First Wing in Redeveloped Terminal
LaGuardia Airport Opens First Wing in Redeveloped Terminal

The new space includes state of the art fixtures and upscale retail brands, including an outpost of the fabled FAO Schwartz toy store.

Wow Air Gets a Lifeline from Frontier Airlines
Wow Air Gets a Lifeline from Frontier Airlines

Indigo Partners, a private equity firm that has a stake in Frontier, has stepped in to help and said it has a strategic vision for Wow Air.

European Airlines Adding Transatlantic Flights for 2019 as Brexit Fears Ease
European Airlines Adding Transatlantic Flights for 2019 as Brexit Fears Ease

Low-cost carrier Norwegian and TAP Air Portugal are among the airlines planning to expand their flight networks in the U.S., starting in the spring.

News Briefs
TMR Report Cards & Outlooks
Advertiser's Voice
Advertiser's Voice: Tauck