Delta's "extra fees" among the highest in the industry

George Hobica, May 16, 2008
Fares from Washington DC:

    Actually, they probably are the highest.

    You won't believe how high some of these fees for things like excess baggage and shipping pets are. Take a look. Sigh.

    Checked Baggage (each piece, each way)


    Second bag

    $25 (except for first, business, full fare passengers and upper level frequent flyer members)

    Excess bags


    Travel within the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico

    Bags 3, 4, and 5: $80 each
    Bags 6, 7, and 8:  $110 each (does anyone really fly with 8 bags?)
    Bags 9 and 10: $180 each

    Travel outside the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico


    Bags 3, 4, and 5: $150 each
    Bags 6, 7, and 8: $300 each
    Bags 9 and 10: $600 each

    Overweight bags

    Checked baggage weighing over 50 lbs/23 kgs but not more than 70 lbs/32 kgs will be charged at the rate of $80 per piece.

    Checked baggage weighing over 70lbs/32 kgs but not more than 100 lbs/45 kgs will be charged at the rate of $150 per piece.

    Oversized bags

    62–80 inches—total of length plus width plus height: $150 each

    Curbside check-in

    $3 per bag plus tip,
    except:
    Platinum, Gold and Silver Medallions
    Customers traveling in First Class
    Customers traveling in BusinessElite
    Customers who have checked-in bags online at delta.com
     

    Booking tickets
    Booking online: no charge
    Booking by phone: $25       
    Booking in person: $25
     

    Children
    Lap children: 10% of the adult fare on international fares
    Unaccompanied minors: $100 each way


    Frequent flyer tickets
    Travel ticketed 20 days or less: $75 (waived for Platinum frequent flyers)
    Same day change of flight: $50
    Tickets issued in person or by phone: $25-$50
    Redepositing miles: $100
    Changing frequent flyer tickets: $100 
    Non-Delta flight segment in Award Ticket itinerary: $25
    More info


    Pets
    In cabin (domestic flight): $100 each way
    As cargo (domestic): $178 to $669 depending on weight, each way
    More info


    Seating
    Advance seat selection: none
    Exit row and other “premium” seats: none

    Ticket changes (non-refundable tickets, domestic fares)
    Changing travel dates after purchase: $100 ($200 or more for international fares)
    Fare drop refund (fee charged for re-issuing ticket if a fare goes down between the time you buy and the time you fly): $100
    Additional change fees for tickets not issued directly by Delta or Delta.com (includes tickets bought from online agencies such as Orbitz and over the phone or in person, even if by Delta): $30

    Same day confirmed standby on an earlier or later flight: $50
    More info
     

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