Delta Air Lines Inc., the nation’s third-largest carrier, will double its charge for checking a second bag on a domestic flight as part of a set of fee increases to help offset the high cost of fuel. The changes will apply to customers who purchase a ticket beginning Thursday.
The fees increases from $25 to $50 to check a second bag for domestic travel. Fees for items that require special handling, such as surfboards or ski equipment, will increase on domestic and international flights.
Delta doesn’t charge passengers for checking a first bag on domestic flights, but it’s studying a decision by other carriers who do charge that fee.
First Class, BusinessElite and Medallion customers will still be able to check up to three bags at no charge, the airline said.
Customers checking bags on international flights can check a first and second bag at no charge.
Delta believes revising its fee structure for excess bags and specialty items is needed to offset its higher fueler costs.