It’s finally happened. Delta Airlines has eliminated their bike fee. The airline just announced that they will be eliminating the $150 specialty sports bag fee that previously applied to bikes and other oversized sporting equipment. That means that there is the potential to fly with your bike for free depending on your status and ticket level. Otherwise, it will run you the price of a standard checked bag.

Keep Climbing: Delta Airlines eliminates specialty sports bag fee for bikes & gear

Of course, there are still stipulations that you must meet to get your bike on board without an overweight or oversized fee. For starters, it must be under 50lbs and it cannot be larger than 115 linear inches (length + width + height) or 292 linear cm. For reference, the EVOC Bike Travel bag is about 237cm so no problems there. It’s also possible to get the EVOC Bike Travel Bag Pro packed under 50lbs, but as I found out, it does take some planning to get it right. Going over 50lbs will leave you with a $100 overweight fee for flights within the U.S. and Canada for bags weighing 51-70lbs (check this page for more information on overweight fees.)

However, it seems that if you have status with Delta, you’ll be allowed up to 70lbs for checked baggage within the U.S. and Canada with one free bag for Silver, two for Gold, and three for Platinum and Diamond status (though you should double check with Delta that this applies to bike weights as well).

As long as your bike bag or box qualifies, then you’ll be able to check it as a standard piece of luggage. If your status or ticket allows for free checked baggage, the bike will fly for free. If not, you’ll be on the hook for the standard checked bag fee which seems to have been increased to $30 for the first bag, or $40 for your second. Still, $30 or $40 is way better than paying $150 each way. Note that Delta does state, “Due to space limitations, acceptance and charges may vary for itineraries on a Delta Connection carrier,” so as always, if you’re unsure it’s better to plan ahead and make sure. The new rules take effect on tickets purchased beginning July 17th, 2019.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. every single flyer should have a carbon tax to their ticket and everyone travelling with a bag should be exempt from that tax

  2. Personnaly I don’t mind to pay a little extra for my bike as it’s an oversized luggage that need a “special service”. I payed 80 extra dollars with Canada Airlines and I think it’s fair, not like the 180 eur asked by Air France!

  3. This is great news following a similar change by American Airlines in May. Hopefully Southwest and others are not far behind.

  4. I love how the social/environmental justice warriors come out in the comments. Jets – bad, cars – bad, e-bikes – bad, motorcycles – bad, but pedal bikes – good and vans – good. Did I get that right? I can’t keep up with what I should be outraged against anymore.

    • Just because individuals’ arguments aren’t always cohesive doesn’t mean a lack of concern is warranted.

    • I fly all the time and I am trying to make a conscious effort to stop. I question managers who are askinf to fly for a 10 minute meeting, in fact my office sees an incredible flight increase in November and little be hold, we realised there was this huge flyer status culture going on. Absolutely uselss flights everywhere so put the hammer on it. Glad we did. Every single one of our flights are now stoped with a carbon footprint purchase with local plantings in different urban areas through social programs. I have an e-cargo, I have a 10 year old van that is rusted and I have a corporate e-car. I could really care less what you think of me. Look at it from any angle, I still waste a shit load of energy and my thing is reducing right from the source… like yeah, not taking that one day trip between Montreal and Vancouver for a free sushi meal…

  5. Don’t fly much, and I can’t stand Delta, but perhaps it will force other carriers into adopting the same policy instead of gouging cyclists.

  6. Delta is the second ranked US airline in terms of passengers carried (2017 data), so this definitely could force other US airlines to rethink their policies re: bikes/bike bags.

  7. The caveat here is that Delta makes you sign a release from liability for your bike unless it is in a hard case – even when you’re paying $100+ for the privilege. As a frequent cycle tourer, circumstances very rarely permit the use of anything other than a cardboard bicycle box.
    Virgin Atlantic, BA, and a number of other EU airlines have no such stipulation, despite the fact that they don’t charge anything for sporting equipment.

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