Delta Airlines Bike Fee Policy
If traveling with your bike and shopping airfares, definitely consider the cost to ship your bike as part of your overall ticket price. Delta is one of the most bike UNfriendly airlines. Most other carriers are charging $100 or less to ship a bike round trip (a few years back it was free). Delta charges $175 for domestic U.S. travel and a whopping $300 for international travel.
With the baggage fees increasing, travelers are checking less and carrying-on more. That should mean more room in the belly of the plane. So, why not give athletic-minded travelers a break on bike fees, golf clubs, surfboards and the like? On my last trip to Germany, I paid $550 round trip. If I had flown Delta and brought a bike, it would have cost me more than half the passenger ticket to ship my bike to/fro. That's not right!!