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!!
As of July 2019 Delta
As of July 2019 Delta eliminated their domestic US extra charge for sporting equipment like bikes, skis etc. Now only normal checked baggage price applies.
Thank you for the update. The
Thank you for the update. The article is dated. We need an update on ALL airline policies with respect to cycles! Interested? :)
Bicycle shipping is now it's
Bicycle shipping is now it's very own business. There are resources online that provide estimates to get a cycle from point A to B. However, rates look to be sky high. Here are two services: http://www.bikeflights.com/bicycle_shipping.aspx
We suggest also scouring a heavily used forum to get advice.
Any ideas on ways to ship/fly
Any ideas on ways to ship/fly tri bike to Ireland from the US? Doing a tri race in Belfast and US Airways wants $400 return for bike (not overweight - bike weighs just 18 lb)
Delta Sucks !!!! I will be
Delta Sucks !!!!
I will be spreading the word to as many people as possible
Delta does suck. I just got
Delta does suck. I just got bopped with $200 / segment charge for a bike, 38 lbs. with all my gear in the bag...not overweight by Delta standards...and packed in a soft-sided case, so it just looks like a big piece of luggage. What a dilapidated airline...
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