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. Also check this updated post.
Editor's Note: This post was partially updated 2023.
Delta is not overly friendly with its policies; and they are clearly stated. If your cycle is under 50 lbs and fits the packing size guidelines, it's a "standard bag" and costs $50. BUT, do the size restrictions mean big surcharge. Be careful. And mind that if the size of the carrier is over $100 lbs or the outside linear dimensions (length + width + height) exceed 115 linear inches (292 cm), the item will not be accepted
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!!