Archive for July 30th, 2008

Delta Today Announced it is Doubling The Fee For A Second Checked Bag, OUCH!!

Posted on July 30, 2008. Filed under: Travel, Uncategorized |

Just a quick note today to keep you informed for your travels. Delta Air Lines is raising its fee for checking a second bag from $25 to $50 and is also raising fees for bags weighing more than 50 pounds and special items, including surfboards. Delta does not currently charge for your first checked bag.

What does this mean for you? I have said it in the past and my prediction has come to pass with these fees for luggage. When a major carrier like Delta sets a new bar for fees for your checked luggage, this usually is followed by other carriers even the smaller carriers. When the “big boys” do this, it usually makes the path safe for others to follow so beware and ask questions before you travel.

A Delta spokesperson said “this is still a good value as opposed to shipping your bag with a luggage shipping service.” The difference is this, you have a few more gaurantees with a luggage shipping service than you do with the airlines who are consitently on the decline with their luggage handling performance. And lets also throw this reminder out there again, the airlines blodly state they will not refund the fee you pay for your checked luggage regardless if they mishandle your luggage in any way. It may be cheaper to pay the airlines but you are certainly at greater risk in my opinion and according to the statistics of which many I have posted on my website at

The choice is always yours but educate yourself before you become another statistic of the declining airline luggage handling process. How much can you afford to lose?

Safe travels to you always,

Scott T. Mueller

Author The Empty Carousel a Consumer’s Guide to Checked and Carry-on Luggage

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