Delta is the latest airline to raise its checked bag fee

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A Boeing 767 passenger aircraft of Delta Air Lines arrives from Dublin at JFK International Airport in New York as the Manhattan skyline looms in the background on Feb. 7, 2024.
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Delta Air Lines just became the latest airline to raise its checked bag fee — this time by $5, beginning Tuesday.

Delta said the fee for both the first and second checked bag is increasing by $5 for most domestic and short-haul international routes. Travelers with Delta perks, such as Delta SkyMiles Medallion members and customers in first class, will continue to receive their allotment of complimentary checked bags, the airline added.

It will now cost travelers $35 for the first checked bag and $45 for the second checked bag. It’s Delta’s first checked bag fee increase since 2018, and the company said it will help it stay on pace with rising industry costs.

The move comes two weeks after American Airlines raised prices for most domestic coach passengers to check bags. Shortly after that announcement, United Airlines said checking a bag will also cost more. JetBlue Airways and Alaska Airlines have also raised prices to check bags this year.

Delta said the new fees don’t apply to tickets purchased before Tuesday.

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