Following the move by American Airlines, Delta Airlines just announced that it will be eliminating fees for additional sporting goods baggage, which includes bikes.
The airline is eliminating the $150 specialty sports bag fee previously charged for these items, effective for travel worldwide on tickets purchased beginning July 17, 2019. Customers will instead pay a first, second or third checked bag fee according to the fare rules associated with their booking and/or SkyMiles Medallion status.
Complete checked baggage fee detail, including the new sporting equipment fees, can be found at Delta.com. Due to space limitations, acceptance and charges may vary for itineraries on a Delta Connection carrier.”
Note that there is some fine print. “You can bring most sports equipment with you on your trip and standard checked baggage fees apply based on cabin, travel region and total number of checked bags. Overweight baggage fees apply to bags that exceed 50 lbs and bags cannot exceed 115 linear inches/292 cm (length + width + height). Items in excess of the baggage allowance will be subject to additional, overweight, and oversized baggage fees.” Generally speaking, it’s fairly easy to stay under 50 lbs, however. And a 60 x 35 x 11″ bike box falls within the size limit. We always find it fairly easy to consolidate everything into a bike box, carryon (Patagonia Black Hole Duffel in photo above), and a personal item.
View the full baggage policy from Delta here.