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Flying with a Bike on Delta (Updated 11/2022)

Flying with a Bike on Delta | Orucase

The Bottom Line on Taking your Bike on a Delta Flight: 

Our team of highly specialized bicycle travel scientists gives Delta a Bicycle Flight Grade (BFG) of A. Hot on the heels of American Airlines, Delta recently announced they will no longer be charging a bike fee. Standard baggage allowance and checked bag fees are in line with other major airlines. A carry-on bag is included, which is always helpful. 

Aside from the newly-relaxed baggage fees, Delta is our preferred airline because of their generally nice and comfortable airplanes, good service, and high on-time percentage. 

Delta Baggage and Bicycle Policies at a Glance:

Please note that this information is subject to change and may not reflect the most recent information available on Delta's website. (Updated 11/1/22) 

Specifications

 

 

 

Dimensions

62 Linear Inches (157cm)

Oversize Fee

$200

Weight Limit

50lbs (23kg)

Overweight Fee

$100

General Baggage Fees

Domestic

Translatlantic

Transpacific

1st Checked Bag

$30

$0

$0

2nd Checked Bag

$40

$100

$0

Carry-on

Included

Included

Included

Bicycle Baggage Fee

$0

 

 

Bike Bag Specifications

 

Dimensions

115 Linear Inches (292cm)

Weight Limit

50lbs (23kg)

If the bicycle is packaged in a soft sided travel bag or anything other than a hard shell case, a limited release form will need to be signed.

 

General Notes on Flying with a Bike:

A few things to keep in mind when flying with a bike on Delta actually apply to all airlines. It’s important to come to the airport prepared with a knowledge of airline policies and procedures. Screenshots or printouts of relevant information can come in handy to help clarify these policies for less well-versed airline employees. It’s also prudent to take baggage policies into account when planning a trip and buying tickets. Why take the budget airline if they are sticklers at the baggage counter and will likely charge you double or triple to fly with your bike? 

Lastly, a true Airport Ninja knows that airline employees don’t always play by the book, and this can both help us and hurt us as customers. Many gate agents will never look twice as your bags, while others are vigilantes who play fast and loose with the tape measure. Checking in early, approaching a well-rested-looking ticketing agent and being very polite, or using curbside check-in and offering a small tip are all strategies that can all help tip the odds in your favor. For more advice on how to be an Airport Ninja, see our blog Ninja Tutelage Lesson 1 - What's in the Bag?

As always, your best chance to avoid paying fees is to pack your bike in the smallest possible bike case, especially one with no obvious markings that indicate that it is a bike. This is where the Orucase Airport Ninja comes to the rescue. Designed and tested by professional cyclists to minimize or even eliminate excess baggage fees. Become an Airport Ninja Today. 

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