The Clash of the Titans: Southwest’s Baggage Fees Vs. Delta’s Baggage Fees – Is There Really THAT Much Difference?

Ok.  Ok.  The news about fees abounds.  Like the cacophony from your son’s distorted flea market amps and his cheap car speakers, yes, they’re out there.  Yes, most travelers have to pay them.  Yes, they can be very difficult to find.  And yes, they can be very different.   Different how, you ask?  Well, given the shot at Delta’s bow by today’s merger news of AirTran and Southwest that now puts the vaunted SWA machine in Delta’s bread basket, isn’t it high time to delve into the disparity among typical fees?  Disparity?  Aren’t all fees the same?  Not only no, but heck no.

So each day this week we’ll run a side-by-side comparison using TruPrice’s accurate, updated fee information to see just how much impact this might have on fee charges, if any.  Today’s comparison is baggage fees.
Baggage fees.
Delta first checked bag at the airport:  $25.00
Southwest first checked bag at the airport:  Zero.
Delta second checked back at the airport:  $35.00
Southwest second checked bag at the airport:   Zero.
Delta third checked bag at 55 lbs. (overweight) and 64 inches (oversized):  $125 bag charge.  $90.00 overweight charge.  $175.00 oversized charge.
Southwest third checked bag at 55 lbs. and 64 inches:  $50 bag charge.  $50 overweight charge.  $50 oversized charge.

Baggage total for three bags with the third bag overweight and oversized:
Delta $900.00 based on round-trip purchase.
Southwest $300.00 based on round-trip purchase.

Come back tomorrow for our next TruPrice comparison of airline fees.

Chris

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