The Clash of the Titans Round IV: Southwest Vs. Delta on Sporting Equipment/Special Baggage, Unaccompanied Minor, and Pet Fees – Is There Really THAT Much Difference?

In a continuing series, TruPrice is analyzing the fee structures of Southwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines.  Today’s segment focuses on sporting equipment/special baggage fees, unaccompanied minor, and pet fees.

In our earlier rounds of the Clash of the Titans, Southwest pounded Delta on baggage fees, but we’ve seen Delta get up off the mat and close the gap between the two airlines when comparing in-flight goodies and ticketing and boarding fees.  Let’s see how the two carriers fare in today’s Round IV.

Sporting Equipment/Special Baggage, Unaccompanied Minor, and Pet Fees.
* Sporting equipment (some categories where no additional fee is applied are still subject to oversize and overweight charges)
Bicycles on Delta:  $200
Bicycles on Southwest:  $50
Fishing equipment on Delta:  No additional fee.
Fishing equipment on Southwest:  No additional fee.
Golfing equipment on Delta:  No additional fee.
Golfing equipment on Southwest:  No additional fee.
Hockey equipment on Delta:  No additional fee.
Hockey equipment on Southwest:  No additional fee.
Canoes and kayaks on Delta: Kayaks not accepted.  Canoes unknown.
Canoes and kayaks on Southwest:  Unknown.
Scuba equipment on Delta:  $200.
Scuba equipment on Southwest:  No additional fee.
Snow boarding equipment on Delta:  No additional fee.
Snow boarding equipment on Southwest:  No additional fee.
Skiing equipment on Delta:  No additional fee.
Skiing equipment on Southwest:  No additional fee.
Surf board on Delta:  $200.00.
Surf board on Southwest:  $50.
Wind surfing equipment on Delta:  $200.
Wind surfing equipment on Southwest:  $50.

Unaccompanied minor on Delta:  $100.
Unaccompanied minor on Southwest:  $50.
Carry-on pet on Delta:  $125.
Carry-on pet Southwest:  $75.
Pet as checked baggage on Delta:  $200.
Pet as checked baggage on Southwest:  Pets not accepted as checked baggage.

Antlers on Delta:  $200.
Antlers on Southwest:  Unknown.
Wedding gowns on Delta:  No additional charge.
Wedding gowns on Southwest:  No additional charge.
Firearms on Delta:  No additional charge.  Up to 11 lbs. of ammo.
Firearms on Southwest:  No additional charge.  Up to 11 lbs. of ammo.
Musical instruments on Delta:  No additional charge.
Musical instruments on Southwest.  No additional charge.

And the verdict of round IV in the Clash of the Titans:  With many of SWA’s fees 1/2 or even 1/4 of Delta’s fees in the areas above, Southwest once again floors Delta in an apples-to-apples fee comparison.  Further, given the qualifier that many pieces of sporting equipment and specialty items are subject to overweight and oversize fees even if there is no mandatory additional fee, Southwest further pummels Delta in this round because of Delta’s astronomical over-size and over-weight fees.

That concludes the Clash of the Titans.  Be sure to come back tomorrow when we put all of these fees in perspective and declare an overall winner.

Chris

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