The First Checked Bag Free is signature benefit included with most Delta American Express cards. But how much is the perk worth? How many people get free bags? Can the benefit really offset a card’s annual fee?
Let’s tackle those questions and more!
What is the First Checked Bag Free Benefit?
The First Checked Bag Free is Delta Amex perk waiving the bag fee for the first piece of checked luggage — provided it weighs under 50 pounds or less and is not oversized.
The benefit is valid only on Delta or a Delta Connection carrier when you check-in with Delta for both a Delta marketed and Delta operated trip.
Codeshare flights are not eligible the benefit.
How Many People Can Get the Free First Checked Bag?
The cardholder and up to eight others traveling on the same reservation/PNR as the cardholder may receive their first bag checked free.
So How Much Money Can That Save?
Delta charges $30 for a passenger’s first checked bag. So if you travel with eight more people, you save $270 in baggage fees each way. Roundtrip, your savings is $540.
As another example, a family of four with one checked bag per person would save $240 per roundtrip.
If you travel with a family, sports team, organization, party, etc., the benefit can save a lot of money. Even the card_name or card_name earn back their annual fees during just a few trips. (See rates and fees for the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card. See rates and fees for the card_name.)
Which Delta Amexes Have the First Checked Bag Free Benefit?
All Delta Amexes except the Delta Blue card give the cardholder the First Checked Bag Free. Terms apply.
- Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card
- Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card
- Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card
How Can I Make Sure My Checked Bag Will Be Free?
Add your Delta Amex credit card number to your virtual wallet on Delta.com or the Fly Delta app. Then make sure all your Delta reservations have your SkyMiles number attached. Everything should work fine.
Can Authorized/Additional Cardholders on My Account Receive the Benefit If I’m Not Traveling?
No. Only the primary cardholder receives the benefit.
What If I Didn’t Use My Delta Amex Card to Pay for My Flight? Will I Still Get the First Checked Bag Free?
Yep, you’re fine — as long as your Delta Amex card number is in your Delta wallet and SkyMiles number is linked to your reservation.
In fact, you’re probably better off using one of these cards:
- The Platinum Card® from American Express (5X on purchases made directly with airlines, up to $500,000 in these purchases each year. Terms apply.)
- card_name (3X on airfare purchased directly from airlines. Terms apply.)
- Chase Sapphire Reserve® (3X on travel purchases)
- American Express® Green Card (3X on travel purchases. Terms apply. All information about the American Express® Green Card has been independently collected by Eye of the Flyer and not reviewed by the card issuer.)
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