How Much Does it Cost to Check in a Golf Bag on Delta?
Checking a golf bag with Delta airlines is going to be different than checking in a normal suitcase or another piece of luggage.
If you plan on going on a vacation that involves golfing, then your golf clubs are going to be an obvious necessity. Although there is the option of borrowing or renting clubs when you reach your destination, most people would rather pay the fee and have their own clubs when playing.
How much is it?
- The cost of checking in the golf clubs will depend on the weight of the bag, the size and the destination. If the bag is over 50 pounds, then overweight baggage fees will apply. If the bag is going to be shipped within the United States, the bag will cost $125. However, if there are more than four checked-in over-sized or overweight bags, the cost will go up to $200 each. If the bag is going to be shipped from the United States to Europe, Asia or any other international destinations, the fee will be $200 for an oversized bag. These are rates for a one-way trip.
- To see up-to-date fees, refer to the official Delta.com excessive baggage fees.
- According to AirlineBagFees.com, the cost of checking a golf bag will be anywhere from $90 to $175.
What is going to be included?
- Delta only allows one golf bag per checked baggage. One item, according to the policy, means one golf bag containing a set of clubs, balls, tees, and a pair of shoes. In order for the airline to accept the golf bag, the equipment must be packaged in a hard-shell or soft-sided travel bag.
- When you check in with the airline, they will ask you whether or not you are checking any luggage; this is the time to give them your golf clubs and suitcase if you have one. When the golf clubs are checked in, the airline employee will give you a receipt with a number that matches the number on the tag that is placed on your golf bag. This ticket can be used to claim your luggage in the case that it is lost or damaged.
- As with any checked luggage, your golf clubs will be put on a conveyor belt and then transferred to the plane. If you have a connecting flight, your luggage will be transferred from one plane to another. When you arrive, the golf clubs will be placed on a carousel for you to grab when you see it.
What are the extra costs?
- Any other baggage such as a checked suitcase, outside of the clubs, will have to be factored in.
- The fees noted above are for a one-way trip. If you plan on coming back from your destination with your clubs, be sure to multiply the number above by two.
Tips to know:
- If the clubs are going to be shipped in a soft-sided bag, the airline will require that you sign a limited release form. When you sign this form, you are just letting them know that you will not hold them responsible for any damage that may occur during the flight.
- Delta will want you to note any damage upon check-in.
- Delta does have restrictions; if the bag weighs more than 100 pounds, they will not be able to accept it at all.
- To prevent your clubs from becoming damaged, highly consider shipping them in a hard case.
- If you have a set of golf clubs that is very expensive, you may want to consider purchasing some type of insurance on them when flying. You can also check with your homeowners’ or other property insurance policy to see if they have “off premises theft” coverage, the category under which your clubs would fall in this case.
- Use your club bag to store markers, tees, golf shoes, gloves, a visor, and other
golf accessories you might otherwise throw in your suitcase, carry-on bag or
purse. This also keeps those small golf items together. However, it is not advisable to place any other valuable items in your golf bag when you check it in.
How can I save money?
- Since checking in a golf bag can cost more than $200, consider researching rental rates in your destination. You may find that renting golf clubs is going to be a lot cheaper.
- Weigh your golf clubs ahead of time. Most of the time, your clubs are going to be more than 50 pounds. However, there may be circumstances where you can take some clubs out to get under this weight.
- You may find that shipping your clubs via FedEx or UPS may be cheaper. SEE: “How much does it cost to ship your golf clubs?“
- If you have a Delta credit card, you may be able to get your bags checked in for free.
- If you are able to fit your clothes in your golf bag, consider doing it to avoid checking in another bag.
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