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Delta cuts baggage fees for athletes, bikers and golfers

Previously you'd pay up to $150 to bring golf clubs and other sporting equipment.

It'll be cheaper to fly with sports equipment with Delta from now on, with the airline cutting its baggage fees as of Wednesday.

The airline, the biggest operator from Minneapolis-St. Paul International, is scrapping its specialty sports bag fee, that would previously charge travelers $150 for checking golf clubs, sports bags, surf boards and bikes onto flights.

Now customers will just be charged the standard baggage fees, which costs $30 per trip for the first bag and $40 for the second on domestic flights.

"Delta customers traveling with surfboards, bicycles, golf clubs, scuba gear and other large-sized sporting equipment will now be allowed to check them as part of their standard baggage allowance. 

"The airline is eliminating the $150 specialty sports bag fee previously charged for these items, effective for travel worldwide on tickets purchased beginning July 17, 2019. 

"Customers will instead pay a first, second or third checked bag fee according to the fare rules associated with their booking and/or SkyMiles Medallion status."

You can check out Delta's baggage policies here.

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USA Today notes that United had taken a similar step in 2017, waiving surf board fees on trips too and from California.

Airlines competing for passengers have been making concessions to them in recent months.

Earlier this month, Twin Cities-based Sun Country announced it would be scrapping its ticket change fees if you change flights more than 60 days before departure, and a smaller amount for those who change within 60 days of departure.

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