That second checked bag better be full of $100 bills or at least cocaine, because you’re gonna need it with these new extra fees announced today.

Less than 3 months after introducing the first extra fees for a second checked bag, Delta airlines has resorted to doubling said fee. It will now cost you at least $50 to bring that second bag with you.

But oh no, that’s not all. Check out some of these other significant increases:

  1. The cost of checking a 3rd, 4th, or 5th bag will raise from $80 to $125 apiece.
  2. Up to 3 bags are still allowed free of additional charge to first class and frequent flier members. However, a coach traveler going overseas will now pay $150 for a third checked bag.
  3. Long items, like skis and surfboards, will jump from $150 to $175.
  4. Bags of excessive weight between 51 to 70 lbs will now cost $90 for domestic flights and $150 for international flights. Up from $80 previously.
  5. And if you’re thinking of bring some of those dumbells to work out on your trip, think again. Bags weighing between 71 and 100 lbs will now cost $300 each. Up from $150.

These new fees will apply only to passengers who book a flight on or after Thursday for travel on or after next Tuesday. So if you’ve been waiting to book a flight, better lock it in today to avoid those extra fees. As we all know by now, the additional fees are being implented to ‘combat the rising cost of fuel.’ One spokesperson for Delta quoted in the NYT article seems a little out of touch with reality:

“Fewer than 20 percent of our customers check a second bag; I would imagine that it would be even less for a third,” a Delta spokeswoman, Betsy Talton, said. “It’s still a good value when compared with shipping or luggage services.”

To that I respond, wrong-o! Even before these new doubled fees, shipping your 2nd and 3rd bag has become cheaper than checking it onto the plane. And I seriously doubt that 20% number. I have to assume that almost every ill-informed family flying on vacation is going to assume they can bring at least 2 suitcases with them. Flyer beware.

I especially feel bad for all the surfboard flyers out there who are now ponying up $175 just to catch some totally gnar gnar waves out on the left coast. I would suggest trying to duct tape your board to one of the plane’s wings to avoid the extra fee. This aggression will not stand, man.

Either way, the airlines better start cranking out some more unrealistic cartoon depictions of luggage fees like this one FAST! People are getting restless.

NYT: Delta Raises Fee For Second Checked Bag, July 30, 2008