Delta adds $5 fee for checked bags

Delta Air Lines has quietly added a $5 surcharge for paying checked baggage fees at the airport instead of online, matching moves by some other airlines.

Atlanta-based Delta already charges $15 for the first checked bag and $25 for the second checked bag on domestic flights.

But starting Aug. 4, Delta will begin charging those who pay for checked bags at airport ticket counters, kiosks and curbs $20 for the first checked bag and $30 for the second checked bag, for domestic flights purchased July 15 or later. The fees for checked bags when paying online remain the same.

US Airways started charging the fee for paying at the airport earlier this year. United Airlines matched the move. Continental Airlines has also just put in place a higher fee for paying for checked bags at the airport for tickets purchased Tuesday or later for flights Aug. 19 or later.

Delta said its baggage fees brought in more than $160 million in revenue in the first quarter, when it reported a $794 million loss. The company reports second-quarter financial results today.