Delta backs off 2nd bag fee for some international flights

Delta Air Lines has changed part of its plans to start charging passengers on international flights a second checked bag fee, after other major competitors didn't match the move.

Atlanta-based Delta and many other carriers already charge for checked bags on domestic flights. In April, Delta announced it would start charging a $50 second checked bag fee each way on all its international fights as of July. But competitors like American and United declined to match the international second checked bag fee.

Delta now says it will charge the $50 fee on routes between the United States and Europe, but not on other international flights. The fee will still become effective for travel July 1 or later, but there will be no international second checked bag fee for tickets purchased May 22 or earlier.

"We constantly monitor the industry landscape to ensure our fares and fees are competitive," Delta said in a written statement.

Also still exempt from the new fee are business class, elite frequent fliers, active duty military traveling on orders and full-fare Y-class passengers.