The Atlanta-based airline (Delta) said Tuesday it would remove the special checked bag fee for sporting goods.
As of Tuesday, passengers will no longer have to pay an extra $150 specialty sports bag fee if they bring sporting equipment onto a flight. Instead, customers can now check sporting equipment as part of their standard baggage allowance and will pay a normal checked bag fee.
That would possibly make a difference in carrier choice for some triathletes. Hopefully (but unlikely) other carriers will follow Delta's lead.
On a humorous note, we were considering changing the date of the reservations we made months ago for our trip from SFO to Nice 70.3 WC. Plugged in the new dates on the airline's web site. Not counting the fee for reservations change, the new price for two Business Class round trip tickets on that date would be approximately $21,000. I think we'll stick with what we have!