Given that lots of you likely travel with your bikes (in reality not their heads only) more than the people in the 41, I figured I post it here instead. Please re-locate if it fits elsewhere better AND will actually be seen.
I traveled to Europe again this summer and was hit once again by the airline's "bike case fee". Seems in reality that if they don't hit you with that one they can just the same hit you with the "oversize luggage" fee, which in reality is just about the same as the bike fee. Unless you have a bike with couplers that folds the size of a sandwich, you will never come under the dimensions specs they have not to qualify most bike cases as "oversize luggage". I looked around at different airlines to try to get the best fare and never really ran into one flying from my location to my destination that had bikes flying for free or any discount program that would apply (if there is any). I'm sure there are some, but I just never saw one. It did get me thinking that it would be nice to support an airline in the future that allowed bikes for free or with a small fee only for oversize container, even if I was not flying with my bike then. So, can you post any airlines you know that CURRENTLY fly bikes for free or at a discount? If you have a link to their current website stating so the better. I only frequent one other cycling site, so this may be posted and frequently updated somewhere else. If it is and you know where, just post a link as well.
Please, this is not a discussion of whether I or anyone should rent a bike there vs flying with your own. That is another question and discussion. Also, not a discussion about case type and such.
I know there are many threads in BF about this, but truth is most are very outdated.