I'm flying to LA from NYC for christmas and wanted to know what the general view on flying the bike on an airline is. I'm flying Song(cheapest option) and got an email reply saying that as long as it's under the max size it's no extra charge. I don't think I can fit under the 62(?)in limit though. My options right now are double box with boxes from the LBS,
cheap unpadded bag from performance and pad it with clothes,
or more expensive slightly padded bag from ebay
I have a 51.5cm frame and might be able to cut the box down enough to squeeze under the limit but not sure about with the wheels though. Do the wheels fit in the overhead compartment?