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Old 09-07-17, 06:20 AM   #1
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Bike friendly Airlines for Cuba

Good morning!

We're heading to Cuba from Quebec (Canada) the last week of December, and we're looking for airlines that would accomodate us with our touring bikes. Any suggestions?

Thanks a lot!
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Old 09-07-17, 06:24 AM   #2
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Air Transat. $30 per bike. They provide the plastic bag, no need for boxes.
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There is an agreement between Canada and the Cuba that bikes are not charged either way (at least according to the woman at Air Canada). I was there last year for a triathlon and took my bike down in a Trico Iron Case. Was not charged in either direction, and I flew Air Canada (and they'll usually charge you in both directions for anything they can). And yes, I did declare it as a bicycle.
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There is an agreement between Canada and the Cuba that bikes are not charged either way (at least according to the woman at Air Canada). I was there last year for a triathlon and took my bike down in a Trico Iron Case. Was not charged in either direction, and I flew Air Canada (and they'll usually charge you in both directions for anything they can). And yes, I did declare it as a bicycle.
This is excellent news!

Last year (in spite of being a*A Gold member with baggage allowance of 3 bags of up to 32 kg for free), AC wanted to charge me $50 CAD per sector per bicycle. I then had folder bicycles and used camping stuff around each of them for extra protection/padding.

At check in I was asked what was in the bags. I replied "Camping equipment." Then came the question: "Any stoves and fuel?" My reply was: "No way as I have read the prohibited list and no stoves are in there". Reply: "Fine, take these bags to over-sized baggage".

At oversized baggage after x-raying the bags the attendant said "Nice folding bicycles!".

Off we went without paying. The biking and camping in Nova Scotia was fun...
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Yeah, AC is funny. You really have to take the time to go to their page with baggage allowances, put in where you're going to and from, and then do some math.

My wife and I flew to San Fran and back from Vancouver. If you flew first class your bicycle was only changed as luggage, and your first piece of luggage was free. The fees we saved negated the price increase to first class. The fees change on the route you're flying, as well as the class you're in.
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At check in I was asked what was in the bags. I replied "Camping equipment." Then came the question: "Any stoves and fuel?" My reply was: "No way as I have read the prohibited list and no stoves are in there". Reply: "Fine, take these bags to over-sized baggage".

At oversized baggage after x-raying the bags the attendant said "Nice folding bicycles!".
Thing to remember is the oversize baggage folks are generally not airline employees, they are airport employees. Their only concerns is the luggage is tagged, and that there is nothing dangerous/prohibited in the container, they do not care about or enforce airline policies. They have no clue what you told check-in is in the case.
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