I am planning a long awaited trip to Italy for September 2009. I'm excited but it's been tempered by my frustration with airline policies. It seems most airlines have upped their fees for bicycles each year, with Delta currently topping the list at a whopping $300 per bike - that's $600 round trip - for international flights. Because the fee is not paid til check-in I can either roll the dice with the fee or roll the dice with a late reservation. On top of it most say they are not liable for pretty much anything having to do with delay or damage and do not allow additional coverage for bikes.
I'm feeling pretty powerless but I did dash off a letter to Delta indicating that they will henceforth be the carrier of last resort for my family and anyone I know who asks. I would have booked a flight with them for my trip (total cost before the bike fee of $669) but for their bicycle fee - now they have lost any business I might have considered with them.
Any thought on what kind of action could change this horrible environment?