First time flying with a bike, and man what a pain! I am flying to Switzerland this summer and trying find the airline that is going to screw me over the least. This is United Airlines bike transport policy:
"United accepts non-motorized bicycles with single or double seats (including tandem) or up to two non-motorized bicycles packed in one case as checked baggage. If the bicycle(s) are packed in a container that is over 50 pounds (23kg) and/or 62 (157 cm) total linear inches (L + W + H), a $100 service charge applies each way for travel between the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and a $200 service charge applies each way for all other travel. The service charge is in addition to any excess baggage charges that may apply, but first and second baggage service fees do not apply. Bicycle equipment weighing more than 70 pounds (32 kg) will not be accepted as checked baggage.
If the bicycle(s) are packed in a container that is less than 50 pounds (23kg) and 62 (157 cm) total linear inches (L + W + H), there is no bicycle service charge, but, if applicable, the first or second bag fee applies."
Can anyone tell me if this is even remotely realistic?? What does all this crap mean? My bike is less than 50 lb, but I have no idea how many total linear inches that is. . . HELP!
I will be traveling with a 60 cm Trek 520. Anyone with any experience please let me know if i could possibly avoid this heinous $400 charge. Thanks!