Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

Recommended airline for transporting a bike

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

Recommended airline for transporting a bike

Old 04-03-13, 02:05 AM
  #1  
cyclezealot
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
cyclezealot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Fallbrook,Calif./Palau del Vidre, France
Posts: 13,192

Bikes: Klein QP, Fuji touring, Surly Cross Check, BCH City bike

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1259 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Recommended airline for transporting a bike

Which airline do you prefer when taking a bike aboard a plane. Which airline gives you the best service. Which airline screws you over the least in terms of cost. Within the US and on International Flights. ?
__________________
Pray for the Dead and Fight like Hell for the Living










^ Since January 1, 2012
cyclezealot is offline  
Old 04-03-13, 02:14 AM
  #2  
Machka 
In Real Life
 
Machka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Down under down under
Posts: 51,388

Bikes: Lots

Mentioned: 127 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2848 Post(s)
Liked 41 Times in 30 Posts
Qantas.

But if you want a comparison between the airlines, here it is ... (keep scrolling down)
http://www.ibike.org/encouragement/travel/bagregs.htm

Note that you will have to look up your airlines of choice to double check what their regulations are. Airline regulations concerning bicycles change with the wind. Check now. Check a couple weeks before your flight. Check again a couple days before your flight.

Then, arrive at the airport early ... and prepared. Be as friendly, helpful, courteous, nice, and kind as possible when you get to the check-in counter. The person standing there has the power to charge more or less than the going rate. If you're even vaguely rude, they can charge you more.


(As much as possible ... I avoid the US airlines)
Machka is offline  
Old 04-03-13, 07:59 AM
  #3  
Looigi
Senior Member
 
Looigi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 8,951
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Machka sums it up well. Always check the airlines' websites. The info is there, though it may be buried and tough to decipher sometimes. Also, the luggage check agent may get it wrong and try to charge oversize or overweight when it doesn't apply to bikes, so be prepared to point this out when checking your bike. I find that by using a soft case (Aerus) I sometimes get by without getting charged extra due to the lightweight and more compact overall size, but I would not expect or count on this (or employ deception).

In the US, jetBlue, SouthWest, and Virgin charge $50 each way for a bike. I last flew with my bike on jetBlue 3 weeks ago and didn't get charged either direction. In each case I put it on the scale (~35 lb), they printed out the tags and when fastening them asked me what it was. I said it's a bike, but they didn't bother going back into the system to charge me for it, perhaps because of the size and weight. Also, on both ends it came out on the normal luggage conveyor rather than at a special oversize window.
Looigi is offline  
Old 04-03-13, 10:06 AM
  #4  
achoo
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 4,700
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
And then you're still at the mercy of the agent who checks you in. Make sure you have a copy of the airline's rules for oversize luggage with you - you just might need it.
achoo is offline  
Old 04-03-13, 10:39 AM
  #5  
Looigi
Senior Member
 
Looigi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 8,951
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by achoo View Post
And then you're still at the mercy of the agent who checks you in. Make sure you have a copy of the airline's rules for oversize luggage with you - you just might need it.
Definitely know the fees ahead of time (bikes as distinct and different from oversize and/or overweight items), but I you're not necessarily at the agent's mercy. In cases where they attempted to overcharge me, I questioned it and escalated it to a more experienced agent or supervisor who did know the rules and fees. I can't guarantee this will always always have this recourse, but given a enough motivation, an agent can poke around on their terminal and find the correct information, which has also happened to me.
Looigi is offline  
Old 04-03-13, 10:53 AM
  #6  
fietsbob 
coprolite
 
fietsbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 41,442

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 183 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6713 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 132 Times in 112 Posts
Showing up at Shiphol, AMS, and using KLM, to return home, worked OK.
but the last time was 15 years ago..
fietsbob is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.