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Will major airlines take a bike box?

Old 08-08-07, 05:01 PM
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Will major airlines take a bike box?

I want to bring my single speed beater on vacation but I don't really want to invest in a bike case.

Has anybody here packed their bike in a standard cardboard bike box (50x30x8 in think) and brought it on a plane?
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Old 08-08-07, 05:08 PM
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Yep. Not a problem. If it is your third bag, they charge $50. If it's your second, they typically don't charge.
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Old 08-08-07, 05:39 PM
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Make certain you pay the extra for the high value baggage 'insurance'.
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Old 08-08-07, 06:52 PM
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Originally Posted by bobbyahines View Post
Yep. Not a problem. If it is your third bag, they charge $50. If it's your second, they typically don't charge.
Check with your airline first. Last time I flew with one carry-on and my bike it was $80!
Bikes are considered non-luggage.
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Definitely check the airline website. At the same time, if the bike is pivotal for enjoyment of the vacation, it might be worth the investment...even if it's just for a beater for this particular trip. Enjoy!
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In Australia it would be counted as a piece of sports equipment which is free for the first piece and doesn't count as baggage.
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Old 08-08-07, 07:22 PM
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Originally Posted by bobbyahines View Post
Yep. Not a problem. If it is your third bag, they charge $50. If it's your second, they typically don't charge.
Bikes are considered oversize luggage. They charge about 80 bucks each way.
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Originally Posted by Mariner Fan View Post
Bikes are considered oversize luggage. They charge about 80 bucks each way.
Depends on the airline and the destination. Last time I checked, you could check bikes as regular luggage on most international flights. Also, fees varied widely between airlines, especially foreign-based airlines.
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Old 08-08-07, 07:40 PM
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It would be domestic. $80? WTF!!
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If you're just looking for a beater why not just spend the shipping fee on a used bike while you're there and give it to someone who needs a bike when you leave? Less hassle for you, a bike for someone who needs one.
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Good point from I_bRAD...especially if it's going to run you $150.00 - $160.00 in the meantime which doesn't really get you anything, except for a bike with which you're already familiar.
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Actually, almost every airline "officially" will charge you for a bike. Unofficially, you really don't know if they will hit you with the charge until you get to the airport.

If it's overweight though (usually 50 lbs) you will definitely get charged.

Unless you're going to ride every day, you may want to consider investing in a pair of running shoes.
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Originally Posted by Bacciagalupe View Post
Actually, almost every airline "officially" will charge you for a bike. Unofficially, you really don't know if they will hit you with the charge until you get to the airport.
+1 American airlines decided i needed to pay them an extra $85 to take my bike to germany when i left chicago but the nice people in frankfurt told me it counted as my 2nd piece of luggage and I didnt have to pay anything extra on the way back. Kind of a crap shoot. The condition you get your bike back in can be a crap shoot as well. TSA is gonna dig through your box cause it wont fit through their xray machine so you stuff usually doesnt end up getting back to you as nicely as you packed it and you can never tell how disgruntled the baggage handler will be that day your bike could end up being on the bottom of about 20 suitcases. If you arent too worried about getting your bike scratched up etc since it is your beater I would think you should be fine, if it was your super expensive racing bike that you kicked your wife out of the bed so you could sleep with your new baby then maybe I would be more hesitant. (and be looking for a good laywer cause my wife would be divorcing me if I kicked her out of the bed for a bike)
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Old 08-08-07, 10:23 PM
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The people at the Frankfurt airport really are nice. They bumped us to business class on the flight back to Chicago for free. One of the security guys even tried to talk to me in german.

EDIT: You can pick up a bike box from your lbs for free or like 5$. Just pull of the stem/handlebars, front wheel, and seatpost.
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Old 08-08-07, 10:57 PM
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Bicycle=Special items

Almost impossible to get around the 62" maxiumum, unless you have S&S couplers.
https://www.sandsmachine.com/regs.htm

https://www.usairways.com/awa/content...cialitems.aspx

Bicycles:
Bicycles will be accepted as checked baggage for a charge of $80.00 per direction, if over 62 inches in total dimensions (total dimensions are length + width + height).
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Depending on where you are going, it might be less expensive to ship it fed ex or ups (in that same cardboard box). Weight and size of box will be important.

I always use a cardboard box for my tour bike. I've been charged no fee for international flights, and always a fee in the US. Southwest is the cheapest at $50 each way (not each flight leg). All the others are $80, last time I looked.
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In the last three years, I've flown to races on United, USAirways, and Delta. United used to be nice and give vouchers to USA Cycling members so the flight was free. The guys I knew who were flying cheaper airlines were paying $80 for their bikes so it kind of balanced out. USAirways has charged me $80 for my bike three times. The one time I flew Delta, they checked it as oversized luggage but didn't charge me any extra.
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I've since solved the problem for my short jaunts. Picked up a Dahon Boardwalk for $180 (about the cost of shipping if you get charged), and it fits in a suitcase.

IMPORTANT: When packing your nice bike into a bike box for shipping on the airlines, put all the parts and pieces in baggies and zip tie them TO THE BIKE. This helps the TSA to not lose the things...
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$80 American and other airlines; $88 United. United no longer accepts USA cycling vouchers! Flying International it's free. (United) There was no additional insurance I could purchase and you have to sign when you hand them your bike. "If you bike case is ok but your bike is damaged, we are not responsible. If the entire case is crushed and your bike... we'll talk" or something to that extent. Bike arrived fine with the exception of my pedals being out of my ziplock bag banging around. I had those straps so tight on my trico. When I got it back, it was just as tight. If they went through it, atleast they put everything back together right.

If domestic, it'll be hit or miss on the fee. Most likely you'll have to pay if they make you utter the word "bike" because they know that word corresponds with "extra charge".

If it's an option, I would send it Fed Ex. Usually comes out around $30-40 shipped and you CAN add insurance.

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My experience with USAirways was $80 each way. One of the ticket agents did tell me that if you are taking your bike to participate in a charity event they will waive the fee.
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Originally Posted by mezza View Post
In Australia it would be counted as a piece of sports equipment which is free for the first piece and doesn't count as baggage.
What an enlightened policy! And a great way to foster (no pun intended ) sports participation.
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AA is $80.
https://www.aa.com/aa/i18nForward.do...ts%20Equipment
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