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Old 08-27-16, 08:55 PM
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bikes fly free!

returned to china this time on hong kong airlines.
found some juicy info in the baggage policy,
confirmed with 2 different city check-in desks.

bicycles do not need boxing. a bag is all you
need. (not provided in bkk or hkg). just the
standard remove peddles, turn bars, deflate
tires.

excess baggage is rather expensive at US$10/kg.
economy tix include 20kg checked baggage plus
7kg carry on. so.....35kg of boxed bike plus
gear would run an extra $150. was told the
excess fee is paid only once, not each leg.
still doesn't compare to tigger/jetstar's fees
of $25-50 per leg for 35kg though.

but here's the special deal.....there is NO charge
to carry bicycles between hong kong and these lovely
destinations: japan, taiwan (province), hainan.
must notify 48 hours in advance, either by phone
or email. free allowance for one 25kg bike, which
would still leave you 20kg checked for gear.

free bike travel thru end of 2016 for all three, but
i believe free bikes to japan is standard all the
time policy.


Checked Baggage | Read The Hong Kong Airlines Rules & Regulations

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Old 08-28-16, 09:42 AM
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No charge on ANA (All Nippon Airlines) from Vancouver Canada to Tokyo and no charge domestically in Japan. I expect it's a general rule on ANA but I've only used it on those routes.
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Old 08-28-16, 12:02 PM
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You Fleeing?





[Ah I see you proof read your title and got the spelling Better]




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Old 08-28-16, 12:50 PM
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Folding bikes such as the Bike Friday can also frequently be carried on planes/trains for free in their suitcase, or perhaps even a soft-shell bag as long as you don't go over your standard baggage limits.

I'm pretty sure there was no surcharge when I brought my old Colnago back from Italy. It just took the place of one standard bag. But, times have changed.
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My round trip from USA to Iceland on Delta a few months ago was $100 USD for second checked bag (50 pound limit) for each half (out and back) of the round trip. First bag was free for international travel. Icelandair would have given me two free checked bags, but their fare was higher and they did not have a connection to my hometown airport.

I packed my S&S coupled bike in an S&S case (26"X26"X10") to avoid the extra $150 per leg charge for an oversize bicycle box. Thus saved $300. One and a half more trips like that and the couplers and case (the S&S backpack case) will be paid for.

The Ortlieb 31 liter duffle was a carry on, the handlebar bag was my personal item. The helmet was worn onto the plane to avoid damage that could have occurred if it was packed.

Only one airline employee commented on the helmet, he said that their planes were pretty safe.
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You Fleeing?

[Ah I see you proof read your title and got the spelling Better]

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tweren't i that changed the title......
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Fly Flee is OK if the pronunciation of R is a challenge..
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This is awesome news! I find it's a lot easier to eat the bike fee on planes when I convince myself how much I'm saving on hotel fees, transportation costs, and stress-related retail therapy on my vacation.

On my last bike tour (~30 days in Iceland) I was so relaxed and at peace, I ended up writing articles in the evenings at WiFi connected campsites and made back the cost of the trip in freelance work. I'm rarely so productive in day-to-day life.
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This is awesome news! I find it's a lot easier to eat the bike fee on planes when I convince myself how much I'm saving on hotel fees, transportation costs, and stress-related retail therapy on my vacation.
I usually just look at what the price would be to rent a similar bicycle and it breaks even at the 4-5 day mark, if not earlier.
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Just a FYI -- I'm thinking about bringing my Miyata 712 back to Cleveland with me from Phoenix when I visit in November. Southwest's baggage policy is bike is free* - but counts as one of your two free checked bags.
Sports Equipment - Baggage Allowance Any of the items listed below may be checked in substitution of one piece of the free Checked Baggage allowance for each Passenger at no charge on a one-item-for-one-bag basis. If the item of sporting equipment exceeds 50 pounds in weight or 62 inches in size (outside length plus height plus width), excess weight and size charges may apply.
  • Bicycles (defined as nonmotorized and having a single seat), including Bike Friday and Co-Pilot, properly packed in a hard-sided bicycle box that fall within the dimensions and weight limits established for normal Checked Baggage, (i.e., 62 inches or less in overall dimensions and less than 50 pounds in weight). Pedals and handlebars must be removed and packaged in protective materials so as not to be damaged by or cause damage to other Baggage. Bicycles packaged in cardboard or soft-sided cases will be transported as subject to limited release.

    Note: See below for information regarding bicycles that exceed our checked baggage size limits. Additional charges may apply.
Sports Equipment - Special Items The items listed below will be accepted as Checked Baggage for a $75 each way charge.
  • Bicycles (defined as nonmotorized and having a single seat) properly packed in a bicycle box or hardsided case larger than 62 inches in total dimensions will be accepted as Checked Baggage. Pedals and handlebars must be removed and packaged in protective materials so as not to be damaged by or cause damage to other Baggage. Bicycles packaged in cardboard or softsided cases will be transported as subject to limited release items.
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