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Anyone flown Cathay Pacific with bike or know if they charge extra?

Old 03-25-09, 07:28 PM
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Anyone flown Cathay Pacific with bike or know if they charge extra?

So, this has been a very frustrating experience trying to contact Cathay Pacific about their baggage/sporting goods/bicycle policies. After several hours on several different days, I have yet to speak to a human with any affiliation to the airline. Their website is ambiguous and does not mention bikes, nor does a search of their site for "bicycle" pull any result!

I have found some evidence at

https://www.bikeaccess.net/bikeaccess...thay%20Pacific

https://www.ibike.org/encouragement/travel/bagregs.htm

https://www.luggageandleather.com/Dep...y-Pacific.aspx

ETC ETC, but have yet to truly confirm anything.

Please, if you or someone you know has flown Cathay with a bike, or know what their handling policy is, please please contact me! A million thanks.

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I just returned to Toronto from Vietnam with Cathay Pacific.
I was quite impressed with the quality of service.
I was not charged extra for the bike even though the bike box exceeded their maximum dimensions.
Besides the bike box i also checked in my panniers taped together as one item.
If you're only checking in 2 items i dont think they will charge you.
I was told that over the phone when i left at it proved to be the case both here in Toronto and in Ho Chi Minh City.
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I did a r/t on Cathay Pacific from Los Angeles to Bangkok in February, and had no problem either. In LA the lady was unfamiliar with bicycles, but everything was quickly sorted out. Bangkok had there stuff together and everything was very smooth. This was maybe my fourth trip Cathay without problems.
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do you pack the bike before you go to the airport or do they pack it for you at the airport? 'cos i've heard some cases where people packed their bikes and got told that it wasn't necessary.

and does anyone know if they have different policies in london heathrow?
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Pack it yourself!!!
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Flown with Cathay! Bike not too much hassle...

So here's the scoop on flying with bikes on Cathay when I flew from San Francisco to Delhi via Hong Kong about a month ago:

Baggage allowance for 1 economy passenger is;

-One carry-on of no more than 15 lbs
-Two checked bags up to 50 lbs each. There will be additional charges for overweight bags, but
individual bags cannot exceed 70 lbs.
-One of these two checked bags can be a boxed bicycle with no extra $ charge for oversize-ness,
or weight above 50 lb -- but boxed bike still cannot weigh over 70 lbs, which shouldn't really be a
problem (I hope!) We ended up paying $25 extra because one bike (plus touring racks shoved in) in an
older plastic Performance Bike "race"travel case weighed more than the allowance.
-Cathay's website asks you to call ahead and let them know the measurements and weight of "oversize
baggage" but when I called about the bikes, they said it was unnecessary, and just to check in a little
early at the airport. I would measure, weigh, and call ahead just in case.
-See https://www.cathaypacific.com/cpa/en_...ggageallowance
-Call 800 233 2742 and choose the "if you are a passenger" option from the prompt menu to get to a
human being.

I was very pleased with the helpfulness of the Cathay folks, both on the phone, at the airport, and on board the plane. We didn't have any problems with the bikes except the overweight issue, and we simply paid the fee and got on with it. The flight, on-board entertainment, and food was great, and the beer and wine was complimentary!

Hope this helps some of you out!

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