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Old 12-05-14, 08:35 AM
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Anyone fly international with maximum sized luggage?

I've been thinking about a trip in Italy and have been checking flights and cost of extra baggage. In doing so, I discovered that international flights have a larger maximum limit on baggage size. For British and Virgin Atlantic and other Airlines, it is 35.5x29.5x16 inches. The domestic limit is 62 linear inches.

My hard shell bike box is 26x26x10. In theory, I could get a larger canvas bag, put my bike box in it, and then stuff another few pounds of gear around the bike box (which weighs 43 pounds loaded up) and with my carry on allowance, I might be able to get all my gear to my destination without an excess fee.

Has any one flown internationally checking luggage this size? If so, did you have any problems?

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Old 12-05-14, 12:00 PM
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Anyone fly international with maximum sized luggage?

British Airways is my go to. A large cardboard box (the ones new bikes come in) at max 23kg stuffed with bike and other gear, and handbaggage (one pannier with sleeping bag and other soft stuff) max 8 kg plus one smaller bag... No extra charge. In winter I have to wear ALL my clothes through security as my gear weighs a bit more.

Check out the baggage allowances and... "Beware Code Sharing!"
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Check your airline's regulations and follow them.

Anecdotally, I've flown at least a dozen times with a full sized bike case, which is much bigger than 35.5x29.5x16 inches. These were on Air Canada, Lufthansa, Quantas, Aeroflot, and a handful of Chinese airlines. No check in clerk has ever brought up the size of my bike case during check in. I don't know why the size has never been an issue. I have never asked, because I was getting away with it and there was no need to sabotage myself. Depending on the airline, I have sometimes paid a bicycle surcharge. If my total luggage was overweight, I paid an excess weight fee. The most I have ever paid in overweight fee was $750. This was for two bicycles and camping gear. This was cheaper than Fedex so I was happy to pay.

If your luggage is oversized, you will be directed to the other side of the terminal, where your luggage will be processed at a special oversized counter/scanner along with all the other miscellaneous oversized items people like to fly with. 60" TVs; musical instruments; surf boards; skiis; javelins; scuba equipment; child strollers; etc.

I've never had issue with code shared connections and luggage allowance.
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Check out the baggage allowances and... "Beware Code Sharing!"
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Always check, check, and triple check.


Airlines have started reducing their maximums ... not all airlines, yet, just certain ones here and there. We try very hard to be within the limits, although we're usually pretty close to the edge.
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Originally Posted by raybo View Post
I've been thinking about a trip in Italy and have been checking flights and cost of extra baggage. In doing so, I discovered that international flights have a larger maximum limit on baggage size. For British and Virgin Atlantic and other Airlines, it is 35.5x29.5x16 inches. The domestic limit is 62 linear inches.
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I always wondered about size of a piece of luggage I picked bought at a charity shop in Canterbury. I use it on Allegiant airlines now that I'm back in the states. I tell them the suitcase is Allegiant legal but not anyone else legal. It gets and oversize sticker and that's it.
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Ive gotten charged by the connecting flights , but the trans atlantic carrier didn't add another fee.

OP from SFO wont Use connecting Flights .

Connecting flights on the other end are different, such as SAS, SeaTac, to AMS, via CPH was cheaper than If I Flew from SeaTac to CPH.

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Old 12-06-14, 04:25 PM
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Contact the airline directly, or by their contact form. If you don't get a reply within 48 hours to your answers don't trust them. I just got stiffed out of 500 as did my co-rider for a trip we're starting on Monday because of some crappy unclear misleading information - blog about it: COUCH ON WHEELS: Air Europa and Travelpack. DON'T DO IT!!!

We booked with Turkish Airlines who are great, on the phone and emailing replies. If you do fly with them:

"We can accept the bicycle bag providing that the moving parts including wheels are securely strapped, and the tyres deflated. We can confirm that all the items will be checked in to your final destination."

And they have a generous luggage allowance too:

Turkish Airlines - Sports Equipment - turkishairlines.com
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I've flown across the Atlantic on Iceland Air and Virgin Atlantic and chacked my bike and most of my gear in a softsided bag, the Ground Effect Tardis. The bag went on as regular luggage, no excess baggage fees. I carried the bag up to the desk and they didn't bother to measure it.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
+1

Always check, check, and triple check.


Airlines have started reducing their maximums ... not all airlines, yet, just certain ones here and there. We try very hard to be within the limits, although we're usually pretty close to the edge.
Yes, I have had to pay some XS baggage fees when flying QF between SYD and YWG - BUT I had about 100 kg and they were very generous with me. Not sure what they do now on that route.

Currently I commute between MENA and AU and fly UL in Business class to KUL and have at least 55 kg allowed. Then Air Asia is a real treat because their Business class is CHEAP and comfortable on the 7+ hour flights from KUL to PER or MEL. That said, buying extra sporting goods baggage and checked in baggage is VERY inexpensive.

My comments are probably not applicable for travel between North America, BUT you should look at airline frequent flyer (aka loyalty) programs. My BAEC program gives me 2 bags of 32 kg for free. Then with status, they sometimes bend the rules. Frequent upgrades (into Business class) are nice too

As usual, YMMV.
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I travel international routes in economy with my bike often. I pack everything in a cardboard box that new bicycles come in and check the weight on a scale before heading to the airport. Most airlines will check the box and waive the oversize fee if the weight is not over the required limit of your first checked bag allowance which is usually 23 kilos. I put everything else I can in my carry-on from spare tubes,peddles and seat to all my clothes, including riding shoes. All airlines quote their requirements on their websites under 'baggage' and 'sporting equipment. I rarely pay extra.
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