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RedStater Aug 2nd, 2008 08:32 PM

Bicycle as checked luggage
Disassembled, of course, packed in a bike box, and checked as luggage with the airline. Any ideas of what the airlines are charging to do this? Any difference between domestic and international flights? Anyone have experience with this?

Ackislander Aug 3rd, 2008 04:09 AM

Because baggage regs are changing almost daily -- to say nothing of prices -- you need to check the websited of the airlines you might fly. Yesterday's experience (yes, they do it and at a reasonable price) just doesn't apply.

wliwl Aug 3rd, 2008 06:12 AM

For instance, from the US Air site:

"Bicycles will be accepted as checked baggage for a charge of $100 per direction, if over 62 in/157 cm in total dimensions (total dimensions are length + width + height). One item of bicycle equipment is defined as 1 non-motorized touring or racing bicycle with a single seat."

That was found easily by just googling "US Airways bicycle."

Gretchen Aug 3rd, 2008 06:58 AM

And as I said on the other board, you will be well advised to buy or rent a rigid plastic box designed to do this, if you value your bicycle.

Keith Aug 4th, 2008 07:27 AM

The one time I took a bicycle this way, the box was beat to heck. Make sure that all smaller pieces in the box are solidly afixed to something larger, or you may end up short some parts.


wliwl Aug 4th, 2008 09:10 AM

I was just thinking too (and even though the OP seems to be missing...) that when checking through expensive items like this it pays to pick up a rider on one's home owner's insurance.

I can guarantee that if the airline loses or wrecks it, they will claim it falls under the "fragile" clause and they won't pay you diddly.

I know when my son travels with his cello it is always covered under the rider, and it has seen abuse on flights where just the case ($800 value) has been wrecked and the airlines wouldn't pitch us a dime.

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