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Any Good Excuses For Bringing Bike Box On Plane?(11 posts)

Any Good Excuses For Bringing Bike Box On Plane?jzinckgra
Jul 5, 2001 8:30 AM
I bought a Crateworks box to bring my bike to Colorado in a couple weeks and am worried that American is gonna stick me with the $75 excess fee. The box does not say "bike" on it anywhere, but I was wondering what I could tell the "check in" person when I get to the airport. What has everyone else told them about what is in the box? Thanks.
re: Any Good Excuses For Bringing Bike Box On Plane?PaulCL
Jul 5, 2001 8:49 AM
A few I have used or read on this board:
-tell the guy at the curb (not at the desk) that the box contains "conference material". For about $10, I have had a few high gloss bumper stickers printed up that say "fragile: conference material" and stuck them all over my box.
- tip the guy at the curb a lot! $20 at the curb is better than $75 at the desk. You may have to smile alot, but the curb guys will usually take the $20 bill versus being a jerk about it.

and finally, if those don't work, be prepared to fork over the $75. It sucks. I would be willing to hear of any other ideas.

P.S. I'm going to Colorado at the end of this month too. By any chance are you going to camp??
Join the League for $30 and bikes fly free>>>>>.Live Steam
Jul 5, 2001 9:05 AM

Use the link above and join the League of American Bicyclists and your bike goes free on American Airlines. It is also good to support the League as they fight for cyclists rights to the road and trails.
Well you won't be able to do it this time, but>>>>>.Live Steam
Jul 5, 2001 9:36 AM
you can take advantage of this program in the future. All travel for this program must be booked through a specific travel agent affiliated with the League. Sorry about that, but do it for a future trip. There are many benefits to joining! :-)
This may not be so greatpmf
Jul 5, 2001 11:39 AM
A membership costs $35. You have to use their travel agent and fly on American Airlines. The choice of airline can make a big difference in ticket cost. Some go to where you want to go much cheaper than others. Its probably not as cheap as booking the flight with the cheapest carrier and just paying the money.
Membership is $30 and >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Live Steam
Jul 5, 2001 1:45 PM
there are other airlines involved in the program besides American. Membership in the League ahas other benefits as well as providing advocacy for cyclists in America. I was told that the airlines involved in the program wanted a single booking agent to handle the needs of members to simplify the process for the airlines.
re: Any Good Excuses For Bringing Bike Box On Plane?Luis
Jul 5, 2001 11:03 AM
I've made up big signs for mine that say "Display Material." It's worked about 3/4 of the time--even at the Kona airport where there were two or three other identical VeloSafe boxes in the same line.

I think that many airline folks are happy to have an excuse to not go through the hassle of the extra charge.

A big tip to the curbside checkin skycaps is another good route,
Its completely hit or misspmf
Jul 5, 2001 11:37 AM
And I usually miss. I've tried everything. The conference materials one didn't work. The woman just said "well here's a reciept so your company can reimburse you". I tried the skycap once. Tipped him $30 (a $10 tip is a bit small for these guys) and he wheeled them right up to the counter. The check in guy outside thing didn't work either, he went to the desk to check. I also was all ready to try an angle where you pay, watch it roll off the conveyor belt, and then go demand your money back because you paid for special baggage service and didn't get it. The problem was that some guy wheeled them into the room. Dammit. The only luck I had was in the Denver airport where the woman seemed pretty cool and didn't charge us. Try every angle you can, but be prepared to fork over the money.

Hey, it still beats riding some rental Huffy on your vacation.
re: Any Good Excuses For Bringing Bike Box On Plane?KEN2
Jul 5, 2001 2:01 PM
Be careful with lying about what's in the box. If your bike is subsequently damaged or lost, you may be forfeiting any damage/loss claim for what's really in there.
What if you say you have bicycle components...DG
Jul 5, 2001 7:50 PM
is that the same as carrying a bicycle? I am sure there are lots of folks who carry mechanical components but they don't pay extra for carrying them in a plane. A bicycle is vehicle that has two wheels, handlebars, brakes etc that can be pedaled. What you have in your bag isn't a bicycle, it is a bag full of bike components. Just as I was typing this, I called Delta airlines to ask about this. And after refering to customer service they told me I could carry dismantled bike that fit their baggage specifications (not weighing more than 70lbs etc.) without paying extra.

So there you go. Talk to your airline rep before you fly and ask them whether a bagful of bicycle components need to be charged extra. Goodluck!
Just spoke to American Airline rep..DG
Jul 5, 2001 8:05 PM
She agreed with me--what I have in my bag isn't a bicycle but a bag full of bike components. She said the best thing to do would be to speak with the folks at the airport BEFORE you travel explaining that you don't have a bicycle but a bag full of components. I gave her the examples of car parts--if I am carrying car parts in my bag, it doesn't mean I am carrying a car in my bag. And since the car salesman isn't charged extra, why should I? She agreed.

Maybe pack your wheels in another suitcase, so technically you don't even have a complete dissassembled bike.

I am pretty hard-nosed about such things and I am usually able to be pretty persuasive.