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Do I Have To Pay The SkyCap Cash For Flying My Bike?(7 posts)

Do I Have To Pay The SkyCap Cash For Flying My Bike?jzinckgra
Jul 16, 2001 7:39 AM
Ok, I'm heading out to Colorado weds. afternoon and have decided to tell the skycap that what is in the box is in fact a bike. I've decided to tell the truth to avoid a hassle should the bike become damaged or worse yet, lost. If he says "That'll be $75" or whatever price, do I pay him in cash? How does that work? Also, should I tip him also, after being raped that much money for flying my bike? I may tell them that what's in the box is just "bike parts", but I think they will still charge me. Thanks for any info.
Skycap is a good way to avoid the fee.AlexR
Jul 16, 2001 7:58 AM
It's dishonest, but a $20 tip to skycap will get your bike on. I've done this on a flight to San Fransisco from O'Hare, as has the person who suggested this idea (it was on this board, perhaps they will chime in).


Skycap is a good way to avoid the fee.jzinckgra
Jul 16, 2001 4:14 PM
yes, but do i have to pay cash or do they take cc's? Just want to be sure I show up at the airport with enough moula.
Your credit is goodPaulCL
Jul 16, 2001 4:42 PM
I got stuck paying the fee last time I flew. Put it on the Visa.
Your credit is goodjzinckgra
Jul 16, 2001 5:37 PM
Thanks paul
OK...Here's the deal on flyin' stuff...Marty T.
Jul 16, 2001 10:46 PM
I'm a pro musician that flys about 100K miles a year (this year looks like more.) I fly all airlines and always have two Anvil cases and one personal suitcase with me . One case is over weight (80 Lbs.) and one case is way over size in HxLxW. In addition to these I carry on a roller case, shoulder bag, and a clothes hanging bag. Now that's really pushin' it, I know... Here's what I do that works in 99% of the flights I take. I plop all the stuff out of the truck in front of the sky cap and tell him I'm part of the "so in so" band on such and such flights... (doesn't really matter who) And I've got some of my band gear with me. In your case it's the "so and so racing team" and you've got "part" of your racing equipment with you. DO NOT SAY BIKE. (I don't say guitar)

While holding a nice fresh $20 bill in my hand I ask him if he can put some "priority" stickers on each case since I really need the equipment to arrive on time as I can't miss my shows. (or you can't miss your races) and also not miss any flight connections.

Now this does two things... it gets his mind OFF the bike/guitar and ON to the $20 in your hand---AND also tells him you difinitely know how the game is played. As I said in most cases not only will the guy bend over backwards for the $20 for 3 minutes work, he will also see that you get priority stickers put on your luggage and bike case. The trick is to be bold, and don't even act like it's an issue whether or not you are going to get your bike on or not. Make the priority stickers the immediate issue and be sure to have the $20 bucks in your hand (visible) when you point to where you want him to put or tie the tags on. I usually hold the $20 in the same hand I hold up the case handle with as I'm telling him I'd like the priority stickers "here", etc...

Incidentally. On the rare occassion that the sky cap doesn't want to play the game and says I'm over weight or over sized and he'll have to take the bags in to the counter to check them---the tip on delivery to the counter magically transforms itself from a $20 bill to a "buck a bag"... the industry standard. That's the message I leave him so he'll think twice before doing that to the next guy... Ruthless I know, but has business ever been anything else?

Good luck!

OK...Here's the deal on flyin' stuff...jagiger
Jul 17, 2001 9:12 AM
Sound great! Have you every had anything damaged? How does it work if your bike or equipment is expensive? Thanks